Airport and Air Travel, Lisbon
Lisbon's Portela International Airport (IATA Code: LIS) is located approximately 8 km (5 miles) north of the city center. 38 airlines call at Lisbon, from Aer Lingus to Vueling, serving numerous destinations in Europe, North and South America, and Africa. The airport has two terminals, with most (but not all) international flights departing and arriving at Terminal 1. Inside the terminals, there is a wide variety of shops and eating establishments to choose from; at least in Terminal 1, the most choices are to be found inside security but outside immigration control.
Six car rental companies (including Hertz, Avis, and Europcar) have facilities at or near the airport. To get to and from the airport using public transportation, you have the choice of Metro, Bus, and Taxi. The new Metro station connects the airport and the city center via the Oriente train station. Travel time is 20 minutes. 1-way fare is EUR 1.40, while a day pass costs EUR 6. You must also buy a rechargeable electronic fare card (either a "7 Colinas" or a "Viva Viagem" card) for a one-time charge of 50 cents. Public buses depart to various destinations and use the same fare system (and fare cards) as the Metro, or you can purchase a 1-way ticket from the driver for EUR 1.80. A private bus, the AeroBus, departs the airport for either Cais do Sodre via the city center (Line 1), or the business district (Line 2). Fare is EUR 3.50 per adult, EUR 2 for children ages 4-10. This ticket is valid for unlimited rides for 24 hours; a 48 hour ticket is also available for EUR 5.50 / EUR 3. The taxi stands are in front of the terminals; lines can be long, but generally move quickly. Taxi fare downtown will run EUR 10-15, depending on traffic.
I can't believe I didn't take a photo of the Aerobus, which I've used on both my visits to Lisbon...but it seems I didn't.
There are two Aerobus routes. Line 1 runs from the airport to Cais do Sodre station (for trains to e.g. Estoril and Cascais), stopping at several places en route which have easy access to many of Lisbon's hotels. Line 2 serves the financial centre of the city.
Aerobuses are yellow, like ordinary Carris buses, and I'm sure they were run by Carris when I visited in 2009. Timetables and info are now found on the 'Yellowbustours' site, which also runs hop-on buses and an antique tram tour, though Carris is still tightly linked with the service.
A ticket costs 3.50 euro from the driver or 3.15 euro if you buy it online from the site below. The ticket lasts 24 hours so I suppose you could, if you wished, use it for other segments of the route once you'd arrived. It's valid on both Aerobus routes but not on any other Carris buses.
Aerobuses run every 20 minutes or so throughout the day, from 7am to 11pm, although we had to wait almost 40 minutes on our midday return to the airport. The delay was caused by traffic congestion around Cais do Sodre so I do advise you to allow for that possibility if you are going to the airport during the daytime. It would be sensible to catch an earlier bus than you think you need, especially if you are departing from T2 and must take the shuttle bus onwards from T1.
The Aerobus stop is directly outside Arrivals at Lisbon airport and very easy to find. You just pay the driver as you get on. Last time there was a route map screen and automatic announcements inside, so you knew where you are, but neither of the Aerobuses I used had this working. It's a good idea to tell the driver where you want to get off so, hopefully, he/she will tell you when you are there.
When I first visited Lisbon in 2009 I flew with Easyjet, arriving at and leaving from Lisbon's pleasant and well-resourced T1.
This time I also flew with Easyjet and arrived at T1 as before. It was very easy indeed...de-plane and take a bus to the terminal, go through the automatic passport gates, pick up the bags, walk outside Arrivals and catch the Aerobus to the city (or I could have taken the Metro, which didn't reach the airport in 2009).
But it was a different story on the way back. I hadn't realised that Lisbon has a T2, nor that the Aerobus now only serves T1. It stops right next to the stop for the free shuttle bus from T1 to T2, but that takes time. The shuttle buses run every 10 minutes, taking about 5 minutes to get to T2, so you'll definitely have to factor that into your planning. I saw one couple who clearly did not, consequently arriving at bag drop too late and having to pay 55 euro to check their bags at the gate.
I'm afraid T2 is nowhere near as pleasant as T1. The pre-security area has just one cafe and one shop and the post-security area has little more. Post-security was quite crowded when I was there, with several flights departing around the same time. It isn't a large area.
If you are flying outside Schengen (as I was, back to the UK) you must go through passport control (automatic gates again, which speeds things up) to get to the gate. There are no seats in the gate area and it became crowded and stuffy with 100+ people crammed into a small space, waiting for the door to open so we could board.
T2 is a departures-only terminal serving budget airlines Easyjet, Ryanair, Transavia and Norwegian. Some airports give me the feeling that budget airline travellers are second-class citizens, even though I know the services provided (or not) are probably more to do with the fees airlines pay airports for the use of their facilities. Unfortunately, I got that feeling in Lisbon.
