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Airport

  • The Lisbon airport is the largest Portuguese airport and is located seven quilometers away from the city centre. The IATA code for the airport is LIS which is often used by airline operators as well as in the flight tickets.
  • Lisbon airport is the busiest Portuguese airport as it was used by over 15 million passengers in 2012 and transported over 90 thousand tons of cargo.
  • The airport has two civil terminals: Terminal 1 (abbreviated to T1) is the primary terminal and is composed by three main areas (departures, arrivals and public) and T2 which is a departures-only terminal and is composed by two main areas (departures and public). Airlines operating from terminal 2 are: Easyjet, Transavia, Blue Air and Norwegian.

From the Airport to your destination


Bus (Aerobus) http://www.yellowbustours.com/en/cities/lisbon/airport-transport/

  • The Aerobus service provides regular transfer connection between Lisbon Airport, several central points of the city, bus & railway stations. This shuttle stops at the major hotels and works daily from 7am to 11pm.
  • The tickets for Aerobus can be purchased either onboard or in one of the following locations: Airport, Praça do Comércio, Praça da Figueira, Elevador de Santa Justa or official agents.
  • The ticket are valid for 24h and an individual ticket price costs €3.15. This ticket offers a 25% discount on some of Yellow Bus sightseeing tours (https://www.yellowbustours.com/en/cities/lisbon/‎).
  • Please see below more details regarding this service:
  • Tip: buy the Lisboa Card in advance or in the airport to get a discount when using this service.

Taxis

  • Taxis can be found in the exterior of the Terminal 1 building and although taxis can be found either in the arrivals or in the departures area.
  • Sometimes when a plane arrives there are not enough taxis in the arrivals so going the departures may be faster to find an available taxis.
  • A trip to the city center may take 15 minutes costing between €10 and €15 (depending on the traffic). Some taxi drivers understand English but it is advisable to keep a written address of where you want to go and show it to the taxi drivers. In case of doubt please call the your hotel and ask how much should a taxi cost.
  • Taxi drivers do not enjoy short trips and although it is not legal to refuse some taxi drivers may refuse to do your trip, in case this happens it is advisable to search for the next driver instead of arguing.
  • It is possible to buy in advance
  • Tip: 1) Usually the taxis from the arrivals are not enough to meet the demand, sometimes it is faster to go to the taxis in the departures area, 2) ask the taxi for a cost estimate for the trip until your destination, if it seems very high please wait for the next one.

Underground (Metro)

    • The Metro is a very safe and cheap way to get to your destination. Please enjoy a Each ticket costs €1.4 and is valid for 1 hour (please note that in order to purchase the ticket for your trip you must also purchase a rechargeable card, for an additional €0.5, and this card is valid for 1 year).
    • Instead of one hour ticket you can also purchase (€6.0) a 24h ticket that allows to travel in the metro and public buses (Carris).
    • Tip: 1) Using the Underground with luggage can be complicated during certain hours of the day due to the amount of users (usually from 8:30-10:30 am and 5-7pm), 2) it is worth considering buying the Lisboa Card and have unlimited and free trips. Public bus
    • The airport has a very good bus network but it is not allowed traveller with many or large luggage, (trolleys are ok).. Each ticket can be bought on board and costs €1.75
    • Tip: 1) Using the public bus can be a useful option if you do not have to change coaches, if you do perhaps you should consider other alternatives to arrive to your hotel, 2) it is worth considering buying the Lisboa Card and have unlimited and free trips.

Rent a car

  • Passengers can rent a car in the airport facilities, currently there are six companies offering their services in the airport (Europcar, Avis, Guerin, Hertz, Budget and Goldcar)

Train

  • Lisbon has two main railroad stations from which train passengers can arrive to Lisbon: Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente. The company responsible for the train tickets and coaches is CP (http://www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?vgnextoid=87cbd5abe2a74010VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD&lang=en )
  • The train represents a wonderful oportunity to check the Portuguese landscape and usually get to their destination on time. Both Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente have public transportations (Metro and bus), as well as taxis, to help its users reach their destination.

Bus

  • Lisbon has one main bus terminal which is located in Sete-Rios and one main operator for long-course trips which is Rede Expressos (http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx).
  • The bus terminal in Sete-Rios has many buses and a underground station , as well as taxis, nearby.

