Lisbon is beautiful whether you are driving yourself, taking a taxi cab, or walking. But before you shun the need for public transportation, here are 4 reasons you should take the Lisbon Metro, even if you have no where to go.
1. Unique and beautiful metro stations
As part of a project to beautify the city and expand the rail system, the city commissioned Lisbon’s top architects to design many of the newer metro stations. Taking the red line (linho vermelho) or the blue line (linho asul) you will pass through some architecturally stunning stations, all of which are unique from one another and reflect the architect who designed them. Riding through is like a ride through a museum and worth the few euros you will spend on the fare.
2. Stacion de Oriente
The first stop of the red line and considered Lisbon’s central station, the Orient Station is an incredible architectural work that you do not want to miss. Distinctively modern and conceptually beautiful, this station reflects the ever changing face of Lisbon and the concept that while much of the city has retained its heritage, much is moving forward as well.
3. Inexpensive and reliable service
Relative to many other European cities, taking the metro in Lisbon is quite cheap. Regardless of where you need to go in the city, most tickets will cost you under 3€ round-trip, including any transfers you may need to take. Couple this with the fact that the trains run so frequently you never need to wait more than 5-10minutes for the next one and taking the metro becomes convenient. There is never a need to check a timetable and even if you just missed the train, another will be along in no time.
4. Direct access to Columbo Shopping center
The blue line makes a stop at Colegio Militar Luz, directly under the largest indoor mall in all of Portugal: Columbo. Columbo is four stories of pure shopping bliss with every store conceivable for each type of shopper. Complete with a movie theater and a food court, this mall is so large that the only word for it is simply: overwhelming. Paved with marble floors and made top to bottom with the most exquisite of materials, the Columbo mall is worth stopping by even if you have no intention of shopping. You’ll be doing lots of walking to get around the inside of the mall so taking the metro is the most accessible way to get there—and you won’t have to bother with parking.
It’s true that public transportation can be a drag and cities rarely expend the time or funds into making them stunning and enjoyable. In Lisbon, however, even if you only take it once, hopping on the metro will be part of your cultural experience and will give you a flavor of just how modern and advanced a traditional city like Lisbon can be.
Picture of Lisbon metro station originally posted by J-Cornelius