Surprisingly, in Lisbon it is more convenient and faster to use public transport to move around the city and sightseeing than renting a car. Parking in Lisbon is not easy, especially in the city center, and you have to pay for it. The city has a variety of transport cards that allow you to save money, but you can also purchase a ticket from the driver.
Compact and easy to navigate, the Lisbon Metro (www.metrolisboa.pt) has just four lines: red, green, yellow and blue.
The metro runs from 6.30am to 1am.
Buy tickets from the machines at metro stations; a single costs €1.45.
Validate your ticket at the station entrance.
Useful signs include ‘correspondência’ (transfer between lines) and ‘saída’ (exit to the street).
Carris (www.carris.pt) operates all transport except the metro.
Buses and trams run from about 5am or 6am to 1am; there are some night bus and tram services.
Pick up a transport map from tourist offices or Carris kiosks, which are dotted around the city. The Carris website has timetables and route details.
Individual tickets cost €1.85 on buses, €2.90 on trams; they can be purchased on board. Buy 24-hour Carris passes (€6.15) from ticket machines or kiosks at metro stations.
A return funicular journey costs €3.70, except the Elevador de Santa Justa, which costs €5.15.
Always validate your ticket.
Public transport in Lisbon is well developed. There are 6 transport hubs at which lots of lines intersects. All these points are located mainly in the city center.
The main gateway to the city is Lisbon Airport. Most people visiting a city from abroad come precisely through it. There are also rail and water station, but they are less popular.
Around 6km north of the centre, the ultramodern Aeroporto de Lisboa operates direct flights to major international hubs
The airport is connected to central Lisbon by metro (a single costs €1.45). It is the terminus of the red line.
The AeroBus (www.yellowbustours.com; one-way €3.60) departs from outside the arrivals hall roughly every 20 minutes from 7am to 11pm. It goes via Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio and Praça do Comércio to Cais do Sodré (25 to 35 minutes). The ticket gives free passage on the city bus network for the rest of the day.