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The easiest ticket to get around Lisbon on public transport is called VIVA VIAGEM
(It looks slightly different now (May 2013) to the photo on metrolisboa's page, still green)
(There is another card called 7 Colinas which is basically exactly the same thing. The Viva cards are green, the Colinas cards are blue. I've used the Colinas cards before but don't find any difference between the two, I can't really work out why they even sell two different types!)
Viva Viagem is valid on the metro, buses, trams and elevadors (including the Santa Justa lift)
It costs 6 Euro for 24 h's (May 2013) and it's valid from the first time you enter the system be it via the metro tickets gates, bus etc.
The metro has glass gates. Place the card onto the card reader next to the gate and the gates open. On the buses, trams and elevadors there is a yellow machine next to the driver / doors, place the card on the black circle in the middle and a green light comes on.
The actual ticket costs 0.50 E and is valid for a year so if you're planning on going again within a year, keep it and use it again as it's re-loadable i.e you can add as many 24 h's periods on it as you like.
HANDY HINT: I went to Lisbon for the 7th time in May 2013 and have always bought the card from a ticket sales office (at the larger metro stations, look under "Where To Buy" in here http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/customer-info/viva-viagem-card) but this time the queue was massive so I had a look at one of the blue ticket machines which are located at every station.
The instructions are in Portuguese and in English and it's super easy to buy the ticket. First you choose how many tickets you want. Then you choose how many days (24 h's) you want on it / them. Pay. And you're done.
I don't think a lot of tourists realize you can buy the tickets from the machine as the queue seemed longer than normal.
ALSO REMEMBER to keep the receipt that comes with the ticket (match the number on the card to the correct receipt) - sometimes the gates don't work and if you need to seek assistance they may want to see your receipt.
Written May 13, 2013
Someone was asking in VT forum about cruises from Lisbon.
For a detailed search, here I list the links to all companies using Lisbon's harbour in their cruises:
COMPAGNIE ILLES PONANT
HEBRIDEAN ISLAND CRUISES
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
P & O CRUISES
RADISSON S. SEAS
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL
SEA CLOUD CRUISES
SEABOURN C. LINE
SEADREAM YATCH CLUB
Updated Mar 24, 2013
The best way to reach the city is taking the underground.
Single ticket: 1.25 EUR
24 hours ticket: 5.0 EUR (also used in buses, trams and elevators)
For the first time, a card must be bought for 0.5 EUR.
Written Oct 15, 2012
We bought day tickets from a machine in the metro station. It cost 4Euros 60cents plus 50 cents for the card and could be reloaded in the machine each day. We used it on the metro and trams. I believe it was also valid for buses. We even got on the Sant Justa's Elevator with it. Pretty Convenient.
Updated Jun 23, 2012
Hi. I've found something that could be interesting for you. Check this:
choose english version :)
the prices come from 25 euros per day (50 c.c)
The location is very good, because is in down town (Baixa Lisboeta).
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Transportation around Lisbon is not as reliable as in other cities of Europe. There are huge traffic jams on rush hours and buses aren't reliable at all. They are also the most expensive means of public transportation, 1,20 euros. Now Carris, the company that runs most of the buses has installed a system that tells you how long you have to wait but this is never right. The metro is very reliable though, you can go almost everywhere in town and it's quite cheap, a ticket is 0,70 euros. Another option would be to take a taxi but this can be tricky. See my tip on taxis for some details. The picture is a very good map of the metro lines in Lisbon.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
To reach Lisbon, Either the train or plane suits you well because both leed to the city area and is not expensive to get to the town centre by taxi...
If you want to move cheap and everywhere, just buy a 1 or 3 day ticket, and you will save yourself a lot of money, time and troubles dealing with the transportation (ticket vending machines and the drivers)... It allows you to use, trams, panoramic elevators, buses and subway, perfect no??? You can bye it in central plazas where there are small yellow cabinets saying “CARRIS”...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Tram 28 the cheaper alternative to the "tourist tram". It follows a scenic route through the city, and is one of the lovely older type of tram. Limited space on board means they are often crowded but, they are plentiful during the daytime, look out for spaces.
Written Mar 30, 2011
Lisbon’s international airport is located about 6km north of the city centre and is well linked to major European cities and further afield.
From Ireland Aer Lingus flies from Cork and Dublin direct to Lisbon and also has flights to Faro in the south of Portugal. Ryanair has no flights to Lisbon but does fly to both Porto and Faro.
Cheapest flights from the UK are with easyjet who fly direct to Lisbon.
TAP is Portugal’s major airpline and has international links to most European countries as well as providing the small but adequate domestic service...namely to Porto, Faro, the Azores and Maderia.
Written Feb 1, 2011
There are two major bus terminals in Lisbon, Sete Rios and Gare do Oriente with Sete Rios the main station for popular destinations within Portugal. Gare do Oriente is the station to head to if looking for international buses with frequent services to cities in Spain.
Major bus companies are listed below with web links with some offering online purchase and reservation.
Rede Expressos www.rede-expressos.pt
Eva Bus www.eva-bus.com
Avanza (for Spain) www.avanzabus.com
Written Feb 1, 2011
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