Lisbon’s public transport system


Lisbon’s public transport system includes a variety of options for getting around the city. On the video above you will find the highlights of a system that will help you get places in the Portuguese capital.

The basics of Lisbon’s public transport system are:

  1. Metro: it is the most popular and convenient way to get around Lisbon. It has four lines, covering a large portion of the city.
  2. Autocarros (buses): the bus network is extensive and covers the whole city. There are several types of buses, including regular buses, night buses, and express buses.
  3. Elétricos (trams/streetcars): Lisbon’s iconic trams are mainly used by tourists, but they also serve some local routes. The trams are a fun and scenic way to explore the city, especially on the historic Tram 28.
  4. Ascensores (funiculars): Lisbon has three funiculars, which are like cable cars that run up steep hills. They are a unique and enjoyable way to get around the city.
  5. Comboios (trains): There are also suburban trains that connect Lisbon to nearby towns and cities, such as Cascais and Sintra.
  6. Barcos (ferries): Lisbon has a ferry service that runs across the Tagus River. It’s a lovely way to enjoy the view of the city from the water.

To use public transport in Lisbon, you will need to purchase a rechargeable card called “Viva Viagem”. The same card can be used on all types of transport, and fares are based on zones and distance travelled.

If you have any questions for us on how to get around Lisbon, do make use of the commentary box below, we’ll be delighted to help.

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