Getting around Lisbon

Lisbon's metro (subway or underground) is modern, clean, and efficient. It runs from 6:30AM to 1:00AM, and many of its stations are decorated with contemporary art, making it a tourist attraction in itself.

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Riding tram 28 just for the experience is a must in Lisbon. Tram 15 is also the best way to reach Belem from downtown.

You can hop on 15 either at Figueira Square or Comercio Square (getting off by Jeronimos Monastery).

For tram 28, the best place to get on board is by Miradouro das Portas do Sol (we suggest ending your journey by Estrela Basilica).

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CarrisTur's "Aerobus" service travels between Lisbon city centre and the airport. The ticket is purchased on board.

The local Carris bus service also provides commuter buses between the airport and downtown (numbers 44) and there are some destinations within the city that are best reached by bus.

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The taxis in Lisbon are surprisingly good value for traveling around the city and are convenient for tired tourists or late night partygoers. The taxis of Lisbon are painted a distinctively cream colour and can be hailed from the street or from specially marked bays.

There is a €2.00 euro minimum price for hailing a Lisbon taxi and the fare increases based on distance and time (traffic), journeys are 20% more expensive during the night hours of 9pm-6am. Lisbon taxis can be hailed from the road, if the light on top of the taxi is on it indicates that the taxi already has a fare. The two largest taxi companies within Lisbon are; Autocoope and Radio Taxis.

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Getting to Lisbon

Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport

The airport is located 6 kilometres north from downtown Lisbon.

Terminal 1:

Terminal 1 is the main building and features large landside and airside areas containing several shops and service facilities. It consists of two check-in halls, the older one containing 13 desks (1–13) with the newer one housing 68 desks (37–89 and 90–106). The joint departures area features 29 gates most of which are equipped with jet-bridges with 7 of them designated to non-Schengen destinations. As the airport features several more apron stands, bus boarding is also frequently used here. Most airlines use Terminal 1, including TAP Portugal and its Star Alliance partners.

Terminal 2:

Terminal 2 is the much smaller and newer of the two, mainly used by low-cost carriers. It is located away from Terminal 1 on the southern border of the airport. It features 21 check-in desks (201–222) and 15 departure gates (201–215) using bus and walk boarding. There are only basic facilities and a few shops or service counters in Terminal 2 as it can only be reached with a free shuttle service from Terminal 1. The main users of Terminal 2 are easyJet and Ryanair.

Connections between Lisbon and the airport and back:


The Lisbon Airport has a Metro (subway) station with a direct line to the city centre. The 'Aeroporto – Saldanha' line takes you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. The Metro network will allow you to move around the city at ease. It is a quick and inexpensive way to get around, plus you'll get to see Lisbon's subway stations – each with its own theme and décor.

  • Single Fare Price: 1.40€

10 minutes away by Metro and a bit longer by bus, you can get to Gare do Oriente, the main train station in Lisbon, where you can take trains to all parts of the country. You can also get there by taxi, if you find that more convenient.


Several bus lines stop at the airport arrivals terminal, taking you to different parts of the city. However, please note that the maximum baggage size allowed in these buses is 50x40x20cm. If your baggage exceeds this size, you must take the airport's specific buses (Aerobus and Airport Shuttle).

  • Fare (on-board): 1.80€

With frequent departures from the airport, this bus provides a link between the main city points, the Sete Rios bus terminal, the Entrecampos railway terminal, Cais do Sodré and the two terminals at the Lisbon Airport (1 and 2). It stops near the city's main hotels and digital panels at each stop provide information updated every minute.

  • One-way ticket: 24H AEROBUS PASS - Adults: €3.50, Children (ages 4 to 10): €2.00, Groups (4 or more adults): €2.00

You can always find a taxi at the airport, normally queueing outside the departures and arrivals terminals.

As the city centre is very close by, taxis are a rather affordable transportation option, even with the luggage and/or pet fees that may be charged separately by the driver.

Depending on traffic, the journey to the city centre is quick, costing between 10 and 15 euros, including luggage fees. If you choose this mean of transportation, make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and always ask for a receipt/invoice.

Comboios de Portugal

In terms of railway transport, the tourist and commercial platform of Lisbon is serviced by four main train stations: the Santa Apolonia (Estacao da Santa Apolonia), the so-called Rossio (Estacao do Rossio), Barreiro (Estacao do Barreiro) and Cais do Sodre (Estacao do Cais do Sodre).

The Santa Apolonia Train Station (Estacao da Santa Apolonia) is the largest of all, being located in the vicinity of the Alfama district. It is the main terminal for trains which ensure the connection between Lisbon and north and east Portugal, as well as between Lisbon and international destinations like Madrid and Paris. Visitors who get off the train at Santa Apolonia can also spot a tourist information office here, which is highly reassuring for newcomers in particular.

For complete information on the trains arriving at or departing from each of the four stations of Lisbon, schedules, connections, ticket prices and the like, please visit Comboios de Portugal