Portela Lisbon International Airport is Portugal’s largest transportation hub, which maintains flights with 43 countries, including countries in Africa and South America. Every year, 14-15 million passengers are served here, and this figure is growing. In the article I tell how to get to the city center, as well as to Porto by bus, metro, how much a taxi costs.

Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport

The full official name in English is Lisbon Portela Airport. This is a state owned company owned by ANA. Named after Portuguese Air Force General Umbert Delgado.

Many are interested in how many airports there are in Lisbon. This is the only airport in Lisbon to date. In 2008, the country’s government decided to build another, but so far the project has remained only in plans.

Airport website https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en/lis/home

If necessary, you can leave things at the airport in a round-the-clock left- luggage office (€ 3.25 per 10 kg of luggage). It is located on the ground floor near the parking lot P2.

Duty free zone is open from 5:00 to 24:00. It is located near passport control. The assortment of goods is wide, prices are 10-15% higher than in the city.

Tax free at Lisbon Airport is available, but the purchase amount must be at least € 50. To do this, you need to put a seal on the reception desk No. 107 (to the right of the escalator, which leads to the 2nd floor). To the left of the counter is the Global Tax Free Refund cash desk. She starts work at 7:00. There are a lot of people wishing to arrange tax-free at the airport, and if the flight is morning, then you can not catch it. As practice shows, if the return amount is small, the purchases are not inspected.


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Lisbon Airport: how to get to the city

The distance from the airport to Lisbon is 6 km. You can overcome it on different types of transport.

Airport Transfer to Lisbon / Airport Taxi

The fastest and most convenient way is a taxi or transfer. You can book a service in advance, for example, I have already used the Kiwi taxi service twice ( my review ). At the time of order, the brand and capacity of the car are selected. The driver will meet you right at the airport with a nameplate. The transfer will have a fixed price (from € 20), despite the duration of the city traffic jam (if this happens). Order a taxi online >>>

By the way, with a kiwi taxi you can also get to the city of Porto. The transfer order algorithm is the same – the brand of the car is selected, and at the indicated time the driver will meet you at the airport. Price from 277 euros, it is cheaper than a taxi. Order transfer to Porto >>>

Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Lisbon or Porto from Portela Airport. In the arrivals area there is a car order desk. Waiting time is about 5-7 minutes. The average price for a daytime trip to the center of Lisbon is € 15-20, to the city of Porto € 340.

How to get from Lisbon Airport to the center by bus

From Portela to the city, buses number 705, 722, 744, 783 from Carris go in the afternoon. The first starts at 7:00, the last flight at 23:00. A stop is located at the exit of the arrivals area. Travel time is about 40 minutes. The fare is 2 €. A ticket can be bought from the driver during boarding.

The bus schedule can be checked on the carrier’s website http://www.carris.pt/en/buslines/

Buses are spacious and comfortable. They are equipped with portable screens that show which next stop, as well as which hotels, major shopping centers are located nearby. The only drawback is the small luggage compartments. For tourists, “light” buses are suitable, but if you travel with large luggage (restrictions on the size of luggage 50 * 40 * 20 are set), choose another way to get to the city center.

From Lisbon Airport to the city by metro

There is a metro at Lisbon Airport , so you can get to the center from Lisbon International Airport. The road will take 20 minutes. The cost of one trip is € 1.45, but first you need to buy a Viva Viagem pass card. You can do this right in the vending machines at the airport. A card costs € 0.5.

The metro map and current tariffs can be checked on the official website of the Lisbon Metro https://www.metrolisboa.pt/

Lisbon metro map

The red line of the metro, the one that leads to the city, is open from 6:30 AM to 01:00 AM. The waiting time for the train ranges from 3-12 minutes. This is affected by the time of day and day of the week. The metro is easy to reach, signs are everywhere. The stop is located in terminal No. 1 on the ground floor.

The electric trains themselves are comfortable with nice comfortable seats.


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From Lisbon Airport to the city center on Airbus

There are two Aerobus bus routes from the airport . The first is a departure every 20 minutes to the center of Lisbon. The second – the waiting time increases to 40 minutes, and the bus goes to the Av area. José Malhoa, a little further from the center.

Tickets are purchased from the driver, at the airport, at the Turismo de Lisboa counter or online aerobus.pt .

Ticket price – 4 €, validity period – 24 hours (valid only on lines 1 and 2 of the Airbus) If you book a ticket online, it will be cheaper – € 3.60. For children under 4 years of age, travel is free.

