Travel to Lisbon

Flying to Lisbon

Flights to Lisbon are offered by a number of different airlines from the UK, including British Airways and TAP Portugal. Low cost airline easyJet means there are cheap flights to Lisbon outside of the peak travel holiday periods. If you are looking for cheap flights to Lisbon, make sure you book in advance.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 15 minutes; New York - 6 hours 45 minutes; Los Angeles - 12 hours; Toronto - 9 hours 30 minutes; Sydney - 22 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by road

Summary:

Traffic drives on the right in Portugal and international traffic signs are used. The minimum age for driving is 18 years. Speed limits are 120kph (74mph) on motorways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (30mph) in towns. Both International Driving Permits and national driving licences are accepted. A Green Card and third-party insurance are compulsory, as is a warning triangle.

In general, road conditions in Lisbon are quite good. However, the overall standard of driving is poor with many reckless speeding motorists who contribute to the worst road safety record in Europe. The national motoring association is Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP), Rua Rosa Araújo 24 (tel: (021) 318 0100; www.acp.pt (Portguese only), which can offer assistance to motorists belonging to an automobile club with whom the ACP has a reciprocal agreement.

Emergency breakdown service:

ACP (tel: 707 509 510).

Routes:

The A1, Auto-estrada do Norte, extends from Porto to Lisbon and the A8 arrives from destinations to the north and west of the city. The A9 bypasses Lisbon, connecting the A1 and A8, as well as the A5, which links Lisbon with Cascais and the beaches. The A2, Auto-estrada do Sul, arrives from Faro and the Algarve via Almada and the Ponte 25 de Abril. The A2 also links to the A6, which continues on for connections to Madrid. The A12 crosses the Ponte Vasco da Gama, offering a less congested route into the city.

Driving times:

From Porto - 3 hours; Faro and the Algarve - 4 hours; Madrid - 9 hours.

Coaches:

The main bus terminal is the Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios, Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado, Estrada das Laranjeiras. Eva (tel: 707 223 344; www.eva-bus.com) and Rede Nacional de Expressos (tel: 213 581 472 or 707 223 344; www.rede-expressos.pt) provide coach services from hundreds of Portuguese destinations and work with other operators, such as Eurolines (tel: 0871 781 8178; www.eurolines.com), on pan-European routes, though some of these operate from Gare do Oriente.

Travel by rail

Services:

Lisbon is served by five major railway stations, as well as a number of suburban stations. Santa Apolónia, Avenida Infante D Henrique, serves an ever-decreasing number of routes. The gleaming modern Oriente station, at the Parque das Nações, on the city's eastern approach, has become an increasingly important long-distance train station. Rossio (currently in the process of being revamped), between Praça dos Restauradores and Rossio, serves Sintra, while Cais do Sodré, near the Praça Duque da Terceira, serves Cascais and Estoril. The Barreiro station, on the south bank of the River Tagus, serves the south, though direct high-speed trains to Faro depart from Oriente station.

Operators:

Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses - CP (tel: 808 208 208; www.cp.pt) is the Portuguese national rail service provider. Over the last decade, CP's reputation has improved, with more efficient, modern, high-speed train services introduced on the Porto-Lisbon-Faro service. Travellers should contact CP direct for all national rail enquiries. Intercity trains connect Lisbon to almost all of Portugal's major cities. Comfortable high-speed Alfa services connect Lisbon with both Porto and Faro. There are also overnight trains to and from Madrid and Paris.

Journey times:

From Porto - 2 hours 30 minutes; Faro - 3 hours.

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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