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Introducing the Viva Viagem card and what ticket should I get?

The Viva Viagem card is suitable for non-frequent users, it can be topped up with tickets and money (pay as you go ‘zapping’ credit) and tickets. The green Viva Viagem card can be used for all member operators.  This card will be the best option of those travelling to Eurovision.

The initial purchase of the Viva Viagem card is €0.50. Annoyingly the Viva Viagem can only store one type of ticket at a time; so if a card has an unused metro or bus ticket another card must be purchased.

To charge it you have three options:

    This is a ticket to pay for a specific journey. Buy it if you’re planning to make just that one journey on public transport in Lisbon. The ticket is valid for one hour on metro and Carris (e.g. if you take the metro from Marquês de Pombal to Rossio (blue line) and then you catch tram 15 from Praça da Figueira to Belém). However, a single ticket does not allow two consecutive entries on metro, i.e. you can travel by metro for an hour as long as you don’t leave the metro network.

Choose this option if you plan to do a lot of travelling on public transport in Lisbon (it pays off after three journeys). With the Zapping option, the cost of each individual journey is:

One day tickets become activated on the first journey, and they are available in the following options:

Unlimited travel on metro and Carris, including bus, tram, funicular and lift.

Unlimited travel on metro, Carris and suburban train (Sintra, Cascais, Azambuja and Sado lines).

 Unlimited travel on metro, Carris and ferry to Cacilhas (River Tejo connection).

It all depends on how frequently you need to travel on the transport system and ensuring that you have the required amount or ticket type needed to complete all your journeys.

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Trams, Buses & Funicular are operated by Carris Transport. The company manages the bus (autocarro) and tram (electrico) networks, as well as the funicular system (ascensores e elevador) of Lisbon. Its network extends on virtually the entire city, as well as in the surrounding areas. The company also provides airport transfer services.

Trams are the most comfortable and easiest way to get around Lisbon. They are also a great tourist attraction and a good way of discovering the city. Lisbon’s local buses are sometimes essential as the bus network is extensive and gets to the city’s suburbs and Airport. The various lifts in Lisbon are basically funiculars that help locals and tourist climb the steep and never-ending slopes that are so characteristic in Lisbon. They are similar to the trams. A useful means of transport as well as a fun tourist attraction, the Santa Justa Lift links lower and upper Lisbon.

Flat fare on the trams is €2,85

E28 – Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique (Prazeres)

This is the classic tram route through Graca and Alfama, which most visitors will want to ride during their holiday. The route also connects Baixa to the Estrela district.

The E28 is one of the best tours of Lisbon but is standing room only between 10am-6pm. The best way to get a seat is to board the tram at either of the departure locations at Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique.

E15 - Praça Figueira to Algés

The E15 tram route connects central Lisbon (Baixa) to the Belem district, the Lxfactory and the Santo Docks. For a full guide to the E15 please see this webpage.

E12 - Praça Figueira to Praça Figueira (Alfama loop)

An alternative tram route to Alfama and the castle. This tram performs the loop in only one direction (clockwise).

E18 - Cais Sodré to Cemitério Ajuda

This tram route heads into the Ajuda district and passes the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and the Jardim Botânico d'Ajuda gardens.

E25 - Rua Alfândega ↔ Campo de Ourique (Prazeres)

E24 - Praça Luís de Camões to Campolide

After being closed for nearly 20 years, this line has only just reopened.  This line passes quite close to Trumps.

There are two fare zones for Lisbon metro but all of the main tourist areas, including the airport are, within zone 1. The 2018 Lisbon metro fare prices are:

• €1.45 – Single

• €6.15 – 24 hour unlimited travel, which includes all Lisbon buses and trams.

Lisbon metro fares are loaded onto the Viva Viagem card and the unused fare lasts for several days, therefore a return ticket can be used on a subsequent day. The Viva Viagem card is used for the train and ferry services around Lisbon but the fare rates are different and cannot be used.

Eurovision Song Contest Station Oriente - Line D (red): Alameda – Moscavide

Click here for a Lisbon Metro Map

The Lisbon urban trains help to connect with the International, Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, InterRegional and Regional services at the main stations.

There are also interfaces with the Metro, Lisbon buses and the Tagus ferries, offering intermodal transport solutions with other operators and access to car parks.

The Lisbon urban trains call at 67 stations on the following lines:

See the network zones map here and train-metro network map here.


The taxis in Lisbon are surprisingly good value for traveling around the city and are convenient for tired tourists or late night partygoers. The taxis of Lisbon are painted a distinctively cream colour and can be hailed from the street or from specially marked bays.

Lisbon taxi drivers are all registered and it is safe to hail them, even late at night. Most taxi drivers speak a little broken English and all use satellite navigation to find the final destination. All of taxis in Lisbon are metered so always insist on the metre, as a set price will usually be more expensive than the metered journey.

There is a €3.42 minimum price for hailing a Lisbon taxi and the fare increases based on distance (€0.47 per km), journeys are 20% more expensive during the night hours of 9pm-6am. The taxis charge €14.80 per hour for waiting. Lisbon taxis can be hailed from the road, if the light on top of the taxi is on it indicates that the taxi already has a fare. The two largest taxi companies within Lisbon are; Autocoope (Tel: 217932756) and Radio Taxis (Tel: 21811900).





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Lisbon Airport is located just 6km from the city centre and is well served by public transport. Visitors can travel to/from the airport by the metro, the special Aerobus service, or taxi.


Metro is said to be the cheapest and the quickest means of transportation from Lisbon Airport. Having been connected to the red line, it can get you from the Airport to Saldanha station in just 15 minutes. Saldanha City is the financial center of Lisbon. With a necessary change of line, a metro line will convey you from the Airport to the city center in just 25 minutes.


There are three major kinds of buses - Aerobus 1,2 &3, City buses and night bus. Aerobus services have space for large luggage racks inside.

For Aerobus 1, its departure time from the Airport on weekdays is from 7am. A bus departs every 20 minutes after until 11.20pm. But for Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, the first bus departs at exactly 7am and a bus departs every 25 minutes after till 10.50pm.

Aerobus 2 leaves the Airport at exactly 7am like Aerobus 1 but subsequent buses leave after every 40 minutes until 2pm. After 2pm, the number of passengers leaving the Airport would have reduced so buses leave after every 1 hour until 11pm. Aerobus 3 that is meant to shuttle between Lisbon Airport and Gare Oriente no longer operates because metro red line has taken over the route.

City buses run only daytime services. Now all passes are issued on rechargeable cards. The card itself is 50 cents and it can be reloaded for one straight year. So don’t throw it away. In other words, the first pass costs €6.50 including the card and subsequent recharges will cost just €6. If you discard it, you have discarded 50 cents.

There are four routes for city buses - Routes 705, 722, 744 and 783. Sometimes, the Airport buses don’t run for one reason or the other. When that happens, city bus routes 744 and 783 work a little longer. Both of them start working at exactly 5.30am from Mondays through Saturdays and resume a little later on Sundays and Holidays. The latter runs from dawn till midnight.


Taxi is a very quick means of transportation. There are a lot of Taxis awaiting passengers. The average fare of a taxi is about €15 although it may increase in the night. It is better to agree before the journey begins and also insist on a receipt. Most Lisbon taxi drivers are honest but a few of them are dubious. They may decide to take you through the longer route to charge more so it is better to study the map from Lisbon to your destination. You will be able to caution him if he is taking another route.







If you want to go by taxi in Lisbon it might be helpful to use the "mytaxi"-App. You can enter your origin and your destination and it calculates the costs. So you can be sure that this is the real price and you go without detours. You can pay with credit card or Paypal.