Are you going to Lisbon soon and want some recommendations? Here 7 travel tips to discover Lisbon.
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1 – Use Uber over public transport
Uber is very cheap in Lisbon (in comparison to the other Western European countries) and works out way cheaper if you are 2 or more. If you want to take the metro in Lisbon, it costs €1.50, plus €0.50 for the card. This means you pay €2 per ride. If you take a Uber it will cost you €4 for a 20 minutes ride. You generally can get anywhere you want within a 20 mins drive radius. Therefore, on top of being more convenient Uber actually works out the same price if not cheaper than taking public transport. Also, it will save you a lot of time. If you’re there for a week though, a metro pass will work out cheaper.
2 – Carry cash
Although many shops and restaurants take bank cards, it’s not the case everywhere. You will generally be able to pay with cards in all the touristy places but if you want to experience more local places, you will need to pay in cash. Especially for small amounts. There are ATMs everywhere in Lisbon so it won’t be hard to find a place to withdraw cash but you may want to plan on doing that beforehand as it will avoid you any inconvenience. If you go to Bairrio Alto in the evening, this tip will come very handy.
3 – Wear comfy shoes
Lisbon is the city of the 7 hills and that nicknamed is definitely appropriate. No matter where you go in Lisbon, you will permanently walk up and down. The streets are old and the pavement uneven. It’s one of these things that makes this city so pretty and picturesque but it also makes it quite hard to navigate. You should always opt for flat and comfy shoes. For the ladies, do not wear heels, even if you are going out. Flat and comfy are the way to go in Lisbon!
4 – Be aware of pickpockets
Like many European cities, Lisbon has a lot of pickpockets. It’s nothing you should be too worried about but it is worth mentioning. Just try to be careful and not too oblivious when you go to touristy places and you will be just fine. Just use your common sense: don’t walk with your bag opened or your phone in your back pocket.
5 – Take Tram 12 instead of 28
One of the most popular experiences in Lisbon is to take the tram. Lisbon still uses old electric trams and they give this picturesque look to the city. Generally, tourists tend to take the tram 28 as it goes through the entire city all the way to Belem. I would recommend taking the tram 12 instead.
The tram 28 gets very crowded and you will most likely be standing. Regardless of the fact that standing in a crowded tram is not very comfortable, the main inconvenient is that it will completely spoil the experience. The best part about the tram in Lisbon is to be able to look out the window and enjoy the tiny streets and landmarks. If you are standing in the middle, you won’t get to see anything. The tram 12 is way less crowded and will give you a chance to make the best out of the experience. Also, the route is a loop so you will go back to the same departure point which will make it easier for you. It takes you all the way around Alfama and Baixa, through the castle, covering 4km.
It costs 1.50 euros and is a 20 min ride.
6 – Just walk around Lisbon
Although you will find a few landmarks here and there, Lisbon is not Paris or Rome where you want can find yourself hunting down all the main monuments. The best thing about Lisbon is the atmosphere and the way of life. The best place to experience it is just to walk around and get lost. Stop in a local cafe and try a pastels de Nata or some bacalhau (cod). You will find many pretty places and as you will go up and down the hills you will understand what Lisbon is really about.
7 – Go on a walking tour
Walking tours are a great way to know more about the city you are visiting and Lisbon is no exception. If you want to know more about Portugal and discover some fun facts about Lisbon, this is for you! There are several walking tours in Lisbon including a free one. I would recommend starting with the general city walking tour and if you like it you can go into more depth with Alfama and Belem walking tours. The guide will tell you everything you need to know about Lisbon and Portugal. From the Portuguese colonisation to WWII, all the main historical events will be explained.
It will only take a couple of hours of your time and give you so much information. It’s also the best place to get tourist attractions, food and drinks tips.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]