If you are planning your trip to Portugal, it is very likely that you are already trying to find the best way to commute between Portela airport and central Lisbon in terms of comfort, duration of the journey and fees to be paid. Lisbon International airport (also known as Humberto Delgado or simply Aeroporto de Lisboa) is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, and we are about to give you some advice on how to travel smoothly whether you arrive on your own, carrying lots of luggage or with the whole family.
Underground trains from LIS airport to downtown Lisboa
The capital city of Portugal has a simple and outstandingly effective subway railway network. Metro trains in Lisbon operate Monday through Sunday between 6:00 and 1:00, even though some secondary lines may have reduced schedules during the weekends. This is not the case with the red line (linha vermelha), whose services run from Terminal 1 of Lisbon International airport every 8 minutes, connecting it to the main areas and landmarks in town.
After collecting your baggage and once in the arrivals public zone, head towards the exit to your right but, instead of leaving the terminal building, go downstairs; the underground is clearly signposted and visible from this upper level. You must take the “linha vermelha” heading to S. Sebastião. If your hotel in Lisbon is near Praça do Comercio or other points of downtown Lisboa, we recommend you hop off in Alameda station and the change to the “linha verde” (green line), which has many stops around it.
The underground trains in Lisboa run frequently and effectively, and fares are quite inexpensive: 1,45€ per single journey, with the possibility of purchasing a 24-hour travel card for unlimited use for as low as 6,65€. “Baixa-Chiado” is one of the most popular stations for tourists who stay in central Lisbon.
Taxis and private shuttles from and to Lisbon airport in Portugal
In case you feel uncomfortable commuting in the metro with all your bags, money and documentation, you can always rely on taxi cabs or private chauffeurs to get to your final destination. As mentioned before, the distance between the airport and Lisbon city centre can be covered quickly and access to the tourist and financial area is easy.
While you will only need to step out the non-restricted zone in order to take a taxi cab, private shuttles like shuttle direct have to be booked online in advance or at their airport office upon arrival. This kind of service may be customised according to your specific needs and has extra advantages: the chauffeur will wait for you when your flight is delayed, agree to stop at different points or drive to the very entrance of your accommodation.
Travelling to and from Lisbon airport: Aerobus
If you would rather travel by coach and do not mind if your large bags are stored away in the luggage compartment, the Aerobus is a both comfortable and affordable option (a single ticket costs 4€) for your commute from Portela airport to Lisboa. Moreover, it has undeniable perks such as travelling with complimentary WiFi and USB charging stations, or the fact that it stops near many of the best hotels in Lisbon city.