Learn more about Lisbon International Airport and how to travel from there to the city centre using the best transport solutions.
In the capital of Portugal, the planes land at Humberto Delgado Airport – Lisbon Airport. After you arrive it is easy to go to the centre or other areas of the city.
Humberto Delgado Airport
The Humberto Delgado Airport (with the acronym LIS) is the largest in Portugal. This international airport is located near the centre of Lisbon (about 7 km northeast). It was formerly called Portela Airport.
It has 2 terminals: Terminal 1, which serves national and international flights and Terminal 2, which serves low-cost flights.
Humberto Delgado Airport is one of the main hubs for connecting flights in Europe to Brazil and to African countries.
At the Airport you have a wide range of services available:
- Restaurants and coffee shops;
- Stores of major national and international brands,
- Shops marked Duty-Free, Free-Shop or Tax-Free, whose prices are generally lower than in stores located outside the Airport;
- Various Stores (Stationeries and others);
- Travel Agencies;
- Bank Agencies and electronic cash withdrawal Boxes;
- Currency exchange Shops and Shops for international money transfers;
- Parking spaces (only near Terminal 1, because Terminal 2 does not have parking available, but there is a shuttle bus that connects the 2 terminals).
ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal regulates the Portuguese airports and provides information on the departures and arrivals of the aircraft.
TAP Air Portugal is the largest Portuguese airline, which makes internal flights between several cities of mainland Portugal, Madeira and the Azores, as well as international flights to most countries in the world.
In addition to foreign airlines (flag companies and other), there are also low-cost airlines, which connect the main Portuguese cities to other countries (especially Europe). With these companies you can get cheap airline tickets with significant quality, but if you choose to buy the last minute tickets, it can be difficult to get cheap flights.
- ANA www.ana.pt/en or phone 218413500
- TAP AIR PORTUGAL www.flytap.pt/en or phone 218431100
- RAYNAIR www.raynair.com
- EASYJET www.easyjet.com
- EUROWINGS www.eurowings.com
- AER LINGUS www.aerlingus.com
- VUELING www.vueling.com
- NORWEGIAN www.norwegian.com
- TRANSAVIA www.transavia.com
FLIGHT Time to lisbon
- Madrid (Barajas-MAD) in Spain: 1h15m
- Paris (Orly-ORY) in France: 2h30m
- London (Gatwick-LGW) in the UK: 2h35m
- Rome (Ciampino-CIA) in Italy: 2h55m
- Amsterdam (Schiphol-AMS) in Holland: 2h55m
- Frankfurt (am Main-FRA) in Germany: 3h00m
Lisbon Underground – Metro
The underground – Metro – is a cheap and fast way to circulate in Lisbon, as it covers much of the city. The Metro connects the Airport to the closest train and buses interface, which is the Oriente Station (Parque das Nações). “Aeroporto” underground station is the end of the red line, which connects to 3 other underground lines (blue, green and yellow);
To go by underground from the Airport to the City Centre:
- First, enter the “Airport” station, take the red line towards “São Sebastião” and (after 8 stations) get out in “Alameda”;
- At the station “Alameda”, take the Green Line, follow towards “Cais do Sodré” and (after 4 stations) get out in the “Rossio” station. Now you’re in Lisbon Centre!
The underground it’s managed by the company METRO DE LISBOA.
To use the underground – 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 underground lines; “Exit” – exit to the outside/street.
Time Travel: From the Airport to Rossio (city centre): 22 Minutes (16 minutes + 6 minutes)
Timetables and Tickets Information: METRO DE LISBOA www.metrolisboa.pt/en or phone 213500115
After arriving to Lisbon by plane, you can take the AEROBUS. The AEROBUS is a public bus service, which ensures the regular connections between Humberto Delgado Airport and the City Centre, the main hotels, bus and railway terminals of Lisbon, such as:
- Train Stations: Entrecampos and Cais do Sodré;
- Bus stations: Sete Rios.
The AEROBUS has 3 circuits, all starting at the airport: to Rossio, Cais do Sodré or Sete Rios. It is managed by the company CARRIS. AEROBUS buses depart from outside Terminals 1 and 2 of the Airport (Arrivals area). You can buy the ticket aboard the bus (one way, roundtrip or 48h Pass), on the Aerobus website or at the “Ask Me Lisboa” Tourist offices spread throughout the city.
Travel Time: From the Airport to Rossio (city center): 40 minutes
Information on Timetables and Tickets:
- AEROBUS www.aerobus.pt/en or phone 218503225
- CARRIS www.carris.pt/en or phone 213500115
Buses in Lisbon – CARRIS
At the Humberto Delgado Airport you can take several CARRIS buses (public transport) that go to various locations, such as:
- To the Centre of Lisbon (via bus No. 708);
- To the Gare do Oriente in Parque das Nações (via Buses No. 208, 705 and 744). At this station you can catch a shuttle to other Regions of Portugal or Abroad: Train or Bus.
These buses do not make a direct connection to the city Centre (they have many stops) and so take longer to reach the destination. You can buy the ticket on board the bus (more expensive) or buy the 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem electronic card (which allows pay-as-you-go and you can also use in the underground) and then validate it at the entrance of the bus.
Travel Time: From the Airport to Rossio (city centre): 24 minutes
Timetables and Tickets Information: CARRIS www.carris.pt/en or phone 213500115
Taxi in Lisbon
Taxis can be found outside the terminals 1 and 2 of Humberto Delgado Airport.
Taxis can take you to any area in or outside Lisbon. However, an additional charge is charged for light baggage or traveling outside the city limits. Because the City Centre is relatively close, the cost of transportation is not very significant.
You can guarantee a fixed price of taxi to your destination if you buy in advance a “Taxi Voucher”, sold exclusively at the tourist office “Ask Me Lisbon – Lisbon Airport” at the Arrivals terminal. The voucher can only be used in taxis with the label “Taxi Voucher” and only from Lisbon Airport to your destination.
Travel Time: From the Airport to Rossio (city centre): 20 minutes
More Information: TAXI VOUCHER www.visitlisboa.com/en or telephone (tourist office Ask Me Lisbon-Airport) 218450660
At the Humberto Delgado Airport 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).
Car Rental Lisbon
At the Airport there are several rent-a-car companies, so you can easily rent a car and so have the necessary mobility to better know the Region of Lisbon and other Regions of Portugal (such as Algarve).
And why not take a few days to get to know Madrid (the capital of Spain)? It is 388 miles (625 km) and 5h45m drive.
Among the leading car rental companies (national and international), you’ll find EUROPCAR, HERTZ, AVIS, BUDGET, SIXT, GOLDCAR and GUERIN.
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 center that have public transport and other parking available, 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.
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 with 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 their guests in the hotel building or in a nearby location.
Information on Timetables and Prices: www.emel.pt and www.empark.com/pt/en
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