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Public transports in Lisbon
Public transports in Lisbon

Public transports in Lisbon

Like in all great cities of Europe, getting around in Lisbon and surrounding areas is often chaotic, parking is almost impossible and sometimes even risky for damaging paintwork.  In 15 years, the number of vehicles has multiplied tenfold, but the streets have remained much the same in size and the parking spaces have not grown in the same proportion.  Therefore the ideal solution is to use public transports.

What are they like? How do you use them? Are they practical for working people? What passes are there?

Different options are offered depending on how often you will be using them, the routes involved – within the city or including the surrounding areas –, the purpose of the trip – tourism or professional needs.

We have tested all the possible combinations, and selected for you those that we think have the best correlation between service – quality – price – efficiency.

1) For those who work and will be making about twenty round trips a month, the best of all without any doubt is the “Lisboa Viva” card.  

This rechargeable, magnetic card allows you to travel daily throughout Greater Lisbon, from Montijo (across the Tagus river) to Vila Franca de Xira (north of Lisbon) using all different companies and by all the means of transport available : ferry (“barco”), train (“comboio”), bus (“autocarro”), tram (“eléctrico”) and subway (“metro”).

To obtain this precious “open sesame” card, you have to do the following:  complete the form “Requisição de Cartão de Identificação  para Transportes da Região de Lisboa” (with a black ballpoint pen);  attach a passport photo, and hand these in at any Transport company counter, using your identification card or passport for verification.  At the same time you have to pay 7€ for the card, and specify the daily route you will be taking.

You will receive your card within 10 days. Then all you have to do it is charge it to pay for the first month of transport.  After 30 days you can recharge it at any counter or automatic machines placed in the entrance hall of the major stations, at associated shops, or simply using the “Multibanco” system.

If you’re in a hurry and need your Lisboa Viva card immediately, you can get it for 10€ at the “Carris” (bus service) selling point at Santo Amaro (weekdays from 9am to 5pm) or at Central do Tejo (ferry service) at Cais do Sodré, in which case the card will be ready in 24 hours.

Worth knowing:  the tariff obviously depends on your route and the discounts you may benefit from, i.e. children, retired persons, pensioners, senior citizens, etc..

2) For Lisbon within the city walls and for those who will be making less than 10 round trips a month, the ideal solution will be the «  7 colinas » type of pass.

It is a magnetic card available at all the Carris associated selling points and at post-offices (“Correios”) which will allow you to move around Lisbon during one hour (counting from the first validation to the last), catching the bus and the tram as many times as necessary.
The card costs 0.50€, you can charge it for from 5 to 10 trips, and it costs 0.70€ per trip in booklets of 10 trips.  The tariffs vary depending on the option you choose :  bus/tram or bus/tram + subway.  

At each reading of the card, you can see how many trips you have left.

Important:  Every time you change your transport (bus => tram or bus => bus) you have to pass the card through the card-reader, and the trip will not be debited as long as you are within the one-hour period.  You must also keep the payment slip as proof of buying your trips.  The “7 colinas” card is, in our opinion, the best one for tourists.

3) Tricks and tips

Carris will change your card every time it is completely empty, and will charge you another 0.50€.  Therefore, recharge your card before it becomes empty and you can economize a little more.  Avoid having it close to your mobile phone, as this may erase the trips.
For Lisbon’s surrounding areas, also covered by Carris, you can buy a “7 colinas” urban and suburban zone card, which works on the same principle, but extends the period of use to 90 minutes. As for the rest, if you want to try out the charm of the old trams or check how really safe Lisbon’s subway is, you can by individual tickets which vary from 1.20€ to 1.30€ each.

4) Other aspects

Fines (“Multa”)

if the inspector catches you without a valid ticket, you will not get away with it! The inspector will hand you a fine (100 times the price of the ticket + 1 ticket).
Then you have 4 days to pay your fine.
For the ferry: at the Central do Tejo at Cais do Sodré
For the bus: at the Alcântara station at Rua 1º de Maio 101, Alcântara.
If you miss the deadline, the matter will be taken straight to court.
Tariff charges normally change at the start of each year.

