Lisbon: Local Travel Info

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Lisbon Local Travel Info

Internal Flights and Major International Airports in Lisbon

Lisbon’s international airport is called the Aeroporto da Portela and lies between Lisbon and Loures, north of Lisbon proper, in the Greater Lisbon area. It has one domestic and one international terminal and is readily accessible by car, bus and taxi services.

Getting to and from the Airport in Lisbon

Airport buses and shuttles leave every 20 minutes and connect to destinations throughout Lisbon including Cais do Sodré, Metro, tram and rail stations. Tickets are 3.50€ and valid for 24 hours. Taxis and limousines are the fastest method of travel between Lisbon Portela Airport and the city and cost around 10-15€.

Renting Cars in Lisbon

Cars can be rented at Lisbon Airport (Portela) from various firms, which are consolidated in the airport’s arrivals area. Rates may vary depending on the season, but start at 113€ per week, with higher per day rates for less than a week’s rental. It is advisable to book well in advance and use EasyTerra, a service combining several different car rental companies. Besides the airport, pickup and drop off points are lo-cated at offices throughout Lisbon.

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Drivers License Requirements in Lisbon

To drive in Lisbon and Portugal you must be of at least 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license from your country of origin or residence. Licenses from all EU countries are valid in Portugal and an inter-national or US driving license may be used for up to six months.

Lisbon by Bus

Bus service in Lisbon is affordable, reliable and reaches almost all areas of Greater Lisbon. Most buses are run by Carris, with companies such as Vimeca sharing service in some municipalities. Bus tickets are 0.81€ prepaid, 1.40€ if purchased onboard from the driver, with discounts for daily (3.70€) and monthly (22.60€) passes and tickets purchased in bulk.

Lisbon by Metro

Lisbon’s Metro system is extensive, cheap, reliable and clean. Fares are 0.80€ for travel within 1 zone and 1.10€ for 2 zones. Monthly cards are 18.50€ for Crown L (central Lisbon) and 27.20€ for all Metro network travel. A one day combined card for unlimited bus and Metro is 3.70€.

Lisbon by Tram

Trams in Lisbon (eléctricos) are a mix of small classic old models and ultra modern tram cars introduced in recent years. Tram lines run across the city proper (including 4 funiculars, ascending very steep inclines) and west towards Belém and Algés. Tram 28 is the best way to see the picturesque narrow lanes and buildings of the old city.

Lisbon by Taxi

Taxis rides in Lisbon are generally safe and comfortable with prices usually not exceeding 10€ for travel within the city. Lisbon taxis are normally large Mercedes sedans/saloon cars and are cream in color.

Cycling in Lisbon

Central Lisbon is hilly, has a lot of traffic and is not ideal for cycling. Up the coast towards Oeiras and Cascais, however, is some great cycling and mountain biking terrain. Cascais even has free bikes which can be borrowed from several locations. There is a terrific bike path up the coast from Cascais along the coast to Guincho, offering stunning views of the ocean and cliffs.

Water Transport in Lisbon

Lisbon water transport consists of boat or ferry services departing from Barreiro, Trafaria, Montijo and Cacilhas stations from Cais do Sodré Metro, tram and train station. There are also ferry tours up and down the river Tagus.