Lisbon’s only airport is just 10km from the city centre, which makes it one of the world’s most convenient airports.
No matter your budget and how you choose to travel, there are several transport options from the airport to central Lisbon.
To help you decide, here you’ll find the best tips on getting from Lisbon Airport to the city centre, and the pros and cons of each.
If you are travelling alone, or as a couple, with light luggage, the metro provides the most cost-effective option to reach the city centre. The Aeroporto metro station is just outside the arrivals hall.
To travel by metro, you need to buy the Viva Viagem card using the vending machines or at the ticket counters located in the station. A trip between the airport and the Baixa-Chiado station, in the city centre, takes approximately 35 minutes (you may have to change lines).
The metro service operates between 6.30am and 1am daily. For detailed information on which stations to use and the best route to reach your destination, check out the metro map.
The Aerobus is a shuttle service operated by Carris, Lisbon’s bus company. It offers a two-line service that stops at important points in the city, including several hotels, Lisbon’s main coach terminal (Sete Rios) and train stations such as Entrecampos and Cais do Sodré.
- Route: Airport (Terminals 1 and 2), Martim Moniz, Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço), Cais do Sodré, Rossio, Marquês de Pombal, Saldanha, Entrecampos.
- Frequency: every 20/25 minutes from 7.30am-11pm
- Journey time: 30 minutes approximately (Rossio)
- Route: Airport (Terminals 1 and 2), Entrecampos, Saldanha, Marquês de Pombal, Sete Rios, Avenida José Malhoa.
- Frequency: every 20/25 minutes 7.40am-10.45pm
- Journey time: 25 minutes approximately (Marquês de Pombal)
The Aerobus ticket is €3.60 for adults and €2 for children between 4 and 10 years old (these are online prices with a 10% discount). All tickets are valid for 24 hours with unlimited access to the Aerobus network.
The regular bus 744 also runs to the city centre (Praça Marquês de Pombal). We do not recommend this option if you’re carrying a lot of luggage. In any case, a ticket bought from the driver costs €2.
A taxi ride between the airport and the city centre is not expensive (around €15 depending on your final destination), and allows you to get there in 15-20 minutes in light traffic. Taxis line up outside the airport terminals. Expect long lines at peak arrival times.
If you plan to pay by debit or credit card, ask the taxi driver if payment by card is accepted, or look for the Visa stickers usually on the right rear window.
By Private Transfer
Instead of waiting in a long line for a taxi, you can use a reliable private transfer service, and avoid delays. Welcome is one such service available in Lisbon, and in many other cities, that you can easily book ahead online, often by paying as much as a regular taxi.
An English-speaking driver picks you up (waiting for you at the airport or at your hotel) around the clock. Usually knowledgeable about Lisbon, if asked, the driver will offer you some useful tips about the city.
You can take an Uber in Lisbon. You need to download the smartphone app which allows you to book a car and pay for it without cash exchanged with the driver. In Lisbon, Uber cars are identified by a TVDE sticker placed on the front and rear windows of the driver’s side.