To ride the public transportation in Lisbon you will need to get the rechargeable card Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas (0,50€). You can get it and charge it in every metro station. There are several ways of charging it:
Price: Single ticket: 1,50€ valid only for Metro, Carris buses and Carris tramways, allowing to change from one to another.
Zapping ticket: 1,35€ in Lisbon-centre In this option you charge the card with a value of your choice (3, 5, 10, 15, 20€) , and the value of the trip is 1.35€ and discounted each time you travel. It is valid in all transports (metro, bus, tram, train, elevators and ferries), not only in Lisbon but also, for another value, in the metropolitan area.
You can always buy a single ticket inside the buses, tramways and funiculars, with an increased price: bus – 2€; tramway – 3€; funiculars – 3,80€ for two ways.
24 hour ticket: 6,40€ valid for 24 hours on all the ways of transportation (metro, bus, tramway, train and elevators) within the city center. The time starts counting the first time you validate the card.
Travelling Cacilhas: 9€ Valid for 24 hours on all means of transport (metro, bus, tram, train, elevators) in the city centre and on the ferry to Cacilhas. The 24 hours start from the first card validation.
Timetable: Metro – from 06:30 to 01:00 Bus and Tramway – you can check the timetable of every bus and tramway individuallyhere.
There are several train stations in Lisbon, each one of them leads to different destinations: Rossio: to get to Sintra Cais do Sodré: to get to Cascais and the coast area Santa Apolónia/Oriente: to travel to other cities in the country (Nazaré, Coimbra, Porto, Faro, etc.)
The tramways are always a fun traditional way to ride around the city. There are several of them: Number 15E: Praça da Figueira, bound for Belém Number 12E: Goes up the castle hill, from Martim Moniz Square (circular circuit) Number 28E: It’s the most famous tram in Lisbon, always with long queues of tourists. The reason? This tram makes a great circuit through the city: it passes through the castle, the Alfama district, the Chiado area and other Lisbon neighbourhoods.
However, in order to have the experience of an old tram but be able to sit down, we recommend you to see the following options:
Number 18E:Cais do Sodré, bound for Belém Number 24E:Recently reactivated line, leaves Largo Camões and goes up to Campolide
Taxis in Lisbon are not very expense, which make them a good alternative to other ways of transportation, especially if you are a group of 3 or 4 people.
Prices: Day time (06:00 – 21:00): minimum price 3,25€ + 0,47€/km Night time (21:00 – 06:00): minimum price 3,90€ + 0,56€/km
They charge a supplement of 0,80€ when you call them by phone, and 1,60€ to take luggage.
Contact: Radio táxis +351 219 362 113 You can also use the app MyTaxi.
Uber in Lisbon presents itself with a good alternative to taxis as it is usually even cheaper. But watch out for the dynamic fare.
From and to the Airport
Metro: Lisbon’s airport is located inside the city, so the simplest and cheapest way to go to and from the airport is by taking the metro. Price: 1,35€ (zapping ticket) or 1,50€ (single ticket)
Aerobus: Circulates every 20 (Line 1 Airport – Cais do Sodré) or 60 minutes (Line 2 Airport – Sete Rios), between 8 a.m and 11 p.m. Price: Adult – 3,60€, Child (4 to 10) – 2€ Taxi: A taxi is also a good option to go to and come from the airport, especially at late hours. Make sure to ask for a receipt – Price: between 10€ to 15€ (for the centre)