Lisboa Card: Is it worth it?
On our recent trip to Lisbon we made a very good use of Lisboa card and I wanted to share the benefits of having one if you are spending 1 – 3 days in Lisbon.
The card costs 19 Euros for 24 hours, 32 Euros for 48 hours and 40 Euros for 72 hours. You can buy the card in the airport and use it on the metro system straightaway to get to your accommodation in Lisbon.
What did I like most of all about the card?
It includes all of the public transport in Lisbon and this covers trams, trains, metro and even ferry. You don’t have to think about loading your Viva card or having enough change with you, when taking public transport. If you want to take one of those vintage trams, you can and if you are travelling with the buggy, you might also appreciate the fact , that elevators are also included on particularly steep streets. You don’t have to push that buggy and sweat!
The card includes a massive number of attractions, which are either free with the card or have a discounted rate for certain places. When you buy a card, you will be given a leaflet with all the attractions and discounts, so you can plan and decide what exactly you want to see. It is a very detailed and provides plenty of useful information about all attractions: working hours, address, last entry time.
On our first day, we went to see Lisbon Story Centre and Pillar 7 Experience. Pillar 7 experience was absolutely brilliant, as it was not busy at all and we almost had a whole place to ourselves. I am not sure, whether it was due to the fact that UK school holidays coincided with European ones, but during our visit Lisbon was very busy with tourists and queues were almost everywhere.
Pillar 7 Experience is a very Instagrammable space, as there are lots of cool and clean backgrounds to take your pictures. And then also you have the beauty of the bridge, the glass box on top of it and glass floor to walk on, which is a bit scary at first, but you get used to it pretty quickly.
And did I mention the view? Oh my! I have been to quite a few observation decks in the world, but this one was really fun. You can hear the sound of the passing cars and you also have a completely open view on all sides, with no mesh or barriers. I personally loved it!
On the second day we went to Sintra and while admissions to Pena Palace and Quinta de Regailera were not free, we did get 10% and 20% discount respectively at both of these attractions. As I mentioned, Lisboa card gives free journeys on local trains, so our train tickets were included with Lisboa card as well.
We also rode the tram a few times, the kids loved it and it does feel special – being able to sit in such an old fashioned car.
It was not my first time in Lisbon, so I have already seen some of the most famous landmarks, like Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, but both of them are free with Lisboa Card and it is possible to see them on the same day. I also heard that Museum of Carriages was fantastic and we went to see Gulbenkian Museum, where Lisboa Card offers a discount or you can go for free every Sunday after 2pm.
I think Lisboa Card offers fantastic value for money, it frees up your time and allows you to travel extensively using public transport and enjoy so many museums and places of interest around Lisbon. If you have small kids, you can just take the tram/metro or a bus everywhere and don’t worry about little feet getting tired.
Can you recommend any other City Cards, which offer good value? I would love to hear!
Disclaimer: Our Lisboa Cards were kindly provided by Turismo de Lisboa, but all opinions are my own.