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4 Reasons to take the Metro in Lisbon, Portugal

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Lisbon, Portugal is a beautiful city set on the Atlantic coast. The city was laid out with the foresight of automobiles and large avenues and magnificent roundabouts make up the grid of the city.

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

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Venere Travel Blog writer c. o. gumela

C. O. Gumela is a graduate in English Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara and holds a Le Cordon Bleu diploma in Culinary Arts. She loves taking naps, makes a crème brûlée to die for and always reads before going to bed.

4 responses to “4 Reasons to take the Metro in Lisbon, Portugal”

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  1. Lily says:
    June 17th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I absolutely agree. The metro in Lisbon is excellent. In fact I’ve found all their public transport reliable, clean and efficient – way better than what we have in the UK!

  2. service taxicab transportation says:
    June 19th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    they have these reliable transportation? how about their taxicab transportation?

  3. C.O. Gumela says:
    June 20th, 2008 at 6:11 am

    The taxi service in Lisbon is fairly inexpensive and certainly a reliable form of transportation not just in Lisbon, but in most cities. There are many places the metro does not stop at and many benefits to taking a taxi including being able to see the city.

    However this article highlights the benefits for taking public transportation–something which is cheaper and better for the environment as well. I’m not saying to NOT take a taxi, but definately do not be deterred by the Lisbon Metro and do take it, even to only see the beautiful stations–something a taxi ride will never show you.

  4. Santa Barbara Taxi Cab says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Taking a cab is the way to go if you are tired or have had a little too much to drink!


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