We flew to Porto originally and drove down to Lisbon. I used Lisbon Airport quite a lot and the taxi fare one way to the centrum should be no more than 1500esc (5 pounds). I personally never had trouble with the fares, only with the speed of the ride. There is one trick though as at the airport the taxi driver will jump out of the car and open the boot for your luggage even if it only a small bag. This is because he can charge 300esc for anything carried in the boot.
I stayed almost exclusively on the metro. You buy 10 tickets for the price of 8 (850esc). The tickets are single use meaning you can go 1 stop or change lines and go twenty stops, it's all on 1 ticket. Just remember to stamp it before you go down the stairs to the platform as inspectors are around especially on the EXPO line. There is an extensive bus service but, I never used it. Buying a ticket at the train station was a bit difficult. If you speak French it's an advantage. I was warned off trying to speak Spanish as some of the locals would be offended.
Many of the attractions are accessible by tram. A metro ticket will not be accepted on a tram as it is operated by another company CARRIS however, if you think you will be travelling a lot over two or three days, it's worth buying a LISBOA CARD (24hours or 72hours). You can use it on all public transport except trains and provides free or discounted access to many attractions. There are strategically located trolley cars on some hills. Two of them are near Restauradores, one goes up to the Castle and the other goes up to the Belvedere (viewing area) on the other side. The Lisboa Card is now being taken in over 200 shops to get a discount.
By plane ofcourse. Getting the bus from the airport is the best way to travel into the city.
By bus, metro or taxi. Taxies are very reasonable in price. Trains you may like to use, going to Sintra or Estoril.
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.
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.
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".
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!
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;)
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.
We choose a direct flight on Air Portugal through Anyway and we paid 184 Euros per capita for a round trip from Paris (Orly).
The travel lasted 2H15/2H30.
We had a lunch light but good.
At the arrival, the plane flies over the city at a low altitude and if the weather is fine, it is possible to shoot amazing photographes.
The airport is in the outskirts of the city and it is possible to reach quickly the center.
We chose the bus (areobus line 91) which is free at the arrival if you can show the AIR PORTUGAL boarding pass.
Also know as Portela Airport.
This 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.
In 1998, Lisbon Airport posted the world highest passenger growth rate. The increase in airport capacity, the efficiency and quality of services provided are evident to all its users.
There is a variety of shopping available.
Lisbon has a small airport with only one terminal that services all domestic and international routes. Located 7 km from the city center, the airport is well serviced by public transportation.
My synopsis of this airport is that it is a fairly lively place, very airy feeling with very high ceilings and expansive check-in areas. Once you have used this airport I think it would be fairly easy to navigate…but…on this initial use it took us too long to figure out where the correct flight check-in windows were actually located. Then after we’d stood in line for 30 minutes we discovered that they wouldn’t check us in as our flight was not yet into their computers. So we had to go to the back of the line and start all over again. It was pretty frustrating. The airport did have some nice shops and easy to use ATM machines. I found the restaurants to be pretty crowed and it was difficult to find a place to sit.
Inexpensive luggage carts are available for rental at the entrance doors.
Restaurants open 24 hours are available in the airport, with Harrods providing a buffet and coffee shop. Passarola offers international cuisine while Iberusa has a wide range of local specialty dishes.
Duty-free shops and a selection of regular shops selling local delicacies, fashions, electronics and many other products are also available. Casa dos Sabores offers local Portuguese delicatessen produce.
A bank, 24-hour bureau de change and several ATMs are located in the terminal.
Ramps, lifts and specially designed telephones and toilets are available for disabled passengers. Airline staff can provide wheelchairs and assist wheelchair passengers through customs and immigration. Spaces for disabled drivers are available in the airport car parks.
The information desks located in the arrivals and departures halls and boarding lounge are open from 08:00 to 00:00. A tourist information desk can also be found in the arrivals hall (open from 06:00-02:00). Information hotlines are located throughout the terminal.
Plane. Lisbon International Airport and a Eur. 5-6 ride to the center.
If you come by car, there is a highway linking Lisbon to the spanish border in Elvas/Badajoz (+- 200 Kms) or from the North, you have the highway from Valença to Oporto, and then to Lisbon (+- 300 Kms)
In the city center you can use the subway. Taxis aren't very expensive. There is also a good bus network, but try to avoid rush hour, as the traffic is intense.
The service onboard was OK but the seat pitch is narrower than usually on airbuses!!
if you arrive by plane to Lisbon, just outside the airport catch aerobus to go to downtown.
costing 3.50 Euros but this ticket is valid for the full day
The best way is to fly into Lisbon.
The Airport of Lisbon, in the back the area of Expo 1998, now called Parque das Naçoes and the river Tejo