How to Get from Lisbon Airport to City Center

Transit Options from Lisbon Airport to City Center

What is extremely convenient concerning Lisbon Airport is the fact that it is located almost inside the city limits. Placed only 7 km away from Lisbon downtown, Portela Airport is so close to the city that you can forget all about long and tiring rides to your accommodation. Thus, depending on your preferences and budget, you can choose among the comfortable Lisbon airport taxis, the luxurious private airport transfers, the autonomous car hires, and the affordable subway and buses.

 

OptionsPrice (€)Price ($)Duration
Taxi10€ - 15€10$ - 15$20 min
Bus1.50€ - 2€1.50$ - 2$35 min
Metro1.50€1.50$30 min

Lisbon Airport to City Center by Taxi

The cream or black with a green rooftop Lisbon airport taxis are lining up just outside T1 and T2 doors, providing fast and reliable transfers to the heart of the city. Under normal traffic conditions, this 7-km ride lasts approximately 20 minutes and costs 10€-15€/10$-15$ during the day and 18€/18$ from 09:00 pm to 06:00 am, on public holidays and during weekends. The price includes luggage fees (1.60€/1.60$), but no other extra charges. Hence, if you are traveling with your pet, you’ll have to pay an extra 1.60€/1.60$ for your little friend. On the other hand, strollers, guide dogs, and wheelchairs aren’t charged, and you won’t have to pay an extra cost for excessive luggage as long as it fits the vehicle’s trunk. 

Our Tip 1: Most Lisbon taxi drivers don’t speak English. Thus, having your hotel’s address written down is always a good idea. 

Our Tip 2: You should take your cab from the official taxi ranks and never trust individual drivers who are probably going to overcharge you.

Our Tip 3: T2 has a taxi stand. Nevertheless, when arriving at Lisbon Airport, the baggage claim is at T1. Thus, you’ll have to hire your taxi there. If the taxi rank at T1 Arrivals is crowded, you can head to the T1 Departure one.

Lisbon Airport to City Center by Bus

Four urban buses leave Portela Airport heading to Lisbon. Hence, they can drive you directly to your accommodation, provided it is located in Lisbon downtown but not in the actual historic city area. Thus, if you want to reach Marquês de Pombal, adjacent to the famous Avenida da Liberdade, you can opt for Bus 744 or 783 calling at the airport bus stop outside T1 Arrivals, and disembark at the homonymous bus stop. Carris Bus 744 runs daily from 06:20 am to 09:35 pm, on Saturdays from 06:20 am to 09:25 pm, and on Sundays from 07:10 am to 09:20 pm with 15-20-minute intervals (on weekends, the routes are scarcer). On the other hand, Bus 783 runs only on weekdays, from 06:35 am to 11:45 pm, every 25-30 minutes. 

A combined bus and metro ticket costs 1.50€/1.50$ and is valid for 1 hour, while a 24-h ticket for all public transport has 6.45€/6.45$. However, firstly, you have to buy a strictly personal Viva-Viagem card, costing 0.50€/0.50$, and load it with your tickets. Viva-Viagem can also be loaded with money and be charged every time you use a public transport mode (Lisbon’s “Zapping” system). However, it can’t be loaded with less than 3€/3$ and more than 40€/40$. In any case, the ticket price for your bus ride will be 1.35€/1.35$. Tickets are available via the automatic machines and the ticket offices, lying at the subway station. Last but not least, you can simply get your bus ticket on board without buying a Viva card, priced at 2€/2$. Please note that children younger than 4 years of age don’t have to pay for a ticket.

Our Tip 1: If you intend to use Lisbon’s public transportation a lot and also plan on visiting most of Lisbon sightseeing, you can opt for a Lisboa card, offering free admission to a vast majority of the city attractions along with free public rides.

Our Tip 2: The urban buses aren’t recommended if you travel with lots of baggage, as you can only carry on board 50 x 40 x 20cm pieces of luggage, as well as if you are in a hurry, as their timetables aren’t reliable. 

