Lisbon has a very good transportation system and the metro forms a large and important part of it. Currently featuring four lines it totals 39km (24 miles) in length and comprises 46 stations. Opened in 1959, it expanded in the 1980s and 1990s into a modern system but the city's airport is not connected but plans and construction will eventually link it to the network.
The Metro offers a variety of fares, comprising: fares exclusive to the Metro, fares combined with Carris (buses, trams, funiculars and lifts), fares combined with other transport operators and intermodal fares. The best way to pay for city transport is buying a rechargeable card 7 Colinas (Viva Viagem) card. It is valid for metro, trams (electrico) and most buses. The only exception is buses run by not by Carris—other bus companies have their own tickets. The card itself can be purchased for as little as €0.50 (this price doesn't include any trips—add as many trips as you want), and remains valid for a year.
You can charge money onto this card in a mode called zapping, which will give you slightly more credit than you pay for (for example, you will have to pay €7.00 for €7.35 of credit). You can then pay for travel by just touching the card to the control point at the barrier on entering and leaving stations or vehicles. Starting a journey will immediately deduct €0.79, the cost of a single-zone trip (which means most of downtown Lisbon). Finishing the trip in another zone will deduct a further €0.31. Switching from metro to bus and vice versa will make you eligible for a slight discount. If you are going to move around heavily on a specific day (more than five trips), an economic choice can be the all-day pass which costs €4 (valid until 1AM). The all-day pass is also valid on city buses and tram lines.
You may come to Lisbon the way You want. But for those who want to visit Lisbon by car You must know the parking places very well cause it's not easy to park there, specially in the downtown. The metro is now a good way to travel in Lisbon and it's growing.
(See some photos of Lisbon Metro's art in http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=780274)
Their are four Lisbon subway lines totalling about 39 kilometres (24 miles) in length and comprises 46 stations.
Blue line is called the Seagul line
Yellow line is called the Sunflower line
Green line is the Caravel line
Red line is the Orient line
We used a Lisbon card to access the system for the 3 days we were there. Its a swipe card and is just placed on a surface near the gate and it should open for you. Sometimes a little wiggling is required though to make it work properly though. The system starts at 6.30am until 1pm with many of the stations containing contemporary art and sculpture exhibits.
With a frequency from 10 to 20 minutes depending on time of day we found the metro to be ideal and seemed very safe to use even late in the evenings. A word of note that some of the larger stations have several exits to make sure you know where you are going when you leave.
The Lisbon Metro has the following lines:
- Azul (Blue line)
- Amarela (Yellow line)
- Verde (Green line)
- Vermelha (Red line)
The lines are still being extended by making the above 4 longer.
There are several types of fares; details.
The metro trains ride from 6.30AM till 1AM.
The LISBON METRO subway system has four lines and comprises 46 stations.
Blue Line - Linha Azul
Yellow Line - Linha Amarela
Red Line - Linha Vermelha
Green Line - Linha Verde
On Monday, June 1, our VT group was going on a bus tour of Nazare', Alcobaca, Batalha and Obidos. Our tour bus would be waiting for us at the SAS Radisson near the Campo Grande Metro Station. So, when we departed the Cais do Sodre Train Station coming from Cascais, we headed for the Metro Station and took the Green Line which would bring us to Campo Grande. We bought tickets from the ticket machines and the cost was 1,60 per person, one way.
At the end of the day, we again took the Metro, using the Green Line to get us back to Cais do Sodre Train Station. Very simple to use.
This beautiful station has been renovated for a while and it works again since Feb. '08. It usually operates the Sintra line (linha) being Queluz one of the stops.
It is in the city centre, but just in case you need it:
- Metro: Believe or not, the closest metro station is not Rossio (green line) but Restauradores (blue line).
The fastest way to get around Lisbon.If you're used to public transport,you'll understand the metro lines easily.But beware,if you have heavy luggage, it can be very difficult as some metro stations has no lifts.
The first subway system in Lisbon dates back only to 1959 and consisted of only one line (U-shaped). Since then the network has been extended and presently there are 4 lines (blue, yellow, green and red line) with 48 stations that covers a distance of 37 km. In a couple of years the distance will overcome 50 km and there will be more interchange points between the different lines.
Today the network covers downtown Lisbon, the shopping districts, and some urban areas and operates daily from 06:30am - 01:00am. It’s one of the fastest ways to get any point in the city and you can get the main train stations (Gare do Oriente, Rossio, and Cais do Sodré), the inter-city bus terminal (Sete Rios), the ferry/boats quays (Praça do Comércio, Cais do Sodré), and the main city bus terminals (Entrecampos, Sete Rios, Luz, Gare do Oriente). The only drawback is the fact that the network doesn’t get the airport.
