How to Get from Lisbon Airport to the City Centre

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 (6mi) from most attractions, 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 explore the city.

There are a number of different ways to get from the airport to central Lisbon and beyond. Here are the options.

By Metro

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 green line at Alameda station (metro map)
  • Fare: single ticket (€1.45) or Zapping option (€1.31) deducted from your Viva Viagem card

By Aerobus

This is a shuttle service operated by Lisbon’s bus company Carris, linking the airport and the city centre. Line 1 runs to Cais do Sodré (via Saldanha, Avenida da Liberdade and 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 20/25 minutes from 7.30am-11pm; Line 2 – every 20/25 minutes 7.40am-10.45pm
  • Journey time: 20 minutes approximately (Baixa)
  • Fare: €3.60 for 24h

Buy tickets in advance online, at the Tourist Information Office located in the airport’s arrivals hall, or from the driver.

By Taxi

You can pick up a taxi at the rank located outside Terminal 1. A journey to downtown Lisbon (Baixa) typically takes about 15-20 minutes and costs €10-15 in light traffic.

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.

By Car

The journey takes about 20 minutes in light traffic. A number of car hire companies operate from the airport.

Onward from Lisbon City Centre