Portugal's main city combines beauty, tradition and a great sense of fun without missing a beat. Located on steep slopes above the Rio Tejo, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is famous for its friendly café culture and the bustling city life of Rossio square. Take in the Gothic splendour of the Jeronimos Cathedral, wander the pretty narrow streets, or enjoy amazing views from the top of the Cristo Rei statue. Lisbon has shopping, dining, and entertainment to satisfy the most jaded palate. It also boasts Europe's longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama.
|Must Know||The easiest way to travel around the city is by using public transport; the metro system is particularly efficient.|
|Must See||Don’t miss the world heritage site of Jeronimos Monastery, a stunning church built in the 1500s.|
|Must Do||Want to catch Lisbon’s highlights? Hop on the no.28 tram for £1 from the neoclassical Basílica da Estrela to the Baixa district of grand boulevards!|
|Must Eat||Enjoy the amazing food that Lisbon has to offer including Pasteis de Belem and the huge amount of seafood.|
|Did You Know||Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in both Western Europe and the world.|
Once the gateway to Lisbon for those docking in the city’s grandiose port, this square’s sheer size, ornate decor and riveting history is a perfect place to start uncovering Lisbon’s history.
Lisbon’s old town is perfect for getting lost; meandering through its colourful streets masked with azulejos tiles is an experience no visitor can miss!
Europe’s largest indoor aquarium boasts a collection of marine species from four oceans and features the rare Ocean Sunfish which is housed in only a handful of aquariums around the world.
Aeroporto de Portela is the biggest airport in Portugal with a total of 18 million passengers handled in 2014. The airport has 2 terminals that connect Portugal with destinations in Europe, Africa and America (Brazil in particular). Aeroporto de Portela is located just 6 km outside of the city centre, and it is therefore very accessible from here and other parts of Lisbon. There is a metro station at the airport that has trains departing at regular intervals and take no more than 15 minutes to Saldanha station. There are also shuttle buses available from the airport which are free of charge and will also take 15 minutes.
Gare do Oriente is the central station in Lisbon. Gare do Oriente connects Lisbon with not only the rest of Portugal but also to neighbouring Spanish cities with their national rail service, Renfe. The red line of the metro is located inside the station which connects Gare do Oriente with all corners of the city with ease. There is also a bus terminal of the same name located next door to the station; from there, you can access the city by the 728 and 400 bus that leaves the station every 10 minutes.
Estação Ferroviária de Lisboa-Santa Apolónia is one of the oldest stations in Lisbon having opened its gates in 1865. This more central station is located in the Alfama borough directly next to the Tagus river - only 3 km away from the city centre. Given the stations close proximity to the centre, walking is not so time-consuming and will only take 30 minutes. Of course, bus and train options are also available. The IC and AP trains run services every 15 minutes and last a duration of 8 minutes. Additionally, following a 6 minute walk to the nearest stop from the station, the 728 and 781 buses are available every 15 minutes for a 13 minute journey.
Sete Rios bus station is the biggest and most important station in Portugal; it is also the main hub for major Portuguese bus provider, Rede Expressos. The bus station is located in the north of Lisbon, just 6 km from the city centre. The other major provider serviced at the station is Eva. There is a metro stop located at the station that connects Sete Rios with other metro stops all over the city. It is also located close to Jardim Zoologico station which opens up other areas of the city, including the centre. Driving is also an option and will typically take 12 minutes with the best route being via R. Gomes Freire.
Public transport in Lisbon is the most popular way to get around the city, and this is predominantly because it is inexpensive and the easiest way to manoeuvre the many hills. The most efficient means of travel is the metro. Lisbon also has an efficient bus and tram network running, and the older trams have even developed into somewhat of a tourist attraction with the number 28 tram used almost solely for this purpose.
Due to the hilly landscape of Lisbon, it is not traditionally a cycle-friendly city. However, conditions are slowly changing as the City Hall has ordered for traffic to be slowed down in the centre and many new cycle lanes have been built.
Generally it is not necessary to drive in Lisbon as the public transport system is very efficient and covers most of the city. Lisbon is a city best experienced by foot and as such is very accommodating with a great deal of the more historical streets having been pedestrianised. Walking around the entire city is possible, however, can be challenging due to the number of hills present in the city.