A city weekend can be expensive, especially if you like to visit museums and use public transport a lot. Is it worth buying the LisboaCard to save some money?
We are always quite sceptical when it comes to using tourist maps. Once you have decided to buy one, you race from A to B to “work off” as much as possible because you have paid for it. The recreation factor often falls by the wayside. Often the maps are not really tailored to our needs.
In Lisbon, we were given the opportunity to use a 72-hour card. We were able to pick up the card at the airport and use it for the first trip to the hotel. With the validation in the metro, 72 eventful hours began.
What did we do with the LisboaCard?
We made many trips by metro and bus. We travelled several times from our hotel in the direction of Belém and some of the museums we wanted to visit were located so that we could easily get there. For that alone, I think it’s worth buying the LisboaCard.
Before our visit, we had already thought about which museums and sights we would like to visit. Some of them we could visit for free, others with a discount. Once we were even able to walk past a rather long queue in the fast track line. Super relaxed and stress-free!
In the free museums there was a vending machine where we could scan our card so we didn’t have to go to the staff on site. There was no waiting time for us and we could start our tour immediately.
We saw a lot of Lisbon in the 72 hours, but also realised that good planning makes sense. This is the only way to get the most out of it.
For us, the LisboaCard was definitely worth it on this city trip to Lisbon.
Good to know
Lisbon’s official tourist pass is called the LisboaCard. This card includes admission to museums, some discount offers and the use of public transport. In addition, you get a city map.
The card can be purchased at the tourist information office in the arrivals hall of the airport. In addition, it is possible to buy the card online in advance and then pick it up with the purchase receipt and after showing the ID at the following locations: Palácio Foz (Praça dos Restauradores), Lisboa Welcome Center (Praça do comércio), Stª Apolónia International Railway Station or at Rua Augusta and Belém Kiosks.
It is possible to buy tickets with a validity of 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours. These are really hours and not days. So, for example, you can use the 24-hour card from 3.07 p.m. on day A until 3.06 p.m. on day B.
The card is only activated when it is used for the first time. This happens in public transport when scanning the card at the machine and in museums when scanning the card at the entrance. After activation, you can use the card for 24, 48 or 72 hours (depending on which one you have purchased).
– free and unlimited use of local transport: city buses, metro, tramway
– historic tramway line 28
– Metro to the airport
– train ride to Cascais
– train ride to Estoril
– Train ride to Sintra
– free entrance to about 28 sights and museums (exact number may vary)
– avoidance of queues at around 18 attractions and use of Fast Track Entrance (exact number may vary)
– Discounts of 10% – 50% on ticket purchase at other attractions and sightseeing tours
– Discounts of 5 – 10% on purchases at participating shops
Since 01.4.2022 the LisboaCard costs:
24 hours: 21 € adults, 13,50 € children (5-11 years)
48 hours: 35 € adults, 19,50 € children (5-11 years)
72 hours: 44 € adults, 23 € children (5-11 years)
The prices are adjusted every year to the offer.
The LisboaCard has been made available to us free of charge.