Are you landing in Lisbon on your way to visit portugal? Find out about the ways to transfer from Humberto Delgado airport to downtown Lisbon!
Lisbon airport is the leading international and domestic airport in Portugal, and serves over 20 million passengers per year. The airport being located only seven kilometres from Lisbon’s city centre, transferring from Humberto Delgado airport to Lisbon couldn’t be easier: it almost feels like landing the city centre. It will only take 20 to 40 minutes to reach the city centre of Lisbon. As is often the case when one arrives in a new city, the frenzy of taxis and buses is often confusing, making it difficult for the newcomer to choose the right mode of transport. I personally prefer the airport shuttle bus, as it is often the cheapest mode of transfer. Here is how to get to the city centre and vice versa, how to transfer from Lisbon to Humberto Delgado airport.
Lisbon airport shuttle transfer
Buses no 44 and no 83 service passengers from Lisbon airport to the city centre and vice versa. This is the most economical solution. If you’re worried about finding the right bus at the right stop and you can’t speak a word of Portuguese, aim for the yellow “Aerobus” buses, the special Airport/city centre shuttle, with a departure every twenty minutes and a fare of €3.60. The last stop is located in Cais do Sodré, not far from the Praça do Comercio (Commerce Square), in the heart of the city centre (Chiado/Baixa quarter). The service hours extend from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Note that from 7:00 p.m. onwards, there is only one shuttle departing every 25 minutes.
Transfer by metro
The red line of the Lisbon Metro was extended in 2012, thus enabling the service between the airport and downtown Lisbon. The Metro is an easy option: there’s only one Metro line at the airport and you can’t go wrong, it’s the end of the line. To get from the city centre to the airport and catch your return flight, look for the “Aeroporto” station on the Lisbon public transport map. The journey takes 40 minutes (with a change at “Alameda” station). The Metro runs from 6.30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. This is an excellent way to make your transfer to and from Lisbon at your convenience.
On the other hand, the metro is used by 550,000 people a day on all four lines: you might as well avoid the Metro’s lengthy and possibly crowded corridors if you arrive at rush hour. To access the metro, you must first buy a magnetic pass (cost: €0.50), which you can reload at the stations’ ticket machines with the desired amount (€3, €5, €10, €15, €20, €25, €30, €35 or €40). The one-way fare to the city centre is €1.45. The advantage of this pass is that it also works on Lisbon buses and trams. Please note that the Lisboa Card includes free unlimited transport by bus, metro, tram and lifts, the Santa Justa lift.
If you prefer a more comfortable way to reach your hotel, hail a taxi (only the black, green or beige taxis). Aim for the vehicles featuring a “Taxi Lisboa” light sign. The cost of the journey will be at least €18 to €20 (don’t forget to check that the meter is ). Several taxi companies offer to book your seat online: Taxi Leader, Hoppa… In this case, a driver will be waiting for you on your arrival at the airport. Taxis are parked right in front of the airport exit, right next to the buses. Rates will vary between €12 and €20 depending on your exact destination.