Portugal's main city combines beauty, tradition and a great sense of fun without missing a beat. Located on steep slopes above the Rio Tejo where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is famous for friendly cafe culture and the bustling city life of Rossio square. Take in the Gothic splendor of Jeronimos Cathedral, wander the pretty narrow streets or enjoy amazing views from the top of the Cristo Rei statue. Lisbon has shopping dining and entertainment to satisfy the most jaded palate and boasts Europe's longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama.
Once the gateway to Lisbon for those docking in the city’s grandiose port, this square’s sheer size, ornate decor and riveting history is a perfect place to start uncovering Lisbon’s history.
Lisbon’s old town is perfect for getting lost; meandering through its colorful streets masked with azulejos tiles is an experience no visitor can miss!
Europe’s largest indoor aquarium boasts a collection of marine species from four oceans and features the rare Ocean Sunfish which is housed in only a handful of aquariums around the world.
Flying is the best way to travel to Lisbon from most parts of Europe. There are trains to the city from Spain and the French border and bus services from other parts of Portugal.
Travel to Lisbon on regular flights from major European cities, the US, South America or Africa. Flights arrive at Aeroporto de Portela (LIS) which is the hub for TAP Portugal. Airlines travelling to Lisbon include KLM, US Airways, British Airways, EasyJet and Finnair. Most international flights land at Terminal 1 although EasyJet and Ryanair use Terminal 2. Taxis are considered expensive but there are regular Aerobus, bus and metro services to the city centre.
The Sud Express departs from Irun on the France/Spain border each night and stops at Oriente station on the outskirts of the city and then Santa Apolonia station in the city centre. The overnight service from Madrid also stops at both stations. Apolonia is close to Metro, electrico (tram) and bus stops.
Although there are local services connecting Lisbon with the rest of Portugal and some parts of Spain, bus isn't considered a viable way to travel to Lisbon from further afield.