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Travel to and around Lisbon

Start planning your travel to and around Lisbon for the congress!

Travelling to lisbon

By plane

Lisbon Airport is one of the largest and best equipped airports in Western Europe. There are a number of airlines serving the airport with flights to most major European cities.

From the airport to the city centre

The airport is located just outside the city centre, making transfers to/from the airport incredibly easy.

  • Taxi: a line up of taxis is available just outside the airport; the trip will last approximately 15-20 minutes and the average cost is between 10-15 €.
  • Metro: from the underground station at the airport, the red line will take you quickly and directly to the city centre
  • AeroBus: this line runs every 20 to 30 minutes between the airport and two stops in the city centre; the ticket costs 3.5€
  • Bus: the line 744 will take you into the old town running past the major uptown avenues on its way


By car

Depending on the direction from which you are coming from, you can resort to several motorways and national and European roads.

People coming from the South can take the A 2 Motorway, whereas the A 6 Motorway is recommendable for people coming from the East. Drivers who turn to these alternatives must be aware that they must also cross the 25 Abril Bridge in order to eventually reach Lisbon. Traffic can get quite busy on this bridge, especially weekdays.

The A 12 Motorway is the best solution for people coming from the North. They must also cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest bridge in Europe).

The A 5 Motorway is advisable for visitors who travel from the West. Most of the motorways which connect Lisbon with the rest of the country are linked to at least one of the three ring roads of the capital.

Getting around in lisbon

Public transportation

Public transport in Lisbon is reliable and good value. The transport network includes Carris (buses, trams, funiculars and lifts) and the Metro. Possibly the cheapest way to get around is to buy a ‘Via Viagem’ or ‘7Colinas’ prepaid card, available from Metro ticket offices. This is a top up card similar to London’s Oyster Card. There is an initial cost of 0.50 cents, plus a top up of 2, 5 or 10 Euros. It can be used on Lisbon buses, trams, ferryboats and the Metro. Each trip currently costs €1.25 when using the card.


Taxis in Lisbon are beige, and generally fairly inexpensive. Journey prices start with a standard price of around 2 Euros, and are metered from then on. Taxis will cost roughly 10 Euros to make any trip within the city to the centre. Drivers are also allowed to charge up to 50% for extra luggage, depending on the luggage weight.