Probably every information you'll need about Lisbon transportation you'll find here to help student transportation
The arrival to Lisbon
Are you going to be an exchange student in this awesome city? Sure you have lots of questions, and we are going to answer all of them in the “Life in Lisbon” section.
For now let’s start with the basics:
- Most of you will arrive in Lisbon by plane, which means your starting point to discover the city will be PORTELA AIRPORT (red circle);
- To the ones who are coming by bus or train, your destination will be SETE RIOS bus terminal or ORIENTE bus/train terminal (black circles).
The airport metro station is at one end of the red line (ORIENTE is one of the first stops), which connects with the green line in ALAMEDA metro station, the yellow line on SALDANHA metro station and the blue line on SÃO SEBASTIÃO metro station (SETE RIOS is also in this line). Don’t worry about memorizing these weird names, because soon you will know them like the back of your hands. Lisbon metro system is not very complex (4 lines) and doesn’t fully cover the great Lisbon transportation area, but chances are it will be your main way of transportation during your stay.
So now that you know where you are, the next logical step is taking care of your accommodation (the beach will have to wait for a few hours). If you already reserved a house/room, now would be a good time for you to call your landlord and arrange a meeting for him to show you the house and deliver you the keys (you should have this settled up before coming to Lisbon so that your landlord is expecting your call). If you have all of this figured out, just hop on the metro and go to the metro station closest to your house (again, ask your landlord beforehand). Or, if you prefer, take a taxi straight to your home address.
In Lisbon transportation be careful with the taxi drivers at the airport though, always make sure that they turn the taximeter on! Pay only what the taximeter says and don’t be fooled by some tale that your ride costs 20€! (a ride to the city center with bags shouldn’t be more than 10€) Should you be lucky to have someone waiting for you at the airport/bus terminal, their help is gonna be invaluable, cause despite all this information, it can be overwhelming arriving in a completely strange and new city with a lot of bags.
If you do not have your housing situation settled, click here to find the best accommodation for students.
The metro is the main transportation system in Lisbon and its different lines cross the whole city. Aside from general use, many people take the metro to get to the airport, Parque das Nações/Oriente, football stadiums, Sao Jorge castle and to the nightlife hotspots in Baixa and Cais do Sodre.
Check the complete map of all the metro lines in Lisbon
When you travel with the metro for the first time you will have to buy a Viva Viagem Card which costs €0.50. You can charge this card with money: for example, if you just want a single ride it will be €1.40 but you can also charge a larger amount so you will not have to stop by the machine each time you travel. This is especially advisable for when your friends or family come to visit you! The easiest way to use the public transportation in Lisbon is by making the Viva Lisboa card. With this card you can travel unlimited by metro, bus, tram and elevators in the city center of Lisbon. Pass by Erasmus Corner to get the form and we will explain to you how everything works. Unfortunately in Portugal, public transportation strikes happen quite often but they are not always well notified. Keep yourself updated via www.hagreve.com.
In case of a strike you might want to share a taxi with your friends to go to university or after clubbing you probably also need a taxi to get you home. The taxi’s in Lisbon are not very expensive; the price starts at €3.90 and if you stay inside the city center it is likely you will not pay more than €10. The majority of taxi drivers in Lisbon are honest and they speak a bit of English. Do not be fooled by the taxi driver, always ask them to turn on the taxi meter if it is off. TAXI NUMBER: (00351)2181111110
Travelling at night
The metro is available until 1:00AM and the first metro in the morning is at 06:30 AM. Not feeling like waiting this long? Cais do Sodre is also a bus station and buses ride all night long, departing each hour. Night buses are also for free with your Viva Lisboa card so if you are not living close to nightlife areas this might be a nice option for you.
Check out the routes and timetables for the night service
Transportation to the beach
Lisbon has many beaches close by and the easiest way to get to one of our beaches is by taking the train in the direction of Cascais. Along this line there are many beaches and one you should definitely not miss is Carcavelos beach. Other beaches we recommend are Sao Pedro, Estoril and Cascais. A train ticket to the beach will cost around €4 (two-ways) and it takes more or less 40 minutes. Be aware though that for this trip you will have to charge your Viva Lisboa card because the beaches are already outside the city center. Once you have explored the Cascais coastline you will want to cross the bridge and check out the amazing beaches at Costa da Caparica. The town of Costa da Caparica is located 10km south of Lisbon and the easiest way to get there is by bus from the Praça da Espanha or Areeiro station. A two way trip will cost about €3,50 and it will take somewhere between 40/60 minutes, depending on the traffic. Another option could also be to take the ferry across the river and from there hop on a bus. The ferry ride will be €1.25 and it stops at the Cacilhas station at the other side of the river. From here you can take bus 135 or 124 to get to the beach, a ticket will cost you €2.40.
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