Create an account at and activate your card by adding its number to the form. If you had another ESNcard before, you can simply add the new ESNcard number to your user account.

Your ESNcard number is written on your ESNcard under the “ESN section” blank. It consists of 7 digits and 4 capital letters (the last letter can be sometimes replaced by another digit).

You are ready to go! You can check all discounts on As long as your ESNcard has not expired, you can use it for all ESNcard discounts in Europe. You can also check all local, national and international partners at

The ESNcard is valid for 1 year.

With the number you can register on, and after you can use it for ESNcard discounts.

Public Transportation

You first need a document from your university, usually an enrolment statement, proving that you are currently studying in Lisbon.

Then, you need to go to a selling point for the Lisboa VIVA card, take the document and ask for the monthly pass with theSub23 discount. Note that, in order to access the discount, you need to be 23 years old or younger, or up to 24 years old for Medicine and Architecture students.

The regular pass, Navegante Municipal, costs 40€ per month. However, with the Sub23 discount, it goes down to 30€ per month.

You can also use the Zapping method, which consists in using the Lisboa VIVA card as a prepaid card, in which each ride is discounted from your card balance.


Register in This information will be used to validate your ESNcard during your flight booking process, as well as your ESNcard number.

Go to myRyanair and sign-up or log-in if you already have an account. Add your details in the “Erasmus” tab of your myRyanair dashboard.

Make sure that all details match your ESNcard user profile data. Wait until your ESNcard and other details are validated.This is not a live validation, so it might take a few days (try refreshing the page after you added the details).

Once it is validated, use the booking widget at the bottom of the Erasmus section of your myRyanair dashboard. Onlbookings made using this widget will be considered for the discount.

You are ready to go! Book your flight and start your journey! Keep in mind that you must book your tickets at least 28 days in advance.

SIM Card

ESN can provide you a Vodafone Yorn X 10GB SIM card. With it you can have 10 GBs mobile data for 2,75 euros/weekin the first 3 months, and for 4,99 euros/week after.


Please fill out this form and we will send you some personalized recommendations.


The two closest, and most famous beaches are in Carcavelos, and Costa da Caparica.

Carcavelos is on the Cais do Sodré – Cascais train line. From Cais do Sodré there is train in every 20 minutes to Carcavelos.

Costa da Caparica is on the other side of the river Tagus. The direct bus from Lisbon is the 161 service operated by Transportes Sul do Tejo (TST), departures from Praça do Areeiro.

Buddy Program

You have to fill out our form on our website, You can find it in the Lisbon Basics menu, on the Get Your Buddy page. All the information about the program is also there.

Events / Parties / Trips

You can register on Here you find all of the events. If you choose the event click on purchase, and sign up with your ESNcard number.


We recommend you to go to Carcavelos, or Costa da Caparica.

In Costa da Caparica you can expect diverse surf spots for beginners and intermediates.

Carcavelos is a perfect spot for beginners when the huge swells hit the portuguese coast.

In Carcavelos or Costa da Caparica, we recommend you to rent your equipment at our partner Gota D'Água Surf School.

With your ESN card you get discounts on the equipments, you can check the discounts on our website.

We recommend you to choose our partner Gota D'Água Surf School. Gota D'Água has surf classes for all levels of learning, as well as a van available to pick up students at the center of Lisbon: Largo Luís de Camões, in Chiado. From here, they will take you to the best surfing spots.

With your ESN card you get discounts on the lessons, you can check the discounts on our website.

Car rental

We recommend to rent car with our partner MADlobos to get the best conditions for car renting in Lisbon, Porto and Madeira! You do not have to pay a deposit, no credit card is required and you have unlimited mileage.

With the ESN card you get 20% discount over tabulated prices, and free extra driver. Just write ESN Lisboa on the ’Notes’ section of the booking page, and present your ESNcard at your arrival. More information in the discount section of our website.

Internships at ESN Lisboa

Visit to find out if we have open positions or follow us on social media where we post about positions.

Or send us an email to

Do not forget that your university needs to have a contract with ESN Lisboa, otherwise we cannot host you as an Erasmus Intern.