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Lisbon bus system - fares, transfers, schedules?

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 6y

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Hello everyone!

I am trying to plan a route from the Airport to my hotel for an upcoming trip. I am landing on a Friday night at 9:30 PM from the UK. I assume I'll have to do customs and immigration, so it'll be probably be around 10 at night.

I was trying to figure out information from the Carris site, but the information in English isn't super. I mapped the route on Google Maps using the transport option, and they suggest taking route 745 from the Airport to Av. Brasil - Hospital and then transfering to the 755 towards Sete Rios and getting off at Universidade Católica. My hotel is just a 3 minute walk from that bus stop.

My questions are these...

Firstly, any safety issues with this route at 10 - 11 PM at night?

The Carris site lists a cost of € 1,40. Does this include the transfer, or would I have to pay an additional fare?

Do I need to buy tickets before boarding, or can I buy tickets on board the bus? Is it exact change? Can I buy ticket(s) in advance somewhere at the airport?

I'm in Lisbon for 3 days (one of which I'll be going out to Sintra), so I will be taking the metro and buses around for those days. Is there a pass I can buy to make things cheaper / easier? I am taking the train out of Lisbon, so I think the majority of my trips would be on the metro after my initial bus from the airport.

I know that the buses and metro are run by separate companies. I take it that means there are no free transfers between them, correct?

Is there a decent place to find schedules? I've tried getting them from the Carris site, but can't seem to find the place where the schedules are kept?

Any other general information on the transport situation (buses and metro) in Lisbon would be appreciated.

Thanks for your help,
Greg

2. Posted by saritapt (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi Greg,
I suggest you ask at the info point when you get to the airport, also just so you know a Taxi shouldn't cost more then ten or twelve euros, but you can ask before you get in.

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3. Posted by PCoelhas (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Hello.
Lisbon is a relatively safe city but nevertheless there are districts you should avoid.
Fortunately as far as I know the route you mention is safe. I have studied in Universidade Catolica and for almost five years I took the 755 bus at night and never had a problem.
You may buy the tickets directly from the bus driver and he'll have change. However as far as I know, whenever you change the bus you'll have to buy another ticket.
A friend of mine reported me last week that a bus driver "forced" her to take the Aerobus as she had luggage... I'm not sure if there are new rules that "force" people from the Airport to get only the Aerobus if they have luggage or if she was unlucky with the bus driver. Shall you have to take the Aerobus and the route will be different: you'll have to leave at Marquês de Pombal stop and then take the metro to Sete Rios and then take the 755 bus. Note that if you buy the Aerobus ticket, then you don't need to pay another bus ticket, since the Aerobus ticket costs 3,50 euro and is valid for 24 hours throughout all Lisbon's Carris network.

Regarding passes...probably you should buy the Lisbon Card...I'm not sure but I guess that it should give you free transportation throughout all city. There's also a 24 hour pass for Carris and Metro network. I'm not sure if there's other options...

If you're planning to go on a daily trip to Sintra, then you must take the train from the Sete Rios train station (just take the 755 bus from the Universidade Catolica and you'll get easily to the train station).
There are lots of train connections to Sintra, as it's connected by suburban train. Check on www.cp.pt (the main Portuguese train transporter provider which is state owned). Note that there's another train company, privately owned, Fertagus (www.fertagus.pt) that links Lisbon to the south margin of the tagus river. It might be useful to get to Palmela or Setubal on a day trip.

Regarding Lisbon City, it's easy to get to most places either by metro or by bus. There are also some trams, the most important links the downtown to Belém (the place where you may visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, probably the main sights in Lisbon). In my humble opinion the best way to get to those places is by tram.

Useful schedule sites:

www.cp.pt (trains)
www.fertagus.pt (trains)
http://www.carris.pt/fotos/editor2/mapa_rede_gr_060709.pdf (bus map network, to know which bus number you should get)
http://www.carris.pt/pt/carreiras-carris/ (after knowing which bus to get, you may search in this site)

Shall you have more questions just post them,

Regards,
Pedro

4. Posted by porteda (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi Greg,

I suggest you take the Aeroshuttle bus - it stops at Universidade Católica. To take this bus, go the the bus stop on the left when you leave the airport. You should ask the driver to let you off at Universidade Católica. I often take this bus when flying in and usually drivers are pretty helpful. Lisboa Card is a great option if you're planning on moving around for 3 days (http://www.askmelisboa.com/files/ATLX%20LC-PortIngFran.pdf) - you can get it at the airport. With the card you can use the bus, metro and suburban train networks for free (you get a 43% discount when using the Aeroshuttle bus).

Hope this helps. Enjoy Lisbon!
Isabel

5. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 6y

Hey Greg,
I just have to say that I think the people who replied to your query have given you some of the best info I've seen up here in a long time.
Well done all, especially 'PCoelhas' for your in-depth information. I've even copied all the stuff so I can use it myself even though I know Lisbon pretty well.

Keep up the good work!

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 6y

Yes, I agree. The information has been very detailed and most helpful!

Thanks all,
Greg