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Transportation in Lisbon


You'll see the cream taxis parked up in ranks around major junctions, including Rossio Square and Restauradores, plus the major stations. They charge by the metre and you don't need to tip.


Lisbon's metro network is modern and clean, and the quickest way to get across the city, although it doesn't go west to Belém. There are various money saving multi-journey and day tickets.


In Lisbon's city centre, walking is the best way to get to know the city, but with so many hills it can be hard on the feet. A new cycle/footpath between Cais do Sodré and Belém means you can avoid the busy riverfront road but take alternative transport to Parque das Nações where the going gets easier.


Lisbon's bus network is comprehensive with a huge network running throughout the city. However, in the city centre the journey can be slowed by the heavy traffic and narrow streets. For some journeys, the bus is easier, including No 44 and the dedicated Aerobus, which run from the airport into the city centre.

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With several motorways leading into Lisbon and two major bridges across the Tagus River, arriving by car isn’t a problem. You should avoid taking a car into the historic centre’s warren of narrow, hilly streets though. There is some metered street parking but most car parks are underground.

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Transportation tips

A Lisboa Card combines travel on all transportation networks (even to Sintra) with free or reduced entrance fees to many attractions. They last for 24-72 hours and can be purchased from the tourist office in Praça do Comércio or Restauradores. For longer stays, it's worth investing in a 7 Colinas Card, available from any metro station. It is a pre-paid plastic card that allows you to purchase various ticket or urban pass combinations.

Carris Bus and Tram website

Lisbon Metro website

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