Lisbon

The city that lives with its lights and colours.

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Country:
Portugal
Region:
Lisbon
Spoken language:
Portuguese
Currency:
Euro
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The 7 hills on which Lisbon lies offer a beautiful view from the city to the sea. Although not very big it goes up and down, so that walking around is quite difficult. Excluding certain areas, the use of public transport is required. There are 5 tram lines on which 57 trams, 3 funiculars and a lift run, together with 151 bus lines (8 circulate at night) and the Metro, divided into 4 lines. All public transport is managed by the Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa (tel: 213 613 054), with the exeption of the Metro.

www.carris.pt

 

PRICES

Onboard payments

autobus 1,85 € , tram 2,90 €

Bica, Glória and Lavra funicular (till 2 sections) 3,70 €

Sta. Justa (till 2 sections)  5,15 €

Carris / Metro combined ticket (7 Colinas or Viva Viagem card)

Carris / Metro single ticket 1,45 €

1 daily ticket (24 ore)

Carris / Metro network 6,15 €

Carris / Metro / Transtejo (Cacilhas) 9,15 €

Carris / Metro / CP € 10,15

 

FUNICULARS
Bica: Funicular located in Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo
Glória: Funicular connecting Praça dos Restauradores with Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara.
Lavra: the Elevador do Lavra has existed for 120 years and is the oldest funicular in the capital connecting Rua Câmara Pestana with Largo da Anunciada with a total length of 188 meters and an average gradient of 22.9%.

 

TRANSTEJO BOAT

It is a public transit service operating from dawn onwards, at intervals of an hour and a half or two hours, connecting the district of Cacilhas, Barreiro or Montijo. The low price and its slow navigation makes it ideal not only for travel but also to admire the city from another point of view in relaxation.

 

BUS

The Lisbon Bus service is made up of 151 lines between urban and suburban and 6 night runs from 11.45 pm to 05.30 am. (lines 201,202,206,207,208 and 210) Daytime buses run during other hours. Remember you to buy tickets in advance, as they will be much cheaper and you’ll save time. Howeveryou can buy tickets directly on board in Lisbon. The buses cover all areas of the city in a capillary way and are very useful because the Lisbon Metro is ideal for moving around in the centre, but it does not reach the most peripheral areas. The intercity bus station is the terminal for all inter-city buses, and is located on the corner of Avenida João Crisóstomo, near the McDonald’s, in a large beige building in Saldanha (accessible by metro, the Yellow Line).
The night buses, called Madrugada, run from 12.30 pm to 05.00 am, and almost all of them run from the station of Cais do Sodré; In addition there is the 201 to Belém through the docas of the port and the 208 (at the park of the nations) that reaches the airport.

www.carris.transporteslisboa.pt

 

TAXI

Taxis are very comfortable, reliable and not too expensive in Lisbon. We recommend them because they will help you to save time and allow you to enjoy Lisbon. No doubt that they are not to be used at night when you leave pubs because most of the public transportation is not active.

There are two main rates:

 

-Rate 1 can be applied from 06.00 am to 9.00 pm, from Monday to Friday;

 

-Rate 2, more expensive, can be applied on weekends and during night hours.

 

The rate appears on the taximeter  and should not be negotiated (for safety always check that the meter is working correctly at the start of the race). Taxi drivers do not expect tips, but of course they will be glad to receive it.

On the contrary if you want to visit the beautiful surroundings of Lisbon in comfort and without driving, you should rent a car with chauffeur. In this case we advise you to ask directly your travel agent, so that you have the maximum comfort and the best level of service/ price.

Teletáxis: 218 111 100

Rádio Táxis de Lisboa: 218 119 000

Autocoope: 217 996 460

Volancoop: 218 153 513

 

 

CAR
Driving through the streets in Lisbon is not particularly problematic, although traffic has increased a lot in recent years. The problem of parking in the centre can be avoided by parking in large underground parking fees. If you are not used to drive in the city or if you do not like to drive in narrow streets we recommend you use another public transport.
The two bypass roads avoid the transition through the centre: the most internal is named Regional Interior de Lisboa (CRIL), the most external is named Cintura Regional Externa de Lisboa (CREL).

 

TRAM

The tram is definitely one of the means to be preferred in Lisbon. Trams offer a nostalgic journey through the city’s most famous and historic districts such as Bairro Alto and Alfama, with a unique view of the city. Many date back to before 1945 and are still dignifiedly in use. Line 12 starts at Praça da Figueira and goes through the narrow streets of Alfama, line 15 goes from Praça da Figueira to Belém. The tourist line 28 passes through Bairro Alto, Alfama and other historical zones of Lisbon.

Destinations:

12 Praça da Figueira – Praça Figueira via Martim Moni

15 Praça da Figueira – Algés

18 R. Alfândega – Cemitério do Ajuda

25 R. Alfândega – Campo de Qurique

28 Martim Moniz – Campo de Qurique

Trams run around 06.00 am to 01.00 am.  The stops are marked by a small yellow sign with the inscription PARAGEM (stop) hanging from the poles or the electric wires.

