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Transfers - how to get from Lisbon airport to city center

Transfers - how to get from Lisbon airport to city center

Airport transfers - if you are coming to Lisbon by air plane for the first time, you will probably want to know how to get from Lisbon airport to city center





In general, if you are arriving by plane in Lisbon and it is still day time, it is almost always better to use public transport - buses or the metro system - to your hotel or final destination. The airport information desk at Lisbon airport can provide you with all the required information. Taxi drivers at the taxi stand at Lisbon are infamous for their dishonesty and unreliability and if they can rip you off, they will. If you do not speak Portuguese or if you don't know the shortest way to your destination, avoid using a taxi unless there is no other option. If your final destination is less than 1 mile from the airport, taxi drivers will refuse to take you although they are not allowed to refuse destinations. If you are not carrying too much luggage and it is not late in the night, you are better off simply getting a bus or the metro to city center.

How to get from Lisbon airport to city centre by Aerobus

Aerobus operates three routes to main spots of the city. Aerobus 1 running every 20min follows Av. da Republica and Av. da Liberdade to the city center (Rossio, Praça do Comércio, and railway/ferry terminal at Cais do Sodré). Aerobus 2 connects to the Oriente bus/railway terminals with 30min intervals. Aerobus 3 runs every 30min to the central bus station at Sete Rios via the Entrecampos train station. Tickets cost €3.50. Note that Aerobus tickets no longer include unlimited public transportation, they are only valid for the Aerobus.

How to get from Lisbon airport to city centre by Metro

Metro costs about €1.90 from the airport to any place in the city centre. The daily pass costs €6.00 (plus €0.50 for the reusable card) and is valid for 24 hours after first activation, good on all public transportation (metro, bus, electrico). Lisbon Airport metro station opened in July 2012 and is the new final destination of Lisbon Red Line metro trains. The journey to Saldanha takes about 16 minutes and less than 25 minutes are enough to get from the Airport to Baixa-Chiado (Lisbon city centre). You should avoid riding the metro late at night (after 10pm some stations are occasionally targeted by groups of muggers looking out for unsuspecting tourists), but in general the Metro system in Lisbon is very reliable and safe, and is usually the best way to quickly get around the city.

How to get from Lisbon airport to city centre by Bus

Bus lines 22, 44, 83, 705, 745, or night bus line 208. Bus 44 takes you to the Oriente railway station in about 10 minutes, where you can change for metro and continue to the city centre. Board fare is €1.75. 7 Colinas transport card (see "Get around" section) can be used which can be bought at the airport post office. The bus service is moderately reliable - the buses are modern and in good condition, but during rush hours you should expect delays. Note that you are not allowed to take large pieces of luggage on these buses.

How to get from Lisbon airport to city centre by Taxi

Taxis cost about €10.00 from the airport to the city centre. Caution is required, since Lisbon taxi drivers are notoriously dishonest, rude and unprofessional - in general, you should avoid taxis at the airport unless you are in a hurry or have too much luggage to carry around. Charge is according to the meter, adding €1.20 per item of luggage. Taxis are required to have working meters (it is illegal to drive without one) and fares posted to the window in the rear seat. Be sure to ask the taxi driver if he has a working meter before getting into the taxi, and be careful of drivers trying to grab your luggage and usher you into the taxi before you can make these inquiries. As with many cities, watch out for dishonesty and if you think you are being charged significantly more (paying €45 to get into the city but only €6 back to the airport is not unheard of, as are claims of broken meters or fixed fares) ask for the driver's name, registration number and a receipt, take note of the car's license plate and make it clear you plan to complain.

Any policeman should take care of the situation if there are signs of fraud - if police officers are nearby, you should call them immediately. Lisbon people, in general, also hate dishonest taxi drivers, so you might also have a chance of a local citizen helping you out in case of a conflict. To avoid fraud, you can buy a taxi-voucher in the airport (€18 - a lot more than the average real meter price) which is good to go anywhere in the centre, with luggage. Make sure to ask the driver how much he estimates the fare will be before getting in the taxi, which will diminish the chance for a surprise bounce in the price. If you want to take a taxi, go to the Departures area where it is more likely to get an honest driver - never catch a taxi in the Arrivals area! Make sure the driver starts the meter only when the journey starts.

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