Some machines in the metro stations have the option to put credit on your Viva Viagem ticket using a credit card slot. MultiBanco is written on the slot where you need to insert the credit card. Will it accept any other credit card, or just MultiBanco?

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    I have used a foreign-issued bank card but I don't remember whether it was a debit (Maestro) card or a credit (Mastercard) card.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:36
  • @Relaxed +1 and it does answer the question, that it accepts cards other than Multibanco.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 21:52

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According to the details on Metro Lisboa, credit cards can be used at ticket offices and automatic ticket vending machines. However, in some stations, tickets can only purchased at automatic vending machines and, as noted, only accept the Multibanco, a Portuguese debit card.

Multibanco is the single unified interbank network in Portugal, linking ATMs of all Portuguese banks, so some debit cards may work.

Although inconvenient, you should be able to find a nearby ATM (probably Multibanco), where you can get Euros to use in the ticket vending machine.


I recharged my Lisboa Viva in July 2017 at one of the automatic ticket machines in the Lisbon Metro with a UK debit card. So yes it is possible to use non-portuguese cards in these machines.

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