Basically, a Viva Viagem card is a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on public transport in Lisbon. It can be used on almost all public transport, including metro, bus, tram, funicular, ferry and suburban train. You can load different credits to it through different options like the Zapping option, one day tickets, or single tickets.
How to Buy?
You can buy a Viva Viagem card for 0.50€:
- Either from any automatic ticket machine or ticket office in Metro, ferry and suburban train stations. (Ticket machines have an English interface as well);
- Or Several local PayShop selling points in Lisbon.
Ticket machines and selling points take banknotes & coins as well as debit and credit cards issued by major companies.Two people travelling together need a card each, and children under the age of 4 can travel free without needing one.
Where to Use?
On buses, trams and funiculars operated by Carris, including Tram 15 to Belém, the popular Tram 28, and Lisbon’s three funiculars – Ascensor da Bica, Ascensor da Glória, and Ascensor do Lavra – , the card is valid. You can also use it on the Elevador de Santa Justa street lift.
Viva Viagem is also usable in all metro lines; suburban trains to and from Estoril, Cascais and Sintra; and ferry routes from Cacilhas, Trafaria/Porto Brandao, Seixal/Barreiro/Montijo. The card cannot be used in Aerobus and tourist routes (e.g. hop-on hop-off bus).
Both variants of Viva Viagem cards, green and white, can be used in Lisbon. The only difference is that a white card, unlike a green one, is not valid on the public transport providers that operate south of the River Tejo. So, if you reach to the Northern part with a white one, simply buy a separate return ticket from the bus driver to come back.
What are the Ticket Rates/Load Options?
Single ticket load option including Carris/Metro lines costs €1.50. This option is to pay for a stricly specific journey. Buy it if your trip consists of just that one journey on public transport in Lisbon. The ticket is also limited to one hour.
1 day ticket that allows you to travel as much as you like for 24 hours costs €6.40 for Carris/Metro. If you add Transtejo ferries to Cacilhas to these two, it costs €9.55. Alternatively, you may add suburban train routes to Carris & Metro which makes the ticket €10.60.
If you want more flexibility for sudden decisions, the zapping option allows for loading any amount that costs a minimum of €3 and multiples of €5 up to a balance of €40. With that way, you can pay separately for your journeys relying on the loaded credit. Load with the amount you think you’ll need. The prices vary for each individual journey.
Keep in mind that once you’ve chosen an option, you cannot change to another type of fare while the previous one has not been used.
The Lisboa Card Can Be Good For Sightseeing
The Lisboa Card costs from €20 for one day to €42 for three days. It includes 26 free museums, namely Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, and free public transport. It also offers discounts on a number of museums and activities. Crucially, it also includes unlimited use of Lisbon’s public transport for the duration of the card – 24, 48 or 72 hours. You can buy it online, or get it from the airport tourist office.
You can use both cards for travel on the trains to Sintra and Cascais. Moreover, the Lisboa Card includes free entries or discounts to some attractions outside Lisbon.