Airport and Air Travel, Lisbon
I booked my flight early as Easyjet had a '25% off all flights' offer so I paid around £70 for my return flight from Liverpool to Lisbon.
I was pleased to find that June (Poons) would be travelling on the same flight. We were both heading to Lisbon for the 5th VT Euromeet.
We departed at 13.05 and our expected arrival time was 15.50, we were delayed taking off, but weren't too late landing in Lisbon, to Sunshine!.
My return flight departed 16.20 arriving in Liverpool at 19.00hrs.
After clearing passport control and retrieving our bags, we headed to Tourist Information, to get a map, and to check on the bus details. Outside the arrivals hall are buses and taxis to take you to Lisbon.
The airport has lots of shops, cafes, a post office, left luggage, exchange bureaus etc. It's quite a pleasant place to spend time, before catching your flight home.
There are also showers if you need to freshen up.
The duty free stocks quite a good selection of food stuffs such as tinned sardines, packaged meats, cheeses etc as well as the usual wines, spirits, perfumes, cigarettes etc.
Lisbon’s airport is modern and quite small, with just two terminals. I found everything ran smoothly on both my arrival and departure, and for the latter I found the duty free shop to have a better than average selection of regional foods and drinks.
I took the aerobus from the airport to the city centre. This runs every 20 minutes, and leaves from a stop right outside exit 3. The charge is a reasonable €3.50, which you pay the driver on boarding.
The drive to the city takes between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on traffic. The route is pleasant and I found plenty to interest me as we went, including an avenue lined with nice houses leading from the airport. A screen above the driver has a Sat Nav display which shows your current location, the next stop and its nearby hotels, and clear announcements are made in English as well as Portuguese. The bus stops at several major points in the city, including the Praça dos Restauradores and Rossio, and terminates at the Cais do Sodre station.
Lisbon airport is very modern, clean and one of the nicest I've seen. A lot of light, space and utilities like restaurants and cafes. It's main runway, measuring 3,805 meters, orientation 03/21 (NW) can land a 747, the airport has also the capacity of dealing such large number of passengers. The airport has a second shorter runway oriented 17/35 (NE).
Airplanes come for landing from south, passing over the 25 de Abril Bridge then for the last 5 minutes flying very low right over some neighborhood in order to land the big NW oriented runway.
This is the main hub for the Portugal national airline - TAP Portugal. It is located very close to city center, depending on traffic you can reach in 20-30 minutes. The position within the city, being one of the few airports in Europe not located well near the city, was theme for debates about safety and the final decision about building a new airport was taken in 2008, designating Alcochete - 50 km north of Lisbon, as the planned site for the construction of the new Lisbon International Airport, which will be finished in 2017.
Positioned at the north part of the city Portela Airport is only 7 km away from the centre of Lisbon which makes a nice experience landing in Lisbon especially if the day/ night is clear. With two terminals (one for international and the other for domestic flights) the airport is an international gateway with flights departing and arriving from major International cities in Europe, North America, South America and Africa. TAP, Portugália and SATA from the Azores are the local airlines, but the airport welcomes all the big regular European, overseas and low-budget flights.
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Approximate flight times to Lisbon: From London is 2 hours 15 minutes; from Frankfurt is 2 hours 30 minutes; from New York is 6 hours 45 minutes; from Los Angeles is 12 hours; from Toronto is 9 hours 30 minutes, from Singapore is 15 hours and from Sydney is 23 hours.
As usual, you can find all the facilities a medium dimensions airport has to offer:
-first aid, shower, food stall with restaurants / bars,
-currency exchange and banking, insurances, VAT refund, post office,
-left luggage, lost and found,
-duty-free and other shopping areas including mobile phone shop,
-lounges available to first and business class travelers on several airlines,
-other facilities including fax, telephones and internet.
At the outside you will find also
-tourist information, ticket offices, bank, cafeteria
-car hire is available from Avis, Eurodollar, Europcar and Hertz
The best direct connection to the major hotel areas (downtown, Avenida da República, Praça Marquês de Pombal) is the Aero-bus (3€, see link). The Aero-Bus is free for TAP passengers, on presentation of used boarding passes when arriving and flight tickets when traveling to the airport.
Nevertheless, you can take the regular bus lines (lines 5, 8, 22, 44, 45, and 83 from www.carris.pt; costs €1,40), or the taxi. There are 2 options for taxi: buy the taxi voucher at the tourism info desk (main area at the “arrivals”) or just go out of the “arrivals” area and pick the taxi from the line. Be attentive as they sometimes over charge (as extra) and always ask for the ticket at the end. If the line is long you can go to the “departures” area and also pick up the taxi from there. The average fare between the Airport and the center of the city should be around 10€ to 15€.
I flew with TAP several times, including intercontinental flights, and I've always felt safe.
It's true that they are usually a bit late...but I think it happens more frequently with long distance flights.
About the staff I personaly think they are quite friendly and helpful - on my last intercontinental flight (15 hours!) they provided me with vegetarian meals, even though by some reason they had no records of my special request previously!So I only have good things to say abt TAP :)
Wish you a safe flight and enjoy Lisbon, one of my fav cities ever!
