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a VirtualTourist member asked on Oct 18, 2016


Hop on hop off bus

Leaving for Lisbon, on Thurs. Will be at the hotel at noon. Have the rest of the day, on Friday, plus Saturday and Sunday to see the city. I had planned on the chill out tour, and independent sightseeing, but rain is forecast. I most probably will do a lot of walking with rain gear, but was wondering how people found the hop on hop off bus to get acclimated, or should it be very rainy. Any particular company? Will be staying by Restauradores. Thanks for any tips!

10 Answers

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Ieper

Not everyone is fun with hoho bus, but I think is one of best solution for sightseeing, rather than walking in the rain ;-) . We have taken it almost in every city, I find it easy to get off and on anytime and it stops in all important sights. Just wait and see. You can't really know the forecast in advance

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Perth

There is also a tram that takes you around the scenic parts of the city, it is a normal public tram. Ask reception at your hotel for the tram # and route.

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member

Thanks, I'm not a fan of hop on either, but just wanted a few thoughts!

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member

Yes, I'm looking at all the tram routes now, and the Lisboa card, etc. I've rarely taken the bus in other cities, but the times I have, it got me acclimated for walking later on. Thanks!

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Brisbane

I find the ho ho bus great for a general orientation to a city and take it from there. Lisbon has various options/routes available

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Lisbon

I think there are two different kind of buses. I'd checked the site and if i was you i'll go on red line in City Sightseeing: Lisbon Hop On Hop Off Tour. They go places where there isn't metro line.


Lisbon is big enough to get hard to walk all around. So, if you want to see city center and for example Belem (should go there) it is easier to take a tour bus and stop a while there. Of course you can go by regular bus, but i'd learn in others european cities that tour bus give us a historic information that others can't give.
For exemple the hop on hop bus in Vienna gave the info why Vienna has so many Café's... etc etc...
Never went on Hop-Hop Lisbon but i can imagine how many information they should give in that bus...
About rain, yes, it is possible that the weekend gets bad, but it isn't cold, yet, you'll be ok with some rain protection.

In Restauradores you'll find all the information easy. You will be in Tourist center area.

Enjoy Lisbon!

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Park City

We walked the city. I just turned on my GPS on my phone and followed it.

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Brisbane

There are actually more than one company doing hoho work in Lisbon, most run several routes. They all offer differing deals so you can choose the deal best and most suitable for you.

answered on 10/18/16 by
a VT member from Albufeira

One of the better tour bus operators is - they also do the tram tours around the historic parts of the city.

Once you have found places you might like to go back to, a one day ticket for all the normal city metro trains, tram, elevators and buses is only €6.

Lisbon, in fact almost the whole country, is forecast several days of often heavy rain from this Friday onwards,

answered on 10/20/16 by
a VT member from Hamilton

I do not remember which color bus we took but it was the wrong one and the biggest waste of money ever. We could have walked to Belem faster and then waited forever for a bus back. Traffic was awful...that bus was sporadic at best. We spent something like $40 each to spend half a day to Belem and back. Do not recommend. Loved Lisbon mind you, hoho sucked.

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