Lisbon Bus Tour – Hop on hop off bus.

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We are undisputed fans 0f the hop on hop off buses in Europe. So the Yellow Bus hop on hop off bus tour in Lisbon was a no brainer. Well, I should clarify this…our kids love cruising around in the big buses, especially if they score the very front seat up the top!

The Yellow Bus tours run in 5 cities in Portugal. We had previously used the Yellow bus in Porto. We found it very useful in Porto, is it was a city spread out in distance and Lisbon is much the same plus we were all very hot by this stage. To use public transport to see all the attractions is just not feasible for us.

The Lisbon hop on hop off tour version, much like many of these buses has two routes that can be seen. You can either buy a single ticket for one route or a combined ticket for both Yellow Bus Lisbon routes. It is always only a few dollars or euro’s more to buy the combined ticket and we recommend that you do, The hop on hop off Lisbon Tagus Tour/Historic Route and The Olisipo Route.

Below you will find all the Yellow Bus ticket option for you to purchase


Lisbon bus tour is a great way to see the city

The Tagus Tour starts out in the centre of Lisbon in Praca Da Figueira. During our time in Lisbon, we stayed quite close to this area. Hold on and get ready for some incredible views of Lisbon.

Tagus TourLisbon Bus Tour
StopHighlight
Praça da Figueira
large square in the centre
of Lisbon, in Portugal
Restauradores
A statue of the Restorers is located
in the centre of the square.
Marquês de Pombal An important roundabout at the top of
 Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)
and the Eduardo VII Park 
Av. José Malhoa Typical Lisbon neighbourhood
Praça de Espanha / Gulbenkian An amazing park taking up an
entire city block

El Corte Inglês Famous Spanish department store
Parque Eduardo VII A park at the top of Avenida da Liberdade.
Amazing view of the city
Amoreiras Shopping
Amoreiras Shopping Center is
the flagship mall of Lisbon
Basílica da Estrela
 Royal Basilica and Convent of the
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
PILAR 7 Visitors can explore a bridge structure,
then ride an elevator to a scenic
lookout.
Museu dos Coches A museum of coaches the Royal
Family used throughout history
Jerónimos / M. Marinha / CCB Unesco Monastery, Maritime Museum
Torre Belém The Famous Belem Tower
Padrão Descobrimentos The Discoveries Monument
MAAT/ Yellow Boat stop Hop on the Yellow boat for a river ride
Term. Cruzeiros (Alcântara) /Docas Lisbon’s Cruise Terminal
Cais do Sodré A cool district of Lisbon with cafe’s, restaurants and fashion
Rua do Comércio A huge square by the Tagus River, Home to Arc Rue Augusta
Praça da Figueira End of the Tagus tour

The Tagus Tour powers up Avenida Da Liberdade to include The Águas Livres Aqueduct, some of the churches and parks of the city. A stop at Marquess of Pombal Square provides an amazing chance for some great pictures looking down Avenida da Liberdade.

Downtown Lisbon cityscape

You make your way out to Belem along the Tagus River with views of the Lisbon Jesus and The 25 de Abril Bridge. Lisbon and its river have become very popular for boat cruises. Tourists depart the boats to explore in and around Lisbon.

The Lisbon Yellow Bus makes 4 stops at Belem which allows you access to Jeronimos Monastery,  Muse de Marinha, The Coaches Museum, The Monument of the Discoveries and the iconic Belem Tower itself. One should certainly depart the Lisbon hop on hop off bus here and visit.

More Great Lisbon tours from Yellow Bus

Our kids loved the Muse de Marinha. You could easily spend 2 hours exploring the history of Portugal’s maritime adventures. There is a whole room with full-size royal barges and boats. It is amazing totally mind-blowing. Expect to spend a few hours at this museum in Lisbon.


The iconic Belem Tower is a must. It has been overlooking the Tagus River for nearly 500 years. The way it comes out of the water is stunning. We highly recommend you go inside and explore the tower. Be prepared the lines can sometimes be long to visit Torre Belem.

