Passport / Visa
Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Lisbon Airport is located very close to the city centre. So it is quick, easy and cheap to get to and from the airport.
There is one airport bus (Aerobus) with two lines that operates from 7.30am-11pm. Aerobus line 1 connects the airport and Cais do Sodré, departing every 20-25 minutes. Aerobus line 2 links the airport with the financial centre, Av. José Malhoa, also departing every 20-25 minutes.
Public transportation such as metro and public buses are also available. The underground train takes about 21 minutes.
A taxi to the city centre takes between twenty minutes and half an hour. The traffic is also somewhat higher during nights and weekends.
Address: Lisbon Airport, Lisbon
Phone: +351 218 413 500
Best Time to Visit
Lisbon enjoys a pleasant climate year round, with mild winters and very hot summers. During the summertime people head for the seaside for vacation and the beaches can get very crowded, especially during high season (July-August). Being located on the ocean means that the temperatures never get too high, and there is often a gentle breeze coming from the Atlantic.
The best time to visit Lisbon is definitely mid to late spring, when the weather is nice and warm and the city is not yet packed with tourists. The most important festivities are held in early June, when the whole city celebrates the patron saint, St. Anthony (on June 13th), and other revered saints. During the celebrations the city is full of people, with music, street dancing and traditional grilled sardines sold at kiosks along the streets.
Lisbon is well provided for with public transport, including buses, underground, local trains, ferries, trams and funiculars. The latter two are the least efficient but most entertaining. Tickets can be purchased both at ticket offices and on board with an extra charge. The fares range from 1.50 € to 3.00 € with the tram being more expensive. Funiculars can be even more expensive but are worth it nonetheless.
Buses and the underground stop running around 1 am, there are night buses but it is easiest to take a taxi for late night journeys.
Website: www.metrolisboa.pt / www.carris.pt
Taxis can be stopped on the street, taken from stations or phoned. In central Lisbon, empty taxis circulate frequently, except during rush hours or when it rains. Tips are not mandatory, but are appreciated even if they are small.
+351 217 932 756
Retalis Rádio Táxis
+351 218 119 000
+351 218 111 100
Phone: +351 218 111 100
Post offices are generally open from Mon-Fri 9am and 6pm. The main post office at Praça dos Restauradores has longer opening hours.
Main Post Office:
Address: Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon
Phone: +351 707 262 626
Each suburb has a 24 hour pharmacy (farmácia, with a green cross) according to a schedule posted in the windows of closed pharmacies.
Address: Rua do Alecrim 125, Lisbon
Phone: +351 213 241 670
Country code: +351
Area code: 21