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Lisbon Travel Guide

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When to go

Spring (April – June)
Temperatures: 11°C to 22°C | 57°F to 72°F
Weather: Mild and pleasant, occasional rain

Summer (June – August)
Temperatures: 18°C to 28°C | 64°F to 82°F
Weather: Hot and sunny, occasional heatwaves

Autumn (September – November)
Temperatures: 15°C to 23°C | 59°F to 73°F
Weather: Mild and pleasant, occasional rain and wind

Winter (December to February)
Temperatures: 4°C to 18°C | 48°F to 59°F
Weather: Cool and damp, occasional rain and wind

High Season
July & August
Christmas, New Year and Easter

Shoulder Season
April-June & September-October

Low Season
Nov-Mar

Airplane Tickets
Cheapest on January and expensive in July or August

1 Jan New Year’s Day
15 Apr Good Friday
17 Apr Easter Sunday
25 Apr Freedom Day
1 May Workers’ Day
10 Jun Portugal Day
16 Jun Corpus Christi
15 Aug Assumption Day
5 Oct Portugal’s Republic Day
1 Nov All Saints’ Day
1 Dec Restoration of Independence
8 Dec Immaculate Conception
25 Dec Christmas Day

January
Key events: New Year’s Markets, Winter Sale season

February
Key events: Valentine’s Day

March
Key events: Moda Lisboa (Fashion show) , Monstra (Lisbon Animation Festival)

April
Key events: Indie Lisboa Film Festival

May
Key events:

June
Key events: Popular Saints’ Festivals (Festas dos Santos populares), Saint Anthony’s Day (Patron Saint of Lisbon, June 13)

July
Key events: Lisbon Book Fair

August
Key events:

September
Key events:

October
Key events: French Film Festival, DocLisboa

November
Key events: Web Summit

December
Key events: Comic-Con Portugal

Moving Around

Subway (Metro)
Airport -> São Sebastião station (Red Line) -> Santa Apolónia station (Blue Line) One-way €1.80, daily pass €6.80
Airport -> Alameda station (Red Line) -> Cais do Sodré station (Green Line) One-way €1.80, daily pass €6.80

Taxi or private Transfer
Taxi fare costs around 20€-25€

Taxi fare is regulated but taxi driver may try longer routes
Private Transfer is cheaper for multiple passengers

  • Downtown attractions (Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama) are within walking distance
  • The attractions of the Belém district are within walking distance from each other
  • The 28 streetcar, the bica funicular and the santa justa elevator are icons of Lisbon (watch out for pickpockets)
  • The classic way to go to São Jorge Castle or the Sé Cathedral is to take tram 28
  • Fastest and cheapest way to get around Lisbon
  • The stations are signaled with an Red M sign
  • Operation time: 6:30 am to 1:00 am
  • There are 4 lines (red, blue, green and yellow) interconnected with each other and with other transport (bus, train and ferry)
  • Bus network is extensive
  • Donwton operation time: usually from 5:30 am to 1:00 am
  • Round-trip tickets can be purchased on board
  • Multitrip tickets were replaced by Viva Viagem electronic card
  • Recharche Viva Viagem card at kiosks & vending machines

Hop-on hop-off bus

  • Yellow Bus 24H from 22€
  • City Sightseeing 24H from 22€
  • Taxis in Lisbon are relatively cheap comparing with other european capitals
  • Taxi with green light on top means it’s available
  • Taxi urban fare (regular): €3.25 + €0.47 per km
  • Taxi urban fare (night, saturday, sunday, holidays): €3.90 + €0.56 per km
  • Uber is also available at Lisbon

Only justified to move outside the metropolitan area (but not to go to Porto city)

Driving Rules
  • Drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers (front and back)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited
  • You should always carry a red warning triangle and the fluorescent waistcoats

Learn before you go

Electricity
  • Plugs have two or three round prongs
  • Power sockets are type F
  • Standard voltage is 230V & 50 Hz
Driving Rules
  • Drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers (front and back)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited
  • You should always carry a red warning triangle and the fluorescent waistcoats
Speed Limits

Motorway: 120 Km/h (75 mph)
Dual carriageway: 110 Km/h (65 mph)
National roads: 90 Km/h (55 mph)
Urban areas: 50 Km/h (30 mph)

Opening times

Shops
Monday-Saturday (9am – 1pm & 3pm – 7pm)
Supermarkets
Monday-Saturday (9am – 11pm)
Post offices
Monday-Friday (8.30am -5pm)
Pharmacies
Monday-Friday (8.30am – 7.300pm)
Banks
Monday-Friday (8am – 4pm)

Entry requirements
  • Portugal is a Schengen area country
  • Passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area
  • Two pages required for entry stamp
  • Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period
  • You may be asked for proof of sufficient funds and/or a return plane ticket
  • Exchange restrictions on entry or exit set at 10,000 euros or equivalent
Where to go in Portugal

Long Weekend
Discover one city: Lisbon or Porto

One Week options
Lisbon + Cascais and Sintra day trip + Évora or Óbidos day trip

Porto + Douro Valley day trip + Gerês day trip

Algarve > For Sun & Beach
Azores > For pure nature

Getting there by plain

Humberto Delgado Airport
Locally also known as Portela airport
7 kilometers away from the city

Domestic flights

  • Direct flights from Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada (Azores) & Funchal (Madeira)

International flights

  • Direct from most EU capitals, including London, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Madrid or Paris

Direct Flights

From UK
London Gatwick: EasyJet & TAP
London Heathrow: British Airways & TAP

From Ireland
Dublin:Aer Lingus, Ryanair & TAP

From Canada:
Montreal & Toronto: Air Canada, Air Transat & TAP

From USA:
Boston, New York City (JFK): Delta & TAP
New York (EWR), Washington: United & TAP
Chicago, Miami, San Francisco: TAP

