Great public transit system
Lisbon has a great public transit system that's efficient, on time and gets you everywhere.
The public transit system consists of a network of buses, trams, metros and funiculars as well as commuter trains.
To use any system first you need to buy a "Viva Viagem Card' at 0,50€ and then load it with any option you like:
1- CARRIS / Metro single ticket (1.40€)
2- 1 day ticket Carris/Metro (6€) it's worth it if you are doing at least 5 trips
3- Zapping – valid in the Metro, Carris, CP, Transtejo and Soflusa (stored value).
I bought my card at Praça da Figueira metro station using the blue machine. Very easy to use.
In my opinion the best option for tourists is the Zapping system. You load it with money and then you validate the card and the cost gets deducted until you need to load it again.
The cost of the tickets are the cheapest with Zapping and you can use the card for all modes of transport.
I Loaded my card with 15€ and it gave me a 1,15€ bonus and it was enough for 4 days - Mind you I walked a lot.
I used "Zapping" on the tram, The bus, the metro and the trains to Sintra and Cascais. You can also use it for the funiculars, Elevador st justa and Transtejo ferriesRelated to:
From the airport to the city
The best way to reach the city is taking the underground.
Bilhete simples - Single ticket: 1.40 EUR
Bilhete de 24 horas - 24 hours ticket: 6.0 EUR (also used in buses, trams and elevators)
For the first time, a card must be bought for 0.5 EUR.
During the night, BUS 208 travels between Cais do Sodré and Estação do Oriente, passing the Airport. You can catch this bus in downtown - Praça da Figueira!
Viva Viagem Lisbon public transport ticket
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.Related to:
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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
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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.
Scooter Hire in Lisbon
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The location is very good, because is in down town (Baixa Lisboeta).
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.
Easy to ride...
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”...Related to:
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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.
Flights to Lisbon
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.
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
Trains from Lisbon
There are several train stations in Lisbon with some very central but others further to the north. Santa Apolonia is the main station in the centre and serves North and Central Portugal and calls at Gare Oriente en route. Sete Rios is another major station which is linked to the blue metro line at the zoological gardens and is important for travellers as the station to reach Evora and the Alentejo region to the east. Rossio Station in central Lisbon is the station from which to catch trains to Sintra while Cais de Sodre is the station to use for Estoril and Cascais.
Lisbon has invested significantly in the development of its metro system and is a useful transport system for visitors wanting to visit places further north in the city (Parque das Nacoes) or if looking to catch buses or trains from stations situated away from the city centre (such a Sete Rios station and Gare Orient). Presently there are four lines on the metro system taking you from the centre of the city as far as Amadora Este, Odivelas and Oriente. Tickets can be bought from automated machines in the stations of more economically as part of day tickets from Carris kiosks.
Lisbons Trams are a tourist attraction in themselves. Most of the trams that trundle around Lisbon’s city centre are ancient yellow contraptions that rattle up and down the steep hills of the city and add significantly to the atmosphere of Lisbon.
The most famous Tram is the #28 which takes visitors around the city centre and on a roller coaster ride through the narrow cobblestone streets of Alfama and on to Graca. Another useful (although more modern) tram is the #15 which can take you out to the suburb of Belem from Praca de Comercio.
However the cost of a single ride on the tram lines has risen significantly of late and is now a rather steep €2.50 per ride. If you are going to make significant use of the tram, or indeed of any of the Carris run public transport systems, it is well worth buying a day ticket from the Carris kiosks which are valid for travel on the trams, buses, funiculars and metro.
Lisbon's BIG river bridges
Lisbon has two big bridges over the Tagus river: Ponte 25 de Abril and Ponte Vasco da Gama.
The Ponte 25 de Abril bridge opened in 1966 as the Salazar Bridge. It's a suspension bridge with a total length of 2,277 meters connecting Lisbon with the municipality of Almada. In 1999 a train deck was added to the bridge.
The Ponte Vasco da Gama openend in 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World's Fair held in the Oriente part of Lisbon and that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the sea route from Europe to India by Vasco da Gama. The total length of the bridgw is 17.2 km.Related to:
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