Tram 28

If you want to visit the most beautiful places in Lisbon with a tram, you have to choose the tourist line 28. As on a rollercoaster ride you’ll pass through the Alfama district, passing along narrow streets (only 4 meters wide) and making tight curves. You can take the tram in Campo Ourique and pay the ticket on board at a cost of €2.90. The service is not included in the Lisboa Card.

 

METRO

No doubt that the best way to get around Lisbon is the Metro, not only because it is cheap and fast, but also because it allows to enjoy the beautiful artistic decorations inside the stations, renovated for the 1998 Expo. Almost all are decorated with beautiful azulejos which are typical hand-painted tiles. Remarkable works of contemporary art are exhibited inside some stations. The buildings that house them are very beautiful, as an exemple Rossio, a valuable building in neo-Manuelino style built in 1887.

 

The Lisbon Metro is expanding and currently has 4 lines, distinguished from its colours: red, yellow, green, blue, operating daily from 06.30 am to 1.00 am.  The cost of a single ride to any station on the network is €1.45. A daily ticket costs €6.15. There are interconnecting stations that connect the different lines.

 

On the official website you can download the maps of the Lisbon Metro network.

www.metrolisboa.pt

 

BIKE

Moving around Lisbon  by bike could be an idea to know the city in a pleasant way and at the same time respecting the ecology and the environment. Currently Lisbon has a urban cycle route network that allow visitors to admire the different landscapes, such as the area by the river, from Belém to Cais do Sodrè, along which the Lisbon of the XVI century is revealed with the imposing Hieronymites’monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) and the Tower of Belém, to the traces of the bourgeois city of the nineteenth century, right in the city center.

 

This time travel through Lisbon continues with Parque da Nações, where the 21st century Lisbon rises. On the banks of the Tagus river, visitors can make a relaxing excursion and at the same time appreciate the contemporary architecture, among which we mention the Pavilion of Portugal (Pavilhão de Portugal) and the building of Oceanário, worthy to be visited. Other suggestive itinerary will take you to one of the most emblematic green areas of the capital, the Campo Grande garden, to reach by the cycle path of Entrecampos. Once you’ve reached your destination, visit the City Museum and the Bordo Pinheiro Museum, located near the garden.

For the most enthusiastic, Monsanto Forest Park has a network of cycle paths, with an extension of almost 42 kilometers, ideal for mountainbiking enthusiasts and other itineraries suitable for all types of bicycles.

If you use the public transport links between cycle paths can be created, because bicycles can be trasported free of charge. On the Metro, users can transport bicycles on weekends and weekdays after 20.00.
The Carris makes available the Bike Bus service which includes the following vehicles:

 

21 – Saldanha – Moscavide Centro;

25 – Estação do Oriente – Prior Velho;

31 – Av. Josè Malhoa – Moscavide Centro;

708 – Martim Moniz – Parque das Nações;

723 – Desterro – Algès;

724 – Alcântara – Pontinha.

Adventure enthusiasts can continue by train from Cais do Sodrè station to the town of Cascais, located a few kilometres from Lisbon, and from there take the cycle path along the coast towards Guincho Beach.

 

Just rent a bike from one of the specialized companies, such as bikeiberia.com-LisbonHub, Squarelines, Tejo Bike and Guincho Adventours.

 

ON FOOT

Beautiful weather and the long days are an invitation to know and to live the city walking by foot, up and down the Seven hills. Along the way you can enjoy from different viewpoints beautiful panoramas, such as Graça, Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia, Castelo de São Jorge or São Pedro de Alcântara, just to name a few.

Along the way you can also be conquered by the fascinating light of the city reflected on the beautiful pastel-coloured facades of the houses decorated with the famous “Azulejos” and the Lisbon citizens lifestyle.

You can have a break in one of the gardens of the city, admiring beautiful plant specimens from all over the world. The “Jardim da Estrela” and the Botanical Garden (Jardim Botânico) of the Faculty of Science in the heart of the city, the Ajuda Botanical Garden, the Praça do Império garden, in Belém, or the garden of the waves, at Parque das Nações are just a few examples.

The best way to end this walk around the city is to walk along the river Tagus, in whose waters are reflected the two faces of the city, the most ancient Lisbon but also the modern and innovative.

 

FUNICULARS

 

In Lisbon there are three funiculars connecting the lower part of the city to the Seven Hills: Lavra, the first funicular built in Europe and operating since 1884. It begins on the east side of Avenida da Liberdade and runs 180 meters with a gradient of 25% to get to Torel; Gloria, inaugurated about a year after the Lavra, is the most beautiful and crowded funicular of Lisbon and connects Restauradores with Bairro Alto on the west side of Avenida da Liberdade. Arrived on the top, from the gardens you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city; Bica Finally, joins Rua da Bica and Rua S. Paulo, near Santos, in Calhariz District

Elevador do Lavro

Largo da Anunciada – R. Câmara Pestana. Every day 7.00 am -10.45 pm Sunday and holidays 9.00 am -10.45 pm.

