Lisbon Metro Guide
Lisbon metro is modern, reliable and the quickest way to travel around the capital. There are four metro lines, covering 46km of track and served by 55 metro stations. The metro is open from 6:30am until 1:00am and there is typically a train service every 6-9 minutes. Click here for the 2015 map of Lisbon Metro.
The metro is the recommended means of travel from the airport to central Lisbon and to travel any distance around Lisbon. This guide will provide an overview of the metro network, 2015 ticket prices and an up-to-date metro map.
Lisbon Metro Tickets
Tickets are purchased from metro stations, either from the ticket offices or ticket machines. The ticket offices are always busy at popular metro station or closed at the quieter metro stations. The ticket machines are user-friendly and provide instructions in multiple languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese. The metro fare is loaded to a “Viva Viagem” card, which must be purchased with the first ticket and costs €0.50. The Viva Viagem card is reusable and can be used for multiple tickets; single, return, one day pass, or ticket 10 journeys.
Lisbon metro is clean, safe and relatively modern
Lisbon Metro Fares 2015
There are two fare zones for Lisbon metro but all of the main tourist areas, including the airport are, within zone 1. The 2015 Lisbon metro fare prices are:
- €1.40 – Single
- €2.80 – Return
- €6.00 – 24 hour unlimited travel, which includes all Lisbon buses and trams.
Lisbon metro fares are loaded onto the Viva Viagem card and the unused fare lasts for several days, therefore a return ticket can be used on a subsequent day. The Viva Viagem card is used for the train and ferry services around Lisbon but the fare rates are different and cannot be used.
Advice and Guidance for Lisbon Metro
When a ticket is purchased from a ticket machine a receipt is printed, always take this receipt in case there is an issue with your Viva Viagem card. For each journey the card is used twice, to swipe into the metro station and out from the metro station. At the barrier place the Viva Viagem card on the sensor on the right side and the barrier will open. If you swipe the card to soon after the previous passenger the barrier will not open.
The barriers on Lisbon metro
As with all public transport in busy cities be aware of your surrounds and do not offer thieves the opportunity to steal items. The amount of thefts on the Lisbon metro system is no worse than any other big city but always vigilant. If travelling late at night sit in busy carriages and away from dodgy looking people.
The 2015 Map of Lisbon Metro
Lisbon metro map 2015
Lisbon Metro Routes Overview
There are four metro lines and are conveniently colour coded; blue, yellow, green and red. The green metro line connects the tourist areas around Baixa and the train station to Cascais. The red metro line connects Expo Park and the airport to the other lines. The older yellow and blue lines follow Lisbon's main avenues heading north and north west and are of less importance for tourists.
History of Lisbon Metro
Construction of Lisbon metro was started on 7 August 1955 and the first service was on the 29th December 1959. The initial metro was just 6.5km long and connected Baixa to Jardim Zoológico. During the 1980s a loop of central Lisbon was constructed and in 1995 the network was split into two lines, the Blue Line and the Yellow Line.
In May 1998 a third line, the Red Line, was constructed to connect Alameda station to the exhibition grounds of Expo 98. In 2004 the Blue, Yellow and Green lines were further extended. An extension to Portela Airport was opened in September 2013 and connects the red line to the airport which then in turn connects to all other lines. This connection did cause controversy as the airport is scheduled to be replaced in less than 10 years. The Lisbon metro network is now served by 55 stations and covers 46 kilometres (25 miles).