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One Day in Lisbon on Cruise Stop

St. Louis, MO
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One Day in Lisbon on Cruise Stop

We don't want to book an expensive cruise-line excursion. Is it possible to get to city center and explore Lisbon on our own? What would your best one-day trip include? Thanks for the advice!

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1. Re: One Day in Lisbon on Cruise Stop


The stopover place for the cruise is normaly half way between town center and the Belem disctric, where some of major monuments are.

It is perfectly possible to use public transportation to both sides. There is the tram number 15, near the cruise stopover. To East it goes town center, more or less 15 minutes, and to west to Belem, also more or less 15 minutes.

You can't miss it when you arrive on both places... :-)

Now it depends if you want to see monuments or see shops, and the Lisbon ambience.

Hope this helps. If have more questions, just ask them away! :-)

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2. Re: One Day in Lisbon on Cruise Stop

We just returned from spending four days in Lisbon following a trans-atlantic crossing. It was my third time visiting the city ... and it was better than ever.

Public transportation is easy to use. Also, taxi's are an excellent value - especially if you have 2 or more people together. If you only have one day there, this might allow you to make the most of your time. But be careful with the taxi's originating at the cruise ships....make sure they have their meter running....and don't just quote you an expensive fare. Another alternative would be to get a one-day Lisboa card....which covers all of your transportation...as well as entries to museums, churches, etc. (11 euros). There is also a double-decker bus which allows you to get on and off at stops all over the city. This is 14 euros for the day. (Again, if you have a few people, you get gfreat economies of scale w/ a cab.)

If you're there for a full day, I would suggest taking a cab to Belem...which as the previous post mentioned is not too far west of the cruise doc's. There you can see the Monument to the Explorers, the Belem tower and the Jeronimos Monastery. You could then either go by taxi or tram to the Praca Comercial (where the old gates of the city are)....you can then stroll up the wide pedestrian avenue toward the Rossio Square...lots of places to stop for a snack, drink or lunch. The tram 12 or 28 (I believe) can then take you up the hill to Sao Jorges Castle -- from there you get a fabulous view of the city.

It's a wonderful city....take advantage of your entire time there... Eat at the restaurants, enjoy the sidewalk cafes....It's a pretty small area, and you'll be surprised at how much you can see in a day.

Have a wonderful time!