Lisbon, Portugal travel guide
A funicular tram or ascensore climbs a hill in Lisbon.
General transport information
Forget about driving in Lisbon. The city's hills make navigation a nightmare,
and traffic can be intimidating to visitors. (Driving in rural areas and smaller
cities is much easier, so don't be afraid to rent a car and pick it up on your
way out of Lisbon.)
The best ways to get around Lisbon are on foot, via Metro, or on the many
tram and bus lines. Taxis are readily available, and commuter trains serve
nearby resort towns like Estoril and Sintra.
General advice and public transit
Metropolitano de Lisboa
The Metro's Web site has a route map, fare information, and
photos of art in the city's underground stations. (Look for the "English" link
on the home page if you don't read Portuguese.)
CP Urban Services: Lisbon
These English-language pages at the Portuguese Railways site have timetables,
ticket prices, and other information about commuter trains, including the
popular Cascais and Sintra Lines.
Frommer's: Lisbon: Getting Around
The guidebook publisher covers the basics in brief.
The Luso Pages:
John Laidlar presents photos, advice, and historical background about modes
of transportation in the Lisbon area. Topics include trains, trams, buses,
bridges, taxis, funicular, ferries, and more.
Note: Passes from Eurail and
InterRail are valid on CP, and the
includes transportation on Lisbon's suburban commuter lines. You can also
buy day tickets from the railroad.
Distances from Lisbon
If you're planning to reach Lisbon by road, these distance tables will help you
estimate travel times. You can translate kilometers into miles with the IFP
Metric Units Conversion Tables.
Long-distance train travel
Lisbon-Madrid Night Train
Lusitánia Comboio Trenhotel is jointly operated by CP Portuguese Railways and
Renfe Spanish Railways. Accommodations range from reclining seats to "Gran
Clase" staterooms with private sink, WC, and shower.
Wear sturdy shoes with rubber soles, or you may find it hard to maintain
traction on steep cobblestoned streets and sidewalks. Be careful with strollers
and baby carriages, which can be hard to control on downhill stretches. If
you're old or out of shape, look for alternative routes to hilltop scenic
overlooks (either on foot, by funicular or ascensore, or by tram).
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