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Overview of the city of Lisbon

Practical Info about Lisbon

Getting around the city

Public transport in Lisbon is inexpensive and useful for negotiating the hills between attractions. The fastest way to get around is by metro, which covers most of the city, and complementing this is a network of trams, buses, funiculars and a vertical elevator to connect the high and low areas of Lisbon. There is also a modern electric train that links the city to all the towns along the Portuguese Riviera, and ferries across the Tagus River. Trams and buses are very inexpensive and the old trams have become a big tourist attraction. It is best to avoid public transport during rush hours, as the crowded conditions are the perfect cover for pick pockets. Metered taxis are plentiful and affordable, and a popular means of transportation, but beware of drivers taking long, indirect routes. A car is not recommended for use around the city.


GMT (GMT +1 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).


Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used.


The official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. There are numerous banks, bureaux de change and ATMs available in main cities and tourist destinations. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and automatic currency exchange machines. Banking hours are generally 8.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Major credit cards are widely accepted.


The international access code for Portugal is +351. The country is well covered by local GSM mobile phone networks, with roaming agreements in place with most international operaters. Internet cafes are available in most towns and resorts.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Good Friday 18 Apr 3 Apr
Easter Sunday 20 Apr 5 Apr
Easter Monday 21 Apr 6 Apr
Liberation Day 25 Apr 25 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
National Day 10 Jun 10 Jun
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
Immaculate Conception 8 Dec 8 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec



Lisbon has a warm climate with sunny spring and summer days, when temperatures frequently reach 85ºF (30ºC) or above. Winters are wet and windy, with temperatures averaging around 50ºF (10ºC). The best time to visit Lisbon is in the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to October), because the weather is warm, hotels are cheaper, and the crowds are smaller than in the summer peak season.

Lisbon Portela Airport

Getting to the city

The Metro operates from a station under the airport, running to the city between 6:30am and 1am. A one-way fare is €1.40, and a 24-hour pass is €6; both require the purchase of a Metro card for €0.50. Carris Coaches run every day between 5:35am and 12:30am, connecting Lisbon Airport to the city centre. Tickets cost €1.80 when purchased on the bus, or you can buy a 24-hour pass for €6. The Aerobus also travels to the city centre every 20 minutes between 7am and 11:20pm; tickets start at €3.50. A shuttle bus service operates between the airport and the resorts of Estoril and Cascais.

Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis can be found outside of Terminal 1. Some taxis will charge extra for luggage and all will charge extra at night. The meter should read €2.35 (daytime pick-up) or €2.50 (at night) at the start of the ride. Fares are 20 percent higher on weekends, holidays and at night.

Transfer between terminals

There is a free shuttle bus connecting the two terminals.


There are a range of passenger services at Lisbon Airport including ATMs, bureaux de change, showers, a post office, left luggage, baby care facilities, meeting rooms, and a help desk in both Arrivals and Departures. There are a wide variety of restaurants and shops, including a duty-free. Disabled facilities are good; passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline.


Short-term parking at Lisbon Portela Airport, in lot P1, starts at €0.80 for 30 minutes and €2.15 per hour thereafter. Lot P2 is farther from the terminal buildings but slightly cheaper, and lot P3 offers long-term parking rates of €15.30 per day. Note that online discounts are available for pre-booked parking through the airport's website.


Wifi is available for a fee through HotSpot Portugal, PT wifi, Vodafone, Vex or Novaspot.