The metro is the cheapest option to get to the city centre. You can buy the Viva Viagem card using the vending machines or at the ticket counters located at the Aeroporto metro station.
If you are traveling alone, or as a couple, with light luggage, the metro is the best option to reach the city centre. A trip between the airport and the Baixa-Chiado station, in the city centre, takes approximately 35 minutes.
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, use the online tool provided by the Lisbon Metro.
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.
City Centre: Airport (Terminals 1 and 2), Entrecampos, Campo Pequeno, Avenida da República, Saldanha, Picoas, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, Praça do Comércio, and Cais do Sodré.
Line 1 runs between 8am and 11pm daily, with departures every 20 minutes.
Financial Centre: Airport (Terminals 1 and 2), Entrecampos, Sete Rios, Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, Praça de Espanha, Avenida José Malhoa.
Line 2 runs from 8am to 8pm every day, with departures every 40 minutes.
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). However, if you are traveling in a group (4 or more adults), each ticket is only €2. All tickets are valid for 24 hours with unlimited access to the Aerobus network.
Local 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. A ticket bought from the driver is €1.85.
A taxi ride between the airport and the city centre is not expensive (€10 to €15 depending on your final destination), and allows you to get there in 15-20 minutes. This is probably the best option if you are traveling with a lot of luggage. Taxis line up outside the airport terminals.
As most taxis accept cash only, if you plan to pay by debit or credit card, ask in advance, or look for the Visa stickers usually on the right rear window.
Finally, you can book a private transfer. Several companies offer specialized transfer services between the airport and central Lisbon, as well as other destinations such as Cascais. Prices start at €32 to carry up to 4 people (Shuttle2U).