The cheapest way to arrive to Lisbon by plane is using the low cost companies such as vueling (www.vueling.com, from Barcelona and Madrid), clickair (www.clickair.com, from Barcelona), Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com, from Palma de Mallorca), Easy Jet (Berlin, Basel, Berlin, Geneva, Liverpool, London, Lyon, Madeira, Madrid, Milan and Paris), BMI Baby (Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester).
The places with the cheapest prices are normally Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva, Milan and the UK.
Normally a plane from Madrid is less expensive than the train and save you some hours.
If you arrive to Lisbon airport after 23:00 you can go downtown by:
1) Getting a cab. The airport is quite close to the city centre so it is not all that expensive. (0,42€/km+2€ base fare+1,60€/bags+20% of night service). So it should be more than 10€.
2)Getting the nightbus 208 (passes in the airport around 23:40, 00:10, 00:40 and goes to Praça do Comércio, Figueira and Cais do Sodré). Ticket on board costs 1,35€. http://www.carris.pt/horarios/a208_2.pdf
3) Getting the 745 bus (passes in the airport at 23:20, 23:45, 00:14) stops in Marquês de Pombal, Av Liberdade, Rossio, Terreiro do Paço. Ticket on board costs 1,35€. http://www.carris.pt/horarios/a745_2.pdf
Lisbon’s airport handles both domestic and international and is located about 6.5kms (4 miles) away from the city centre. Many airlines service Lisbon including British Airways, Continental, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, LAM, BMI, Alitalia to name a few.
The airport is very close to the city, almot in the city itself, so that, you can reach the centre very fast.
Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas
* Fax: (+351) 218 413 675
- www.ana.pt/portal/pls/portal/PORTAL.wwctx_app_language.set_language (English)
- www.ana.pt/portal/page/portal/ANA/AEROPORTO_LISBOA (Portuguese)
- www.ana.pt/portal/page/portal/ANA/AEROPORTO_LISBOA (Spanish)
* To/from the airport:
There are some buses: AeroBus (91) is a bit more expensive, but you can get a pass for the following 24 hours; other buses: 22, 44, 83 and 745. Obviously, it depends on where you need to go, but 44 and 745 (apart from Aerobus), go to Marqués de Pombal, then, down Avenida da Liberdade to Cais do Sodré.
For buses information:
- www.carris.pt/en/index.php (English)
- www.carris.pt (Portuguese)
No metro so far.
Before i went to Lisbon i asked a friend of mine who lives there, whether i should go to my hotel (near Rotunda) by earobus or by taxi. He told me to take a taxi, but first to tell the cabdriver that i knew Lisbon and if he dared to ask more than 8 euros, that i would go to the police. But i didn't had any problems with them (neither there nor back). To Lisbon the cabdriver asked 7 euros and back to the airport only 6.50 euro. In both cases i gave them 10, which made them carry my lugage to the door.
The easiest way to get into the city centre is take the Aerobus (Carris route no 91). Just follow the signs in the Arrivals hall for buses, and the Aerobus stop is just outside the exit. The bus runs every twenty minutes, and goes right into the heart of the city centre, with 12 stops including Avenida Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, Placa do Comercio and Cais Sodre for the station. Tickets can be bought on the bus at 3.50 euros and the journey takes around 20 – 35 minutes. Here is a link to the timetable http://www.carris.pt/en/horarios/a091_2.pdf
I have been checking out the routefinder on the Carris website, and it suggests that route 45 does the same journey with a lot more stops, takes around 45 minutes, and only costs the single fare of 1.30 euros. So if you haven’t got too much luggage and time is not so important, you could get the ordinary service bus instead !
There are several buses that drive to and from the airport. One trip price s 1,20 euro, but you can also use a 5 day network ticket. They are on time, and it takes around 20 minutes to get to the city center. There are several buses:
N.º 5 - Estação do Oriente / Aeroporto / Areeiro – Operates only Monday to Friday
N.º 22 - Portela / Aeroporto / Marquês de Pombal – Operates every day
N.º 44 - Moscavide / Aeroporto / Cais do Sodré - Operates every day
N.º 45 - Prior Velho / Aeroporto / Cais do Sodré - Operates every day
N.º 83 - Portela / Aeroporto / Amoreiras - Operates only Monday to Friday
To get to the bus station at the airport you just have to follow the signs.
You can find list of all stations and exact time tables for all buses, night buses and trams on this page:
Airport is rather nice, surprisingly small for a capital city. There is only one terminal. Taxi to the center should not be more than E10, and there is also a bus which will cost you even less.
The cafeteria downstairs is not great: they have cold sandwiches or can give you a hot tasteless hamburger. Once you pass the passport control there are duty-free shops and a much nicer food court.
I can say my whorst flight ever (and i did many flights in my short life), the plane was dirty, and some seats were detached from the floor.
Lot of strange noises coming from everywhere inside and outside the plane ?!?!?
Do you want to go from the Lisbon airport to the city centre?
The airport is 7km north of Lisbon. From this airport there is a bus service, which runs every 15 minutes from 5.30am to 1.00am to Lisbon city centre and the main railway station. An ‘Airbus’ tranfer service is also offered which departs to the city centre every 20 minutes. Taxi services to the city are available and car hire companies Avis, Eurodollar, Hertz and Inter-Rent also operate at the airport.
Bus:5, 22,44,45, 83 (€1,20) and Aero-Bus ( €1,20 or 3,10€ for 1 day bus ticket).
Taxi: about 9€ to the centre.