Are you ready to explore Lisbon like a local? Look no further than the Lisbon Metro, a fast and affordable way to travel through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods.
With four distinct lines, the metro system offers easy access to top attractions, historic sites, and more. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this comprehensive guide to the Lisbon Metro will help you get the most out of your journey.
Lisbon Metro Stations and Routes
Below, you can find each metro line along with its starting and ending destinations. The first two lines cover more tourist areas:
- Green (Caravela): Cais do Sodré – Telheiras. It connects the tourist areas around Baixa. It also covers the train station to Cascais.
- Red (orient): São Sebastião – Aeroporto. It connects Parque das Nações and the airport to other lines.
- Blue (Seagull): Amadora este – Baixa Chiado
- Yellow (Sunflower): Odivales – Rato.
How Do You Use the Metro in Lisbon?
Using the Lisbon Metro is an affordable and efficient way to navigate the city. To begin your journey, you’ll need to purchase a Viva Viagem magnetic pass for just €0.50 from a teller or station.
Next, load the card with a minimum of 3€, or multiples of 5 up to 40€.
This same card can be used for all of Lisbon’s public transport, including the ferries and trains to Sintra and Cascais, and it’s valid for 12 months.
If you need to pay for different types of fares, you can use the “Zapping” credit to charge the Viva Viagem card.
With slightly cheaper fares than regular tickets, the metro is €1.40 instead of €1.50, and the tram is €1.25 instead of €2.85.
Lisbon Metro Tickets
If you choose to buy regular tickets for the metro, you have to reach either ticket offices or ticket machines. The ticket offices are always busy at the popular metro stations, such as the one at the airport and Rossio Square; whereas they can be closed early at the quieter metro stations. However, the ticket machines are user-friendly, and logical, and provide instructions in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Alternatively, you can buy a Lisboa Card online, for 24 hours up to 72. If you’re planning to travel around a lot and visit a couple of museums & shops as well, this option can be both economic and practical. It doesn’t require refills and you can use it successively until its expiration.
Lisbon Metro Fares 2023
There are two fare zones for Lisbon’s metro, but the main tourist attractions and the airport are all within zone 1. The 2023 Lisbon metro fares are:
• €1.50 – Single Fare
• €6.40 – 24-hour unlimited travel, which includes all Lisbon buses and trams, along with the funiculars and the Elevador de Santa Justa. A return on the Elevador de Santa Justa costs €5.50 and provides one of the best views of central Lisbon.
If you want to learn more about getting a Lisbon Card, you can check our article below.
Does the Lisbon Metro Run 24 hours?
Nope. The first service of the day is at 6:30 am and the last service of the night is at 1:00 am (some minor stations close at 9:30 pm). The density of arrivals depends on the time of day and day of the week, but typically there is a departure every 6-12 minutes.
Is There A Metro Station at the Lisbon Airport?
Yes – The Lisbon airport has a metro station with a direct line to the city center. The metro network is a good gadget to reach the airport or move around the city with ease. The best benefit of using the Lisbon airport metro is that it is cheap and fast, and you get the opportunity to see the diverse selection of stations in the city, each with its unique decor and style.
You can find the details about Transportation at Lisbon Airport in our article.
The Lisbon Metro Map
The metro in Lisbon includes four lines (blue, yellow, green, and red), every of which connects to different stations, as shown on the map above. The airport stop is on the red line, whereas downtown and the tourist center are near the ends of the blue and green lines, respectively.
The deeper grey lines represent the connecting railway lines that run to the suburbs.
You can click here to see a bigger version of the Lisbon Metro map.
Beaches You Can Arrive Through the Lisbon Metro
Costa Da Caparica
You can take a metro from the city center to the Areeiro station on the green line.
Via metro, it takes 30 minutes to arrive at Tamariz Beach from Lisbon’s center. You can take a metro from central Lisbon to Estoril station. From there, you’ll walk for only a few minutes to arrive at the beach.
Praia da Torre
You’ll need to take a metro to the Carcavelos station or Santo Amaro station. When you reach the Carcavelos station, you’ll walk a few minutes to the east to reach the beach.
If you arrive at the Santo Amaro station, you’ll walk towards the nearest Santo Amaro beach. Then, you’ll walk to the west along the promenade.