Getting there by cruise

  • Cruise ships arrive at Lisbon Cruise Port (2 terminals)
  • Distance to city centre: 1 km (15 min. walk)
  • The terminal is next to Santa Apolónia station (train and subway)
  • Buses to city centre (728, 735)

Subway (Metro)
Airport -> São Sebastião station (Red Line) -> Santa Apolónia station (Blue Line) One-way €1.80, daily pass €6.80
Airport -> Alameda station (Red Line) -> Cais do Sodré station (Green Line) One-way €1.80, daily pass €6.80

Taxi or private Transfer
Taxi fare costs around 20€-25€

Taxi fare is regulated but taxi driver may try longer routes
Private Transfer is cheaper for multiple passengers

  • Downtown attractions (Chiado, Bairro Alto, Alfama) are within walking distance
  • The attractions of the Belém district are within walking distance from each other
  • The 28 streetcar, the bica funicular and the santa justa elevator are icons of Lisbon (watch out for pickpockets)
  • The classic way to go to São Jorge Castle or the Sé Cathedral is to take tram 28
  • Fastest and cheapest way to get around Lisbon
  • The stations are signaled with an Red M sign
  • Operation time: 6:30 am to 1:00 am
  • There are 4 lines (red, blue, green and yellow) interconnected with each other and with other transport (bus, train and ferry)
  • Bus network is extensive
  • Donwton operation time: usually from 5:30 am to 1:00 am
  • Round-trip tickets can be purchased on board
  • Multitrip tickets were replaced by Viva Viagem electronic card
  • Recharche Viva Viagem card at kiosks & vending machines

Hop-on hop-off bus

  • Yellow Bus 24H from 22€
  • City Sightseeing 24H from 22€
  • Taxis in Lisbon are relatively cheap comparing with other european capitals
  • Taxi with green light on top means it’s available
  • Taxi urban fare (regular): €3.25 + €0.47 per km
  • Taxi urban fare (night, saturday, sunday, holidays): €3.90 + €0.56 per km
  • Uber is also available at Lisbon

Only justified to move outside the metropolitan area (but not to go to Porto city)

Driving Rules
  • Drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers (front and back)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited
  • You should always carry a red warning triangle and the fluorescent waistcoats
General conduct
  • Smoking indoor spaces & transports > Prohibited
  • Dinner Guest > Bring small gift (E.g. wine bottle)
  • Pointing at someone > Impolite
  • Late for a dinner reservation > call ahead
  • Photo ban > Usually signed
  • Churches during ceremonies > Don’t visit. If you do enter, stand in the back by the door and do not take pictures
Tipping
  • Usualy not automatic or included in the bill
  • Taxi drivers are rarely tipped (you may round to euro)
Some phrases

Good day– Bom dia (bohn dee-ah)
Goodbye – Adeus
Please – Por favor (poor fah-vor)
Thank you – Obrigado (oo-bree-gah-doo)
Do you speak English? – Fala inglês?
I don’t understand – Não percebo

Greetings

  • Olá (oh-lah) – Hello
  • Bom dia (bohm dee-ah) – Good morning
  • Boa tarde (boh-ah tahr-deh) – Good afternoon
  • Boa noite (boh-ah noy-teh) – Good evening/night
  • Adeus (ah-day-oos) – Goodbye

Polite phrases

  • Por favor (pohr fah-vor) – Please
  • Obrigado/a (ohr-ee-gah-doo/ah) – Thank you
  • De nada (deh nah-dah) – You’re welcome
  • Com licença (kohm lee-sehn-tsah) – Excuse me

Basic questions

  • Como está? (koh-moh eh-shtah) – How are you?
  • Tudo bem? (too-doo behn) – Everything is ok?
  • Onde fica…? (ohn-deh fee-kah…) – Where is…?
  • Quanto custa…? (kohn-too koo-shta…) – How much is…?
  • Você fala inglês? (voo-seh fah-lah een-glay-shuh?) – Do you speak English?

Other useful phrases

  • Eu não falo português (eh-oo ohn-oh fah-loh pohr-too-geez) – I don’t speak Portuguese
  • Desculpe (dehs-kool-peh) – Sorry
  • A conta, por favor (ah kohn-tah, pohr fah-vor) – The bill, please
  • Tenha um bom dia (teh-nhah oom bohm dee-ah) – Have a good day
  • Até logo (ah-teh loh-goh) – See you later

3 Days Itinerary

Sonár Lisbon: March 31, April 1 and 2
Indie Lisboa Film Festival: April
Sumol Summer Fest (Costa da Caparica): June 30, July 1
Lisbon Book Fair: July
Nos Alive: July 6, 7, 8
Super Bock Super Rock (Sesimbra): July 13, 14, 15
EDP Cool Jazz (Cascais): July 8 – 29
Jazz em Agosto (Gulbenkian Gardens): July 27 – August 6
Operafest Lisboa (Jardim Museu Arte Antiga): August 18 – September 9
MEO kalorama: August 31 – September 2
French Film Festival: October
DocLisboa: October
Misty Fest: November 20
Web Summit: November
Comic-Con Portugal: December

January
Key events: New Year’s Markets, Winter Sale season

February
Key events: Valentine’s Day

March
Key events: Moda Lisboa (Fashion show) , Monstra (Lisbon Animation Festival)

April
Key events: Indie Lisboa Film Festival

May
Key events:

June
Key events: Popular Saints’ Festivals (Festas dos Santos populares), Saint Anthony’s Day (Patron Saint of Lisbon, June 13)

July
Key events: Lisbon Book Fair

August
Key events:

September
Key events:

October
Key events: French Film Festival, DocLisboa

November
Key events: Web Summit

December
Key events: Comic-Con Portugal