Travel information

Getting to Lisbon

By plane

  • Lisbon has a good connectivity by air with Europe through its international airport. Served by the main international airlines and just 3 hours away from the main European capitals, it is very easy to reach.
  • For more information you can visit the Lisbon Airport website.

By train

  • The main train stations in Lisbon are: “Estação de Stª Apolónia” and “Estação do Oriente”, with national and international connections (Lisbon-Madrid-Paris and Lisbon-Porto-Vigo). Connections to the metro lines exist at both stations (“Stª Apolónia – Blue line; and “Oriente” – Red line).
  • For further information visit the CP company website.

By car

  • Traffic drive on the right in Portugal and international traffic signs are used. The minimum age for driving is 18 years old. Speed limits are: 120 km/h (75 miles/h) on highways, 90 km/h (60 miles/h) on roads, and 50 km/h (30 miles/h) in urban areas.
  • Main highways: From North peninsula take A1 or A8, from East take A6 or A23, from South take A2.

You can also find further information on how to get to Lisbon via the following links:

Turismo de Lisboa

Getting around in Lisbon

General information

  • Emergency Phone Number: 112
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 in Summer
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz. Power sockets follow European standards.
  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Portuguese, but some of the population speaks English as well.
  • Working hours:
    • Banks: 08:30–15:00 (Monday to Friday)
    • Buses: 06.30–24:00 (everyday, some buses run all night)
    • Metro: 06:30–01:00 (everyday)
    • Pharmacies: 09:00–13:00, 15:00–19:00 (Monday to Friday, some are open 24 hours a day, everyday)
    • Shops: 09:00–13:00, 15:00–19:00 (Monday to Friday), 9:00–13:00 (Saturdays)
    • Shopping Malls: 10:00–24:00 (everyday)
    • Embassies: 09:00–15:00 (Monday to Friday)


The weather in Lisbon, Portugal in late August and early September is often warm and sunny.


Street maps

For street maps and route itineraries visit Moovit or Google Maps.

Public transportation

The most convenient way to move around Lisbon is by subway (Metro), by bus (Carris), or by taxi.

Public transports need electronic reusable cards called “Viva Viagem”. This card can be bought in vending machines inside Metro Stations, and you can buy trips or load money on the card.


  • Reusable card “Viva Viagem”: €0.50
    (you need to buy trips in machines inside the Metro stations)
  • One ticket (valid for 1 hour, within Metro and Carris network): €1.50
  • One ticket (valid for 24 hours, within Metro and Carris network): €6.40
  • Bus (carris) onboard fare: €2.00