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Learn more on how you can travel to Lisbon by Car (or motorhome) and use the most suitable transports to the city centre.

When you arrive in Lisbon with your car you can enjoy the mobility that it offers to visit the Lisbon Region. You can also decide to leave the car in the hotel parking lot or in one of the city’s parking lots and then use the public transport, without worrying about finding a parking space.

If you do not have a car, you can choose to rent one, and you will have mobility to visit, not only the Lisbon Region, but also other Regions of Portugal (like the Algarve). And eventually meet Madrid, capital of Spain, which is 388 miles (625 km) away.

To Lisbon by Car from Other Regions of Portugal

To Lisbon by car from the North of Portugal

Go to Lisbon by car, from the North or the Centre of Portugal (Porto or Coimbra) through highway A1 to Leiria (passing through Coimbra), where you can choose between two routes:

  • Follow the A1 towards Lisbon;
  • Or get off to A8.

To LISBON BY CAR FROM THE SOUTH OF PORTUGAL (ALGARVE)

Go to Lisbon by car, from the South of Portugal (Faro and Albufeira in the Algarve) you’ll arrive in Lisbon, through the A22 (“via do Infante”) until near AlcantarilhaThen follow the A2 to Marateca (passing near Castro Verde and Grândola). Then follow the A2 until near Palmela, where you can choose between two routes:

  • Follow the A12 by entering in the north of Lisbon. In this route you pass near Montijo, then cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the 2nd largest bridge in Europe) and enjoy a great view over the Tagus River and the capital;
  • Or continue on A2 to South of Lisbon. On this route you pass near Setúbal and Almada and cross the 25 de Abril Bridge, from where you have a great view over the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon.

TimeTravel (and Distance) to Lisbon from Algarve, Porto and Coimbra:

  • Algarve to Lisbon: Faro: 2h35m (174 miles, 281 km); Albufeira: 2h25m (161 miles, 260 km)
  • Porto to Lisbon: 2h50m (194 miles, 312 km)
  • Coimbra to Lisbon: 2h00m (127 miles, 205 km)

To Lisbon by Car from Madrid (Spain)

By car to Lisbon, leave Madrid (Spain) through the A5/E90 highway to the Spain/Portugal border in Caia (near Badajoz, passing through Toledo and Mérida) and through the A6/E802 until Marateca (passing by Elvas and Évora)Then follow the A2 until near Palmela, where you can choose between two routes:

  • Follow the A12 to the North Lisbon. In this route you pass near Montijo, then cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the 2nd largest bridge in Europe) and enjoy a great view over the Tagus River and the capital;
  • Or continue on A2 to the South of Lisbon. On this route you pass near Setúbal and Almada and cross the 25 de Abril Bridge, from where you have a great view over the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon.

Time Travel (and Distance) between Lisbon and Madrid:

  • To Lisbon from Madrid: 5h45m (388 miles, 625 km) 

To Lisbon by Car from Paris (France)

By car to Lisbon, leave Paris (France) through the A10/E5 highway to Bordeaux, passing through Poitiers. Then follow through the A63/E5 and arrive at the France/Spain border in Irun (near Hendaye).

Crossing the border to Spain, follow through the AP8 to the entrance of San Sebastián, following the AP1 and after San Sebastian back to AP8, following to Eibar and further ahead continuing through the AP1 to Vitória. Then follow the E80/E5 to Burgos, where you can choose betwen two alternatives:

Alternative A) Follow the A62/E80 towards the Spain/Portugal border in Vilar Formoso and then the A25 to Guarda and the A23 to Torres Novas (passing near Covilhã, Castelo Branco and Abrantes). Further ahead follow the A1/E1 to Lisbon;

Alternative B) Or follow the A5 to Madrid and through the A5/E90, to the Spain/Portugal border in Caia (near Badajoz, passing through Toledo and Mérida). Then through the A6/E802 you arrive at Marateca (passing by Elvas and Évora) and continue on the A2 until near Palmela, where you can go choose between two routes:

  • Follow the A12 to the North Lisbon. In this route you pass near Montijo, then cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the 2nd largest bridge in Europe) and enjoy a great view over the Tagus River and the capital;
    Or continue on A2 to the South of Lisbon. On this route you pass near Setúbal and Almada and cross the 25 de Abril Bridge, from where you have a great view over the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon.

Time Travel (and Distance) between Lisbon and Paris:

  • To Lisbon from Paris, through Madrid and the Spain/Portugal border in Caia (near Badajoz): 18h00m (1181 miles, 1,900 km)
  • To Lisbon from Paris, through Salamanca and the Spain/Portugal border in Vilar Formoso (near the Guarda): 18h30m (1199 miles, 1,930 km)

Underground – Metro

Lisbon Metro Network
Lisbon Metro Network

The underground – Metro – is a cheap and fast way to move freely in Lisbon, as it covers much of the city. Metro connects the city centre, the Bus Terminals (Lisboa Oriente and Sete Rios), the Railways (Lisboa Oriente and Santa Apolónia) and the Airport. The underground has 4 metro lines (blue, green, red and yellow).

