Airport transfers

Travel Tips — By Paul Bernhardt on September 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

For most visitors to Lisbon, the city’s Portela International Airport is their first port of call when arriving in Portugal.

The airport is located on the outskirts of the Portuguese capital, which facilitates transfers to the city centre and all the major hotels.

The quickest and easiest way to get from the airport to the city (or your hotel) is by taxi.

Airport taxi

There are two taxi ranks within the airport’s perimeter. One is set outside the arrivals hall, the other located in front of the departures hall. Tip: upon arrival, it is sometimes quicker to pick up a cab at the departures hall, where the queues are lighter.

By European standards, taxis in Portugal are still relatively cheap.

Currently, the fare on the meter should read €3.20 for a daytime pick-up within the city limits. An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime services between 9pm and 6am. A further €1.60 is charged for luggage.

It’s always worth inquiring about the fare: the journey into Lisbon should be between €10-€20.

If travelling on a budget, or in a large group, it’s worth considering taking the Aerobus.The bus stop is situated next to the arrivals hall and regular daily departures link the airport with the city’s major coach and rail hubs. The also route takes in around 80 Lisbon hotels. Ask the driver if the bus stops at yours.

Aerobus in Lisbon

Tickets currently cost €3.50 and can be purchased onboard and at the tourism officer counter at the airport arrivals hall. The tourism office also sells the popular and practical Lisboa Card. Great for short-term city breaks, among discounts available using the card is a saving of 43% on the cost of an Aerobus ticket!

Several buses stop at Portela Airport on their way into the city and other destinations.

Operated by public transport provider Carris the destination of each service is clearly marked at the front of the vehicle. With current ticket prices at €1.50, this is a cheap, efficient but obviously slower way to get from A to B. But the airport routes are popular and can get crowded. Note also that luggage exceeding the maximum dimension of 50x40x20cm will not be allowed onboard; the Aerobus is a better bet if you’ve a lot to carry.

Unfortunately, the airport is not yet linked to the city by Metro. The subway line is currently being extended to meet this vital requirement, with mid-2012 the expected completion date. The nearest Metro station is at Gare do Oriente at Parque das Nações.

And for those who want to get around under their own steam, all the major car rental companies have offices at the airport.

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