Before You Arrive in Lisbon

So you have decided to pay the Portuguese capital a visit. Here is everything that you’ll need to know before you embark on your adventure to explore luminous Lisbon.


Taxi

With an airport only 6km away from the centre of Lisbon, access to the capital is simple and easy. When arriving in the city, you will be met by a taxi rank in front of the arrivals exit of the airport. While the charge into the centre should cost around 10€ (plus 1.60€ per piece of luggage that exceeds hand luggage size), taxi drivers near the airport arrivals often charge up to 30€. We advise you to be attentive to fares and be careful of possible scams.

Metro

When travelling light, the cheapest, quickest and essentially best way to get to your next destination is via the underground service. Connecting the city through 4 lines, one metro journey will cost you 1.40€ (with an additional 0.50€ for the rechargeable ticket card, reusable in most public transport outlets, i.e. bus, train, etc.). The service is quick, and orientation is simple.

Aerobus

Provided that you are going straight into the city centre, the airport-provided Aerobus is a viable option for you. Running every 20min at the price of 3.50€, the Aerobus will drop you off at the most central or common destinations across Lisbon downtown.


The best mean of transportation when visiting Lisbon is its underground network. Acquire your ‘Viva Card’, found in automatic machines in every metro station. You will be able to purchase a rechargeable ticket for 0.50€, and recharge it either with individual tickets (1.40€), day passes (6€) or through a zapping system, in which you can top up your card with amounts ranging from 3€ to 40€ (noting that if you top up your card, each individual trip is reduced to 1.25€). The ticket is rechargeable and reusable through a range of public transportation, including buses and suburban trains. While the metro closes between the hours of midnight and 1am, a system of night buses operates throughout the night. Suburban trains are the best option when going to beach locations along the coast, such as Cascais. Alternatively, if you are located near the city centre, walking is a great option to travel around the city.

Lisbon is blessed with a temperate weather, being neither boiling hot nor freezing cold. Despite the milder, often sunny winters, Portuguese summers can reach above 35ºC during their hottest peaks. Due to its seaside location, snow and frost are rare occasions, and rain is mostly to be expected only during autumn and winter seasons. Springs are often sunny and mild in weather, whereas summers are quite warm and dry.

While the official language of the country is Portuguese, the majority of the population is able to communicate in English, and in some tourist locations in a number of European languages, including Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

In case of any emergency, contact the 24-hour operational line 112. The service connects you to the police, fire brigade and ambulances. It is reachable through any landline or mobile phone, even if it is locked or doesn’t have a SIM card.


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Avenida da Liberdade, 198-200 2F

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Avenida da Liberdade, 198-200 3F

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Rua Pau de Bandeira, 11-13(A LAPA)

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Rua Alto Do Duque 13, Restelo, 1449-026

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Rua Pero da Covilhã - Restelo 16, 1400-297

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Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081

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Avenida Duque de Loulé, 47 - 4.º 1050-086