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Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: WEST | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
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Lisbon Airport is just seven kilometres (four miles) from the city centre. The AeroBus departs every 20-30 minutes and stops at landmarks in the city before terminating at the riverside Cais do Sodré station.
A metro link will also take you into the centre of the city quickly, or treat yourself and grab a taxi. The rate from the airport is pre-set, so there’s no need to worry about your driver taking the ‘scenic route’ with the meter running.
Marked with a large ‘M’, the Metro covers the city from end to end with stops every few minutes in the centre. Not only is it quick, easy to use and cheap, but all signage, directions and travel information is written in English as well as Portuguese.
Lisbon is famous for its trams. Today’s electrico trams are a lot sleeker than the famous originals, and they provide a great way for getting around Lisbon’s hilly districts.
If you simply want an iconic journey, catch the historic Tram 28 from Alfama to Chiado – it’s an old-fashioned charmer.
The city’s most famous elevator is the 47-metre (154-feet) Elevador de Santa Justa, which links Baixa Pombalina with Bairro Alto. This 19th-century beauty is one of four, all listed as national monuments and as practical as they are pretty.
When time is tight and you want to see Lisbon from above, ride the elevadors; the views are sensational.
Flat shoes and time on your hands are all you need in the walkable city centre. The districts here flow into each other and the signposting is designed for pedestrians, not cars, so it’s quite easy to navigate.
Alfama should definitely be attempted on foot, but the trick is to take a tram up to the top, near Lisbon Cathedral, then slowly wend your way down towards the river. That way you avoid the climb and still get to soak up the atmosphere.
Most of the city’s pedestrianised streets are in Chiado, a shopping hotspot. By far the most scenic walk, however, is from Belém to Alfama, where the old docklands have been transformed into a trendy area and there are dozens of restaurants and cafés to stop at whenever you need a break.
You might not need a car for central sightseeing, but there is plenty to see and do within easy reach of the city. Discover your rental options on our Lisbon car hire page.