How To Get Around Lisbon
The two tram lines in the city are a favourite transport for both locals and tourists. There are two types, the modern Siemens “Articulado” trams or the historic “Remodelado” trams.
Tram 28 is probably the most famous tour in Lisbon. It is a vintage yellow tram that crosses the city centre, passing by many of Lisbon’s main attractions on the scenic streets of old town, so taking tram 28 has all the benefits of a sightseeing bus tour, and it is a lot cheaper.
The route from Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique / Prazeres takes approximately one hour.
Be aware that the trams is small, ques can be long at peak times and that pickpockets operate in the crowded trams so to plan your time and keep an extra eye on your belongings is an recommendation.
There is no denying that buses are the most efficient way of getting around Lisbon, bus is the only public transport that is running 24 hours a day, most other transport stops running in the early hours of the morning.
The buses here are much faster than the trams, less queue time and several lines run through all parts of the city both central and outskirts, busses also have a lower ticket price than the trams.
Though most people may consider getting around Lisbon on a bike a challenge with its many hills, cobble roads and bus, car and tram traffic running on many of the narrow streets, it is definitely some fantastic areas worth visiting for the cycle enthusiasm, one highlight being the 7 km long bike lane along the Tejo with a breathtaking and fast changing landscape. Bike map and other information about different bike trails and sights is available to purchase in the Lisbon area.
The newest transport system in portugal is the electric scooters, it’s a few different companies about, Lime being the biggest with give or take 400 scooters spread all around the city, it’s a fun way to see Lisbon, even tho the steep hills and bumpy cobble streets will make the scooter go considerably slower than its ca 25 km/h speed capacity it is definitely worth a go considering the cheap price and the freedom to stop and see the sights you are interested in. Ideal to get to your activities in Lisbon quickly!
They are easy to use, download the app, scan the QR code, enter a card for payment and go, when you want to leave your scooter simply get off, stop the ride on the app and take a picture of your scooter to confirm location for the next rider.
The app will show you the location of closest scooters and how much battery they got, the cost is a €1 unlocking fee and then 15 cents per minute.
Walking around Lisbon has the great benefit that you can access all beautiful and scenic side roads and alleys that are not open for traffic and is hard to get access to with bike or scooter because of the many stairs and narrow roads around the city, it can be a bit of a challenge if you are not that physically fit or active in your everyday life but without any doubt worth it, and it you get to tired it is many local restaurants and cafes hidden in the city’s smaller streets to stop and have a rest in, try the local food and enjoy a ginja. Lisbon is known to be a very safe area with an overall low crime rate so walking around the city feels secure but obviously take caution when walking at night.
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