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Lisbon to the Cristo Rei Statue by Ferry and Bus
Cristo Rei statue is the magnificent statue of Christ that stands on the southern bank of the Rio Tejo and overlooks Lisbon. The statue is popular (and highly recommended) due to the 80 meter high viewing platform which provides stunning views over Lisbon and the suspension bridge.
The journey to the Cristo Rei statue from Lisbon is enjoyable, as part of the route involves a ferry ride across the Tejo River. This guide will provide a detailed description of how to travel from Lisbon to the Cristo Rei Statue by public transport.
Lisbon to Cristo Rei Statue an Overview
To travel to the Cristo Rei Statue from Lisbon requires a ferry that departs from Cais do Sodré ferry terminal and then a short bus ride from Cacilhas bus station. The entire journey takes approximately one hour (depending on connections) and the return trip costs less than 5 euro.
The Christ statue is high above Lisbon
The excursion makes for a pleasant half day activity while based in Lisbon but as the main attraction is the fabulous view always go on a clear bright day. The following section explains in detail the different stages of the journey to Christ Rei from Lisbon.
Ferry from Lisbon to Cacilhas
The ferry to Cacilhas departs from the Cais do Sodré ferry terminal which is connected to the train and metro station of the same name. Cais do Sodré is the last stop on the green metro line and is the departure train station to Cascais and Estoril. The ferry terminal is just outside the station but is clearly signed.
The Cacilhas ferry is an important commuter route and there are numerous services during the day. It is suggested to avoid the busy rush hour and outside of this time there is a ferry service at least every 20 minutes. The ferry journey takes 15 minutes and the Cacilhas ferry continues until 1am. The single ferry ticket cost 1.25 and is charged to the Viva Viagem ticket, the reusable public transport ticket of Lisbon. The initial purchase of the Viva Viagem ticket is 0.50 and a return fare is twice that of the single.
The ferry to Cacilhas from Lisbon
Bus from Cacilhas to Cristo Rei
The bus service from Cacilhas bus station to Cristo Rei is the number 101 route. The bus journey takes around 20 minutes and is the final stop of the route. The service has regular departures from Cacilhas bus station with buses leaving on the hour and at 30 minutes past the hour between 9am and 5pm every day.
The Cristo Rei bus
A return ticket costs € 2.00 and the tickets are purchased from the driver and are not charged to the Viva Viagem ticket. Buses from Cristo Rei back to Cacilhas depart at 25 and 55 past the hour with departs from the same bus stop as the incoming service.
Cacilhas bus station is a directly connected to the ferry terminal, next to the over land metro station. The bus station is much quieter than the bus stations in Lisbon and is very easy to navigate. Each of the bus stands is clearly labeled with the services that depart from each stand and at each stand is a clear bus timetable.