How to get around Lisbon: a practical travel guide to Lisbon public transport, best tickets, need to know.
Lisbon is a fun and easy city to explore with kids. Lisbon city centre can be easily explored on foot and an efficient public transport system of metro, buses and trams makes longer distances easy to cover even if you are sightseeing with kids in tow.
Before travelling to Lisbon, make sure you check official travel rules and regulations that might affect your stay.
How to use the metro in Lisbon
Lisbon metro is fast, clean and easy to navigate.
Tickets are available for purchase in all stations: both cash and cards are usually accepted.
Lisbon metro is an excellent means of transport for families: as well as being fast and efficient, kids under 4 go free.
How to use Lisbon’s bus, trams and elevators
As well as the metro, Lisbon has 3 means of transport: bus, trams and elevators (cable cars), the latter a peculiarity of the city and necessary to climb its steep hills!
The company operating Lisbon overland transport options is called Carris and it operated with an integrated ticket system that makes it easy to move from one means of transport to the other.
While standard tickets do not allow to transfer onto the metro, passes such as the Lisbon Card do, making it a handy choice.
How to use taxis in Lisbon
Taxis are inexpensive in Lisbon and a good, easy way to get around: rides are metered.
Lisbon taxis have a maximum of 4 passengers rule that can be tricky for larger families and do not usually carry car seats so we recommend you always travel with your own.
How to get from Lisbon airport to the city centre
The easiest way to get from Lisbon airport to the city centre is the metro. Clean and convenient, the station is located immediately below the airport and the trains connect you to the town centre in no time.
You can buy tickets in the station itself or you can get hold of the Lisbon card form the Visit Lisbon Kiosk in the arrival hall.
If you prefer to travel by bus, Lisbon offers 3 options: Aerobus 1,2 &3, City buses and night bus. Aerobus services have space for large luggage racks inside and is the best good option for travellers.
Taxis are stationed outside of the airport. The ride into town is metered but extra fees apply if you are travelling with a lot of luggage so if in doubt, agree potential extras with the driver before boarding. The obvious advantage of taking a Lisbon airport taxi is that it will take you directly to the front door of your Lisbon hotel or holiday apartment.
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