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Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

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Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:27 pm

Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards Lisbon

I think I will post an item on these as they are most useful if you want travel around Lisbon

First of all Via Viagem or 7 Colinas cards are two names for the same thing. I will refer to them as the Viva Viagem card.

They are used like an Oyster card used when travelling on London Transport. They discount the cost of travelling of public transport in Lisbon, and simplify its use, relinquishing you the need to fumble for change every time you board a bus. You can buy bus tickets directly from a bus driver as well, but you will not receive a Viva Viagem card, and you will pay slightly more.

The Viva Viagem card is a green stiff paper card. It cost 50 Euro cents. It is reusable/rechargable. It is valid for a year. Annoyingly they do not stamp the dates of validity on the card visibly so; you have to use the machines when you charge one up to see when it will expire.

If it was bought for Lisbon Metro/Carris use it will have "ML" on it
If it was bought for suburban train use it will have "CP" on it

You cannot use suburban train "CP" cards on Lisbon Metro/Carris, nor vice versa.

You buy/recharge your cards at machines in Metro stations, or at the Post Office (for example at the airport). Keep the receipt if you need to exchange a damaged card.

If you are going to travel around a lot on a specific day [more than five trips], the economic choice is to charge them with the all-day pass. Currently €3.75 for 1 zone, valid till 1am.

The other choice is "Zapping" where you simply just add a monetary sum to the card.

When boarding a bus (or metro) you touch the card on the reader. The cost of your bus (metro) ticket is just deducted from the amount remaining.

There are five different "Zapping" amounts you can, between €2 and €15. NB you cannot store more than €20 on a card. If you add more than €5 or more you get a bonus, which is added to the total amount topped up onto the card.

If you still have "Zapping" funds on a card you cannot add a day-pass ticket at the same time to it, nor vice versa. Best to have two separate cards.

You may read the amount left on your card at any ticket office or at any automatic ticket vending machine; in the latter case, you select the option "carregamento / leitura" (charging/reading) and insert the card in the designated slot. The balance remaining on the card will be displayed.

NB the Viva Viagem tickets are NOT valid on the airport to city centre special buses. Use Carris route 44 instead


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Re: Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:51 pm

Very helpfull.

I will print Mycetes (if he allows me) message and give it to my foreign students which always strugle to understant the dynamics of this cards, and come to me to help. However I did not have a clue about them untill now.

Thank you


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Re: Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:44 am

You may print "Mycetes" in as much as the advice is Mycetes'.

Do not confuse the expensive luxury Lisbon Viva Card with the cheapo Viva Viagem card.

Here you need permission from the European Court of Human Rights to get one, as well as time and money and a cute little picture of yourself.

Oldies over 65 may get some kind of discount: a complete puzzle how to obtain.

The day ticket it seems it may get you rides into Zone 2: never tried

Lifts, Elevators and Trams (Electrico) are more expensive than Buses, for Zapping.

When Zapping on Carris buses, you may ride for an hour and change to another bus within the hour you first validated your ticket on the reader in the first bus, and then swiping the card on the reader in the second bus.


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Re: Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:16 pm

More info


To recharge your card follow the simple instructions (in various languages) on the two-tone blue ticket machines at every Metro station. You can pay with notes as well as coins. One problem with the Viva Viagem system is that although the cards are interoperable on Carris's and the Metro systems, the same ticket is not valid on the Transtejo ferries, the Fertagus trains, Metro Transportes do Sul and local suburban trains run by CP, even though these companies all have Viva Viagem tickets of their own. In other words, you cannot use one of the operator’s cards for use on another's system except between Carris and the Metro. Thus, you can end up with four or five seemingly identical Viva Viagem cards each only usable on Carris/Metro, Transtejo, Fertagus or CP. If you look carefully at these you will see that the ticket number has a prefix denoting the system for which it is valid; ML=Metro Lisboa and Carris, TT=Transtejo, FT=Fertagus, MTS=Metro Transportes do Sul and CP=CP railways. When loaded with value, the Viva Viagem card is valid for 24 hours and not just a calendar day.

[Not sure about the 24 hours validity passing over to the following day]


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Re: Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:45 pm

According to Carris web site

Pre-Buy Tickets [= pre-pay tickets]

24 hours ticket Carris/Metro Network
Valid for an unlimited number of trips on Carris and Metro network during 24 hours since the first entrance validation.

This transport title is not valid neither in touristic circuits nor in special bus services to the Airport.

24 hours ticket Carris/Metro Network validation

Validation is made on any electronic device. The customer has 24 hours since the first validation to use Carris and Metro networks and he must always validate his card on each entry.

Meaning that if you buy the 24-hour (or 1 day ticket) it seems it is valid for 24 hours from first use on a metro or bus, from the first swipe on a machine.

That is useful to know


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Re: Lisbon Public Transport Viva Viagem or 7 Colinas Cards

Post Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:56 pm

Public Transport Zoning system Lisbon - "Crown Structure System"

The Metropolitano de Lisboa belongs to the Região de Lisboa crown structure system of public transport operators.

Presently the most part of the Lisbon Metro network is contained in the Crown L zone, entering on the Crown 1 zone only for the sections "Senhor Roubado / Odivelas" on the Yellow Line and "Pontinha / Amadora Este" on the Blue Line.


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