You can also sit on the banks on the steps and enjoy the view while waiting for the bus to return. The Lisbon Card will get you discount at all the major Belem and Lisbon attractions. Click here for more details.

Belwm Tower
This is the Iconic Lisbon monument

If you have planned it well you can enjoy a Pastel de Belem as you admire Belem Tower. They are certainly not to be missed either. A stop at the commercial square is great on a hot day you can dip your toes in the river or climb to the top of Rue Augusta and get a 360-degree view of Downtown Lisbon. We have done both with the girls, enjoy a cool off on the banks and then the climb up the hill for those magnificent views.

The Olisipo Lisbon bus tour route takes you through modern Lisbon and the Park of Nations as the bus cruises along the Tagus River. The highlights of this side for travelling families is the stop at the Lisbon Aquarium.

Rue Augusta Lisbon
Praca Commercial or Commercial Square on the Tagus River

Oceanario Lisboa is the best aquarium we have visited anywhere in the world. It’s also the second largest in the world. The tanks and display areas are amazing and very viewer friendly, especially for the little ones.

Olisipo TourThe Lisbon Tour Bus
StopHighlight
Praça Figueira Staring point, and change of tours
Restauradores
A statue of the Restorers is located
in the centre of the square.
Marquês de Pombal
An important roundabout at the top of
 Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)
and the Eduardo VII Park 
Picoas Traditional Lisbon neighbourhood
Campo Pequeno Former Lisbon Bullfighting ring now
shopping centre, cinema and supermarket
Oceanário Get off for the Lisbon Aquarium, Lisbon
cable car and the former world expo area
Pavilhão de Portugal
contemporary Portuguese architecture site
C. Comercial Vasco da Gama
/ FIL
Shopping centre in North Lisbon
Hotel Myriad
On the banks of the Tagus River and with panoramic views
Museu Azulejo
The National Tile Museum.
Terminal Cruzeiros Cruise terminal on the Tagus
Campo das Cebolas / Pç.Comércio Newly constructed riverside square
with picnic area and play equipment.
Cafe’s restaurants and shops
Rua do Comércio Home to the beer museum, the sexiest toilet n the world. Big square by the River
Praça da Figueira Start / End Point

Our girls are slightly bigger but the little ones are taken well into account with the displays. Every room we visited had us wowed and you could tell so much thought went into the way everything was set out to make it as family-friendly as possible.

Lisbon Cable Car
The Lisbon cable Car near the Lisbon aquarium

To see puffins from Iceland and sea otters was amazing, the otters really put on a show while we were at Lisbon Oceanarium. The usual array of characters such as Nemo, Dory, sharks, groupers and much more are on display. The Lisbon Cable car is located just next to the aquarium and runs 1.2 km at a height of 30 meters on the upper River Tagus.

Each of the Lisbon bus tours will take you around 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete if you stay on the bus. We can guarantee you will find some Lisbon sightseeing that will drag you off the bus pretty quickly. The Lisbon Bus tour provides commentary in the usual languages with headphones supplied. We had a great time and highly recommend a trip on the Lisbon Yellow Bus tours.

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Lisbon Weather

July is the hottest month in Lisbon. You will find an average temperature of 24°C (74°F). We can attest that it gets up into the high 30’s in summer. The coldest is January at11°C (52°F) average. Looking for the sun then July has most daily sunshine hours at 11. The month the see’s the most rainfall is November with an average of 127.6mm of rain. The best month visit Lisbon for a swim in the sea is in September when the average sea temperature is 20°C(68°F).

Lisbon Packing List

Lisbon receives more sun than any other city in Europe. The Summer months are warm and Winter months are mild. Below we have suggested some items that are essential to any trip to Lisbon Portugal

Things to take to
Lisbon Portugal
DescriptionBrowse the
Product
SunscreenLisbon is the sunniest
city in Europe

Click Here!
ShortsCasual wear is king
in Lisbon

Click Here!


Swim SuitLisbin is by the river
and the beach


Click Here!
Walking ShoesLisbon is called the
city of seven hills


Click Here!