Elevador da Glória

Restauradores – S. Pedro de Alcântara. From Sunday to Wednesday 07.00 am-02.00 am, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and holidays 07.00 am and 03.00 am.

Elevador da Bica

Rua São Paulo – Largo do Calhariz. Every day 7.00 am -10.45 pm Sunday and holidays 9.00 am -10.45 pm.

Elevador de Santa Justa

Rua do Ouro – Largo do Carmo. Every day 7.00 am -10.45 pm.

 

BOAT ON THE TAGUS

 

The boats on the Tagus are a pleasant and different way to see Lisbon and enjoy beautiful or suggestive views and panoramas, for example, passing under the futuristic Vasco da Gama bridge. All the companies that carry out the Tagus cruises have boats that leave from Praça do Comercio.

 

TRAIN

There are five train stations as well as areas of exit from the city in Lisbon, and for this reason take the train can be considered as waste of time if not planned.

Lisbon’s main starting point for international destinations and to go to central-Northern Portugal is the Santa Apolónia station, located on Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, Eastern Alfama District, on the banks of the Tagus river (accessible by Bus 46). Alfa high-speed trains depart for Oporto (Porto) daily until 08.55 am. The South Express leaves for Paris every day at 06.00 am, while the Lusitânia train leaves for Madrid at 10.00 am every day.

From Rossio station, located in Restauradores area, trains run to Sintra every 10 minutes, and trains to Cascais, Estoril, Oerias (every 20 minutes) and Belém (every 10 minutes) leave from Cais do Sodré station. To get to the station of Cais do Sodré, take the metro of the same name Cais de Sodré (Green Line) or the bus line 58.

From Barreiro station, located on the opposite side of the Tagus river, trains depart for destinations in southern Portugal such as Costa Azul and Algarve. The station can be reached by ferry from Terreiro do Paço, Praça do Comércio, every 30 minutes. There is also a private rail operator that runs services between the Entrecampos station in central Lisbon and Fogueteiro on the south side of the river that passes through the suspension bridge called “April 25”. Trains to Setúbal leave every half-hour, those for Évora every 2 and a half hours, those going to Lagos in the Algarve every 5 and a half hours.

Fines in case you have no ticket are to be paied on the train.

 

FROM/TO THE AIRPORT

Just 7km from the city, Lisbon Airport is the main entrance to Portugal as well as one of the largest airports in southern Europe

To reach the centre of Lisbon:

CAR

Upon arrival, after you have picked up the car, take circular 2 and head towards the city centre. When you pick up your car ask which exit is the closest to your hotel.

 

When you come back to Lisbon Airport you can use one of the following access routes according to the starting point. All these directions lead to Segunda circular (second circular), the Lisbon ring road leading to Portela airport. The road signs are clear but there is always plenty of traffic, and it is critical to pay close attention.
-From the north: Use the M1 towards Lisbon until the 2 circular;
-From the south: using Vasco Da Gama Bridge, on Tagus river, until you reach the 2 circular, or take Porte de 25 April, north/south axis and continue for the 2 circular;
-From Cascais/Estoril: Take the A5 motorway until the IC 17 then for the 2 circular;
-From Sintra: Take the IC 19 to the 2 circular (from the south) or the IC 19 then the IC 17 to the 2 circular (from the north).

Taxi


At the exit of the Lisbon airport there are two taxi rank.

As mentioned above, taxis in Lisbon are comfortable and convenient, and will take you directly to your hotel. As a rule of thumb the cost is €10 for a run to the city centre or to the hotel. At night and on weekends there is an increase of 20%. Before catch the taxi you should ask for the price.

AEROBUS

A convenient way to get to the center is the Carris Aerobus. There are two lines, the line 1 that reaches the city center in the area of Cais de Sodré, close to Praça do Commercio and line 2 leading to the financial district Av. José Malhoa (SUL). They run daily from 08.00 am to 11.00 pm, line 1 every 20 minutes, and Line 2  every 40 minutes. The ticket can be bought directly on board and costs about €3.50.

BUS

There are other buses connecting the airport with the city. Lines 5, 22, 44, 45, 83 connect the Lisbon airport to several points of the city. However the airport is the only stop, so the service is much slower.

From the airport leave or pass these buses:

– nº 22 Portela – Aeroporto-Marquês do Pombal (every day);


– nº 44 Moscavide/Qta. das Laranjeiras – Aeroporto – Cais do Sodré (every day);


– nº 83 Portela – Aeroporto-Amoreiras (working days);


– nº 208 Est. Oriente – Aeroporto – Cais do Sodré (only at night);


– n.º 705 Est. do Oriente – Aeroporto – Est. Roma/Areeiro (working days);

– n.º 745 Prior Velho – Aeroporto – Est.Sta.Apolónia (every day).

TRAIN

There are no direct connections between the airport and the Lisbon Metro. There is a bus, the N º 44, which joins the airport with the railway line of Gare do Oriente-Parque das Nações.

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