Lisbon offers an efficient network of public transportation. It is still the cheapest, fastest and best way to get around.
Trains and Railway Stations
As there are five railway stations for different destinations, taking train in Lisbon can be a bit confusing and time consuming.
Lisbon’s main departure point for central/northern Portugal is Santa Apolonia station located on Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, eastern district of Alfama, on the Tagus River banks (can be reached by bus line 746). All the trains that depart from Santa Apolonia Station stop at Estaçao Oriente in Expo. High-speed Alfa trains depart for Oporto every day until 20h55.
Located in Restauradores, Rossio train station runs trains to Sintra every 10 minutes. From Cais do Sodre railway station, trains reach Cascais, Estoril and Oeiras. To reach the Cais do Sodre railway station, take the metro (Green Line) to Cais do Sodre or bus line 758.
Located in the other side of the River Tagus, Barreiro station runs trains to southern destinations like Costa Azul (Blue Coast) and Algarve. Station is accessible by the ferries departing from the Terreiro do Paço at Praça do Comercio, every 30 minutes. There is also a private railway operator running services between Entrecampos station in central Lisbon and Fogueteiro on the south side of the river passing the 25 April suspension bridge. Trains to Setubal depart every half an hour; to Evora every 2,5 hours and to Lagos every 5,5 hours.
Please be aware that on-the-spot fines are payable if you travel without a ticket.
Carris is the transportation company that runs buses, trams and funiculars in Lisbon for many years. It is advisable to buy the tickets in advance as they will be MUCH cheaper and more convenient. Tickets must be stamped on boarding the machine. If you plan to stay for a considerable time, better obtaining one tourist pass which would provide unlimited travel by Carris. Passes can be obtained in the kiosks of Carris in railway and busy metro stations.
Intercity bus station is located on Sete Rios area, at Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado - Estrada das Laranjeiras - LISBOA, in a big beige building (accessible through blue line by metro). This is the terminal for all intercity buses. Fast Rede Expressos buses also depart from this station.
The most favorable way to get around in Lisbon is, without any doubt, the metro. Not because it is cheap and fast but also because metro stations allows one to enjoy its amazing artistic decoration.
Metro trains run every day from 06h00 until 01h00, costing a single journey to any station on the network
€ 0.85. Combined with Carris, one day pass costs €
3.75. Pass selling offices include: Areeiro, Arroios, Baixa-Chiado, Cais do Sodre, Campo Grande, Colegio Militar/Luz, Entre Campos, Marques de Pombal, Pontinha, Restauradores and Oriente metro stations.
Map of Metro Stations
Trams offer a nostalgic trip through ancient neighborhoods such as the Bairro Alto, Alfama with fascinating views of the city. It is interesting to note that many of them are pre-World War One and still running. Line 15 departs from Praça da Figueira to Belem and Line 28 passes through the Bairro Alto, Alfama and other ancient parts of Lisbon.
• 12 Praça da Figueira - Praça da Figueira-via Martim Moniz
• 15 Praça da Figueira - Alges
• 18 R. Alfandega - Cemiterio da Ajuda
• 25 R. Alfandega - Campo de Qurique
• 28 Martim Moniz - Campo de Qurique
Ticket price on board is € 1.45.
Funiculars and Lifts
Funiculars function to link the lower part of the city to the upper part.
Elevador do Lavro
Largo da Anunciada - R. Câmara Pestana
Everyday between 07h00 and 22h45. Sundays and public holidays between 09h00 and 22h45
Elevador da Gloria
Restauradores - S. Pedro de Alcântara
Sunday to Wednesday between 07h00 and 02h00; Thursday, Friday, Saturday and public holidays 07h00 and 03h00
Elevador da Bica
Rua São Paulo - Largo do Calhariz
Everyday between 07h00 and 22h45 Sundays and public holidays between 09h00 and 22h45.
Elevador de Santa Justa
Rua do Ouro- Largo do Carmo
Everyday between 07h00 and 22h45
Taxis of Lisbon are beige colored and offer very reasonable prices to get around. Starting charge is
€ 2 and the distance is metered from then on. Extra cost of
€ 1.6 for luggage.