How to get from Lisbon airport to downtown


This guide on how to get from Lisbon airport to downtown of the city, it will help you to know the best options to arrive in the fastest and most comfortable way to your accommodation.

Lisbon or Portela Airport, located 7 kilometers from the city, has two terminals, terminal 2 usually land the low cost companies, which are connected by a free bus and is very well connected by public and private transport with the center, so this journey will not take you too much time nor headaches.

Based on the experience of our getaway to Lisbon in 4 days, we show you all the means of transport to do the transfer from the airport to the center of Lisbon. We start!


The most common way of go from Lisbon airport to downtown is to take the red metro line in Terminal 1. These trains that operate from 6 in the morning until 1 in the morning, with a frequency of 10 minutes, will take you to the center in about 30 minutes for 1.95 euros.
Of the total of this amount, 0.50 correspond to the price of the Viva Viagem card, which you can buy in the automatic machines of the airport and that can be recharged to continue using in the transport of the city. Another option if you are going to make many transfers is to buy the daily payment for 6.15 euros.

Keep in mind that depending on what area you have the accommodation in, you have to change at the Sao Sebastio stop to take the blue line, Saldanha for the yellow or Alameda for the green. The most central and usual metro stations are Baixa Chiado and Rossio, which are covered by the blue and green lines.

An area of ​​Lisbon in which we recommend staying is in the emblematic Alfama neighborhood, a 5-minute walk from the Rossio metro station. We were at the This is Lisbon Hostel, which has a magnificent room, panoramic views of the city from its breakfast terrace and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.


Another of the most popular public transport for go from Lisbon airport to downtown It is the bus. There are several lines that make the transfer leaving from Terminal1:

  • Airbus: Line 1 will take you to the Rossio and Plaza del Comercio stations, in about 20 minutes for 4 euros or 6 euros if you buy round trip. You can book the aerobus here in advance.
    These buses operate from 7 in the morning until 11 at night and have a frequency of 20 minutes. Keep in mind that this is a very comfortable option by taking you directly to the center and having enough space for luggage.
  • Urban bus: lines 744, 722, 705, 783 will take you from the airport to Lisbon for 1.95 euros, buying the Viva Viagem card first. The price is the only advantage that these lines have, since it is a slow transport, it has little space for luggage and the stops are not as central as those of the aerobus.
  • Night bus: line 208, operating from 23:40 to 5:30, travels from the airport to the Plaza del Comercio and Plaza de Figueira stops, in half an hour for 1.95 euros.

Trolley car

Private transportation, another way to go from Lisbon airport to downtown

The most comfortable option is to book this private transfer, with which a driver will wait for you at the exit of any of the two terminals, with a sign with your name and will take you directly to your accommodation. Journey time is less than half an hour, depending on traffic and the location of the hotel.
The price in a 4-seater tourism is 27 euros, in an 8-seater minibus, 40 euros and in a minibus for 15 people, 110 euros.


The taxi performs the transfer from Lisbon airport to downtown For about 20 euros, although it is essential and highly recommended, ask the price first and make sure you put the meter.
Another option, if you want to save about 2 or 3 euros is to opt for an Uber.

If you plan to make a route through some of the most beautiful places to see in Portugal, we recommend you rent a car at the airport and look for a hotel with parking.

Once you are staying in Lisbon, you can prepare your routes on foot or by public transport through the city with these personalized guides according to the days you have available: