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If you are planning a trip to the beautiful city of Lisbon, you are probably wondering how to get to Lisbon city center from the Lisbon Humberto Delgado International Airport. There are many options: metro, taxi, Uber, bus… choose one of the options below and have fun exploring!

Here is a sum up per mean of transportation:

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To get the full information, click on one of the 5 options below:

GOOD TO KNOW! There is a big advantage when you’re travelling to Lisbon: The airport is already in the city so it will not be exhausting at all for you to reach your accommodation once you land. Plan the beginning of your journey ahead thanks to this article so you can take the landing time to enjoy the view of the red roofs and the amazing drawings of the Lisbon’s cobblestones from up above.

Don’t fall asleep on the plane, the magic of Lisbon starts at landing!

To calculate the fares and distances, we took two points of reference: Rua Augusta, in downtown Lisbon and Belem which is the most western neighborhood of Lisbon.

Getting from Lisbon Airport to the city center by UBER, BOLT.

This solution is our favorite as going from Lisbon Airport to the city center by Uber is fast, easy and safe.

How long does it take?

By car, going from the airport to downtown Lisbon (Rua Augusta) takes approximately 20 minutes. Going to Belem from the Lisbon Airport can take only 15 to 20 minutes, as there is usually less traffic on the way to Belem.

How much does it cost?

Bolt is cheaper than Uber but the service is sometimes not as nice and it might take more time to get a BOLT car than a UBER car at the airport.

With UBER:

  • From the Airport to Rua Augusta : 9€ – 11€
  • From the Airport to Belem: 12€ – 15€

With BOLT:

  • From the Airport to Rua Augusta : 5€ – 7€
  • From the Airport to Belem: 10€ – 12€

Where Can I get an Uber at the Lisbon airport ?

In the Airport of Lisbon, Taxis and UBER are separated. Don’t waste your time trying to call a UBER from the Taxi zone, it will not come. To reach the UBER zone, once you step out of Customs through the glass doors, you will see a lot of persons waiting for their loved ones. Take a right, walk for a minute until you reach an automatic escalator that takes you to the upper level and out of the Airport. There you have it! The UBERs are lining up for you.

Why is taking a UBER the safest option?

Using these travel apps, you will not need to carry cash with you as the payments are made on the apps. Also, the price is fixed in advance on the app so there are no surprises and no extra fee for the luggage.

Getting from Lisbon Airport to the city center by bus

The Bus or “Autocarros Carris” As the Portuguese call it is a good option if you’re travelling on a budget and not in a rush to get to your accommodation.

How long does it take?

The Lisbon buses are usually every 12-15 minutes. It takes around 30 minutes, depending on traffic, to reach Marques de Pombal Square. From there, you can either take another bus, should you need to go further downtown or to Belem, or opt for the subway. If you are staying on Avenida da Liberdade, Marquês de Pombal is your stop!

How much does it cost?

Taking the bus costs 1.50 Euros – no matter what your stop is. Buy your ticket directly to the bus driver and keep it preciously until the end of the ride.

Proud owner of a Lisbon Viva Viagem card?

Great! The Price is only 1.34€ per ride.

When entering the bus don’t forget to do the magic gesture! Hold your Viva Viagem card over the yellow scanner, wait for the beep & the green light and you’re good to go! Choose your seat and enjoy the view.

What is the Lisbon Viva Viagem Card?

The Viva Viagem card is our favorite! It’s a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on public transport in Lisbon. You can buy one for 0.50€ at the automatic machine close to the bus stop at the Airport of Lisbon.

Just choose the ZAPPING option on the screen and load it with as much money as you wish – the minimum being 3euros – and save it in your wallet.  You can use this card for your whole trip to get discounted rides.

Oh, and have we mentioned that this card is accepted in lots of Lisbon’s means of transportation ? Bus, metro, train, boat, trams, funiculars, and some other touristic attractions. (Except: AEROBUS and hop-on-hop-off bus). Magical!

Where can I take the bus to the Lisbon Airport?

CARRIS is the company that manages all the city buses in Lisbon. In Lisbon, we love yellow so of course the CARRIS city buses are yellow too, easy to spot.

Finding your way out of the Airport to the bus station is a piece of cake: follow the signs to public transportations and buses (“autocarros” in Portuguese) and take one of the following bus: nº 208, 705, 722, 744, and 783 from the Airport to the city center.

Getting from Lisbon Airport to the city center by Taxi

How long does it take?

By taxi, going from the airport to downtown Lisbon (Rua Augusta) takes approximately 20 minutes. Going to Belem from the Lisbon Airport can take only 15 to 20 minutes, as there is usually less traffic on the way to Belem. Especially in summer time, there is a waiting line at the taxi stop but the waiting time shouldn’t exceed 15minutes.

How much does it cost?

Going downtown by Taxi should cost around 15€ luggage included.

Useful tip: It’s important to always ask your driver, before entering the taxi, “how much is the price from point A to point B in total, luggage included”, to avoid tourist scams.

Where can I get a taxi at the Lisbon airport?

Nothing easier: follow the signs that say TAXI !

Getting from Lisbon Airport to the city center by Metro

How long does it take?

Going downtown with the Lisbon subway from the airport takes between 35 – 45 minutes with one metro line change. Subways arrive every 6 minutes.

How much does it cost?

Taking the metro costs 1.50 Euros – no matter what your stop is. Buy your ticket inside of the metro station and keep it preciously until the end of the ride.

Proud owner of a Lisbon Viva Viagem card?  Great! The Price is only 1.34€ per ride.

Where can I take the metro at the Lisbon airport?

Good news everyone, in Lisbon we only have 4 metro lines, so it’s easy to get around. At the airport, follow the signs that say metro / underground transportation to reach the only line available: the red one that goes from the Airport (“Aeroporto”) to “S. Sebastião. If you need to go down town, change to the blue or the green line.

Side tip: Lisbon is well-known for the great decoration of its metro stations, from the lovely architecture to the story telling of our country through tiles. Enjoy the ride, the art & history lesson starts underground.

Getting from Lisbon Airport to the city center by Aerobus

How long does it take?

It takes 25-30 minutes to reach downtown Lisbon with the Aerobus. The Aerobus departs every 10 minutes from 8am to 9pm.

How much does it cost?

For adults, it costs 3.60€ if you buy your ticket online and 4€ if you buy it directly at the Aerobus station. Travelling with a child aged 4-10 yo ? It’s only 2€ for them and free for toddlers!

Where can I take the Aerobus at the Lisbon airport?

Follow the green sign that says “Aerobus, the best way to get here”.

Good to know:

  • The airport of Lisbon has 2 terminals.
  • All the flights arrive at Terminal 2.
  • Some flights depart from Terminal 1 and some from Terminal 2. Always check your boarding pass in advance to avoid stress and surprise!
  • If you’re departing from terminal 2 don’t worry, once you’re at Lisbon Airport you can take the FREE Shuttle going from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. The trip only takes 3minutes and the shuttle departs every 10 minutes. You’re gonna wish it was longer so you could chat with the Portuguese bus driver and say goodbye to the city.

Safe travels everyone!

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