The Lisbon Metro is an easy way to get around town. There are several lines (see the webpage) and it costs 0.75 cents for travel within zone 1 (and that pretty much covers the parts of the city to visit). You can get a day pass for a little over 3 euros. It’s safe and clean, but watch bags when it’s busy.
We enjoy using public transportation and find it usually the easiest, most scenic and most economical way to get around any city. However in Lisbon my wife was hobbling a bit with a broken toe so we avoided negotiating the metro stairs and walks usually involved. However, the bus, tram and trolley system is at street level and will get you most places in the old city like the Castle and Belem. We took the #37 bus from Praca da Figueira to the castle and the #15 trolley from Rua do Arsenal to Belem where it stops right at the monastery. The cost is about 1.20 Euro but you can buy two rides for 1.40 or a one day pass, "7 Colinas," for 3.00 at the booths on Praca da Figueira. Also, the LisboaCard covers these transports as well.
Lisbon's metro is very good value. A single ticket is 70 cents, about half the price of Paris and far less than London. And it seems pretty efficient too with good coverage of much of the city. However, the city authorities seem to be very slow in extending it. When we visited in summer 2005, the extension from Baixo-Chiado to Santa Apolonia was planned to open soon after. On our next visit in October 2006 it still wasn't complete.
I have been on metro rail systems in many cities. The one in Lisbon is growing, but it isn't yet as expansive as the one in Paris, or even Madrid. The first part of the system was opened in 1959 between Sete Rios-Entre Campos and Restauradores in a Y shape. The eastern branch to Alvalade was built about 15 years later. The extensions from Sete Rios to Colégio Militar-Luz and from Entre Campos to Cidade Universitária were opened in 1988. By the time I got there in July, 1990, that was as far as they got. We took it when José had to attend class downtown before he, Joaquina, and I had a picnic lunch and saw the museum. If memoury serves me correctly, we started out at the southern terminus of the blue line (Baixo-Chiado), changed over to yellow at Marquês de Pombal through to Cidade Universitária.
The Lisbon Metro is the metro (subway) system that provides Lisbon, Portugal with mass-transit services. It was the first metro in Portugal. As of 2004, the four Lisbon metro lines total about 37 km in length and comprise 44 stations.
Lisbon's public transport system has the Metro as its main artery, connecting the city centre with the upper and eastern districts. Ambitious expansion projects will increase the network by almost one third, connecting the airport, and the northern and western districts.
There are four suburban lines departing from Lisbon: the Cascais, Sintra and Azambuja lines as well as a fourth line to Setúbal crossing the Tagus river over the 25 de Abril Bridge.
The metro didn't go most places I wanted to go. I only took it back from the Gulbenkian Museum (Jardim Zoologico station), and on my way back from the 7 Rios train station, returning from Sintra. Naturally, the Lisbon Card and the Bus Passes work in the Metro as well.
The metro is quite nice, clean and comfortable. It is lacking any graffiti inside, and I don't have any idea how it was achieved, since the rest of the city is smothered with it.. Trains are quite, and the seats even have lumbar support built in. The newer Red line's stations are much more creative and modern.
Lisbon has an excellent, clean and cheap underground transport system. The system was relatively simple and painless, and all the staff I encountered spoke English and were very helpful. I decided to buy one of the day cards, rather than single tickets. These work a little bit differently to what I am used to, but the ticket clerk helped me out.
To buy a travel pass you first have to buy a "Seven Hills Card", which costs 50 cents. You can then charge this card with a day pass for about 3 euros. There are also five day passes. You can charge the card at a machine or at a service till - it costs the same. Once you have it all charged up you just need to run the card over the scanner on top of the turnstile and you are through. Don't stick the card in the ticket slot like I did, or it won't do anything :).
Lisbon has beautiful subway-stations (compared to Vienna), with beautiful
mosaiques and very modern trains!
However a major disadvantage:
Most lines of the subway in Lisbon run
parallel, so there are not many stations
where you can change. This is especially
fatiguing if you want to go to "Gare do Oriente" (the main train-station of Lisbon).
There is only one direct line there, so it
will take you lots of time from the other
The metro network is very convenient, allthough not really widely spread. There are 4 different lines, each indicated by a different colour. (green, blue, red, yellow) If you buy the Lisboa card (see general tips) for e.g. 72h, you receive 3 daily metro tickets with it. These aren’t valid for 24 hours, but until 1 am the next morning. You have to punch the ticket at the entrance and the exit of the metro stations.
Even if you don’t have to take the metro, it’s still worth checking out some stations, some of them are very arty. (e.g. Oriente)
There are many different public transportation options in and around Lisbon. After a couple of days of just throwing our money around, we discovered that you could buy a pass that allowed for unlimited rides on the city's metro, buses, trams and funiculars. This pass is surprisingly cheap and really your best bet for getting around Lisbon. I am not sure what the pass is called, but I would enquire at one of the metro stops- that is where we got ours.
The subway system in Lisbon was quite good. The trains ran frequently, the platforms and tunnels were clean, and it accesses most parts of the city where you will want to go. Be careful to check the schedule for when the trains stop running at nite.
It's too bad that we didn't take more trollies while we were there. We took one up to the castle and it only cost like 0.80euro. It's almost like an amusement ride, because you can basically ride as far as you want without anyone saying anything to you. Lisbon, like San Francisco, is known for its trollies and hill climbs.
I love the Lisbon metro, it was almost like my second home. It is fast, efficient, and you can get almost anywhere within the city limits easily.
The metro is fairly easy to navigate; there are only 4 lines, each assigned different colors and names. Tickets are cheap; 0.65 Euro for a single trip.
If you are in Lisbon for more than a couple days, the cheapest option is to by a card called 7 colinas for .50 Euro. It is valid for the metro, buses, and trams. Then you can pay for a certain amount of days (i.e. 5 days for 11,35 Euro).
If here for more than a month, it is definitely worth it to buy a Lisboa Viva card (5-10 Euro). For 23,50 Euros a month, the card is the best deal. It is valid for metro, bus, and trams. Many other passes are available; see website for full details
One of the best ways to get around Lisbon is on the metro system. It's a clean, modern efficient system.
I only ever took single journeys so I can't give too much information about ticket prices but there are machines and ticket booths at the station to help you.
Lisbon has a really nice metro system. It goes everywhere you'll need to go, and many of the metro stations are really cool. Cabs should be unecessary unless you're out late at night and the metro is already closed.