A GoCar is a tourist vehicle with GPS technology, integrating an on-board computer that provides audio instructions to the driver, helping guide him through the city and providing information on the spots to visit. These contents tell the stories and reveal curiosities of the points visited along the route, with details that transcend the knowledge of many locals. Since it is a small car (for up to two persons), it traverses all the city’s sites, as far as not even buses can go. GoCar is a company originally from San Francisco, named by Time Magazine as the invention of the year in 2004. GoCar Lisbon has been in operation since 2008.
The advantage of strolling the city with a GoCar is that you can set your own pace taking the opportunity to take photos, have a coffee or even a meal. In Lisbon, GoCar offers four pre-defined routes, all accompanied by a virtual guide that speaks five different languages. The Downtown East and Downtown West tours will take you to a 45 minutes ride through the Pombaline Downtown, including points of interest such as Praça do Comércio, the Bairro Alto, Rossio and the typical Alfama district. The Belém route runs, in a hour and an half, through the city alongside the Tagus river, visiting the area’s monuments, such as the Discoveries Monument, Jerónimos Monastery and Centro Cultural de Belém. The Expo route crosses the Parque das Nações area and the Xabregas and Beato’s neighbourhoods, in a stroll that takes an hour and a quarter.
Go Car prices and useful information
The rental cost of these vehicles (carrying one or two people) is 29 euros per hour, the second hour is 20 euros and each additional hour over that costs 20 euros. The rental for a full day costs 89 euros. These figures include the required fuel and insurance. In addition to those pre-defined routes, GoCar Lisbon offers other packages: Romantic GoCar, a tour of Lisbon which includes a romantic dinner for two at La Paparrucha restaurant, for 95 euros and with a four hours duration; Standard Rental, a free rental from one hour to a full day (prices as early mentioned). To drive a GoCar in Lisbon, you must present your driver’s license and be over 18 years old. The starting point is at Rua dos Douradores, near Praça do Comércio (open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). If you want a fun experience in Lisbon, book your tour now. Just click the yellow Book Now! button at the top left of this page and follow the instructions.