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Terreiro do Paço is a ferry terminal in central Lisbon, which provides regular ferry services to the town of Barreiro on the southern side of the Tejo estuary
The Terreiro do Paço ferry terminal is located on the southern side of the Praça do Comércio in the Baixa (downtown) district of Lisbon.
A Transtejo Soflusa catamaran crossing the Tejo Estuary
The Terreiro do Paço to Barreiro ferry route is 8km taking around 25 minutes by the fast catamaran ferry. This is a frequent commuter ferry that starts early in the day and has many hourly departures.
For visitors, a ferry ride is an enjoyable alternative activity that provides a wonderful shoreline view over the city, and the Terreiro do Paço offer some of the best.
This guide will provide an overview of the Terreiro do Paço terminal and details about the ferry services that depart from there.
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The ferry terminal was moved to the modern but bland terminal in 2014 to allow for more capacity.
The ferry terminal is located on the blue metro line and is served by the Terreiro do Paço metro station, the second station along the line. The terminal is positioned on the edge of the Praça do Comércio plaza, and for most visitors based within the downtown area of Lisbon, it is easier to walk than to catch the metro.
Related articles: Lisbon metro - Praça do Comércio
The view over Praça do Comércio towards the Terreiro do Paço and the Tejo estuary
There is just a single ferry route from Terreiro do Paço, the route to Barreiro. Barreiro is just a residential area of Lisbon with minimal interest for tourists so, the main attraction of the ferry is the ride itself.
The ferry from Lisbon to Barreiro is an important commuting route - in 2019, there were 9.1 million passengers. There are multiple departures per hour (every 5 minutes at rush hour) that continue late into the night. The Lisbon to Barreiro route uses the 600 seater Damen catamarans, which came into service in 2003, and these ferries make the 8km journey in less than 25 minutes.
The ferry from Barreiro arriving at Terreiro do Paço
A single ticket costs €2.65 and is charged to the Navegante card (€0.50 for the initial purchase). Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or ticket machines, which have English instructions.
The ferries are operated by Transtejo Soflusa (TTSL), and the latest ferry timetable can be seen on their website:
Terreiro do Paço, translated into English, means the "palace grounds" and this name originates from the position of the ferry terminal, where once stood gardens of the Ribeira Palace. The palace was completely destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, and the Praça do Comércio was constructed in its place.
The Terreiro do Paço was part of a 19th-century vision to have train and ocean liners service that would connect Europe to the Americas. The original vision was that trains from Western Europe would terminate at the Santa Apolonia station, and passengers would board cruise liners at Terreiro do Paço to then head to the Americas.
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