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Lisbon Metro Guide

Lisbon Metro Guide

A quick guide

The Lisbon Metro, which opened in 1959, was the first ever subway system in Portugal.

Whether you're staying in Lisbon for a few days with friends or you plan on moving to the city, you'll want to read on to find out everything you need to know about the Lisbon Metro.


About The Metro

Operating from 6:30am until 1am, the Lisbon Metro has 4 lines servicing 56 stations throughout the city although certain stations close before 1am so make sure to check your specific station hours if you're out late.

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Tickets And Passes

When you first purchase a metro ticket, you'll have to purchase a Viva Viagem card at a minimimal cost of €0.50.  This card is reusable and can be used for multiple tickets.

A ticket is required at all times while on the Lisbon Metro system.  Ticket inspectors do not mess around and if they find you without a valid fare as fines start at €100.

1) Fares

Single fare tickets are €1.45

2) Day Tickets

You can purchase a day ticket for €6.30 that is valid for unlimited journeys on Carris and Metro networks for 24 hours after first validation.
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Where To Buy Tickets

Tickets for the Lisbon Metro can be purchased at metro stations, either from ticket offices or ticket machines.  The machines offer both English and Portuguese instructions.
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Trip Planning

If you've never traveled on a foreign metro system, even a smaller one like the one in Rome, it can be a bit daunting at first.  Just take a moment to relax and gather your bearings.  Before you know it you'll be navigating the metro system like a pro!

Before you're off to somewhere, take some time to plan out your route.  Figure out which line or lines you'll need to go on and which stations you need to transfer at in order to get to your final destination.  Also, figure out which exit you'll be leaving that station out of as some stations have many exits.

As with other major cities, pickpockets love working the metro.  Overcrowded stations and train cars give them ample opportunity to work their craft.  Just remember to be smart and protect yourself.
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Navigating The Metro

1) At the station

You'll find all signage, including the self service machines, is in both Portuguese and English and the directional arrows to the different metro lines are all color coded so don't worry about a language barrier.

Validate your ticket or pass when you pass through the gate to the metro and hold on to your ticket until you have exited the metro as ticket inspectors may ask you to show proof of purchase.

2) Find your train

To find your train line just follow the colored directional arrows and signs.  As each line has trains going in two different directions, check the directional map on the wall to make sure you're heading the right way.

3) Exiting the station

Once you've arrived at your final destination, find your desired exit and insert your ticket into the turnstile to leave the station.
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Transferring Lines

Most trips will involve transferring from one line to another.  When you get off at your transfer station, follow the colored directional signage leading you to your next line.  Again, make sure you’re going in the right direction and off you go.
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