Here is all you need to know about tips, directions and means of transport to get to Lisbon city centre from its Cruise Port.
After arriving at the Lisbon Port, it is easy to go from the Lisbon Cruise Port to the City Centre, where you will find the main historical districts, monuments and museums. You can either walk or take the underground, bus, taxi or a private transfer service.
Port of Lisbon
The Port of Lisbon has been considered the “Best Cruise Port of Europe” and the city of Lisbon the “Best Cruise Destination” (by the World Travel Awards).
When you go to Lisbon on a cruise, you will arrive in the Port of Lisbon. Here arrives cruise ships from all over the world. It is well located on the western coast of Europe, next to the Atlantic Ocean and on the banks of the Tagus River. It works as a port of call for cruises in Europe, islands of Madeira, Azores, Canaries and Balearics, Mediterranean and Africa.
In Lisbon, Cruise ships may dock at one of the following terminals:
Lisbon Cruise Port
The Lisbon Cruise Port is the most modern, the largest and the main cruise terminal of the city. It is located in the Campo das Cebolas, near Santa Apolónia and allows the docking of cruises of large and small size. The building has 3 floors with a panoramic terrace (over the historic centre of the city and the Tagus River). It has parking spaces for cars, buses and taxis.
Santa Apolónia Cruise PORT
Santa Apolónia Cruise PORT is complementary to the Lisbon Cruise Port.
Gare Marítima de Alcântara and Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos
These terminals are used in days of great turnout of cruise ships.
The Lisbon Cruise Port is the company that operates the passenger terminals of the Port of Lisbon. The Lisbon Port Administration (APL) is the Port Authority.
Of the several major cruise companies operating in Lisbon, we highlight the following: ROYAL CARIBBEAN, MSC CRUISES, AIDA CRUISES, P&O CRUISES, TUI CRUISES.
- LISBOA CRUISE TERMINALS (LCT) www.lct.pt or phone 210497940
- LISBON PORT ADMINISTRATION (APL) www.portodelisboa.pt or phone 213611000
Getting into the Lisbon Centre
The cruise terminals in Lisbon are well located, fairly close to the main districts, monuments and museums.
The location of the main terminals: Lisbon Cruise Port and the Santa Apolónia Cruise Port in Santa Apolónia, allows an easy visit to the historical districts of Alfama, Castelo and Mouraria, as well as Baixa and Chiado, since they are near enough to reach walking. There you can walk and “live” the streets of Lisbon.
The location of the less used terminals, Gare Marítima de Alcântara and Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos in Alcântara:
- Allows you to visit some monuments and museums (National Museum of Ancient Art, Museum of the Orient, etc.), which you can do perfectly walking;
- To get to the district of Belém, where are the main monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, National Coach Museum, MAAT), you can also walk, but will require a greater effort, so perhaps it is better to take a public transport.
Underground – Metro
The underground – Metro – is a cheap and fast way to move freely when you arrive in Lisbon, as it covers much of the city. The underground station “Santa Apolónia” is the end of the Blue Line, which connects to 3 other lines (green, yellow and red).
To take the underground from the Lisbon Cruise Port in Santa Apolónia to the City Centre, enter the station “Santa Apolónia”, take the Metro Blue Line, towards “Reboleira” and get off in Baixa-Chiado station (near Rossio).
It is managed by the company METRO DE LISBOA.
To use the Metro you need to buy the 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem electronic card (which allows pay-as-you-go and you can also use it on the CARRIS buses) and then validate it at the entrance of the station.
Notice the useful signage in Metro Stations: “Correspondência” – transfer between Metro lines; “Exit” – Exit to the outside/street.
Time Travel: From Santa Apolonia to Baixa-Chiado (city centre): 4 minutes
Timetables and Tickets Information: METRO DE LISBOA www.metrolisboa.pt/en or phone 213500115
Just outside Lisbon’s Cruise Port in Santa Apolónia, you can take several buses from CARRIS company that go to various locations. For the City Centre (Rossio) that is fairly close, you can take (in Santa Apolónia) the bus No. 759 that comes from Gare do Oriente in Parque das Nações.
To use the Carris Buses you need to buy the ticket on board the bus (more expensive) or buy the 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem electronic card (which allows pay-as-yo-go and you can also use it in the underground) and then validate it at the entrance of the bus.
Time Travel: From Santa Apolónia to Rossio (city centre): 10 minutes
Timetables and Tickets Information: CARRIS www.carris.pt/en or phone 213500115
Taxis can be found near the exit of the Lisbon Cruise Port in Santa Apolónia and can take you to any place in or outside Lisbon. Since the City Centre (Rossio) is fairly close, the cost of transportation is not very expensive. Taxi is a good option, given that it is little distance from Santa Apolónia to Rossio.
Time Travel: From Santa Apolónia to Rossio (city centre): 12 minutes
Private Transfer Services
In Lisbon there are several companies that make private transfer services to/from the Port of Lisbon. For this purpose you will need to book online the services of one of the companies and then a private driver is waiting for you to pick you up (or take you) to the cruise terminal.
Learn more about Lisbon: Travel Guide and Itineraries.
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