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About Lisbon Portela Airport

Lisbon Airport, which was built for military flights during the World War II in Lisbon having a strategic position within the European capitals, is located only 7 kilometers away from the city center. Lisbon Airport, which was dedicated to only civil flights in 1946, is today one of the largest airports of Europe. The second terminal building was added to the airport in 2007 which offered transportation service for many years with its single terminal building.

Getting to the City Center from Lisbon Portela Airport

You have options such as metro, bus, airport shuttle, and taxi and car rental to reach your destination from this airport which is just 7 kilometers from the city center.


The fastest and cheapest way to get to the city center from the airport is taking metro. The red line of the Lisbon metro goes up to the airport and departs every 6 to 9 minutes. The red line starting from the airport stops at "Encarnaçao", "Moscavide", "Oriente", "Cabo Ruivo", "Olivais, Chelas", "Bela Vista", "Olaias", "Alameda" and "Saldanha", and reached Sebastiao station. Some of these stops intersect with the green, yellow and blue lines of the Lisbon metro. You can change to the green line at "Alameda" stop, to yellow line at "Saldanha" stop, and to the blue line at "S. Sebastiao "stop. For example, if you would like to go to the city center, Baixa-Chiado, upon your arrival without going to your hotel, you need to get off at the "Alameda" stop and change to the green line. You can also change to the train line in the city at the Oriente stop and go to other cities of Portugal from here. When you arrive at the city you can explore the metro by taking a metro map or browsing the internet. It is a quite regular system that can take you to many places in the city easily and quickly. The duration of the journey varies depending on your destination. You can get to the financial center in 15 minutes and the city center in 25 minutes on average. The Lisbon metro runs between 6.30 am and 1 am. You have to get one of the pre-paid 7 Colinas or Viva Viagem electronic cards. If you buy a daily or 3-day unlimited use ticket, depending on the length of your stay, you can travel more economically in the city. You can also use these cards in buses.


You can also take advantage of the buses that arrive at the airport's arrival terminals. But you cannot take these buses if you have much luggage. There is a limit on the size of your luggage and you only have one hand luggage allowance. The journey can last about 30 to 50 minutes depending on your destination and the traffic conditions. Nevertheless, if you want to use the bus,  bus number 744 works between "Marques Pombal" - "Airport" and "Moscavide" and passes through many important tourist stops of the city every weekday from 5.35 am to 8.40 pm. You can also take a short city tour with this bus. In addition, you can also use buses number 705 (Oriente - Airport - Rome / Areeiro) and 783 (Amoreiras-Airport-Portela), operating between 6.40 am and 8.10 pm, working days only. These buses do not operate at night. After midnight, you can take the bus number 208 which runs between "Cais Sodre" - "Airport" and "Oriente" till 05.30 in the morning. In order to take advantage of the buses, you have to buy the prepaid "7 Colinas" or "Viva Viagem" electronic cards. If you buy a daily or 3-day unlimited use ticket, depending on the length of your stay, you can travel more economically in the city.

Airport Shuttle

If you have a lot of baggage, you can take AEROBUS, airport shuttle that operate between the airport and city center or the financial center every day of the week. You can take the AEROBUS from both terminals of the airport.  AEROBUS Line 1 runs between "Airport" and "Cais do Sodre" stops. These buses departing every 20 minutes stop at "Entrecampos", "Compo Pequeno", "Av. REpublica", "Saldanha", "Picoas", "Fontes Pereira de Melo", "Av. Da Liberdade", "Restauradores", "Rossio"(City Center), "P. Comercio", and reach "Cais do Sodre" stop. The shuttle operates between 7 am and 11.20 pm. The AEROBUS Line 2 departs every 40 minutes and after the airport, stops at "Entrecampos", "Catholic University", "Sete Rios", "Praça de Espanha", "Av. Jose Malhoa (Sul)" and reaches “Av. Jose Moalhoa” stop. The working hours for this line are between 7.30 am and 11 pm.  After 8 pm, the shuttle does not depart every 40 minutes, but every hour. AEROBUS stops are metro stops at the same time. You can get off at these stops and change to metro. If you are not traveling alone, the fare that you would pay to the taxi might be close to the fare you would pay to AEROBUS. For this reason, we recommend you to compare the fares of these alternatives. Discounts are provided for those travelling as a group of four, to children and to those who buy return ticket. You can buy tickets online, at the bus, or at the airport's arrival terminal.


