Getting to Lisbon

By air

Travelling to Lisbon by air can be the quickest and cheapest option, and getting to and from the Lisbon Airport could not be easier. It’s just 7 km from the centre and and is served by good public transport, including underground, bus, coaches and taxis.

It’s also easily reached by road and there are several car hire providers based at Lisbon Airport. There’s an information desk at the Airport that can provide you with all the information you may need.

There are several airlines flying into Lisbon Airport. It’s the main air hub for TAP Portugal, a Star Alliance member airline that covers an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas.

The other airlines flying to Lisbon are United Airlines, US Airways, Emirates, Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Aigle Azur, Air Berlin, Air France, Air Transat, German Wings, TAAG Angolan Airways, SATA (Air Açores), STP Airways, Swiss, Transavia, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Norwegian, Alitalia, Air Europa, Vueling, Luxair, Croatia Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Air Moldova.

Getting to and from the Lisbon Airport

Public transport (bus or underground) is a good option to get to the city centre.


The Aerobus is a good way to travel to and from the airport. This service provides regular daily links between the main points of the city, the Sete Rios bus terminal, and the Entrecampos and Cais do Sodré rail terminals. Tickets purchased on the bus cost €3.50 and you’re allowed to take luggage.

Scotturb shuttle bus connects the airport with places such as Estoril and Cascais and costs €9.

Additionally, there are the following public buses: 208, 705, 722, 744, 783. Tickets purchased on the bus cost 1.80€. Travel-ticket Carris/Metro cost 1.40€ and a 24h ticket costs 6€.


The underground is another quick way to get from the airport to the city centre. The Red Line connection runs direct to and from the central Saldanha station (6:30am – 1am) and tickets costs around €2 from the airport to any station near the centre.

Car Rental

At the Lisbon Airport you can find various car rental companies such as Budget, Auro Rent, Auto Jardim, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt.


Taxis stop at both Lisbon Airport terminals. All have meters and a journey to Lisbon costs approximately €10. During weekends, nights and holidays there is a 20% surcharge.

Airport Parking

For short-term parking there are two covered car parks: P1 is by the Departures Hall and P2 is by the Arrivals Hall.
For long-term parking there’s the P3, further away with a shuttle-bus that takes you to the terminals.

For more information on public transport in Lisbon go to website.

By rail

In terms of international connections, Lisbon is served by two main train stations: Santa Apolónia and Gare do Oriente.

Santa Apolónia, in the city centre, is the main terminal for trains connecting Lisbon to the north and east Portugal, and also international destinations, such as Madrid and Paris. There’s tourist information office here and connections with underground, train, bus, coach and taxi.

Gare do Oriente, a bit further out from the centre, is the junction point of all public transports that serve the eastern part of Lisbon, connecting with the underground, train, bus, coaches and taxi.

Two international train connections are available. The Sud Express and Lusitânia Train Hotel to Madrid (this one lets you spend the night travelling).

The domestic high-speed lines Alfa Pendular and Intercidades connects Braga, Porto and Coimbra with Lisbon from the north, and Faro from the south. Prices between the main cities start at €30.

There’s regular rail services from central Lisbon to the popular destinations of Cascais/Estoril Coast (from Cais do Sodré train station) and Sintra (from Rossio train station).

For more information or to book visit CP-Comboios de Portugal website.

By road

Travel to Lisbon by road can be a pleasant experience and the city has good road access. Lisbon can be accessed from six main highways and the most frequently used routes are the A1, the 25th April Bridge, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisbon region. The A5 connects to Cascais/Estoril coast and the IC19 to Sintra.

By sea

The Port of Lisbon is the busiest port on the European Atlantic coast. It has three terminals for cruise ships: the Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and the Santa Apolónia. Lisbon is often a port of call for many cruise ships (coming from many different places). The following companies call at Lisbon:

The city also has marinas for pleasure boats in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso, Alcântara and Olivais.

Embassies and Consulates

Here you can find a list of embassies and consulates.