Lisbon offers an efficient network of public transportation. Despite the fact that some of it is rather old, it is still the cheapest, fastest and best way to get around.
As there are five railway stations for different destinations, taking train in Lisbon can be a bit confusing and time consuming as Portuguese trains are rather slow.
Lisbon’s main departure point for international destinations and central/northern Portugal is Santa Apolónia Station located on Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, eastern district of Alfama, on the Tagus River banks (Can be reached by bus line 46). All the trains that depart from Santa Apolónia Station stop at Estação Oriente in Expo. High-speed Alfa trains depart for Oporto every day until 8.55 p.m. The Sud-Expresso to Paris departs daily at 6.00 p.m., while the Lusitânia train to Madrid departs at 10.00 p.m. every day.
Located in Restauradores, Rossio Train Station runs trains to Sintra every 10 minutes. From Cais do Sodré railway station, Cascais, Estoril, Oerias (every 20 minutes) and Belém (every 10 minutes) can be reached. To reach to the Cais do Sodré railway station, take metro Cais de Sodré (Green Line) or bus line 58.
Located in the other side of the River Tagus, Barreiro station runs trains to southern destinations like Costa Azul (Blue Coast) and Algarve. Station is accessible by the ferries from the Terreiro do Paço, Praça do Comércio, every 30 minutes. There is also a private railway operator runs services between Entrecampos station in central Lisbon and Fogueteiro on the south side of the river through passing the 25 April suspension bridge. Trains to Setúbal depart every half an hour; Évora every 2,5 hours and Lagos 5,5 hours.
Please be aware that on-the-spot fines are payable if you travel without a ticket.
Carris is the transportation company that runs buses, trams and funiculars in Lisbon for many years. It is advisable to buy the tickets in advance as they will be MUCH cheaper and more convenient. Tickets must be stamped in the machine on boarding the machine. If you plan to stay for a considerable time, better obtaining one tourist pass which would provide unlimited travel by Carris. Passes can be obtained in the kiosks of Carris in railway and busy metro stations.
Intercity bus station is located on the corner of Av. João Crisóstomo, near to McDonald’s, in a big beige building in Saldanha (Accessible through yellow line by metro). This is the terminal for all intercity buses. Fast Rede Expressos buses also depart from this station.
The most favorable way to get around in Lisbon is, doubtlessly, Metro. Not because it is cheap and fast but also because metro stations allows one to enjoy its amazing artistic decoration.
Metro trains run every day from 6.00 a.m. until 1.00 a.m., costing a single journey to any station on the network € 0.80. Combined with Carris, one day pass costs € 3.4. Pass selling offices include; Areeiro, Arroios, Baixa-Chiado, Cais do Sodré, Campo Grande, Colégio Militar/Luz, Entre Campos, Marquês de Pombal, Pontinha, Restauradores and Oriente metro stations.
Trams offer a nostalgic trip through ancient neighborhoods such as the Bairro Alto, Alfama with fascinating views of the city. It is interesting to note that many of them are pre-World War One and still running. Line 15 departs from Praça da Figueira to Belém and Line 28 passes through the Bairro Alto, Alfama and other ancient parts of Lisbon.
Ticket price on board is € 1,40.
Funiculars function to link the lower part of the city to the upper part.
Beige-colored Taxis of Lisbon are available in every corner of the city and offer very reasonable prices to get around. However, be aware, some taxi drivers - especially those from the airport are badly reputed and may charge you more than they are supposed to. Starting charge is €3.25 and the distance is metered from then on. When you suspect you are being over charged, ask taxi driver a receipt where you will find the taxi driver's name, route, the amount you have been charged and hour. With this document you can easily file a complaint. For your complaints, send an email to [email protected] or call ASAE on (351) 217 983 600.
To avoid these unpleasant situations and make sure that you are paying the right price in the taxi, buy a Taxi Voucher either at the Ask Me tourist office at the airport, Lisboa Welcome Center at Praça do Comércio or Palace Foz in Restauradores. Available for immediate delivery, this title of transportation by taxi is prepaid with a guarantee rate from €14.61 to the city centre. You can also buy "Taxi Vouchers" for transportation for other parts of the city or even the country, for example, a Taxi at your orders during the day will cost you 146.73€.
Lisbon has some beautiful old streets which are a joy to walk down, but somewhat more of a challenge if you are using a car.
If you plan to drive around Lisbon whatever you do avoid the peak time rushes otherwise you could just waste time sitting in traffic. Drive carefully as there are some narrow corners and steep roads. Generally, Lisbon is quite a compact city.
Parking can be tricky in Lisbon and if it says "Estacionamento Proibido" then you are not allowed to park there. To play safe, always park your car in car parks located in downtown. Compared to other European cities, parking rates are quite low in Lisbon. The prices start from 1.20 € hourly. At Santa Apolónia Station there is a low-cost car rental option, InterRent, with prices starting at 6,99€ per day, which you should book very much in advance. At Lisbon international airport, there are also the firms such as Sixt, Budget, Avis, Hertz and Europcar, and of course, you can get cheap car hire in Lisbon through sites like Rhino Portugal. The airport is located 7 kilometres from the city centre, but you may find having a car very useful to get to where you wish to go, particularly when the public transport is not always the best option for out of town places like Estoril, Cascais and Sintra. Furthermore, having a car will always give you the freedom to explore more of the city. Please be aware that the speed limit is 120 kilometres per hour on the motorway. Out of peak hours, it only takes 15 minutes to get to the Lisbon city centre by car.