Are you about to visit Lisbon, the capital of Portugal? Read our tips about the Lisboa Card, the very useful pass to visit Lisbon!
Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city. Located at the mouth of the Tagus and facing the Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese capital has a population of 545,733 inhabitants spread over an area of 83.7 km². Its urban area has 2,821,876 inhabitants. You are certainly wondering how to visit Lisbon while optimising your budget? When we were in Lisbon, we were particularly confused by the city’s public bus system. If you want to visit the Portuguese capital hassle-free, your best solution is the Lisboa Card (or Lisbon Pass), an unlimited pass giving you access to all public transport and a useful companion to visit the city’s main monuments.
What is the Lisboa Card?
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The Lisboa Card is your Lisbon Pass, the official Lisbon travel card. The card entitles its holder to free and unlimited travel on all public transport in Lisbon (buses, trams, metros, elevators and funiculars) as well as on trains linking Sintra and Cascais. With the Lisboa card in hand – more convenient and cheaper than traditional tickets – you will no longer have to queue to buy your transport tickets. In addition to giving you access to public transport at your convenience, the Lisboa Card – which is in the same format as a bank card – also offers free access to 26 museums and discounted rates to visit historical or cultural monuments and sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The card also offers discounts on selected nightlife venues (bars, nightclubs, cinemas). If you want to visit the museums and attractions of Lisbon without having to pay each time, the Lisboa card is your perfect companion! As soon as you have bought your Lisbon Pass, you can use it up to one year after the transaction, a handy option if you have to postpone your trip to several weeks or months. As soon as you start using the card, it is valid for the next 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours (according to the chosen period).
What does the Lisboa Card offer?
How many times have you had to carefully select the museums and tourist sites you planned to visit so as not to spend a fortune, while telling yourself that “in any case, you can’t visit everything”? How many times have you walked to avoid paying for a metro ticket? Thanks to the Lisboa Card, you will be able to visit a record number of landmarks, faster, more conveniently and without having to optimise your memories. Also, you’ll save a lot of money. All in all, this card offers a wealth of advantages.
With this transport card in hand, you can travel via metro, buses, trams and funiculars and the train (Sintra-Rossio line and Cais do Sodré-Cascais line) for free. Also, you will be able to visit countless sites in Lisbon without paying a cent: the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Santa Justa elevator, the Palace of Mafra, the Azulejos Museum, the Palace of Ajuda, the Roman theatre, the National Pantheon, the Batalha Monastery, the convent of Christ, or the Pilar 7 experience (to discover the majestic 25 de Abril Bridge).
Many sites and museums offer discounted entrance rates (10 %, 15 %, 20 %, 30 % or 50 %) such as the Water Museum, the Marine Museum, the Fado Museum, the Pavilion of Knowledge or the Vasco da Gama Aquarium. For all other locations, see the complete list of the Lisboa Card partner locations.
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How much does the Lisboa Card cost? Lisboa Card rates
Several price options apply to the Lisboa Card :
- Lisbon Pass 24 hours:
- Adults: €19,
- Children (4 to 15 years): €12,
- Lisbon Pass 48 hours:
- Adults: €32 (€16 per day),
- Children: €18 (€9 per day),
- Lisbon Pass 72 hours:
- Adults: €40 (€13,33 per day),
- Children: €21 (€7 per day).
The Lisboa Card 72-hours option offers the best value for money. Indeed, for only €13.33 per day, you benefit from the tourist infrastructures of the city for three full days, giving you the possibility to take your time.
Note that two children under five years of age can accompany each adult Lisboa Cardholder.
Where to buy the Lisbon Pass?
To acquire this precious door-opener, the easiest solution is to book online: you will receive a voucher by email, which you can then exchange for a Lisbon Pass in Lisbon. You pay online and collect your Lisboa Card on the spot, at one of the following three points of sale:
- Lisboa Welcome Center (Plaça do Comércio),
- Foz Palace (Praça dos Restauradores),
- Lisbon Airport (from 7:00 a.m. till midnight).
Alternatively, you can, of course, purchase the Lisbon Pass on site, without prior reservation, in one of the three points of sale mentioned above.