It is managed by the company METRO DE LISBOA.

To use the underground you need to buy the 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem electronic card. This allows pay-as-yiu-go and you can also use on the CARRIS buses) and then validate it at the entrance of the station.

Notice the useful signage in Metro Stations: “Correspondência” – transfer between underground lines; “Exit” – Exit to the outside/street.

Time Travel:

  • From Lisboa Oriente to Rossio (City Centre): 10 minutes + 6 minutes
  • From the Zoo (Sete Rios) to Baixa-Chiado (City Centre): 11 minutes

Timetables and Tickets Information: METRO DE LISBOA www.metrolisboa.pt/en or phone 213500115

Bus

The buses of the company CARRIS services almost the entire city of Lisbon, connecting the City Centre, the bus Terminals (Lisboa Oriente and Sete Rios) and Railways (Lisboa Oriente and Santa Apolónia) and the Humberto Delgado Airport.

To use the Buses you need to buy the ticket on board the bus (more expensive) or buy the electronic card 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem. This allows pay-as-you-go and you can also use in the underground) and then validates it at the entrance of the bus.

Autocarro da Carris a tomar passageiros na paragem, Carris bus; After arriving to lisbon by car
Carris Bus

Time Travel

  • From Gare do Oriente to Martin Moniz (City Centre): 20 minutes
  • From Sete Rios to Rossio (City Centre): 20 minutes

Timetables and Tickets Information: CARRIS www.carris.pt/en or phone 213500115

Taxi: Available 24h/day

Taxis can be found all over the city, whether on the move or in taxi ranks, especially near the exits of the Bus and Rail Terminals and the Airport.

Typical Portuguese taxi in black and green color; After arriving to lisbon by car
Typical Portuguese Taxi

Taxis can take you to any area in or outside Lisbon. Because the City Centre is relatively close, the cost of transportation is not very significant. An additional charge Is charged for baggage or travelling outside the city limits.

Time Travel:

  • From Gare do Oriente to Rossio (City Centre): 6 minutes
  • From Sete Rios to Rossio (City Centre): 20 minutes

Private Transfer Services

In Lisbon, there are several companies that make private transfer services. 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).

Parking in Lisbon

It is important to know where to park the car in Lisbon, since it is a large city, the parking spaces are usually paid (the free places are few) and can have a maximum period of stay.

Parking on the Public Road

Parking on the Public Road is short-period, usually paid during weekdays and Saturday mornings, according to 3 price rates:

  • Green Fare occurs in less central areas, allows parking for a maximum of 4 hours and has a more economical cost;
  • Yellow Fare occurs in areas of the City Centre that have public transport and other parking spaces at foot, allows to park for a maximum of 4 hours and has a median cost;
  • Red Fare occurs in the main areas of the City Centre, allows you to park at most for 2 hours and has the most expensive cost.

Payment can be made: in parking meters at the location of the car park with coins; Through pre-paid vouchers; by payPal or ATM with a pre-loaded amount in the Mobile app ePark. It Is managed by EMEL.

Car Parks

The parking lots located mainly in underground places and in buildings, are spread throughout the city (even in historical areas), allow to park for long periods of time (many work 24h/day) and prices vary depending on the location:

  • Payment can be made: in the Automatic Machines on the parking spot in coins or bank cards; or through the use of Via Verde;
  • They are managed by several companies, such as EMPARK and EMEL.

Parking in Hotels

Hotels, especially the largest or most recent, have parking spaces available for your guests in the hotel building or in a nearby location.

Information on Timetables and Prices: www.emel.pt; www.empark.com/pt/en

To Lisbon by Motorhome or Caravan

If you have a Motorhome or a Caravan, most of the information we refer to above is applied, taking into consideration the following tips:

motorhome or caravan Parking in Lisbon

Caravans can park (but not overnight) anywhere in the city of Lisbon, except in the places expressly prohibited.

Information on Timetables and Prices: EMEL www.emel.pt; EMPARK www.empark.com/pt/en

MOTORHOME OR CARAVAN Overnight PARKING in Lisbon

The Motorhomes and Caravans can stay overnight in Lisbon, but have to use Lisbon’s camping site. It’s managed by the company LISBOA CAMPING & BUNGALOWS.

This camping site is located in Monsanto in the “green lung of the city of Lisbon” and has a large area to park the Motorhomes and Caravans, as well as to place camping tents and host guests in various bungalows.

Availability and Pricing Information: LISBOA CAMPING & BUNGALOWS www.lisboacamping.com or phone 217628200

Learn more about Lisbon: Travel Guide and Itineraries.

to Lisbon by car getting in and getting around

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