People have mentioned using a "viva" card to purchase train tickets. Can you please explain what this card is and what it is used for? Thanks.
It is a small re-usable cardboard card with an electronic chip inside. Instead of buying a paper ticket for buses, trains etc you put the "ticket" onto the card and a ticket inspector has a machine which reads the card to be satisfied that the fare has been paid. You present the card to a card reader at gates into and out of the metro, in buses and on the platform of the smaller railway stations.Edited: 18 February 2018, 08:38
Thank you for the link. Very usefull.
Clarification re "zapping' - if I load a Viva card with for example, 10 Euros, can i use it to zap any form of transport? bus, metro, urban train, ferry?
metro, urban train (Sintra & Cascais), ferries , Carris bus&trams are includedEdited: 19 February 2018, 15:31
Thank you. I also found information on TripAdvisor, but your info helps.
Thank you. This was most helpful.