Our Tip 3: During the night, the Urban Bus 208 connects LIS Airport to Cais Sodré. However, its routes are far from frequent. 

Lisbon Airport to City Center by Metro

If you want to reach Cais do Sodre via subway, you have to take the airport Red Metro Line from the metro station situated at T1 Arrivals, on the southern terminal’s side. After 9 stops, you should change to Green Line at Alameda Station before finally disembarking at Cais do Sodre Station after 6 stops. The entire duration of your journey shouldn’t exceed 30-35 minutes, including waiting time (Lisbon subway operates daily from 06:30 am to 01:00 am and the Red Line runs every 6-10 minutes). 

A single ticket for the metro has 1.50€/1.50$ and is valid for unlimited public transfers within a 60-minute period of time. However, you can use it only for one metro journey, meaning that you can’t exit the metro station in the meanwhile. Alternatively, the 6.45€/6.45$ day ticket offers unlimited bus, tram, and metro transfers for 24h. Please note that those tickets must be loaded in a Viva-Viagem card (0.50€/0.50$). Moreover, the Zapping option can also be used for the metro. Thus, you can load the card with money and swipe it for every public transfer. The Viva-Viagem card must be swept twice when used for subway transfers: once when entering the departure station and once when exiting the final station. Finally, the Lisboa card applies to the Lisbon subway as well.

Metro tickets can be bought through the airport station’s automatic machines and ticket kiosks.

Our Tip 1: Children under the age of 4 travel for free.

Our Tip 2: Metro is probably not a good idea if you are traveling with lots of luggage, as there is no designated storage area.

Our Tip 3: Each of the Lisbon metro stations is elegantly decorated in a completely different way and style, being a real city attraction.

Car Rental from Lisbon Airport to City Center

If you are a “DIY” type of person, you’ll definitely go for a Lisbon car rental. Lisbon Airport provides its passengers with various car hire options. Hence, you won’t have difficulty discovering the right deal for you. As soon as you put in the key to the airport rental car of your choice, you can start your journey to the city center. When exiting the airport complex, you’ll follow Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas until reaching Av. Alm. Gago Coutinho. After 2.5km, you’ll take the roundabout’s Exit 4, continuing to Av. Alm. Reis heading to R. Alves Torgo. Afterward, you’ll keep driving to Rua de Arroios and continue to Rua de Arroios, Paço da Rainha and Largo Mitelo before reaching your destination.

Private Airport Transfers from Lisbon Airport to City Center

On the other hand, if you like to be served and helped and relish the luxurious moments of your travel, you don’t have any choice but to settle on a Lisbon airport private transfer. Avoid all the hassles, delays, and large crowds found at most major airports, including LIS Airport, and enjoy premium rides to Lisbon downtown, welcome services, useful insight into the famous and also on the less known Lisbon attractions, and so much more.

FAQs

How far is Lisbon Airport from the city center?

Lisbon Airport is basically located within the city limits, within a 7-km distance from Lisbon downtown. Thus, a taxi ride from Portela Airport to downtown lasts about 20 minutes, depending on traffic, while the public transportation means (bus and metro) need 30-35 minutes to reach the heart of the city.

How do I get from Lisbon Airport to the city center?

After defining your needs and, of course, your budget, you can choose between a fast and comfortable airport taxi, a private transfer, or even a car rental for your transfer to Lisbon downtown. On the other hand, the public Carris buses offer affordable rides to Lisbon, along with the efficient Lisbon subway.

How much is the taxi fare from Lisbon Airport to city center Lisbon?

Lisbon taxis are metered and, therefore, their price is formed by the taximeter, based on the traveled distance and the ride’s duration. Nevertheless, a usual 20-minute taxi trip from Lisbon Airport to Lisbon downtown costs 10€-15€/10$-15$ during the day and 18€/18$ during the night or on weekends and public holidays.