How to get around Lisbon

By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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Getting around Lisbon - my advice

Lisbon is a comparatively small city and, for the most part, easy to get around. From the city’s central point of Rossio most places are reachable by foot, although some of the cobbled hills and stone stairwells may not suit the tallest of heels. If you need to travel longer distances or don’t fancy walking there are plenty of quick, efficient and affordable transport options. If you plan on doing multiple journeys in a day it makes sense to buy a one-day travel pass. The ticket costs 3.70 euros, can be bought at any metro station and is good for unlimited travel on any mode of public transport in the city.

Metro

Lisbon’s metro (+351 21 350 0115; www.metrolisboa.pt) is quick, cheap, clean and artistically decorated. There are four different lines (blue, yellow, red and green), which cover much of the city but it isn’t exactly comprehensive. The metro runs every day from 6am-1am, and the cost of a single journey to any station is 1.25 euros.

Tram

Lisbon is synonymous with the image of the vintage rickety yellow tram (eléctricos), and a trip on one is a must-do for any tourist. Some of the trams are so old that they’ve been running for almost a century. There are five routes in total but the two most relevant to tourists are Line 15, which goes from Praça da Figueira to Belém, and Line 28, which passes through Bairro Alto, Alfama and the city’s most ancient streets. Tickets cost 1.35 euros per journey and can be purchased on board.

Bus

Lisbon’s bus route is the most comprehensive of all the city’s public transport networks and you can catch a bus from almost anywhere to almost anywhere. A single fare is 1.35 euros and can be bought from the driver.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and reasonably affordable in Lisbon. A fare from the airport to the city centre should cost you around 10 euros. Reputable taxi firms include Rádio Táxis (+351 21 811 9000) and Télétaxi (+351 21 811 1100).

Funiculars and lifts

Being a city built on seven hills, the locals have taken a few shortcuts to lugging themselves up and down the city’s trickier climbs. Clunking and cranking their way up and around the city, some of the chunky metal carriages known as elvadors seem to defy the laws of gravity. The steepest and most popular one is Elevador da Bica. Single fares cost 1.35 euros.

Train

Lisbon’s trains are very useful for getting around the suburbs and out to the city’s fantastic beaches. The train to Cascais and Estoril departs from Cais do Sodré every 20 minutes, takes 40 minutes and costs 1.70 euros. The train to Sintra leaves from Rossio station and also departs every 20 minutes, takes 40 minutes and costs 1.70 euros. For trains onto other parts of the country and Spain, go to Santa Apolónia station (+351 808 208 208; www.cp.pt).

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