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Once home to some of the world’s greatest explorers, Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and Europe’s second oldest capital. Built on seven hills – Castelo, Sao Vicente, Sao Roque, Santo Andre, Santa Catarina, Chagas, and Sant’Ana – Lisbon has a rich history, a vibrant contemporary culture and impressive natural beauty. Home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most charming and picturesque capitals, and you will surely enjoy wandering through its narrow-cobbled streets, and exploring its impressive monuments, museums, and cultural treasures.
Although all of your transfers to airports, stations, harbors, and hotels have likely been included in your TrueTrip experience, there will be instances where you will use a taxi to get around. Always make sure that the driver starts the meter when you get in the taxi and check the meter before you pay. If in doubt about a fare, please check with your hotel concierge who is also able to arrange taxi pick-ups for you.
Although public transportation makes getting around quite easy, if you’d like to uncover more of this location, you may want to rent a car; your hotel concierge can assist you with making arrangements with a local car rental company. We always recommend careful and cautious driving in Europe as roads can be old, narrow and with high volumes of traffic.
The Lisbon Metro, called ‘Metropolitano de Lisboa’ in Portuguese, is like visiting an impressive art museum where you’ll discover fascinating contemporary art from famous Portuguese artists. The system is well mapped out and all of the stations are designated by large ‘M’ signs.
The Lisbon tram network, called ‘Rede de electricos de Lisboa’, serves the municipality of Lisbon with 5 urban lines. In operation since 1873, the Lisbon tram is actually quite famous, while its Route 28 is a highly reputed tourist attraction. Unsuitable for modern trams, this route uses classic yellow trams, some of which date back to World War II, and passes through popular districts including Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela.
The Tagus River runs through Lisbon and thus ferry boats are an integral part of the city’s public transport network. Traveling by ferry is a great way to see Lisbon from another point of view and avoid Lisbon’s heavy traffic!
The funicular system of Lisbon is part of the public transport system and is a unique way to explore the city and enjoy views from above. Lisbon has 3 funiculars, Gloria that travels between Restauradores Square and Bairro Alto, Bica that travels from Sao Paulo Street to Calhariz Square, and Lavra that travels from Anunciada Square to Camara Pestana Street.