Persons with reduced mobility

Carris has special buses at the disposal of people with reduced mobility.  In this case it is necessary to make a request at Carris selling point at Santo Amaro, present a medical certificate issued exclusively at one of Lisbon’s Civil Hospitals:  “Hospital dos Capuchos” ( Tues and Thurs – 11am;  “Hospital Curry Cabral” (Mon and Wed – 10am);  and “Hospital de Santa Maria” (11am).  
In addition you will need a passport photo and valid Identification document.
Information:  21 361 31 41.

In case of strike

Information on the transport companies’ websites, TV, radio, or « in loco ».

Useful addresses

Here are some addresses for information on timetables, transport network routes or other information necessary for the unique experience of travelling on Lisbon’s public transports.

Transporlis :  www.transporlis.sapo.pt/index.cfm?l=uk : a very useful website to look up tariffs, timetables and all other indispensable information on all Lisbon’s transport systems: CARRIS, CP, FERTAGUS, METRO and TRANSTEJO, as well as air flights.

Rodoviária de Lisboa : http://www.rodoviariadelisboa.pt/public_html/index.php. Buses to travel to the outskirts of Lisbon ( Loures, Vila Franca de Xira, Odivelas). Individual ticket 07 0,80€.

Fertagus: http://www.fertagus.pt : To go from Lisbon Areeiro to Setúbal.
Comboio Português:  www.cp.pt : Very good website, call centre 808 208 208
Point to Point: at stations, through the Multibanco system (21 days to 15min before departure), some travel agencies, net TiCket automatic machine
All over the country: Alfapendular

http://www.metrolisboa.pt ; tel. 213 50 01 15, routes from Cais do Sodré to Amadora, Odivelas or Oriente stations. 
Timetables: The first underground train leaves from the end stations on each line at 6.30 a.m
The last underground train leaves from the end stations on each line at 11.59 p.m.

http://www.carris.pt , you can find here the description of bus and tram routes and their respective stopping off points. Tariff 07: individual ticket 1.30€.  Pdf documents of all the routes. Informations on all tariffs, connections, and zones.  Very complete.
Timetables:  Lisbon buses from 6am to 9pm/11pm depending on the lines. Useful info: the buses are sometimes late. Send an “SMS CARRIS”: Each bus stop has a code and a reply message will be sent to your mobile indicating how long you have to wait.
Surferfertagus http://www.fertagus.pt : a bus service that takes passengers to train stations, Client Supportline: 707 127 127.
http://www.scotturb.com : public transport to Cascais, train pass + bus = 12€
http://www.vimeca.pt : Bus company which equally serves Lisbon and surrounding areas;  urban tariff 07 : 0,80€;  you can get a pass.
TST, http://www.tsuldotejo.pt : Lisbon > Alcochete by bus

Tram:  Timetables: from 8am to midnight depending on the days and tram lines.

Ferry: http://www.tsuldotejo.pt, Terminal Fluvial do Cais do Sodré, tel: 808 203 050
To cross the Tagus river, from Belém to Cacilhas, tariff per person: 0.74€ / 1 car 2.30€  / pass for 10: 6.60€
To Trafaria; Tariff per person: 0.77€ or 10 trips: 6.75€
The Lisboa Viva card also applies here.
Timetables: weekdays: 5h52 to 23h10, week-ends and holidays: 6h50 to 23h10.
To Montijo / Barreiro / Seixal / Cacilhas. See timetables on the website. From 6am to 11pm depending on the connections.
http://www.soflusa.pt : average duration of ferry crossing, between 15 to 25 minutes.
Ex : Belém > Cacilhas, 15 min;  Cais do Sodré > Montijo, 25 min.


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