Lisbon Airport Transfers

I'll tell you what are the possibilities to get to your hotel from Lisbon airport, take note!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Lisbon Airport Transfers

Waiting at the airport | ©Artur Tumasjan

Lisbon's airport is Portela, also known as Humberto Delgado. It is located seven km from the city center and it is very easy to get to the city center from there. Here's how.

Options for getting from Lisbon airport to downtown

Air Portugal plane taking off from Lisbon Airport| ©Catarina Madureira
Air Portugal plane taking off from Lisbon Airport| ©Catarina Madureira

Lisbon airport is quite well connected; you have several public transport options and you can hire a door-to-door transfer service in advance:

Arrive from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon with private transfer

Private transfer| ©Humphrey Muleba
Private transfer| ©Humphrey Muleba

This is the fastest service and it is also personalized; it works just like the shared transfer, but the driver will only pick up you and those traveling with you and go directly to your hotel without making any other stops. The private transfer from the airport to the hotel is usually more expensive in most European cities, but here you can find it for a price of 63

How it works

With this option you can be at your hotel in Lisbon in about 30 minutes. Regardless of the day and time your flight arrives, you can count on this pick-up service. You only have to book online, provide your flight details so that the driver can wait for you upon arrival, the address of your hotel and a contact phone number so that, if you have any questions or problems, you can be in contact with the driver and the transport company that performs the service.

The vehicles have air conditioning, are adapted for wheelchairs and baby chairs and have enough space for luggage (the normal is one suitcase and one handbag per passenger, but if you have additional luggage just tell us when you make the reservation via email). You will be able to communicate with your driver in English or French as well as Portuguese.

If your flight arrives at night, consider the option of hiring a private or shared transfer in advance; it is available 24 hours a day.

Private transfer back to the airport

If you want a private transfer from your hotel to the airport, you can also request it before or during your trip. You will only have to arrange a time with your driver to pick you up at your hotel and to drop you off at the airport with enough time to avoid missing your flight and not having to board in a hurry.

Other options

This option is also valid to reach the cities of Cascais or Estoril.

Book your private transfer from Lisbon airport

Get from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon with a shared transfer

Inside the Lisbon airport terminal| ©Daniel
Inside the Lisbon airport terminal| ©Daniel

If you want to get to your hotel from the airport without having to walk around or look for metro and bus connections, a shared transfer from Lisbon airport is an option that can be very economical and is also available 24 hours a day and every day of the week.

How it works

A professional driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle (something you will appreciate when you disembark in Lisbon and notice the humidity of the city, especially if you go in summer). The service is simple: you can book online in advance when you know your flight details and the driver will be waiting for you at the airport, pick up several travelers and drop you off at your hotel.

Advantages of this service

The main advantage of this service is the comfort of the trip, as well as the space available for the suitcases (if you have special luggage you only have to indicate it when you make your reservation via email). The shared transfer is available from , so it will be much cheaper than other options such as cab, Cabify or Uber.

Shared transfer back to the airport

You can also hire the pick up service at your hotel and shared transfer to the airport when you have to catch your flight back. All you need to do is to be ready well in advance so that the driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport in plenty of time before your flight departs.

Other options

This option is also available if instead of going to Lisbon your destination is other cities such as Estoril, Cascais, Carcavelos, Costa Caparica or Sintra.

Book your private transfer from Lisbon airport

Getting from the airport to the center of Lisbon by Aerobus

Aerobus through the streets of Lisbon| ©KK70088
Aerobus through the streets of Lisbon| ©KK70088

This is the most economical option to get to the center of Lisbon and from there go to your hotel on your own. It is a special bus, Aerobús , which goes directly from Portela airport to the center of Lisbon making several stops (locate your hotel on the map before traveling to choose which stop suits you best or ask the Aerobús driver directly).

The bus will carry a maximum of 15 people, has air conditioning, WIFI connection and a compartment for special or bulky luggage. It is also adapted for wheelchair users.

Depending on your destination, there are three different lines that you can take, each with a different route.

Line 1 stops

  • Train Station - Entrecampos
  • Campo pequeño
  • Saldanha
  • Picoas
  • Marquês de Pombal
  • Avenida da Liberdade
  • Restauradores
  • Rossio (Centro)

Line 2 stops

  • Areeiro
  • Alameda D.A. Henriques
  • Praça do Chile
  • Rua do Angola
  • Igreja dos Anjos
  • Martim Moniz
  • Rossio, Praça da Figueira

Line 3

There is also a third line available between Lisbon airport and the Sete Rios bus terminal. If you have any questions or doubts, you can ask them by e-mail when you make your reservation.

