One of the great things about arriving to Lisbon airport is that you don’t have to endure a long drive to the city centre. The city’s only airport is just 10km from the centre, which makes it one of the world’s most convenient airports.
The airport is so close that even if you have just 24 hours in Lisbon, you’ll still have plenty of time to spend in the city and visit its main attractions. There’s a choice of transport links from Lisbon airport to the city centre.
You can pick up a taxi at the rank outside any of the two airport terminals (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, the latter one dedicated to low-cost carriers).
A journey to the city centre (Baixa) typically takes about 15-20 minutes and costs €10-15.
If your destination is outside Lisbon, say Cascais, expect to pay €35-40. If going from Lisbon airport to Sintra, the ride will cost about €30-35.
There’s a metro station at Lisbon airport linking to the city centre. The service runs between 6.30am and 1am.
- Frequency: Every 6 to 10 minutes (red line)
- Journey time: 35 minutes approximately (Baixa/Chiado station), changing to blue line on São Sebastião station
- Fare: single ticket (€1.45) or Zapping option (€1.30) deducted from your Viva Viagem card
This is a shuttle service operated by Carris, Lisbon’s bus company, linking the airport and the city centre. Line 1 runs to Cais do Sodré (via Saldanha, Avenida da Liberdade and the Baixa). Line 2 runs to Avenida José Malhoa (via Entre Campos and Sete Rios bus terminal). Tickets are valid for 24 hours on both lines.
- Frequency: Line 1 – every 20 minutes from 8am-11pm; Line 2 – every 40 minutes 8am-8pm
- Journey time: 20 minutes approximately (Baixa)
- Fare: €3.60 for 24h
The airport is about 10km north of the city centre and the journey takes about 20 minutes in light traffic. A number of car hire companies operate from the airport.