The stations are very easy to find as from the outside you will see a red “M”. From the inside some of them are very modern with art exhibitions, and most of them with tiles from several Portuguese artists. You even can find a station with a museum -Music Museum in Alto dos Moinhos station (blue line). The big stations also have some shopping areas and cafeterias. Useful words:
»correspondência (transfer between lines), »saída (exit to the street).
a google map of the underground system
Individual tickets must be purchased at the machines and validated at the gates before enter.
The “7 Colinas” card is a contact-free card on which multimodal tickets can be credited. The journeys cover the Carris and underground networks and was created for passengers using the system from time to time and allows for crediting in a way which is better suited to individual needs.
"ZAPPING" is a multimodal ticket. You can load money on your card, enabling you to make trips both on Carris or Metro, as long as you have enough money on the card. The card can be bought on all Carris and Metro concessionaries or Post Office Stations and Payshop agents, and has a price of 0.50 € and is rechargeable. The minimum value to load is 1,50 € and the maximum 10,00 €. For trips with Carris, the price is 0,81€ and is valid for all Carris transports during 1 hour. If you buy the ticket from the driver: 1,40€ per ride.
- Single ticket: 0,80€- 2 way ticket: 1,45€ - 7 Colinas pass: 10 tickets: 7,30€ or 0,73€ for each ticket, just for Metro. You can ask to recharge the pass with zapping credit so is valid for metro and buses for the same price.
Although the most convenient Metro line closest to our hotel was out of action due to recent flooding we did use the Metro quite a lot and hopped on and off to get around the city when we felt we had walked enough!
Cheap, fast and convenient. We did not even look into multi-journey ticket deals as we were there for only 3N4D.
We used the trams too - great fun as when we were there some were specials- a bit like bendy buses used as advertising vehicles!
We even used a couple of Stagecoach buses for longer journeys and the excellent train service to Cascais. All efficient and , back then, very cheap.
The Lisbon subway sistem is a nice way to travel inside Lisbon. It takes you almost to most of the city and to the major connections to the suburbs. It's not an expensive way of transport. You have to purchase 7colinas card (costs 0,50€) and then charge it with the ticket you want (1 day ticket: 3,70€; Ticket bus+ subway 1,25€; simple ticket 0,80€; return 1,45€; 10 units 7,30€).
The majority of the stations are remodeled and clean. The subway is still a rather safe place but at peak hours you should be careful (like in all other subway sistem) with pickpockets. More information at www.metrolisboa.pt where you can find a diagram of the network or in the following link: http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/2449/semttulopk4.jpg.
The subway station is also a place for art and many stations were built by famous architechts and decorated by important plastic artists. In the following link you can read more about the art in the subway: http://www.metrolisboa.pt/Default.aspx?tabid=377.
A good network, although many times is not needed.
Notice: The lines (linhas in portuguese), are not called by numbers but by colours.
- Amarelo/a: Yellow
- Azul: Blue
- Verde: Green
- Vermelho/a: Red
The Metro is Lisbon’s mass-transit subway system. The metro systems covers four lines in the colours of Red, Green, Yellow and Blue. These lines go by the name of Oriente, Girassol, Gaivota and Caravela. The stations within the Metro Systems have become something like galleries for artists to decorate.
Lisbon has a great metronetwork with four tubeways. It's an easy, cheap and fast way to move from to neighbourhoods of Lisbon which are situated to far from the centre to walk. Besides all stations have been decorated with modern art in the form of azulejos (tiles), which are worth a visit for themselves. With the seven colinas card or the Lisboa card, you can get in and out as much as you like.
The Lisbon Metro is the metro (subway) system that provides Lisbon, Portugal with mass-transit services. It was the first subway in Portugal.
As of 2004, the four Lisbon subway lines total about 37 km in length and comprise 44 stations.
Lisbon Metro is quite small compared to that of other European capitals like London, but is nevertheless a valuable means of transport to get around the city. The map below shows all stations and lines in the "Metropolitano de Lisboa".
NOTE : In Lisbon's metro you have to buy the tickets from the ticket machines.There are three language select options.If you want use the metro to turn back also it is cheaper to take a round trip ticket.You can see a picture of a ticket machine below.
The Lisbon underground metro works from 06h30 a.m. up to 01h00 a.m. and the tickets costing 0,60 Euros are valid for just one trip. Alternatively, you can choose between a 7 day ticket or a 10 journey ticket.
In the rush hour it is almost impossible to catch, unless you enjoy travelling like a sardine. In every metro station enjoy the Art-deco, amazing panels of tiles, sculptures, and paintings turned into real masterpieces.