Other options from the airport to the city

Cabs at the Lisbon Portela Airport Terminal| ©Sharon Hahn Darlin
Cabs at the Lisbon Portela Airport Terminal| ©Sharon Hahn Darlin

If you have not booked your airport transfer in advance, you can also use public transport during the corresponding time slots. There are two options: metro and bus.


Since a few years ago, Lisbon already has a metro station that goes to the airport on the red line. It ends at the Cais do Sodré train station and has several stops in the center (you can also transfer to other lines). The metro runs every 6 to 9 minutes from 6:30 am to 1:00 am.

The metro ticket to the center will cost you less than two euros, but you have to take into account that if from there you extend the metro ride to your hotel you may have to pay a little more. In any case, to travel by metro in Lisbon you will need to buy a card at the machines and information booths in the stations (it costs less than one euro) which you can then recharge during your trip. You also have available a 24-hour pass for the Lisbon metro which costs about six euros.

City bus

On the other hand, there is the option of the bus line that works with the same rechargeable card, but in this case you also have the option of buying the ticket directly from the bus driver. The lines that pass through the airport are: 722, 744, 705 and 783. At night you can use the 208. Buses run every 20 to 25 minutes.

The bus schedule in Lisbon may vary depending on the line, but in general it runs from six in the morning to twelve at night; the rest of the schedule is covered by the night lines. If you choose to take a regular bus from the airport to the city center, be aware that you may not have as much or as much luggage space as you will have on the Aerobus.

Cab or VTC

As in all airports , cabs are an option always available. At the exit of the airport you will find a taxi rank, although on certain days and times you may have to wait a little while for one to pass by. The cab will drop you off at your hotel in about 30 minutes, but the price is the most expensive you can find: around 17 euros.

If you want to save a few euros, in Lisbon you have available the VTC apps of Uber and Cabify: you can order them upon arrival using the airport WIFI connection or your data tariff and the app will calculate before you accept the reservation the waiting time, the meeting point and the price of the trip.

This is the Lisbon airport

Airport waiting room| ©Jorge Franganillo
Airport waiting room| ©Jorge Franganillo

You already know how to get to the center of Lisbon or to your hotel, but what is Portela airport like? Don't worry; despite the large influx of passengers you won't find a labyrinthine airport that you won't know how to get out of. The arrivals area is very well signposted and is the same for all flights, so you will just have to follow the signs to get out.

Once you pick up your luggage you will arrive at a large lobby with several restaurants and souvenir and press stores. The currency in Portugal is the Euro, so if you come from the European Union, forget about exchanging currencies. Regardless of the means of transport you use to get to your hotel, you will find several signposts and if in doubt you will be able to understand the airport staff in English. Although the network is a bit slow, you have free WIFI throughout the Portela airport.

First tips for your arrival in Lisbon

The Commerce Square| ©Bonnie
The Commerce Square| ©Bonnie

When to travel to Lisbon

As in many European cities, spring and autumn are the best seasons to travel to Lisbon both for the weather and to avoid the saturation of tourists that you can find in summer (keep in mind that near Lisbon there are many beach areas). The climate is warm in the capital of Portugal, but in summer it can be stifling. In winter, however, although you will find more rain, you will not spend an excessive cold so if you like this time of year, you will find cheaper flights.

How to get around the city

Lisbon is a city adapted for walking, but I warn you that you are going to find more than one slope... The areas of Belem or Alfama are more separated from the center, so you can afford to go by cab if you want to save the walk or in some of the streetcars that you will find around the city which are also a tourist attraction in themselves. Here you can read a practical guide that may interest you: Lisbon Hop on Hop off Bus Tours.

Where to stay

More important than the area, the important thing in Lisbon is to book accommodation in advance as it is a very touristy city with a high demand. The best options for accommodation are the neighborhoods Baixa, Chiado, Avenida de la Libertad or Barrio Alto, but the city is quite safe so you can also consider other areas as long as you have references of the accommodation.

What to eat

The food in Lisbon is quite famous. Being a large capital you will find excellent restaurants and for prices somewhat lower than you will see in other European countries. As must-try dishes are the francesinha (a sandwich with bechamel sauce that you must be hungry to finish), the famous Belem cakes (you can buy them in a pastry shop in the area which is the most famous in Portugal) and the fish that you can eat in the bars in the center.

What to bring in your suitcase

Above all comfortable shoes to endure the slopes of the city and cool clothes if you go in the summer months. You can also pack a swimsuit in case you want to take a trip to the beach from Lisbon. Of course, don't forget your camera.