On my way to my friend’s wedding in Zurich, we decided to stop in Lisbon for two days.
Air Tap Portugal recently began a free stopover promotion in Lisbon or Porto for up to 5 days. While in Lisbon, we walked around, ate Pasteis de Nata (delicious custard tart) and fish (almost 8 different types), drank local beer, and took multiple modes of transportation. Below are my observations of the transportation system in Lisbon, Portugal.
Our flight arrived in Lisbon at 6:30am, almost midnight for us, but luckily the airport transfer was pretty painless. Usually, there is the Aero Bus that stopped right at our hostel. Unfortunately, it starts running at 7:30am. The metro, which is called the Metropolitana de Lisboa, begins service at 6:30am so we took that. It took 40 minutes with one transfer get to our hostel. Three large suitcases and many stairs was a bit challenging but we managed.
Tickets and Prices
We didn’t research the ticket system beforehand, which meant that we bought tickets on board for the trams which ended up being much more expensive (€2.85 for trams). For the Metro, I bought a Viva Viagem metro card for from metro-station kiosks which you could add money too and each trip was €1.40 on the metro.
During our two days we stayed in the center of Lisbon and walking was our main mode of transportation in Lisbon. The old part of Lisbon is very hilly and the roads were narrow and made of cobblestones but the center of town was very walkable.
In addition to the roads being made of cobblestones, they are very narrow. In some sections there was added protection for pedestrians and many pedestrian refuge islands like below in busy intersections.
Barrio Alto is a small neighborhood with with cute bars and restaurants and windy streets. There is limited car traffic, with barriers such as below.
As I said earlier, we mostly spent our two days in the center of Lisbon, and we didn’t see many bikers. We thought this was because it was hilly and the roads were made of cobblestones, not excellent biking conditions. As we were walking around we saw seasonal bike-share dock systems, without the bikes.
Outside of the center of town, right in front of the main train station was a Beirut protected two-way cycle track.
On our way back to the airport, taking the Aero Bus which was extremely easy, we were able to see the rest of the city. There were many bike lanes, protected one way bike lanes, two way cycle tracks, even a bicycle lane in a roundabout.
In my hostel there was a Lisbon Bike Map created by http://lisbonbikemap.com/en/map/