How to go around in Lisbon?
The well known “café culture”, the Manueline Architecture, the enchanting hill-top views, the traditional Fado music and the pleasant weather make Lisbon one of the best places to visit for those who travel to Portugal. The most exciting experience of the tourists who visit Lisbon is the variety of transportation available here. The different types of transportation available in Lisbon include the tram, Metro, train, buses and taxis. One may choose the mode of transport in Lisbon depending on the place he wants to go and also his budget for the trip. Those who want to have a day’s trip or two can conveniently rent a car in Lisbon. The car is ideal for going to nearby areas like Sintra, Cascais and A ‘Bidos. Apart from the different modes of transportation, the visitors enjoy walking to places that are not more than 0.5 mile away. Those who arrive at Lisbon airport find it convenient to hire a taxi or travel by the shuttle service to reach the city center. Those who are free of heavy luggage can take the Metro or the Aero Bus to the city.
Those who travel to Portugal find that the Metro of Lisbon is very efficient, well maintained and modern. Those who want to catch the train to Cascais and Estoril and the ferries to the Monument to Christ can go by Metro and get down at Cais do Sodre. Those who want to catch the trains to Sintra may get down at Rossio. The tourists who want to visit the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon can go by the Metro and get down at Sao Sebastiao. Those who want to catch the express buses to various places in Portugal can go by the Metro and get down at Jardim Zoologico.
The Tram 28 is a mode of transportation in Lisbon as well as an attraction for those who travel to Portugal. The Tram is the cheapest mode of transport in Lisbon. By the Tram the visitors travel to Alfama, view the city squares and go to the St. George Castle. Some of the visitors go by tram up the steep hill and walk down while returning. Those who take Tram 15 from Praca do Comercio can enjoy the 30-minutes ride through the Belem waterfront and view monuments, museums, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and Museu de Arte Antega.
Cascais is a seaside town in Lisbon. Those who take the train from Cais do Sodre station can reach this place in 45 minutes. Those who travel to Portugal go by trains that pass through Oriente Station which is the nearest station from Lisbon airport. The train travel in Lisbon is economical and the services are efficient as well as prompt. The trains go up to Santa Apolonia Station which is very near to the city center. Those who want to go to Sintra from Lisbon can take the train from Estacao do Rossio station.
Buses and Aero Buses
From Lisbon airport, Aero Buses also ply to the city center. The tickets can be purchased on board. The commuter buses ply between airport and various destinations downtown. The Bus route 727 goes to Belem through Marques de Pombal Square and Santos. Those who want to go to St. George’s Castle from Figueria Square via Alfama can take the Mini bus 737. Those who want to travel to other major places in Portugal from Lisbon can opt for the express buses.
Those who want to go to the places of attraction around the city center can also take a taxi. To go anywhere from the city center and within the city the taxi will not cost more than 10 euros.