SICV&GIS 2019

Getting to Lisbon

Flights Flights

Lisbon international airport is just a 7 km far from the city centre, 3 hours away from the main European capitals and served by the main international airlines, such as British Airways (ba.com), EasyJet (easyjet.com) and TAP Portugal (flytap.com).

Flights Train

National and international trains arrive every day at Santa Apolónia station, which is very close to all the traditional neighbourhoods and Terreiro do Paço.

Useful tip: if you would like to add a unique architectural experience to your arrival, get off at Gare do Oriente, whose Calatrava-designed lines impress even those who see it every day.

Flights Public Transportation

From the airport, taxis to the city centre take 25 minutes. The Aerobus 91 (8am-11pm) departs every 20 minutes from outside arrivals, takes 30 minutes and stops and picks up from Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade and Praça do Comércio – all in the city centre.

Public buses 705, 722, 744, 783 (7am-9.30pm) and 208 (night bus) operate between Lisbon Airport and the city. They depart from outside, go to the city centre and take around 40 minutes.

The Metro is the quickest way to get from the airport to the city-centre. The Red Line connection runs direct to and from the central Saldanha station (6.30am-1am).
The city has a comprehensive network of metro services (metrolisboa.pt). The tram service costs around 3€, making it a largely tourist-only experience these days. One-day travel passes allow unlimited travel on all the above. They cost around 6€ and can be bought at any metro station.

Flights Cruises

Lisbon is the busiest port on the European Atlantic coast. Those arriving by sea have one of the best views of Lisbon – from the river – and can moor in 3 different places, all near the centre. If you come by cruise ship, you can dock at Alcântara, Rocha Conde de Óbidos or Santa Apolónia. If you arrive by yacht, there are several marinas as you sail up the river. 

P&O Cruises (pocruises.com), Silversea Cruises (silversea.com), Cunard (cunard.com), and Fred Olsen (fredolsencruises.com). 

Flights Car hire

Renting a car is only necessary if you want to get out to the surrounding beaches and rural suburbs. The airport has seven car-hire firms: Budget (budget.co.uk), Europcar (europcar.co.uk), National (nationalcar.co.uk), Hertz (hertz.co.uk), Sixt (sixt.co.uk), and AVIS (avis.co.uk).

Flights Uber

Uber is now available in Lisbon throughout the city. Uber is often slightly cheaper than taxis, even if in Portugal they are actually quite affordable.

At Porto airport, the Uber pickup area in front of the arrivals entrance on the first floor. Uber will tell you to go to the “Kiss and Fly” car park.