When arriving at Lisbon by plane, you land at Aeroporto Humberto Delgado (LIS), the international airport of Lisbon.
Previously it was called Lisboa Portela, after the district in which it is located, but since 15 May 2016 the official name of the Lisbon airport has been Humberto Delgado Airport, named after the former air force general and politician Humberto Delgado.
If you fly with a low cost carrier such as easyJet or Ryanair, you arrive at terminal 2 and you will be taken to terminal 1 by bus. You can also find your luggage there. If you fly with TAP or BA, you land at Terminal 1.
Good to know for the return flight: if you fly with a low cost carrier, then you also depart from terminal 2. To get to terminal 2, take the shuttle bus that runs between terminal 1 and terminal 2 (10 minutes). This bus can be found outside the departure hall (1st floor) on the left. Don’t forget, the luggage drop-off for flights from terminal 2 is also at the T2 building.
Facilities at the airport
At Lisbon Airport you will of course find many options for tax free shopping, as you would expect from an international airport. Perfume, alcohol and tobacco are the most offered products, but you also find a lot of typical Portuguese stuff such as pottery, cork items and especially a lot of food.
You can use the free Wi-Fi network throughout the airport. Register once with your email address and you are ready to go. The speed is very good and the coverage is excellent.
Are you traveling to Lisbon with children? Lisbon Airport offers a number of facilities for travelers with small children, including children’s toilets (you can find them in both the men’s and the women’s restrooms), more than 10 options for changing your baby and the possibility to borrow a free stroller during your stay at the airport.
Furthermore, at Gate 41 and 44 you will find separate rooms where you can breastfeed your child without being disturbed.
Transport from the airport to the centre
The airport is 7 kilometers from the city, so you can go right to the middle of the city from your airplane seat. But how?
Did you rent a car at the airport, or are you about to? Read more about pick up locations, rental companies and what to inspect in our article Rent a car at Lisbon Airport.
Metropolitano de Lisboa: Lisbon’s Tube
You can get off in the centre of Lisbon within 30 minutes via the metro system. This is the cheapest way to get to the centre. The metro starts at the airport at the linha vermelha (red line). At Alameda you change to the linha verde (green line) that goes to the heart of Lisbon (Rossio | Baixa-Chiado).
Did you miss the metro? Don’t panic! Underground trains depart from the airport every 6-9 minutes (between 06:30 a.m.-01:00 a.m.).
To use public transport in Lisbon, you have to purchase a Viva Viagem card once (0.50 cent). You can recharge this card. Note that you buy 1 card per person, so the card can not be used by more than one person. For € 1.40 the metro will take you to the city centre.
The city buses 705, 722, 744, 783 and 208 (night bus) run between the airport and the city centre. The city bus is an option if you do not have too much luggage with you. If you have a suitcase that’s fairly heavy, take one of the other options to get into town. The city buses can be very crowded with locals and there is no place for you and your suitcase. In fact, the bus driver will refer you to another option if you have a big suitcase with you.
A ticket on the bus costs about € 1.80, but you can also travel with the Viva Viagem card.
There are 2 aerobuses:
Line 1 to the Cais do Sodré – train station within walking distance to the centre.
Line 2 to Saldanha – the financial district of the city.
Line 1 departure every week during weekdays between 07:00 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. and on weekends and public holidays every 25 minutes between 07:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Line 2 leaves every 40 minutes every day between 08:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. From 8:00 p.m. the bus runs every 60 minutes.
A ticket for both lines costs you € 3.50, children (4-10 years) are € 2.00. If you buy the tickets online, you’re off cheaper. Check here for current offers and departure times.
Within 30 minutes you can be driven to Rossio by a taxi. You pay around € 17, – for this. The ride usually costs you around € 10- € 20 euros, € 1.20 extra per case / bag. It is cheaper to call for a taxi at the departure hall (1st floor) than at the arrival hall. Also in Portugal it is wise to make a price agreement with the driver.
Forgot you postcard!?
Have you forgotten to put your postcard on the post and you are already walking to the gate to fly back home. Do not panic! Opposite the McDonalds at the food court is a mailbox.
Location of Humberto Delgado airport
Officiele site: http://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/en/lis/home