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Public Transportation in Lisbon

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Lisbon is an important step in adjusting to life in Lisbon. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is a bustling metropolis with a robust public transportation system. The city is served by a variety of public transportation options including the Metro (subway), buses, trams, funiculars, and ferries. These systems are operated by several entities including Metropolitano de Lisboa, Carris, and Transtejo. With such a comprehensive network, an expat living in Lisbon could comfortably live without a car, relying on public transportation and walking.


The Lisbon Metro, operated by Metropolitano de Lisboa, is a modern and efficient subway system that serves the city. It is safe to use at any time of the day, with security personnel and CCTV cameras in place. The metro is also a viable option for women travelling alone and for children going to school. A single ticket costs €1.50, but there are also 24-hour tickets available for €6.40, which cover all forms of public transport in Lisbon. The metro has four lines – Blue, Yellow, Green, and Red – that cover most of the city and its suburbs.


Buses in Lisbon are operated by Carris and they cover areas not reached by the metro. They are safe and reliable, with regular services throughout the day and limited services at night. A single bus ticket costs €1.80 if bought on board, but it’s cheaper if you use a pre-charged card. The buses are a great way to explore the city and its surroundings, with routes that pass by many of Lisbon’s key attractions.


Trams are an iconic part of Lisbon’s public transportation system. They are not only a means of transport but also a popular tourist attraction, especially the historic Tram 28 that winds its way through the city’s old quarters. Trams are safe and convenient, with a single ticket costing €3.00. They operate from early morning until midnight, providing a unique way to experience the city.

Funiculars and Elevators

Lisbon is known for its hilly terrain, and the city’s funiculars and elevators provide a practical solution to this challenge. There are three funiculars – Bica, Gloria, and Lavra – and one elevator – Santa Justa – that transport people up and down the city’s steep hills. A single journey costs €3.80, and the funiculars and elevator are safe and well-maintained.


Ferries, operated by Transtejo, provide a scenic way to cross the River Tagus and reach the suburbs of Lisbon. They are safe and reliable, with regular services throughout the day. A single ticket costs €1.30, and the ferry terminals are easily accessible from the city center. The ferry ride offers stunning views of Lisbon’s skyline and its iconic landmarks.

In conclusion, Lisbon’s public transportation system is comprehensive, safe, and affordable. It provides a viable alternative to owning a car, making it easy for expats and locals alike to navigate the city and its surroundings. Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring the city’s attractions, or simply enjoying a leisurely ride, Lisbon’s public transportation has you covered.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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