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Getting Around Lisbon on Public Transit

by /bio/pheymont »

Getting around Lisbon, with all its hills and winding streets can seem daunting, and even visitors who walk as much as we do (usually 10-12,000 steps a day) will find public transit handy, especially on really hot days. Fortunately, it's not hard.

The Metro system's four lines are not very evenly distributed, with the western and southern areas least served, but the bus net is fairly dense and many of the routes link quite widely-separated areas of the city. They move through tight streets with a speed and efficiency that can be amazing. There are also several tram lines, and they are not just for tourism. In some of the oldest areas of the city, including the Alfama, they are what fits through the maze.

The main transit operator, Carris, has a map of the system that's available at tourist information and at major Metro stations. You'll see that almost every bus line passes through parts of the main downtown area, stopping either near Terreriro da Paco/Praca do Comercio, Cais do Sodre or Rossio. That means that it's possible to use those points to make connections from one to the other, as well as to the tram lines. The most important of the tram lines is the 15e (all trams have 'e' for 'electirco' in their numbers) which runs to Belem and the attractions there, and the 28e, the famed tourist attraction which is also a key transit resource traveling from west of the center, through to and through Alfama.

All the stops are marked with yellow signs that identify quite clearly what stops there, when the next bus or tram can be expected, and listing all the stops on the line. One complexity: different schedules are listed for winter work days, summer work days, Saturday/holidays, Sundays, and for August. Each line has a colored oval with its number to identify it on the signs. Since buses don't always stop if no one onboard rings for the stop and the driver sees no one waiting, and since there are places where several lines share a stop, it's important when your bus approaches to stick your hand out, pointing. That way, the driver of, say, the 735, knows you want to get on.

Fares on the buses and Metro, with a prepaid card, is 1.25€; more if you pay cash on the bus. You can buy a farecard at any Metro station (from machines) and from any store with a "Carris MOB" sign, or a Payshop sign. The card costs 50c to buy, and you can then load it with any amount; tell the agent you want "zapping." That's for regular use--not a weekly pass or the like. At the farebox, you hold it up to the turnstile or farebox, and the fare is deducted. There's also a bonus in buying; 10€ gets you 10.75€ worth of fare; smaller top-ups get smaller bonuses.



RE: Getting Around Lisbon on Public Transit

by /bio/pheymont »

You are absolutey right! I meant to mention that the "zapping" card also works on the ferries (although it is not free--it costs the same as a bus ride.)

And yes, if you happen to be where the funiculars are it covers those, although NOT the Elevador do Carmo.

One more note: There are three companies doing HoHo busses (CitySightseeing and Grey Line operating as Lisbon Sightseeing, both with red buses, and Carristur, operating as Yellow Bus, with...duh...yellow buses). The pricing is similar, but the Yellow Bus ticket entitles you to also use city buses during your 24 or 48-hour ticket validity because YellowBus is actually operated by Carris, the local transit system.


In Response to Re: Getting Around Lisbon on Public Transit:[QUOTE]

I seem to recall that some of transit passes give you a free ride on the ferries across the Tagus, or did I just imagine that?

Also don't forget the funiculars for conquering those hills:

and the aerial tramway that runs above Parque das Nacoes


I also thought taxis were very cheap




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RE: Getting Around Lisbon on Public Transit

by jjklm »

The aerial tramway that runs above Parque das Nações is not public transport. wink It's just more a fun aerial ride with a great view, nothing more.


RE: Getting Around Lisbon on Public Transit

by /bio/mquartz »

Updating Nov. 2016:

Paying the bus driver in cash costs 1.80 - for each bus ride, no transfer at this price. 

A tram ticket (can be purchased from a machine on board of the newer trams) costs 2.85,

With the Viva Viagem card ("zapping") a ride costs 1.40 per hour, no matter how many transfers you can achieve within that hour from the first "zapping".

The Viagem card also works on trains - I can't vouch for all trains, but have used it in the last two days for both the Cascais and the Sintra lines. Those routes take out more money from your card than local bus or tram rides of course.

At 5AM the taxi from Belém to the airport took less than 15 minutes and cost Euros 13.50. At other times that would be considerably more, of course. During rush hour, a taxi from the airport into the center (near metro stop Baixa-Chiado) cost 12 Euros, and also during rush hour (and bogged down by road construction which is pervasive everywhere right now it seems) the taxi from there to Belém cost about the same.