Lisbon Transport Guide

Lisbon is best known for its antique trams and fin de siècle funicular elevadores, but you can also make your way around town on the quick and efficient buses, trains and the metro.

How to get around Lisbon

Central Lisbon is compact enough to wander around on foot -the best way to explore the Bairro Alto area. Literally meaning ‘high area’, the hilly cobblestoned streets can be physically demanding, but the numerous miradouros or lookouts make the exertion worth the effort. A must-do experience in Lisbon is to ride the charming vintage trams through Alfama and to Belém, or ride the elevadores: Gloria, Bica, Lavra and Santa Justa. To get around Lisbon quickly, hop on the modern, clean and efficient metro system – many stations are also decorated with modern art. Buses also travel extensively throughout Lisbon and include night services. For other options, ferries cross Rio Tejo to the southern suburbs, and metered taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful. For free travel on the metro, buses, trams and funiculars plus free or discounted entry to attractions, consider buying a 24-, 48- or 72-hour Lisboa Card.