Please note, airbuses do not run at night. Schedule of their movement: from 7:40 to 20: 45. Look for a stop opposite the exit from terminal No. 1.

Airbus traffic pattern:

airbus lisbon map

 Airbus schedule:

Lisbon airport how to get to the city

Group transfer to Lisbon Airport

Another option on a budget to get to the airport from the hotel (or from the airport to your hotel in the center) is a group transfer from intui.travel . The cost is about 7 euros per person. The bus waits for other passengers for no more than an hour and then stops in the center at all popular hotels (choose your own hotel when ordering). I tested Intui.travel recently in Paris , ordered a group transfer by minibus, there were only 3 of us. I liked the service, although there are some nuances that I talked about separately.

How to get to Lisbon Airport at night

At night, only one route leaves the line – bus No. 208 . It runs from 24:00 to 6:00 in the morning. Travel time is about 40 minutes, ticket price is 2 euros.

Another option is to get to the airport by taxi . At night, the fare for the trip increases + calling a taxi by phone will add another € 1 to the total cost of the trip. The cost of the order is 20-25 euros, but at night there may be problems with the availability of cars, and in the morning there will be big traffic jams (which will also increase the cost of the order).

If you need to get to Lisbon Airport at night, it’s convenient to use a kiwitaxi . The cost is fixed – about € 20. 

Lisbon Station – Airport: how to get

The distance between Oriente Central Station and Portela Airport is 2.5 km. You can overcome it by regular bus number 705 . Please note – the route does not go on the line on weekends. On weekdays – from 06:40 to 20:40. The trip takes no more than 10 minutes.

Portela Airport is accessible by metro from Oriente Station . The station is called Estação Oriente . Exit directly to the station building. The cost of the trip is € 1.45. The road will take 9-10 minutes.

You can call a taxi from the train station to the airport . You will have to pay about € 6 for the service.

How to get from Portela Airport to Porto


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The distance between these two objects is 306 km. The road takes from 3 to 4 hours. There are several options for overcoming the distance:

  1. By bus. First you need to get to Oriente Station. From there, the Rede Expressos bus departs for the Lisbon-Porto flight. Ticket price – € 18 (one way). If you take round-trip tickets, it will cost 1.5-2 euros cheaper. You can buy them at the station in vending machines or online. Carrier website https://www.rede-expressos.pt/
  2. By train. And again, you first need to get to Oriente Station. From there, two trains run on the Lisbon-Porto route – standard and high-speed. At the first, you will reach your destination in 3 hours. Ticket price is about € 25. A high-speed train will take you to Porto in 2 hours 30 minutes. The fare will cost € 6 more. You can order tickets in advance on the website https://www.cp.pt//passageiros/en

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Car hire at Lisbon Airport

Upon arrival, right at the airport, you can rent a car. Several rental companies operate – Guerin, Sixt, Avis and others. Look for their offices near terminal No. 1. You can book a car in advance through the distributor’s website, or special services. I use rentalcars.com ( my review ), or autoeurope.com ( my review ).

To complete the contract you need

  • passport;
  • international driving license;
  • driving experience of at least 2 years;
  • age from 24 years;
  • credit card;
  • voucher when booking online.

At the conclusion of the contract, a deposit is made or the amount is blocked on the card (about € 800). A rented car will cost € 35-45 per day + gas costs. The price per liter of fuel is € 1.5. It should also be noted paid parking, € 12 per day, and motorways (price ranges from € 2 to 19).

In more detail about the roads of Portugal and their payment, I wrote in the article .

Hotels near Lisbon Portela Airport

The following hotels are located near Lisbon International Airport:

  1. TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto – a hotel complex 300 meters from the airport. The number of rooms includes 167 apartments of various classes. Excellent infrastructure – several pools, restaurants, a lobby bar, a fitness center. Free transfer from / to the airport. The price for a night in a double standard room is € 110.
  2. Star Inn Lisbon Airport . The hotel is 0.7 km from the airport. Umbert Delgad. Breakfast is included. Private shuttle service, non-smoking rooms, restaurant with a good selection of dishes. Price per night starts from € 100.
  3. Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon is located within 1.4 km from the airport. A good option for families with children. The cost of a double room is € 95.


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Portela Airport in terms of geographical location is very successful. Have a nice trip!

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