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Lisbon Guide - FAQ
What do you have to see in Lisbon?
Certainly, the oldest district of Lisbon - Alfama (you can also do riding historical Tram 28, the lower town - Baixa, Rua Augusta and Comercio Square. In the evening you may visit Chiado and enjoy a cup of coffee in the famous Brasileira. Later in the night, you should pop in to Bairo Alto, the center of Lisbon's nightlife. Also, make sure that you reserve few hours to visit Belem, see Jeronimos Monastery, Belém Tower and taste the most famous Portuguese pastry- Passteis de Belém. It is also worth visiting one of the oldest and biggest Aquarium´s in Europe, which is located in the district of EXPO'98 in the Park of Nations.
How to find a good hotel in Lisbon?
To find and book the most suitable hotel it may be helpful to visit our page: Hotels in Lisbon.
Is subway commute to the airport in Lisbon?
Yes. The red metro line (linha vermelha) runs to and from the airport (Aeroporto). The most important destination stations or interchanges are: Oriente (station), Alameda (connection to the green line) and São Sebastião (blue line connection). At the airport, the entrance to the metro station is located directly at the arrivals hall. Details on the operation of the metro in Lisbon can be found on the official Metro website:
How to get from the airport to the centre of Lisbon?
There are two reasonable possibilities to get to the city centre: Taxi or Metro. Although the Lisbon airport is located quite close to the city centre, using the metro to get to the historical centre (Baixa- Chiado) would be the fastest, cheapest and best idea. In order to get to old town you will have to change the Metro lines. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. One the other hand taxi ride might be a little bit more comfortable and takes about 20 minutes.
How much does a taxi from the airport to the centre of Lisbon costs?
Taxis in Lisbon are quite cheap. From the airport to the city centre, taxi should cost around € 8-10 (of course if you pay a fair price). You can take a taxi from outside of the arrivals hall at the airport, however be careful not to be charged much more than you should. You should always ask the driver about the approximate cost of the journey and pay exact value indicated by the taximeter (the basic price on the taximeter is 1.60 € for luggage, so-called. “Supplements “). Residents of Lisbon, never take a taxi from the arrivals hall (due to the queue and dishonesty of the taxi drivers). Therefore, it is best to take a taxi from the departure hall. To do this, after leaving the arrivals hall you should go right (approx. 100 m) and enter the escalator to the next level (departure hall).
How much does the metro ticket costs in Lisbon?
One ticket for the metro in Lisbon (any number of interchanges) costs 1.40 €. Lisboa Viva card, which costs an additional € 0.50, can be recharged many times with the amount of your choice. Each passenger must have their own card. Since the ticketing system in Lisbon is quite complicated to move freely around the city by various means of transport: metro, tram (also famous line 28), bus, elevator (including the historic Santa Justa) it is the best to buy a season ticket for 24 hours (time validity of 24 is calculated from the ticket validation), which costs 6 € or even better charge your card with amount of your choice and spend it over time if you staying in Lisbon for more than a day.
Where can I buy a metro ticket in Lisbon?
Metro tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices or machines at any metro station. To buy a ticket from the vending machine it is best to have some coins or low- denomination notes: 5 € or 10 €. € 20 notes are accepted only in some machines, while higher denominations are never accepted.
How to get to Alfama?
Alfama is located on the hill, east side of the old town, Baixa. The easiest way to get there is to take the tram number 28 in Baixa (tram lines intersect the main pedestrian Rua Augusta), which will take you to the top of Alfama, from where you will be able to effortlessly walk back towards the Baixa wandering in the small and tight roads of Alfama.
How to get to Belem?
Belém district is located on the western edge of the city along the river Tagus. Unfortunately, Belem is not served by the subway, so the fastest way to reach the district is by using the bus (30 minutes) or tram number 15. The tram number 15 stops at Praca da Figueira (square next to Rossio Square), Comercio Square and Cais do Sodre.
How to get to Oriente (Expo ‘98)?
District Oriente is located on the east end of the town, right on the waterfront of the Tagus River. The district is easily reachable using the red metro line (linha vermelha).
How to get around the city?
Old Town (Aflama, Baixa, Chiado) is best discovered on foot or by tram. To get to Belem the easiest way is to get the tram number 15 or bus from Praca da Figueira. Nations Park and Aquarium are easily reached with the red metro line (Linha Vermelha) Oriente Station. More details can be found in the MINI Guide to Urban Transport in Lisbon.
Are there any other interesting places to visit in the area of Lisbon?
From Lisbon you can do some day trips outside the city. The most frequent routes are Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Cascais. Sintra, is small, but magical town full of castles and beautiful landscapes. In Sintra you should spend at least half of the day visiting: Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and Moorish Castle. If travelling north of Lisbon, you may choose to visit the castle town of Obidos, the Castle of the Templars in Tomar, the monastery of Batalha and Alcobaça. The main goal of many pilgrims is distant about 130 km from Lisbon, Fatima. South of Lisbon on the other side of the Tagus you can go for one of many beaches of the Costa de Caparica. Further south is the Serra de Arrabida you may pay a visit to Setubal, a birth place of famous football manager Jose Mourinho and wine district, where famous Setubal wine is produced.
How to get to Cascais?
There is a train, which connects Lisbon (from Cais do Sodré) and Cascais (Cascais linha). The ticket costs about € 2.00 and the journey takes 30 minutes.
How to get to Sintra?
There is a train that connects Lisbon and Sintra. The easiest way is to take train from the Rossio Station to Sintra (Estacao de Rossio - linha Sintra). The ticket costs about € 2.00 and the journey takes 40 minutes.
How to get to Cabo da Roca?
First you have to get to Sintra or Cascais and then change for the bus number 403 SCOTT. The bus runs regularly from Cascais - Sintra (departures approximately every 1 hour 15 minutes) The bus stops in Sintra just outside of the train station (after leaving the platform go to the right, there is tourists information in the hall of the station). In Cascais bus station is located in the basement of the shopping centre (on the right as you leave the train station). The bus trip costs total of about 12 € (separate tickets, Sintra - Cabo da Roca and Cabo da Roca - Cascais).
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