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Lisbon airport is about 6 miles/9km from the city centre.
To travel from Lisbon Airport to the centre of the city, it may be quicker to take the metro, as it is already connected to the red line, taking you to Saldanha station (financial center of Lisbon) in just 15 minutes. You can buy the one-way ticket for 1,25€ or the daily pass (which allows you to use the metro, bus and trains) for 5€.
You can queue for taxis outside the arrivals exit, but the queues can be quite long, especially when a busy flight has come in, or several have arrived around the same time. You can obtain a Taxi Voucher for a small extra charge from the Tourist Information desk, however the cost is €23. Without a Taxi Voucher, a taxi to the centre of Lisbon can cost from around €15-20 - and there is a surcharge of €-,80 per piece of luggage. On the other hand, if you take the escalator on arrival and go to the departures, you have a huge number of taxis just waiting to pick up passengers and usually they charge less than at the arrivals.
Buses - city bus maps, timetables and more information at www.carris.pt
PLEASE CHECK ALL DETAILS THERE AS TIMES MAY CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING.
Special Airport Buses towards the city centre, Financial District and Oriente station - operated by Yellowbus
The buses used on the Aerobus services have large luggage racks inside. These are limited stop buses.
Aerobus 1 departs from outside the Arrivals Hall, a little further away from the Taxi Rank.It stops at Entrecampos (for the railway station), Saldanha, Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Rossio and ends at the Cais do Sodré railway station.
If travelling by Aerobus, the only ticket available for the service is €3.50 and covers not only the Aerobus journey, but any journey made on the Carris network on that day (buses, trams and funiculars) - this does NOT include the Metro. Buses run every 20 minutes every day from 0700 to 2100 then every 30 minutes until 2300. From teh city (Cais do Sodré station) the first bus on weekdays is at 0730, at weekends and on holidays at 0745.
Aerobus 2 runs daily every 30 minutes. It also leaves from outside the arrivals hall. This route links the airport with the Financial District around Sete Rios (also for the bus and train stations plus many hotels) Avenida José Malhoa and the Praça de Espanha. The fare is also €3,50 and the ticket is also valid for the bus network until 2400hrs that same day. This route also uses special vehicles with extra luggage space. First bus from the airport towards Sete Rios is at 0740, last bus at 2210 Service towards the airport starts from Avenida Joé Malhoa at 0815 with last bus at 2115.
Aerobus 3 runs between the Airport and the Gare Oriente, for the railway station and bus station there. Oriente is adjacent to the exhibition centres and business district. Buses run every 30 minutes every day. First bus from the Airport 0850 last bus 2150; from Oriente first bus is at 0730, last bus at 2200.
When the airport bus does not run
The ordinary city bus number 44 has early weekday journeys to and from from Cais do Sodré from 0545am.This serves all the stops along the Aerobus 1 route but is slower.
There is a night bus (number 208) every half hour every night between the airport and the city centre between about 2340 and 0440.(These are estimated times; there is no actual timetable on the city bus website. From teh city, these buses leave Cais do Sodre station at 0030 then every half hour until 0530.
City buses - normal service buses
NB for bus tickets - all passes including day passes are now issued on rechargeable cards which cost 50 cents. Do not throw the card away, it can be reloaded at any time up to one year from issue or when it wears out. Therefore your first pass will cost 50 cents more eg €5.15 for the one day pass.
Single journey cash fare on all buses below is €1.75; there are various passes, carnets and pre-pay cards available for regular users, including a one day pass at €4.60. Please note that large items of baggage cannot be taken on normal service buses except bus 745. [Note - according to the CARRIS website as of 18 July 2009 this observation is not correct!]
44 towards Moscavide serves Gare do Oriente bus and train stations 0620 - 2200 about every 15 minutes on weekdays, about every 20 minutes Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
44 towards Cais do Sodre serves Entrecampos, Saldanha, Marquês Pombal, Rossio and the Praça Comercial. Runs weekdays about every 15 minutes from 0545 to 2140. Weekends and holidays runs about every 20 minutes, but only as far as Marquês de Pombal.
745 towards Terreiro do Paço (for the ferries to Cacilhas) serves Entrecampos, Saldanha, Marquês Pombal, Av Liberdade and runs every day about every 15 minutes - weekdays and Saturdays from 0520 until 0014. Sundays and Holidays 0614 to 0014.
Bus 705 towards Roma-Areeiro station runs on weekdays only about every 15 - 30 minutes.
22 towards Marquês de Pombal via Areeiro runs between 0629 and 2144 every 15 - 20 minutes on weekdays; twice an hour (irregular intervals) at weekends and on holidays.
83 towards Amoreiras serves Campo Grande (Avenida do Brasil, not the bus station), Saldanha, Marquês de Pombal runs weekdays only 0710 - 2025 about every 15 minutes.
Lisbon's GARE DO ORIENTE is only about a mile from the airport. It is served by all long-distance trains to and from other parts of Portugal plus many local and suburban trains. For bus information see above. Taxis are plentiful at the station if you need one to get to the airport.
Trains to Cascais start from the Cais do Sodre station in the city centre - take the Aerobus 1 or 44 bus from the airport. Trains across the river to Pragal, Coina, Pinhal Novo and Setubal start from Roma-Areeiro but all stop at Entrecampos. Take the 44, 83, 745 or Aerobus 1 to Entrecampos.
Some trains to Sintra stop at Entrecampos station, most start from the city centre Rossio station. Take Aerobus 1 or 3 or bus 44 to Restauradores.
Bus Stations - long distance buses
There are three major bus terminals in Lisbon. NONE of the long-distance or suburban bus companies serves the airport direct, so you must always pass through a bus terminal on the way. Allow plenty of time. The SETE RIOS terminal can easily be reached by Aerobus 3. The journey can take 20 - 30 minutes. ORIENTE bus terminal is next to the railway station of the same name. CAMPO GRANDE is about 1.5 miles away and the 750 bus, every 12 - 15 minutes most of the day, will take you there. Most of the TST buses going over the river towards Pragal etc leave from Praça Espanha, where Aerobus 2 ends its run from the airport..