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Everything You Need to Know About Taking A Tuk-Tuk Tour in Lisbon

Going on a tuk-tuk tour in Lisbon was an absolute highlight of our entire trip, so much so that it makes me giddy just thinking about it again, and I recommend the experience to practically everyone I meet.⁠

Everything you need to know about going on a tuk-tuk tour in Lisbon, including the best half-day, full-day, and themed tours.

Our family of five visited Lisbon during a spring break 2-week road trip around Spain and Portugal. We were in the city for three days, but we spent one of those days in Sintra. (By the way: I highly recommend a day trip there).

While I wish we stayed in Lisbon longer, two days gave us a fantastic taste of the city. And honestly, I think we fell in love all thanks to our tuk-tuk tour of Lisbon.

Quick Tips For Your Lisbon Tuk-Tuk Tour

a tuk tuk in lisbon
  • Reserve your tuk-tuk tour in advance. You’ll see tuk-tuks everywhere in Lisbon, but they’re not all created equal. We checked out the prices of some of them and they were much higher than booking one on the spot compared to reserving one ahead of time.
  • Check the age minimums if you’re going with a family. We were there with our (then) five year old and there were only a few that would allow little kids. Also, they don’t come with car seats, so keep that in mind.
  • You must wear your seatbelt at all times. Our driver wouldn’t even turn his tuk-tuk on unless he was positive all our seatbelts were clicked in and good to go.

If you’re looking for even more to do in Lisbon with kids, check out this post I wrote with tons of things to do in the city with a family. Plus, along with our tuk-tuk tour around Lisbon, another highlight for us was going to a tile-painting class.

What is a Tuk-Tuk?

family of five sitting in a tuk tuk in lisbon

I didn’t know what a tuk-tuk was before I started researching our time in Lisbon, but now I’m obsessed and want to take one everywhere we go!

Not only are they cute—I think they look like little Vespas, but with an open-aired “car” attached to them in the middle—but they are pretty sturdy vehicles.

These rickshaws run on three wheels, and back in the day, they used to be pulled by a person. Now they’re electric and can seat anywhere from 2-6/8 people depending on what size you get.

While most tuk-tuks are considered “open-air” because they don’t have windows, they do have a roof and rain shields that can come down in case of inclement weather. The one we went on also provided blankets.

Why You Need to Take a Tuk-Tuk Tour in Lisbon

Why did we love a tuk-tuk tour in Lisbon so much? ⁠Oh, let me count the ways.

🛺 First

Lisbon is FULL of hills (think San Francisco-type hills), and as active as my kids are, they wouldn’t have lasted 30 minutes. Okay, okay, I wouldn’t have lasted 30 minutes. Our little tuk-tuk in Lisbon was like the Little Engine That Could, and it chugged up those hills like a freaking boss.⁠

🛺 Second:

We are huge fans of hop-on/hop-off buses when we’re in a new city because I like that it doubles as your transportation and tour guide. But streets in Lisbon can get pretty darn narrow (and I already mentioned their hills). If we did a HoHo bus tour we would have missed out on all the cool stuff.

The fun part of being in the little motorized vehicle was cruising along those streets and being right where the action was. Not only that, but a tuk-tuk tour in Lisbon is basically like a mini HoHo bus.

🛺 Third:

You’ll get to see all the top sights with a guide to explain it all to you, so it’s an excellent overview of the city. ⁠On a HoHo bus, you get the audio-guide tour—if the seat you’re sitting in has an outlet that works, of course—but this way you get insight from a local who loves their city.

🛺 Fourth:

A tuk-tuk tour of Lisbon was the perfect way to get a taste of the city which left me longing to see and experience even more. Seriously, I’m dying to get back there now. ⁠The sights, sounds, and just the feel of Lisboa are electrifying, and when you’re in the tuk tuk you’re right up there with all the action.

I could truly go on and on. My only complaint is that I wish we had our tuk-tuk for longer. We did a 2.5/3 hour tuk-tuk tour around Lisbon and I 100% wished we had it for at least half or a full day (I don’t even know if that’s possible). It was exhilarating.

The Best Tuk-Tuk Tours in Lisbon

You don’t even want to know how many hours I spent—or how many tabs I had open on my laptop—before our trip looking and comparing different tuk-tuk tours in Lisbon. It was tiptoeing on the edge of being ridiculous.

So to save you the headache of trying to pick one, these are the best tuk-tuk tours in Lisbon—according to reviews. I did all the leg work, so now all you have to do is pick which one fits your time frame, budget, and age requirements.

Pro tip: If you’re traveling to Lisbon with young kids, double-check the age requirements. I did my best to include them below, but a second glance wouldn’t hurt!

The Best 1 or 2-Hour Tuk-Tuk Tours in Lisbon

If you’re short on time and just want to ride a tuk-tuk to say that you’ve done it or to give your legs a rest, these are the ones for you:

The Best Half-Day Tuk-Tuk Tours in Lisbon

This is the option we picked, and it was excellent for a complete overview of Lisbon by tuk-tuk.

The Best Full-Day Tuk-Tuk Tours in Lisbon

This is what I wish we did. We didn’t have time for it with our schedule, but I wished we had more time on our tuk-tuk in Lisbon when we were there, so I can only imagine that a full day would be perfect.

The Best “Themed” Tuk-Tuk Tours in Lisbon

If/when I go back to visit Lisbon I will most likely look into going on one of these, just to add a little variety to our stay. They sound so fun!

Enjoy Your Lisbon Tuk-Tuk Tour

Also, as I was trying to find pictures from our Lisbon tuk-tuk adventure to share, I realized that most of them aren’t “picture perfect.” They’re all slightly off-center, someone is cut out of the frame, and it’s definitely not set up the way I would’ve done it. I spent my time marveling at the city instead of trying to get perfect pictures (even when we stopped and got out). Sorry, but also not sorry; I was enjoying the moment.

That’s what travel is all about anyway—actually *experiencing* a place, right? So just trust me on this and book yourself a tuk-tuk tour the next time you’re in Lisbon!⁠

If you go on a tuk-tuk tour in Lisbon, I’d love to hear about it!


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13 Comments

  1. Hello! I was wondering when you last visited Lisbon. Just wanted to make sure the content was recent. My family is planning to visit Lisbon this August and I’m concerned about the heat and walking long distances to see the sites. My children are 13 and 11. I am not a spontaneous planner so this trip is completely out of my comfort zone. Using the Tuk Tuk seems like the way to go!

  2. We will be docking at the Port of Lisbon for the day, it doesn’t look like the tours you suggested pick up from the port. Do you have any suggestions as far as that goes. Would there be tuk tuks that are at the port that you could reserve as you get off the ship? Thanks so much for all your research!

    1. That is an excellent question, but I don’t have an answer for you. My suggestions (if I were you) would be to: contact some of the tuktuks that mention they do hotel pick-ups and see if any are willing to pick up at the port. Or take a bus or taxi into one of the pick-up locations. If you find a solution that works, I’d love it if you could let me know so I could update this post! Good luck and happy travels!

  3. Hi:
    I would like to know do the Tuk Tuk driver/guide take you inside the museums and give you a tour of them or it is just a ride around the town and pointing out at the buildings and giving his talk about it?
    Thank you.

    1. No, they just drive you from place to place and will give you info about each destination. I’m sure, if your tour is long enough, you’d have time to pop inside places!

  4. You are a freaking God Send for this article!!! From one OCD trip planning mom to another, THIS is gold because you literally just saved me HOURS of research!!!!!

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