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Best modes of transportation in Lisbon?

I'm heading to Lisbon in the spring and I'm curious about the public transportation system in the city? What is the best way to get around? 

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top answer by
Filip from Lazne Bohdanec

Been some time since I was there but the underground is very good. Aside of that taxi would be the easiest way to get around and it wasn't expensive.

Sightseeing: In the city center be sure to get on Tram 28 - it'll take you around the whole city center and has great old times feel. Good idea is also to get hop on hop off tour - takes you all around the city to show you other sightseeing spots

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answered by
Izabel from Lisbon

Janine plublic transport here in Lisbon works very well, when you arrive in the airport there is the subway which you can use to get anywhere in the city.

To go to Cascais you have to use the train which is overground at Cais do Sodre, and stop at the very last station, but on your way there you will be able to appreciate Lisbon sea shore and pass by all the most known turistic places that is Torre de Belém, Jerónimos Monastery and the most famous desert in Lisbon, the "Pastel de Belém" those are must see here.

The biggest Tip is every first sunday of every month every momument in the city is free (budget wise this is the best time to come).

To go to Sintra there is a train that departs from Rossio Railway Station station right in the middle of the city. To go visit the Castelo de São Jorge there is a eletric trolley (must use) and buses. 

The easiest way to pay less for your fares here is to get a card called "VIVA VIAGEM", you can buy it in any machine on the stations, airport included, you can use it for any kind of public transport and all the panoramic elevators in town. Is only necessary to charge the card on "ZAPPING" mode and you will enjoy a reduced fare in anything you whish to do.

Have a good trip and I hope you enjoy this beautiful city.

If you have any other question you would like to ask, or maybe take a look in other tours and experiences Lisbon has to offer, please take a look at my website: ( is google translation friendly)

Or you can send me a e-mail:

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  1. Lisbon (city)
  2. Cascais (city)
  3. Cais do Sodre (attraction)
  4. Torre de Belém (attraction)
  5. Jerónimos Monastery (attraction)
  6. Sintra (attraction)
  7. Rossio Railway Station (attraction)
  8. Castelo de São Jorge (attraction)
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answered first by

Greater Lisbon has an excellent metro system that also covers the Lisbon Portela Airport

It's cheap and efficient.

In the old part of Lisbon you have trams that transport people around.

They are old quirky and very charming, but do the job quite well.

If you are heading along the river out to Belém Cascais and Estoril then you have a regional train leaving from the station called Cais do Sodre

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lisbon (city)
  2. Lisbon Portela Airport (attraction)
  3. Belém (attraction)
  4. Cascais (city)
  5. Estoril (city)
  6. Cais do Sodre (attraction)
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answered by
Gonçalo from Lisbon

definitly metro and bus :)

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answered by
Henrique from Lisbon

Dear Janine, 

In Lisbon, subway, bus and trams are working very well.

There is a day card with the cost of 6.50€ a day " LisboaViva" that gives you a chance to use all those transportations, valid for 24 hours, rechargable, to be used how many times you need.

It´s easy to get one of those cards at the subway stations, option in english too.

By the way let me give you the link of this website, there is a lot of usefull information.

All the best, 


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The public transport system in Lisbon is excellent. But, to visit the historical center, you actually almost don't need public transportation, unless you are staying outside of the historical area of course. Lisbon is not such a big city and the neighborhoods feel like 'villages' in the city. You can do a LOT on foot. 

If you want to take the metro though, since Lisbon can be quite exhausting, being built on 7 (very steep) hills, you have the metro, buses and the iconic tram 28 (be aware for pickpockets though). For the latter, take into account it's about 100 years old and an absolute tourist favorite, so don't expect it to be a very reliable way of transport if you need to be somewhere at a certain hour. 

To go to Belém, take the tram 15E in front of the Cais do Sodré metro/train/boat station.

To go to Sintra, you can take the train at the Rossio train station at the Rossio square, the heart of the city. It's about 2 euros, it takes about 30 minutes and the train goes every 20 minutes. Perfect connection.

The same goes for Cascais, every 20 minutes, 2 euros, 30 minutes. Cais do Sodré train station, above the Cais do Sodré metro station.

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