I must say …. to and from the airport in Lisbon is one of the simplest and cheapest in all of Europe. On arrival you can purchase a taxi voucher from the tourist information center literally in from of the doors as you exist the customs area. A taxi to the old town section of town cost 15 euros. Or you can take the Aerobus which has several stops on 2 different routes. The Aerobus cost 3.50 Euro's per person and depart every 15 minutes right outside the doors. The journey to the center of Lisbon take about 20 minutes.
On the way back to the airport we waited for almost 30 minutes for a bus on Ave. de Liberade at 7:00 am and a bus never came so we jumped into a taxi and was charged only 8 euros (try that in Paris or London) either way the airport is 4 miles northeast of the city center and it makes it for a simple experience ….
You can also take the metro for 1.5 euro's ….. the metro goes right into terminal 1, the departure terminal for all the major airlines.
If you're traveling to Lisbon airport, you can book a ride in a shuttle from the airport for €6 (one way). This service is also available from the Porto airport. You can book in advance and then pay to the driver upon arrival.
On this latest occasion we flew to Lisbon with TAP, the Portuguese airline, from London Heathrow. The flight lasted about two and a half hours. On the way out we were served a light breakfast (yoghurt drink and small filled roll) with juice, tea and/or coffee. On our return late afternoon flight we were served a filled roll and could have an alcoholic drink (I had some nice red wine) at no extra charge – unusual these days, but a pleasant end to our trip.
Last time I had visited Lisbon, for the 2009 VT meeting in Cascais, I had used the Aerobus to get to the city centre as it was the only real option. Nowadays it is also possible to use the Metro as an extension has been built to serve the airport. We didn’t use this on our arrival as we saw a bus waiting and thought it would be nice to be able to see our surroundings as we drove into town, but on our return trip we used the Metro as the Rossio stop in the Praça da Figueira was very convenient for our hotel. We had to change to the red line at Alameda, but this was no bother and the new line was very light, modern and fast – a good alternative to the bus.
The airport is situated in the north of the city. It is 4.4 miles from the city center. It has two terminals. Terminal 1 is used by national and internationals carriers. Terminal 2 has only the low cost airlines departures. This terminal is smaller than terminal 1.
Terminal 1 has lots of shops, cafes and eateries. There is also a pharmacy and various other facilities.
A new station of subway opened at Lisbon’ Airport - it's called Aeroporto. The station is part of the red line which is connected to Saldanha (yellow line) and São Sebastião (blue line). From both of these lines you can access the city center.
The subway in Lisbon opens at 06h30 and closes at 01h00
Starting tomorrow (July 17, 2012), it'll be easier to get to the city centre by public transportation. Up till now, people had to use the bus or take a taxi when leaving the airport, but finally the subway network has arrived to the airport. The red line will connect the airport with the rest of the city. Check the Lisbon metro website for more info.
A single trip (for the whole metro network) will cost you €1.25 - if you don't have the 'viva viagem' card yet, you'll need to pay an extra €0.50. You can also buy a day ticket, for €5, which can also be used on buses.
There are three different Aerobus routes from the airport. Line one goes to the city centre. We used line three to get to our hotel in the financial district. The ticket costs 3 Euros 50 cents and is valid on carris buses on the day of purchase.
here's a bus transport link:
you may have to look for a more common street to see what's closest to rua da escola politecnica.
here's some more transportation info. you can scroll down and look at "to and from the airport".
We arrived at Lisbon via the Easyjet flight from Gatwick which took 2 hours. We used the aerobus between the airport and the city center. A ticket may be purchased directly from the driver and currently stands at €3.50. The buses run every 20 or 30 minutes and stop at important points in the city such as Entrecampos, Campo Pequeno, Avenida Republica, Saldanha, Picoas, Fontes Pereira Melo, Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Libertade, Restauradores, Rossio, Praça do Comercio and Cais do Sodré. On board, there are screens showing each stop as the bus approaches the area, and a list of nearby hotels, which is extremely convenient if you're not entirely sure which stop you need to get off at for you hotel.
Probably the best way to get to Lisbon city.It stops in many major tourist area.It is a little bit expensive but it has a luggage storage,so its convenient rather than getting a normal bus full of people which some of them has no tolerance for tourists with big & heavy luggage;)
I flew to Lisbon from Cologne with the German buget airline Germanwings.
Unfortunately, there are not too many airlines serving this route, therefore prices are still relatively expensive.
Lisbon's international airport "Portela" is situated about 10 km north of the city centre. It is Portugal's busiest and most important airport.
Lisbon Airport located almost in the center of the city, so you can be in your hotel just within minutes of your arrival. The airport is quite old. It is too little space for aircrafts at the gates, and many passengers have to embark the flights at the tarmac area.