Rain Jacket
FOR WINTER

Click Here

Guide Book

Find the best spots


Click Here!

Day Pack

For carrying guide
books water bottles,
jumpers

Click Here!

Power Cube

Hotel Rooms dont
have many outlets

Click Here!

Power Adaptor


Different Countries
different power


Click Here!
Power bank
So many pictures,
Recharge on the go

Click Here!

Getting to Lisbon:

  • Lisbon is the capital and biggest city in Portugal.
  • Humberto Delgado Airport has located 7km from Lisbon City Centre. It is the 24th largest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume, having served 22.4 million passengers in 2016Lisbon Airport is served by 121 destinations with 47 airlines. Lisboa is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers. The airport is a hub for TAP Portugal. Lisbon is a focus city for EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling and Azores Airlines. You can check the prices of international flights to Portugal with CheapOair.
  • The airport and the city are connected by the metro.  Aeroporto Saldanha line takes approximately 20 minutes to reach downtown Lisbon. You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.

The Aerobuses is accommodating for travelling with large luggage. The departures are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 between 7:30 and 23:00 daily, and connect the airport with a number of major destinations in the downtown area.  Information and bookings available here.

  • Santa Apolonia and Lisbon Oriente are the two major trains station for domestic and international arrivals by train Check your trains prices here.
  • Most international buses arrive at Lisbon’s Estação do Oriente bus station. Check your bus prices here.

Getting around Lisbon:

  • Lisbon features an extensive public transport network, comprising both underground and surface means of getting around. The metros, buses and trams of Lisbon is one of the most cost-efficient and flexible manners of discovering the city
  • The flat fare on the trams (streetcars) is now 2,85 Euros with the object being to make more users buy pre-pay passes. A single ticket on the metro is €1.90 without a rechargeable card, €1,40 with. There are a variety of passes available which reduce those costs considerably.
  • Children under the age of 4 travel free of charge on the Metro, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
  • The popular Lisbon Hop on hop off bus is a great option for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Berlin. This tourist bus has 2 different routes that travel the sights of the city on a loop basis. For more information Look here!
  • The Lisbon Card offers tree public transport and entries to major Lisbon sights.

Where to stay in Lisbon:

  • Accommodation in Lisbon has options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
  • Hostels in Lisbon can start from as little as 15 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
  • Hotels in Lisbon generally start at around $70 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $92, 5-star averaging $226 for a night stay.

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Portugal and stay in Lisbon. There are so many things to do in Lisbon that will have you entertained for your stay in the city. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Portugal click through to our Portugal Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.


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9 thoughts on “Lisbon Bus Tour – Hop on hop off bus.”

  1. Wow, your photos look amazing! I haven’t been to Lisbon yet but it’s definitely on my list. There are absolutely so many things to see there, and for sure I’ll keep this Yellow Bus in mind when I finally get to visit!

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  2. Great article! When I was in Lisbon two years ago, I found the hop-on, hop-off bus so useful! Since the districts Belem and Parque das Nações aren’t that close to the city center, but definitely worth a visit, you can easily reach it going by bus. Furthermore, during the ride you can have some great views. I totally agree on that :-).

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  3. This is the second post in as many weeks on the subject of Lisbon. It looks like such a cool city and personally I think hop on hop off buses are the best way to get around any city

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  4. I’ve never been on a tour bus like this and it actually sounds like a great way to explore the city. Your photos are so colorful and they really capture the amazing sites around the city.

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  5. I love these hop on hop buses for short trips, as you can see a lot of a city in relatively short time. Its a great idea for the kids too. Funny, i never realised double decker buses are a European thing!

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  6. I’ve actually never ridden a hop-on-hop-off bus but it’s certainly an effective way to experience all the major sights. Especially when short on time or traveling with kiddos!

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  7. We haven’t been to Lisbon yet, but it is on our list, hopefully next time in Europe. I loved your suggestion with the hop-on/hop-off, we use them in almost every city we get to, love the info provided along the way.

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