Getting around Lisbon by public transport. Info, timetables, ticket prices

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When you visit the wonderful Portuguese city for the first time, the thing that could immediately jump to the eye is the rather "dated" means of transport; this is certainly not synonymous with inefficiency ... far from it. Lisbon would lose some of its charm without its trams and urban lifts (lift) that lead up to the hills.

The public transport system, with the exception of the underground, is managed by the Carris company. The integrated tariff system, however, allows the use of the same travel documents on all means, including the underground.


Metro Lisboa Route Map

Copyright, Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa)

The metro has existed for over 60 years, and was the first to be built all over Portugal. It is, of course, the most comfortable way to get around Lisbon, efficient, and easy to use. It is managed by Metropolitano de Lisboa.

The network is spread over about 44 kilometers and a total of 56 stations. It consists of 4 lines, each identified by a different color:

  • Linha Azul (Linha from Gaivota) from Reboleira to Santa Apolónia - 13,7 km, 18 stations.
  • Linha Amarela (Linha do Girassol) from Odivelas to Rato - 11,1 km, 13 stations.
  • Linha Verde (Linha da Caravela) from Cais do Sodré to Telheiras - 8,9 km, 13 stations.
  • Linha Vermelha (Linha do Oriente) - from S.Sebastião to Lisboa-Airport - 10,5 km - 12 stations.

There are some metro stations, which are authentic works of art with tiles, sculptures and paintings by contemporary artists; clear examples, I am the station Marquês de Pombal, Parque, Campo Pequeno, Campo Grande, as well as all the stations of the red line, built on the occasion ofExpo98.

The metro operates from the 06: 30 in the morning to the 1 at night. Trains travel frequently from 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the timetable.


Given its conformation, the Funicular is a very widespread means. In the city and3:
Lavra Funicular: from 7h to 21h
Bica Funicular: from 7h to 21h
Glória Funicular: from 7h to 24h


The Elevador are another symbol of the city. More than just lifts, they are real monuments that lead to the hills. Santa Justa, in this sense, is a wonderful elevador, where you travel inside two elegant wooden cabins, with brass details. Here is the list of 4 urban lifts in the city:

Santa Justa: The climb also allows access to the lookout on the elevator, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view on the Low, Alfama and the Castle. It works from 7h to 22h (23h in summer);
Do Lavro: Long from Anunciada - R. Câmara Pestana. Open from 07: 00 to 22: 45 Sunday and holidays 9: 00-22: 45;
From Gloria: Restauradores - S. Pedro de Alcântara. Works from Sunday to Wednesday 07: 00-02: 00, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and holidays from 07: 00 to 03: 00;
From Bica: Rua São Paulo - Largo do Calhariz. Open every day from 07: 00 to 22: 45 and Sundays and holidays 9: 00-22: 45.


To use the funiculars, you will have to purchase a special ticket, valid for a return journey, at the cost of 3.80 €. Only for the Santa Justa funicular, the price is 5.30 € for two trips. All the funiculars are included in the convenient, and inexpensive, LISBOA CARD, recommended by us.


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Trams are the most traditional means of getting to know the ancient part of the city, with its labyrinthine streets. Very loved, and appreciated by tourists to move around Lisbon. The tram, certainly, more emblematic is the 28 number, which makes a panoramic tour in the 7 hills and in the different neighborhoods. All the info, from this link.

Another traditional line is represented by the 15 tram, which starts from Piazza Figueira and arrives at the district of Bethlehem (Monastery and Tower of Belém).
Trams run daily from 5h30 to 21h.


Carris it is the company that manages the buses, in Lisbon. Buses cover the city and the suburbs in a capillary way. Buy tickets in advance, especially as savings are assured.
During the night (from midnight to 05: 00) the M work
adrugada, night buses, most of which run from the train station Cais do Sodré; there is a bit of the 201 line for Bethlehem through i docas of the port, and the 208 Bus, at the Park of Nations.


To move around Lisbon by public transport, it is advisable to purchase the appropriate one VIVA VIAGEM, al cost of 0,50 €. It is a rechargeable card valid on all public transport: bus, metro, tram, funiculars and the Santa Justa elevator. The card can be loaded with money, at the ticket offices or in the machines, with the option Zapping. Viva Viagem can be loaded with amounts from a minimum of 3,00 €, to a maximum of 40,00 €. Every time you travel by transport, the cost of the trip is deducted from the balance. You can buy it at any metro station or at newsstands.

A single journey on public transport costs 1.50 €. It allows you to make a trip within an hour of validation. The day ticket valid on all vehicles (except airport shuttle and tourist routes) costs 6.40 €; worth 24 hours from the first validation. There is also a special day ticket, valid for 24 hours, which also allows the use of CP vehicles for Sintra, Cascais, Azambuja and Sado lines; costs 10.55 €.

Always remember to cancel the travel document before embarking on a trip: the checks are quite frequent and .... le mu, you rather salty. Travel tickets can be purchased at numerous points of sale, underground stations and major bus stops.

For those who, instead, were interested in an integrated solution between traffic and museums, LISBOA CARD is the ideal solution, starting from just 19.00 €. More info, from this link.


On some vehicles, it is possible to pay the ticket directly on board, by the driver. In this case, however, you will have to pay a premium rate. On the buses, the price is 1.50 € per single journey; on trams, the price is 3.00 €

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