As soon as you leave the arrival terminal of the airport you can take one of the taxis waiting for the passengers. However, you may encounter the problem of finding a taxi at busy times. In such cases, you can take the elevator to the departure terminal and take a taxi from here. Moreover, you pay less if you get your taxi from the departure terminal. You may need a taxi especially at night, when the metro and AEROBUS shuttles do not operate. Nightly buses remain as an alternative to public transport at night, but there are baggage restrictions in these buses. In Lisbon, airport taxis charge extra per luggage. In addition, at weekends, official holidays and night time fares increase by 20 percent.

Car Rental

If you are evaluating car rental option, which provides you flexibility on your journeys, you can find the offices of Avis, Europcar, Guerin, Hertz and Goldcar car rental companies at Lisbon Airport. If Lisbon is your starting point for your trip in Portugal, which is already a rather small country, and if you are traveling in groups of several people, renting a car may be an even better option. Also remember that you have to pay for many parking areas in the city.

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017
Getting to Lisbon Portela Airport from the City Center

You can easily reach the airport by metro line which runs from the city center or many places in the city until 1 am or AEROBUS airport services which runs until 11 pm. These two are the most convenient ways to get to the airport, after taking a taxi. Because the airport is very close to the city center, we advise you to check the taxi fare as well. If you take the metro from many points in the city and switch to the red metro line, you can go directly to the airport without being caught in traffic. It's the shortest way to get to the airport. The Lisbon metro runs between 6.30 am and 1 am and departs every 6 minutes. By obtaining a metro map, you can easily find where you can get on and switch to the red line. If you have a lot of luggage and don’t want to take metro stairs with your baggage, you can also use AEROBUS airport services. On the AEROBUS Line 1 you will find the stops "Entrecampos", "Compo Pequeno", "Av. REpublica "," Saldanha "," Picoas "," Fontes Pereira de Melo "," Av. Da Liberdade "," Restauradores "," Rossio "(City Center)," P. Comercio "and" Cais do Sodre ". The AEROBUS Line 1 buses that go from the city to the airport operate between 7.40 am and 11 pm, departing every 20 minutes. The stops on the AEROBUS Line 2 are "Entrecampos", "Catholic University", "Sete Rios", "Praça de Espanha", "Av. Jose Malhoa (Sul) "and Av. Jose Moalhoa. This line which goes to the airport runs between 8 am and 11 pm every day.

The buses depart every 40 minutes before 8 pm and every hour after 8 pm. If you are traveling with just a hand baggage, you can take the bus number 744 that runs every day until evening. But if you have more, you cannot use this bus. You can determine the stop where you can get on this bus running between "Marques Pombal"- Airport and "Moscavide", according to its route. The stops respectively are Marques Pombal, Av. Fontes p. Melo, Picoas, Saldanha, Av. Republica, Campo Pequeno, Entrecampos, Av. Rio Janerio, Estadio 1 Maio, Lg. Frei Heitor Pinto, Bombeiros Alvalade, Esc. Padre Antonia Vieira, Pote Agua, Airport, Encarnaçao, Av. Berlim, Piscina Olivais, Av. Cidade Luanda, Tv. Courelas, Oriente, Av.D. Joao II, Av. Boa Esperança, R. Joao Pinto Riberio and Moscavide. After midnight, you can use the night bus, number 208, which runs between the Oriente-Airport and Cais Sodre stops.

Airport Information

Lisbon Airport is located between Loures and Lisbon city centers. Two terminals are reserved for civilian flights. There is also another terminal for military flights. Terminal 1 of the airport hosts international flights, while Terminal 2 hosts domestic flights. Airport shuttle vehicles are used to transfer between the two terminals. This journey takes about 10 minutes. Terminal 1 is considerably larger than the other one. In addition to the Duty Free store, you can find shops of many brands that you might be familiar with, such as Accessorize, Burberry, Desigual, Ermenegildo Zegna, Inglot, Imaginarium, Lacoste, Mont Blanc, L'Occitane, Ralph Lauren, Swatch, Sunglass, Swarovski, Geox and Victoria Secret.

The Terminal 1 also offers a wide range of facilities for eating and drinking. There are chain fast food restaurants like Mc Donalds, Strabucks, Pizza Hut, Harrods, and Heineken, as well as cafés like Natural Break, and Cockpit that you will probably hear for the first time. In Terminal 2, there is a Duty Free store as well as souvenir shops such as Ale-Hop, Divers and Parfois. If you want to snack something in this terminal, your options are a bit more restricted than Terminal 1. You can eat at McDonalds, Nespresso, Tasty2go, Confeitaria, or Servejaria. There are also Lounges at Terminal 1, where you can enter with an entrance fee even if you do not have any memberships. Blue Lounge, ABC Business Center and Lisbon Lounge are among there. There is only Blue Lounge at Terminal 2.

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2017

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