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Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

1. Lisbon Card: 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass

Unlock the city of Lisbon with the flexible Lisbon Card. Enjoy unlimited travel on city transport, and free admission to 39 museums, historic buildings, and more. Benefit from discounts at a vast range of attractions, vouchers for different shops, and a handy guide that explains how to use the card. After exchanging your GetYourGuide voucher for the magnetic card, the Lisbon Card immediately provides 24-hour, 48-hour, or 72-hour access to the public transport system. Eligible on the Carris metro, buses, trams, and cable railways, it also works on CP trains between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, and trains between Oriente, Rossio, and Sintra.   Skip the lines to enter Jerónimos Monastery, and climb the Belem Tower. Enjoy free access to the National Tile Museum, the National Coach Museum, and others. Admire stunning palaces, including the Mafra National Palace and the Ajuda National Palace. Ride the famous Santa Justa Lift, and much more—all with one card. The Libson Card provides free entry to the following attractions: • Jerónimos Monastery / Monasterio de los Jerónimos• Pilar7 Bridge Experience / Experiencia Pilar 7 • LISBOA Story Centre• National Tile Museum / Museo Nacional del Azulejo   • National Coach Museum / Museo Nacional de Carruajes  • National Ancient Art Museum / Museo Nacional de Arte Antigua• Sintra Mitos e Lendas• Santa Justa Elevator / Ascensor de Santa Justa• Mafra National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Mafra• CARRIS• METRO• CP-Comboios de Portugal• FERTAGUS• National Pantheon / Panteón Nacional• Ajuda National Palace / Palacio Nacional de Ajuda• Chiado Museum - National Museum of Contemporary Art / Museo del Chiado Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporânea• National Ethnology Museum / Museo Nacional de Etnología      • National Costume Museum / Museo Nacional del Traje     • National Museum of Theatre and Dance / Museo Nacional del Teatro y de Danza  • National Archaeology Museum / Museo Nacional de Arqueología• National Music Museum Music / Museo Nacional de la Música• Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves Museum-Residence / Casa-Museo Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves• Republican National Guard Museum / Museo de la Guardia Nacional Republicana• Ceramics Museum - Sacavém / Museo de la Cerámica - Sacavém• Air Museum / Museo del Aire• Batalha Monastery / Monasterio de Batalha • Alcobaça Monastery / Monasterio de Alcobaça• Tomar Convent of Christ / Convento de Cristo - Tomar• Museum of Neo Realism - Vila Franca de Xira / Museo del Neo Realismo - Vila Franca de Xira• Museum of the work Michel Giacometti / Museo del Trabajo Michel Giacometti• Casa da Cerca - Museum of Contemporary Art - Almada / Casa da Cerca - Museu de Arte Contemporanea - Almada• Chapel of the Holy Spirit of the Mareantes - Sesimbra / Capilla del Espíritu Santo de los Mareantes - Sesimbra• Museum of Setúbal - Municipal Gallery / Museo de Setúbal - Galería Municipal• Rua Augusta Arch / Arco da Rua Augusta• Greenhouse / Invernadero Frío• Maritime Museum of Sesimbra / Museo Marítimo de Sesimbra• Museum Tesouro Real• CIRES – Roaz Interpretive Center of the Sado Estuary / CIRES - Centro Interpretativo del Roaz del Estuario del Sado

Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

2. Full-Day Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra & Cascais

Discover Lisbon on this extensive tour. Begin in the morning at the Avenida da Liberdade and visit the Baixa neighborhood. Along the way, stop to admire the cathedral or enjoy the incredible view from Graça, then pass the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the Pantheon to the streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the sights of Belém such as the Jéronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and taste the most famous sweets from Portugal, the pastel de nata, before taking time for lunch. After lunch, head to Sintra and enjoy time to discover the historic city center or take the opportunity to visit the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Then go further to Cascais, past the incredible Boca do Inferno rock formation, and enjoy the opportunity to walk on the beach or wander the wonderful city center.

Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Learn about the rich history of Lisbon on a guided half-day tour by bus. You will visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery, the Ajuda Palace, and cultural squares in the city. You'll receive an enlightening survey of gorgeous Lisbon. Making your way to the Belém quarter, you'll discover this jewel in Lisbon's crown. Located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, Belém is the launching point for Portugal's 15th- and 16th-century maritime explorations. Situated amongst modern exhibits and busy cafes are historical sites and monuments that defined an empire. Visit Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and icon of the Age of Discovery, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, you'll be awed by the masterful Manueline architecture of Jerónimos Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the extravagant Ajuda National Palace, one of the earliest neoclassical buildings in Lisbon, fronted by 23 marble statues (replaced by Coach Museum when closed) Continue along the river to the traditional district of Alfama. Passing by downtown Baixa, you can admire the most important squares of Lisbon: Trade, Rossio, and Restauradores. Then drive along the Avenida da Liberdade, the 'boulevard' of Lisbon, to finish at Pombal Square.

Lisbon: Private Hidden Historical Gems Tour

4. Lisbon: Private Hidden Historical Gems Tour

Get off the beaten track and join this private tour to Queluz and Ajuda Palace. After getting picked up from your hotel in Lisbon, head to the fascinating Palace of Queluz. Inside, discover a combination of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical architectural designs, whilst in the gardens a French architectural style awaits you. In the elegant Throne Room, admire gold carvings and mirrors and see where royals used to host their guests. In the garden, wander among lakes, fountains and lead statues depicting mythological scenes. Finish your tour of the palace at the amazing Canal dos Azulejos, where you can admire 18th-century tile designs and see where the royal family used to ride a small boat on sunny afternoons. Next, head back to Lisbon to the Ajuda Palace, located in the Belem neighborhood. Inside, admire extravagant furniture, tapestries, sculptures, and decorative arts. Make your way through the impressive Dining Room, admiring crystal chandeliers, silk-covered chairs, and an allegory of the birth of King João VI on the ceiling. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about Ajuda National Palace

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,583 reviews

Glad we did the card. I priced out the 3 attractions we wanted to do (Belem tower, Jeronimos monestary, Coach museum) and it was cheaper to do the card for 24 hours even if we didn’t do any transportation (which we did not). Since we didn’t “trigger” the card until 10am Tuesday, we also could have used it the next morning at Mafra palace at 9:30am but I didn’t think of that til after I bought the Mafra palace tickets. It was easy to find their booth in the airport…basically on your way out the door before we got a taxi. I searched up a picture of their booth so I could find it easier. Just make sure to look up the hours of the places you want to visit - our key attractions were closed Mondays.

The easiest way to get around town without having to worry about ticket line ups and pocket change We reserved the cards ahead of time and it was easy to redeem the voucher at the airport. In our case we actually had to return our rental car from a trip up North and planned to spend time in Lisbon. We were dropped off at the airport, grabbed our cards and hopped in the subway from there!

Definitely a must have if you like exploring many parts of Lisbon. While the tram was a delight, i don’t really like experiencing it over and over again as it can get crowded. The metro was also convenient. Save the hassle of always buying your tix. With this card, Lisbon is in your control.

It was worth it, because we used public transport a lot (which is great!) and it worked really well. It's worth mentioning that on Mondays many museums don't open, so stay tuned!

Really easy to pick up card. Used it multiple times to take trolley, bus, and train. Great perk to have entrance to attractions like the monastery and Belem tower included.