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Carris Metropolitana launches back-to-school guide

Carris Metropolitana's new online tool lets you know which bus lines pass each school and university in the Lisbon metropolitan area.

Whether it's because the school is new and requires new routines, or because a new school year means swapping the car for public transportCarris Metropolitana has prepared a online guide to help parents, students, teachers and the rest of the school community know which bus routes serve the vicinity of a particular school.

Through the website, you can find out all the Carris Metropolitana bus routes that pass any school or university in the Lisbon metropolitan area (amL). Simply select the municipality and level of education, or type in the name of the establishment directly. The site will give you results on the nearest stops (taking into account a maximum pedestrian time of five minutes) and a list of all the lines (and their variants) that stop there. You can then click on a line to find out the timetable and you can also download a PDF with all the information so you can save it on your computer or print it out.

The website (screenshot by LPP)
The website (screenshot by LPP)

The analysis carried out by Carris Metropolitana combines information from the network with the database of the Directorate-General for Education and Science Statistics (DGEEC). To help you get back to school on wheels, Carris Metropolitana also has a dedicated phone line and e-mail address. Any questions can be sent to [email protected] or 210 418 800, selecting option 1.

This back-to-school season there will be at least one new feature in the operation of Carris Metropolitana. On September 11, the a new line between Antas and Malveirain the municipality of Mafra. Passing through Livramento and Azueira, the new line arises from the need to guarantee public transport to students living in Antas. Avoiding any transfers in Malveira, line 2152, with three runs a day in each direction, will also shorten the journey for those who live in Livramento and Azureira, as it will stop in these towns.

amL schools, mapped by Carris Metropolitana (screenshot by LPP)

On September 11, the timetables for Carris Metropolitana lines return to the "School Period" mode, abandoning the "Summer Period" mode. All the information on the operation of Carris Metropolitana is available on the Moovit, Citymapper, Google Maps and Apple Maps travel planners; through these apps, you can find out how to get not only to your school/university, combining all the public transport in the metropolitan area, but also to any other location.

Navegante 4_18 and U23 until October

Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa (TML), in conjunction with the Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes (IMT), has extended to the month of October the discounts 4_18 e sub23 requested for the 2022/2023 school year. This means that anyone who was a student in the previous academic year will be able to buy the Navegante pass with the usual discount until October.

Normally these discounts, which are given to young students enrolled in primary and secondary education and students in higher education, expire in September. But, exceptionally, this year they can also be topped up for the month of October. However, in order to get the extended discount, in October you can only top up the pass in two ways: at any ATM or at the Carris Metropolitana Navegante Spaces. In September, the pass can be charged at all the usual locations.

This extension of the validity of the discounts is intended to increase the period in which they can be renewed and to reduce the constraints on the service points where this operation is normally carried out. TML says that this extension is exceptional because it requires approval from the IMT; in other words, if it is to become recurrent in subsequent school years, it will depend on the IMT and the government, and not on TML.

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