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Fly to Lisbon
Part of our decision to go to Lisbon was based on how convenient it was to get to from London. There are a few major airlines that fly there direct, such as British Airways, TAP Portugal & Easyjet.
We chose to fly TAP, and our flight was conveniently from Heathrow Airport (the closest airport to us).
We found the flight a good experience, staff were friendly and edible food was served.
Upon arrival in Lisbon there was long queues for non-EU residents at customs. After queuing for around 20 minutes we finally got to the front of the line....only to be told that we should have completed an Arrival form...we then had to go and find a form and join the back of the queue.
Humph. Luckily the queues were short by this time.
Lisbon airport is not too big, so quite manageable, with signs in Portuguese & English.
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Transport from the Airport to Central Lisbon
When we arrived in Lisbon we decided to catch the Aero-Bus from the airport to the centre of town.
When you leave the airport, there are a few bus stops right outside. Look for the one that has a yellow Aero-Bus sign. The bus number is 91, and it travels from the airport to Cais do Sodre, with around 11 stops in between (the website has details of the timetable and stop names).
You have to take your luggage on board with you.
Although it can be a bit difficult to determine when you have arrived at your stop, I am sure the driver would be happy to advise you if you asked. We had a map and worked out where we were, so knew when to alight.
There is a bus every 20 minutes. Our trip to/from Avenida metro station took about 20 minutes. The ticket cost 3.50 euro and was valid on other buses/trams/metro for the rest of the day.
The other option for travelling to/from the airport is to take a taxi.
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Going from Lisbon airport to the city centre
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.
Lisbon - Airport
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€.
Aeroporto Internacional da Portela
This is Lisbon's only international airport and is unusually close to the city center (less than 10 km).
There are direct flights to/from most European cities and several African, Brazilian and American ones as well.
The portuguese carriers are TAP Air Portugal (www.tap.pt) and Portugalia (www.pga.pt).
It is quite well-organized and easy to move around.
Sometimes, when the air traffic is heavy and your plane is unable to land immediatly, it usually flies over the Tejo (Tagus) river and it is an amazing view (during the day).
There is a shuttle service (bus 91 - Aerobus) that takes you to the center in less than 20 minutes and costs 3.00 Eur, but gives access to other buses for a whole day.
You can also take bus 44 or 45 to Praça dos Restauradores and Cais do Sodré, respectively. They cost only 1.10 Eur.
Taxi's are also available, but you will most probably be tricked and pay more than you should. This is usually done by setting the wrong rate (night instead of day, for instance) or taking the long way. There really is nothing you can do, except asking at the hotel how much a ride should cost and try to convince the driver, before getting in, you know how much you will pay.
The airport and aerobus
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.
The Portela Airport is the country's most important airport, and plays an important role in the city's economic development and that of the entire Lisbon Region.
The national airlines are TAP Air Portugal (www.tap.pt) and Portugalia (www.pga.pt).
TAP (Air Portugal), the national airline, has direct flights to Lisbon from a number of destinations, including England, France, Spain, the USA and Canada.
It is located only 7km from the city centre. If you wish to drive to this airport in your private car you can use – according to where you come from – one of the following road accesses:
> North: A1 Motorway (Oporto/Lisbon) – Beginning of the 2ª Circular;
> Torres Vedras: A8 Motorway – CRIL(IC17) – Beginning of the 2ª Circular;
> South: Ponte Vasco da Gama – Beginning of the 2ª Circular - Ponte 25 de Abril – Eixo North/South – 2ª Circular;
> Cascais/Estoril: Motorway (A5) - CRIL (IC17) – 2ª Circular;
> Sintra/Amadora: IC19 – 2ª Circular (South/North direction) IC19 – IC 17 – Beginning of the 2ª Circular (North/South direction)
> Parque das Nações: Av. Marechal Gomes da Costa – Rotunda do Relógio – Alameda das Comunidades Av. Dr. Alfredo Bensaúde – Beginning of the 2ª Circular - Av. de Berlim
To Lisbon by plane
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.
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By cable car
A must see thing and must go in, is the cable car. It is located in the Parque das Nações and it goes between Torre Vasco da Gama and the Marina locks over the river Tagus. I didn’t go but I could appreciate it when I went to the Oceanário. Great view we must have from there it is for sure. Next time I will go for sure!
> Transport: Rail or metro to Estação do Oriente station; bus 5, 10, 21, 25, 50, 68 or 114.
> Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-20:00.
> Admission: EUR 1.50.
When arriving by airplane
The easiest and cheapest way to travel to Lisbon from the airport is by bus. You have 3 choices:
1st: every 20 minutes an 'Aerobus' leaves from the airport to the centre of the city (up to Cais do Sodre, with various stops, like for instance Marques do Pombal, Rossio and Praca do Comercio). The first bus leaves the airport at 7.45 a.m. and the last at 8.45 p.m. The ticket costs EUR 2.85 and is valid for the whole day in all metro and buses trips.
2nd: Other 'Carris' buses (yellow) travel from the airport to various places within the city. No. 5 goes to Parque das Nacoes, no. 22 goes to Marques de Pombal, no. 44 to Cais do Sodre, no. 45 to Cais do Sodre and no. 83 to Amoreiras. The ticket costs EUR 1.10. It is only advisable to travel with these buses if don't carry that much luggage. (more info on the various buses and the stops they make: http://www.carris.pt/ingles/0000ingl.htm)
3rd: For those staying at the Cascais or Estoril areas, there is a shuttle bus running between 7 a.m. and 10.30 p.m. The ticket costs EUR 7.
Getting from the Airport
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 !
From the airport to the city center
The Aerobus 91 takes you from the airport to the city center. There’s a bus every 20 min and there are several stops. It takes about half an hour to get to Rossio, depending on the traffic. Price is 3 euro one way. This ticket stays valid for the rest of the day if you want to take tram, bus or elevador! Very convenient if you arrive early in the morning. Passengers flying TAP are offered a free ride on this bus.
There are also regular city buses leaving from the airport, that are cheaper.
Flying to Lisbon
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 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.
Arriving at the airport.
When you arrive to airport in Lisbon, you have:
Departing every 20 minutes, comfortable
Buses (line 91, CARRIS) connect Lisbon Airport with the city centre.
Daily between 7.45am and 8.45pm.
The ticket can be purchased in the bus, and is
valid for the city bus and tram networks and
funiculars and the Sta Justa lift on the some day.
1 day €2,35
3 days . €5,65
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