If you are planing to be in Lisbon for few days or weeks, the best way to move around the city is using the Zapping Card.
With this card it is possible to use any kind of public transportation in Lisbon:
It also works in the most of the transports that connect Lisbon with the surrounding metropolitan area. This includes boats and trains.
You can get it at any train or metro station and it comes in the shape of a green ou white carton card. You need to select the option of “I don’t have a card” and “Zapping”.
The card itself costs 0.50€ and you can charge it with 3, 5, 10 or 20€. Then you can recharge it in same way at any time.
As a plus, using the zapping card is usually cheaper than to buy one way ticket. For example:
Train Lisbon – Sintra:
- one way ticket: 2,20€;
- Zapping: 1,85€
Metro ride in Lisbon
- one way ticket: 1,45€;
- Zapping: 1,30€
Train Cais-do-Sodré – Belém
- one way ticket: 1,30€;
- Zapping: 1,85€
In this latter case, it is cheaper to buy one way ticket, but in that case you will have to way in a long lines to get a ticket in Cais-do-Sodré train station.
For trains, the ticket using zapping cost the same if you go one station or all the station. Using Zapping you get charged per ride and not per distance.
It is a “Pay as you Go”.As an analogy zapping card in Lisbon is equivalent of the oyster card in London (but it doesn’t have daily limit).
- Bus – 1,30€;
- Tram/funicular – 1,30€;
- Train – 1,85€;
- Metro in Lisbon – 1,30€;
- Metro in Almada – 0,85€;
- Lisbon-Cacilhas – 1.15€
- Lisbon-Seixal – 2.30€
- Lisbon-Montijo – 2.70€
- Lisbon-Barreiro – 2.30€
If you have a green or white carton card in your hand, like the one in the images above, it doesn’t mean that you have a zapping card. That is just a carton card, in which it is possible to put anything there, like, metro tickets, train ticket, or Zapping. But the card can only hold one type or those. The only way to know what kind of ticket do you have on it, is to go to the sales desk, or the ticket machine.If the card has metro ticket on it, it cannot be charged with zapping.If you have two card, which look exactly the same from the outside, the best is probably write on them what kind of tickets are on them.
If you are in Lisbon for few days or few weeks, buy Zapping, anything else will be more expensive and more time consuming to get.