Navegante Lisbon Card | Former Viva Viagem | Save money on transit
Learn how to use Navegante travel card to pay for your transportation in Lisbon, where to buy it, which tickets to load on it to save money on transit.
The Navegante Card (formerly Viva Viagem) is a convenient way to pay for Lisbon's extensive and complicated public transportation system. It saves you money and time on your travel in Lisbon.
Once you have the card, you can load it with different types of tickets and passes to suit your travel needs. You can add travel passes, pay-as-you-go credit balance to zap, or you can buy single tickets.
You can top it up whenever you need to and check the balance on buses, trams, and lifts.
Whether your plan is to use public transport in Lisbon frequently or occasionally, the Navegante (Occasional) card will be a very useful tool.
Last updated February 2nd, 2024
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What is Navegante card and Navegante occasional?
Navegante card, former Viva Vaigem, or the 7 Colinas card, is an electronic smart card and a flexible way to pay for your trips on public transport in Lisbon.
Navegante card does not provide you discounts to museums and other attractions.
If you're planning a trip to Lisbon, the Navegante card travel card is a must-have for paying for the city's public transportation system.
How much is Navegante card?
The Navegante card itself is €0.50. Once you bought it, you can load it with different tickets and passes.
How much are the tickets options?
The Navegante Card offers the convenience of topping up with travel passes and zapping credit for occasional trips (journeys). It can hold up to four different tickets in categories like intermodal passes, combined passes, and zapping credit (pay as you go).
You can load the following tickets into your Navegante Occasional card:
– Carris/Metro ticket
– Carris/Metro 1 day ticket (24h)
– Carris/Metro/Transtejo (Cacilhas) 1 day ticket
– Carris/Metro/CP 1 day ticket
– Pay as you go ‘zapping’ credit
One option is to load a single ticket onto your Navegante Card. It is called occasional journey in Lisbon. This ticket costs €1.80 and is valid for one hour on the metro and Carris. It's a good choice if you only plan to take just one trip on public transport in Lisbon.
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How much money should I load on the Navegante card to use it for zapping?
Do a rough estimate of the number of rides (including funiculars, elevators, metro, buses, trams) you will take while in Lisbon. Multiply it by 1.8 €. Load this amount on the card after you have bought it.
You can always load more later, but you won’t get your unused money back if you have loaded too much.
Keep in mind, the card can only be used by one person, so each person in a group will need their own card. Don’t load the double amount on one card if there are 2 people in your traveling group.
You can top up your card in these amounts: 3€, 5€ +5, +5, etc.
There are different ticket options you can charge on your Navigante card, depending on the means of transport you plan to use in Lisbon.
1 day (24 hours) pass
Tickets on all 1-day passes are valid for unlimited trips for 24 hours from the time of first validation. Here are the options to buy:
Carris/Metro networks €6.80
Carris/Metro/Transtejo (Cacilhas) €9.80
The ticket is valid for unlimited trips on Carris, Metro, and CP (Sintra, Cascais, Azambuja, and Sado lines). So, load this useful pass on the days you visit Sintra or Cascais.
When does it make sense to buy 1 day ticket?
How many trips were you planning to take today? If two round tripe on metro (2x€3.60), you’ll be ven, but it will be more convenient for you. But if you were planning to use it on a tram (€3), funicular or perhaps, even Santa Justa Elevator (€5), then definitely buy the pass.
Read my ‘Things to know’ section below for an even better money saving advice!
There are also different passes for the locals, which I will describe very briefly, as this post mostly aims to help travelers.
Navegante passes for Lisbon citizens
The Navegante Passes are also available for those who want unlimited travel within a certain area. There are different types of Navegante passes, such as Navegante Municipal for travel within a single municipality, and Navegante Metropolitano for travel within all 18 municipalities of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
To learn more about Municipal or Metropolitan Navigator Pass and a card to pay for parking the bicycle (BiciParks and BICIbox), read the official Lisbon’s public transportation page description. The card costs 12 euros and is valid for 5 years.
Good to know
Once you choose a fare type for your card, you cannot switch to another one until you've used up the previous fare. For example, if you choose the Zapping option, you have to use up all the credit on your card before you can buy a one-day ticket.
Therefore, to avoid this, just buy another card to load it with the second ticket option you want. Use one for occasional zapping and another card for a one-day ticket on the day you want to do a lot of traveling. You will only lose 50 cents (the cost of the 2nd card) this way, but will save on ticket prices.
Be careful not to lose your card during your trip, you might be charged a penalty.
Are there any other cards to save money on public transport?
Yes, there is also Lisboa card, that once bought provides you with free public transport and reduced fare to Sintra and Cascais on the days it’s valid. It also gives you free and reduced admission to many Lisbon’s attractions.
I hope this post was helpful for you. Here is a link to my other posts about Portugal.
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