Lisbon transport system

Types of transport

Within Lisbon, there are mainly 5 types of transportation:

  • Metro
  • Bus/Tram
  • Suburban Trains
  • Boat
  • Elevators/Funiculars/Lifts


The metro reaches most of the city center, many campuses and most touristic attractions.

It is widely spread and highly efficient. It consists in 4 lines: 

  • Green: From Telheiras to Cais do Sodré
  • Yellow: From Odivelas to Rato
  • Blue: From Amadora Este to Santa Apolónia
  • Red: From São Sebastião to Aeroporto (Airport)

(The maps are available for download at the bottom ot the page)

There is Free Wi-fi on all the stations via On-fi.

In general, the main housing and hostels locations are located within the gree line, yellow line and blue line after Sete Rios in direction to Santa Apolónia.


They also serve the Airport and they cover a bigger area than the metro.  The bus system is divided in five lines.

There is both a daily service and a nightbus, with slightly different routes. The nightbuses serving the city center depart from Cais Sodré and Rossio Square, and they a good option to get back home after a night out - keep in mind that there may be queues sometimes, specially on the weekends.


'Urban Trains' (Comboios Urbanos de Lisboa)

Comboios de Portugal, the national railway company, has a special subdivision for trains serving the Greater Lisbon Areas. They are divided in four lines: 

  • Linha da Azambuja (passes by Santa Apolonia and by Vila Franca de Xira)
  • Linha de Cascais (Stars in Cais Sodré, stops in Belêm, passes by Carcavelos and finishes in Cascais)
  • Linha de Sintra (Leaves from Rossio)
  • Linha do Sado (to go across the river to Setúbal)
  • Fertagus (starts from Areeiro, and crosses the Tagus river. Finishes in Setúbal) 

To go to Lisbon's nearby regions, across the country or to Spain, there are more lines the by same company (Comboios de Portugal). Check the info to travel the country by train, in the section below.


They also connect Lisbon to its Southern suburbs. There are 5 routes:

Terreiro do Paço - Barreiro

Cais do Sodré - Cacilhas

Cais do Sodré - Seixal

Terreiro do Paço - Montijo

Belém - Trafaria


Lisbon Transport pass

After arriving to Lisbon, you may want to get a Viva Card (view Website for more info). The card is customized with your picture and is not disposable like regular metro and bus tickets. It is useful if you plan to use the transport on a regular basis, as you can recharge it monthly or with fixed amounts of money and avoid having to buy tickets in each single trip.

 The normal price of the card is 7,00€ and it will be delivered with 10 working days. You can also make an urgent request (1 working day) for the price of 12,00€. You can make the request at one of the following stations:

  • Marquês de Pombal metro station (near the blue line exit);
  • Campo Grande metro station (downstairs, near the NOS building entrance);
  • Saldanha/Arco do Cego (yellow building near the garden).

This will allow you to charge it with the two most important monthly passes available within the city, costing 35,00€ and 40,00€. (Visit the Website for more info).



Transports from Lisbon around Portugal


  • The Lisbon Airport serves the city and the neighbourding regions. Besides the international flights, you can find flights to Porto, to Madeira, and to the Açores Islands from here.
  • Fastest way to get to the airport is normally to take the red metro line. The airport is the last station on the line. 


  • Comboios de Portugal (or CP) is the national railway company in the country. There are train stations in all the major cities (Porto, Coímbra, Braga, Guimaraes...). There are discounts for people under 25, and offers for specific trains at given dates, specially if you buy the tickets with 10 days in advance or more.


  • Rede Nacional de Expressos (or Renex) operates from Lisbon and goes to all major Portuguese cities, as well as many smaller towns.
  • Transportes Sul do Tejo (TST) serves the urban and suburban areas south of Lisbon, like Sesimbra, Palmela, Montijo, etc. If you want to get to Caparica or the Cristo Rei Statue, you can take their buses.