Significant by the rich tapestry, surrounding winding lanes, Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. Apart from being home to the New University of Lisbon, the city also has six convenient means of transport to get around the city in the most hassle free way. The city of Lisbon has public transportation that are convenient means of travel in and around the city. The six main public transport available are metro, trains, buses, trams, funiculars, and unique elevators as well.
Those willing to take short hops, Metro is the ideal public transportation option. This service is useful to those wanting to reach the Gare do Oriente and nearby Parque das Nações. Most of the metro stations are near popular student accommodation lisbon. It is the fastest mode of public transport with a great number of interchanging stations. Lisbon Metro is bound for four lines that have distinct colors like red, blue, green and yellow, going past 56 stations with a total length of 44.2 km. The metro stations have entrance marked by ‘M’ in bright red and are exemplary of its art, including Ângelo de Sousa at Baixa-Chiado.
The train transport in the city of Lisbon is open to commuters and operates train lines departing from Lisbon through four commuter lines namely- Azambuja, Sintra, Cascais with the fourth line that makes travel to Setúbal, a breeze. The first three lines are operated by CP referred as Comboios de Portugal, as well as a fourth line to Setúbal, operated by Fertagus. Lisbon has the major railway stations are Santa Apolónia, Entrecampos, Rossio, Gare do Oriente, and Cais do Sodré.
Operating under the ownership of Carris, a public transportation company in Lisbon, Trams are serviced to students and locals alike and operates nine historic tram routes. Similar to buses, the tram timings are from 5 AM to 10 PM, with night services for commuters as well. The accessible tramways are the tram 15E, that services from Praça da Figueira and Praça do Comércio via Alcântara to Belém and the 18E route running from Praça do Comércio via Alcântara to Ajuda. The stops are marked by distinctive yellow color and have onboard machines to buy tickets and discount passes.
Lisbon public transportation company Carris runs buses and also have the option of night-bus services. Major buses ply routes to neighbourhoods that are not serviced by the metro or trams. The regions include Marvila and Príncipe Real. Students can take bus route number 711 that plies from Rossio to destination Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto.
Funiculars and Elevators
The Carris operates and owns three historic funiculars that complements the existing bus system. The funiculars run for short hours of operation to regions like Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo to Calçada do Combro, and Largo da Anunciada near Av da Liberdade. There are funiculars namely- The Ascensor da Bica, Ascensor da Glória, and Ascensor da Lavra. Among the many Elevators operating as public transport in Lisbon, the Santa Justa lift which is also known as Carmo Lift is situated in the civil parish of Santa Justa, connecting the streets of Baixa with the higher streets of Largo do Carmo. The Elevador Baixa and Elevador Castelo, the little known ones, offer free elevator rides to commuters between Baixa and Castelo. The elevators are the main tourist attractions of the city transporting passengers seven stories to view Castelo’s prettiest hilltop.
Students have great options to explore the public transport facilities in Lisbon which ensures a hassle free travel and commute to a city new to them. With these modes of transport available, Lisbon is witness to a considerable increase in ridership of daily commuters including university students. University Living offers 100% verified student accommodation and also additional guidance on nearby transport facilities available to students.