So you arrive to Lisbon and now you need to find a way to get to your hotel. 3 ways to do it:
1 - Metro (not ideal if you have luggage)
2- Aerobus from airport with different drop off locations (website: http://www.golisbon.com/transport/airport-shuttle.html)
Or something else..
I opted for a different option. The Metro was not convenient, The Aerobus stops at Rossio square which would leave me with a 15 mins walk to my hotel with luggage. Taxis are a hit or miss as you may end up doing the tourist circuit while the meter is running.
I researched and found great reviews about a private taxi service called Lisbontaxi. I emailed asking about prices and Pedro (owner) answered promptly with a quote and I booked for both arrival and departure. Excellent service, I would use them again.
The driver was waiting for me at the Airport arrival door with a sign, he picked up my bag and walked me to the car and in no time I was at the hotel. For the departure the driver picked me up from the hotel and drove me to the airport.
Manuel the driver who picked me up from the Airport was giving me all kinds of tips and explanations about Lisbon as we pass things on the way.
The price from the airport to hotel Mundial (near Rossio square) was 19 Euros for the Arrival and 15 Euros for the Departure.
A friend I met in Lisbon paid 25 Euros one way by picking up a taxi from the airport to Hotel Mundial.
If you want a stress free Airport transport then I recommend you use them.
In September 2009, my sister and I just used the taxi to go from the airport to our centrally located hotel. It only cost us about 18 Euros. I noticed that taxis around the city are affordable, being about 5-10 Euros for travels within the city.
In the airport, it has also been suggested that taking the escalator up to the Departures will show up a lot of taxis that would charge less than at Arrivals. Maybe about 10 Euros to the city from the airport.
And now, it even gets better since the Metro is now open! Here is a site on tripadvisor which I find very helpful regarding the Metro and Airport arrival/departure: METRO INFORMATION:AIRPORT
Prices for taxis:
Beggining of the run:
Week days, 6h-21h: 2 € / 260m
After €0,10/ 300m
21h-6h and saturday/sunday/holyday Beggining of the run:
€2,35/ 208 m
Luggage (> 55x35x20cm): 1,60€
If the taxi gets out of the city: 0,35€/km.
Besides Metro and Bus, Taxis are a good way of getting around. Lisbon taxis are cheap. All new vehicles are caramel coloured, as shown in the picture. The vehicles carry a white lozenge-shape on the door bearing the word 'TÁXI', beneath which is the word 'LISBOA'. Older taxis also bear this identifier, but are painted black with a turquoise/green roof and a number of taxis in this livery are still operating.
Taxi fares are calculated on the basis of an initial flat charge, currently 2€. If luggage is carried, a further 1.6€ is charged. From the airport to most locations in central Lisbon should not cost more than 10€ plus any baggage and call-out charges. Meters are displayed in all licensed taxis so the fare should not come as a shock.
Tips are voluntary; 10% is the norm.
Lisbon local taxis work with two main rates: # 1, during the week from 6am to 9pm; #2, at night 9pm - 6am and on weekends. Rate # 2 is 25% more expensive. The fare outside of the city is calculated on a km basis upon leaving the city limits, about 0,40€/km. Any motorway/ bridge tolls are paid by the client. When taking a cab, try to enquire about the price to your destination first. Save your receipt and check if the license plate matches the receipt details. See if the meter is running and rate code is correct. The top of the car show the rate code.
Taximeter starting rates are:- rate #1 - 2,00€ - rate #2 - 2,50€
Luggage: 1,60€ ( bigger than 55x35x20cm); Animals: 1,60€; Call: 0.80€
I m so glad to met Fernando.
He has a Navigator, a little English and he is ountual and
I needed to go aiport early in the morning and he was in front of hotel on 6.05am as we agreed.
As I understand, taxis are runned by individuals.
So for taxi bookings, I believe he might be good
If you want to take a cab from the Airport to the city center DON'T go to the cue outside arrivals. Not all of the drivers here are dishonest but there's a big change you will ripped off.
Instead of that follow the signs saying departures, go to the entrance lobby and get out through the exit door. Outside you'll find a lot of taxis waiting and this drivers here are much more reliable.
Taxi’s at the airport are usually plentiful so even a long queue can clear fairly quickly. The cream coloured taxis have metres and you should make sure they are turned on at the start of your journey. Fares are calculated on a flat charge and then by distance. Additional fees maybe for call out, at night or from the airport. There are many ranks in the city or you can just put your hand out and hail one.
Taxi from the airport to the city center is very cheap compare to the other big cities. We paid 9€ to our hotel which was very closed to Parque de Eduardo VII. (make sure see the taximeter is on)
Tip: When we arrived to the airport taxi station there was a huge line, like 100s of people. I read this in the internet so they were mentioning about there is another station where upstairs of the airport departures enterance on second floor. (Where taxis drops off for departures) So we went there and few people were waiting for taxi, our taxi came in a minute and we did smart move from the other big line, keep it in mind :))
If you are 1 person and looking for alternative way. There is a bus It operates till 22: something I think, called "aerobus". Goes to Cais de Sodre in the very heart of the city. Cost 3€
You landed at Lisbon airport and want to get a taxi to your hotel. Is the taxi waiting line in front of the arrival terminal excruciatingly long? Well, then go back inside, walk one floor up to the departure terminal and exit the building and there you will most probably see lots of taxis waiting for you. Last time we saved at least an hour of waiting time this way.
Just left the airport, we looked for the Aerobus, raccomended by other VT members (pls note: such ticket is valid for all transportations of Lisbon on the same day so if you buy Lisbon card or cumulative tickets think about it...). It costs 3€ per person to reach Baixa suburb in Lisbon. After 40 minutes we were still wating for the aerobus and asked the taxi driver how much the its fee could be until Rossio. He said 10 €. Considering I came from Madeira, where I bought a beautiful plant for my apartment and to travel on a bus was not so confortable, I agreed to take the taxi. The return from the same hotel to the airport costed 7€, even! So the taxi costed us 4€ more (my calculation are for 2 people) and 1€ more when we came back.
The best way getting around Lisboa at night is by taxi. They are not expensive at all. They have a starting price of 2.50 euro (at night) and a 10 minute trip costs around 5 euro. Taxi is great for getting to Bairro Alto, since it is up the hill and you'll have to walk the other way.
You can use a taxi in order to get transferred to Lisbon. A taxi journey takes approximately 15-20 minutes and costs € 7 to 10 including luggage surcharge. In rush hour it will cost you a little bit more.
Taxis are plentiful, mostly rather beatup Mercedeses. Fares are not high, and I would not recommend getting a ticket from the information booth in the airport - meter will be lower. From the airport to the center ran under E10. You will not spend more than that for any trip unless you are driving out of town.
Taxis are a good way to get around Lisbon and generally pretty affordable. They are cream or green/black mercedes that zip around. They are generally easy to hail, just make sure there isn't a number on the light, that means it's occupied. There is a minimum charge of 2 euros and extra charges for calling by phone (0.80 euro) and baggage/pets (1.60 euros). There are also taxi stands throughout the city. Make sure that you ask for the price first to make sure that you're paying the correct price.
Lisbon is a hilly, sprawling city, and many of its best sights are not within easy walking distance of each other. If you are traveling with 2 or more people, taxis are a quick and easy way to get around the city. Most taxi rides that we took cost between four and eight Euros. Fares are slightly higher on weekends. The drivers were generally honest, except for on airport ride where the driver seemed to tack on a little extra onto the fare.