Visas

  • Due to the European Union, citizens of the countries which belong to the Schengen Area can enter in Portugal with only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry.
  • Citizens of countries which do not belong to the Schengen Area must have their passport and most will are also required a visa in order to enter the country.
  • For more specific information, please contact the embassy / consulate most convenient to you. Shegen Area countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstei, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Metro

  • The underground is a great transportation method if one wants to escape the traffic and travel through a long distance in Lisbon. Currently it has 4 metro lines (yellow, green, red and blue) that connects to every major Lisbon's locations. For more information to the official website (www.metrolisboa.pt).

Tickets:

  • Lisboa Card – If you purchased the Lisboa Card you can travel either through Metro for free for as long as your card is valid. For more information please refer to the Lisboa Card section.
  • 7 Colinas – These cards allow you to travel without having to spend as much and more comfortably. Each ticket costs 0.50€ and one can top-up this ticket with as much money as you need (one way trips costs 1.40€ and roundtrip XXX). The amount and the ticket have a validity of 1 year.
  • Lisboa Viva - It's a thirty day pass that, depending on the combo, allow you to use the public transportation, free of charge. They cost as little as 35€ but the costs can go up if you want to include transports that aren't buses, subway or trams.
  • Daily Tickets – These tickets cost €6 and allows you to use Lisbon's public transportation system for free during the first 24 hours after its purchase. Tickets are available can be bought inside Metro stations or authorized Carris point of sales.

Validate the ticket

     
  • To get into the metro, you must be validated either your ticket or your card in the designated machines [image of the metro lines]

Daily Tickets

  • These tickets cost €6 and allows you to use Lisbon's public transportation system for free during the first 24 hours after its purchase.
  • Tickets are available can be bought inside Metro stations or authorized Carris point of sales.
  • Opening times: everyday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Tip: If you have the 7 Colinas card and use two public means of transportation within one hour (e.g. Metro and Bus), the second one is free.M,

Bus

  • Lisbon is very well served with buses, especially the most touristic areas. There are plenty of buses to travel in Lisbon and you can check please visit the official website of Carris, the public bus transportation, for more information [www.carris.pt]. Usually drivers are very helpful and feel free to ask the bus driver which stop works best for you.

Onboard tickets

  • You can pay your bus ticket onboard. Each ticket costs 1.80€ and it's paid in cash.
  • 7 Colinas card (add image of the card)
  • These cards allow you to travel without having to spend as much as you wish and according to your convenience. They cost 0.50€ each and can be charged with as much money as you need (they have one year of duration).
  • Each trip with this card will only cost you 1.40€.
  • It is important to note that if you use two public means of transportation within one hour, the second one is free. Sales points can be see inside Metro stations or authorized Carris point of sales.

Lisboa Card (add image of the card)

  • Holders of a valid Lisboa Card can travel for free.

Daily Tickets

  • These tickets cost €6 and allows you to use Lisbon's public transportation system for free during the first 24 hours after its purchase.
  • Tickets are available can be bought inside Metro stations or authorized Carris point of sales.
  • Note: Tickets must be validated in the designated machines when entering the bus.
  • Tip: If you have the 7 Colinas card and use two public means of transportation within one hour (e.g. Metro and Bus), the second one is free.

Tram

  • Trams are an old Portuguese mean of transportation and they can only be used in a few areas of the town, however they are a very good way of sightseeing.

Onboard tickets

  • You can pay your bus ticket onboard. Each ticket costs 2.85€ and it's paid in cash.

Lisboa Card (add image of the card)

  • Holders of a valid Lisboa Card can travel for free.

Daily Tickets

  • These tickets cost €6 and allows you to use Lisbon's public transportation system for free during the first 24 hours after its purchase.
  • Tickets are available can be bought inside Metro stations or authorized Carris point of sales.

Note: Tickets must be validated in the designated machines when entering the tram.

Taxi

  • If you find yourself in a rush or if you simply like to travel by taxis, you can usually catch them driving around. Lisbon's taxi fares are very cheap, especially when compared with other European cities.
  • Lisbon taxis cars can be easily identified due to their colour (beige or black and green) and the taxi sign on the car.

Prices:

  • A typical fare comprises the following elements: minimum price (€3.25 for day fares and €3.9 for night fares ) which is the base from which the taxi meter starts counting, the time spent on the taxi, and the extras (i.e. luggage, pets or booking). The price of the time spent on the taxi depends if you are travelling during the day (from 6 am to 9pm) or night (9pm to 6 am), being the night fare more expensive.
  • The price of the time spent on the taxi also depends of your destination – destinations outside Lisbon are also more expensive.

Tips: Most of the trips within Lisbon costs less than €15. To avoid paying more than you should feel free to ask the driver for an price if it seems too expensive then probably it is and better wait for the next one.

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