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Lisbon (Lisboa) offers all the delights that one expect from Portugal's star destination. Thus travelling in the beautiful tourist city becomes a memorable journey with Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries, quaint museums and colourful cityscape. The city also has many nearby locations to visit, namely Loures, Odivelas, Amadora and Oeiras.

Travelling by metro, train, trams, taxis, and buses needs prior research and careful planning to avoid last-minute disappointment.

Get in

By air

Lisbon airport is an important hub in Europe. Many airlines have direct flights to Lisbon from South America, Europe, North America and Africa. Lisbon airport is only 6km away from the city centre and has two terminals. There are excellent public transportation facilities to and from the airport to every point of the city.

By boat

Port of Lisbon is a major port for cargo and cruise traffic. Several cruise lines dock in Lisbon port. The three cruise terminals are Alcantara Cruise Terminal, Santa Apolónia Cruise Terminal, Jardim do Tabaco Quay.

By train

Portugal can be reached by train from Europe. There are two international trains, namely Sud Express, an overnight train and Lusitania, a daily train from Madrid, Spain.

Get around

By Bus

The cheapest and common way to get around the city is by bus. The bus services of Lisbon are efficient, quick and clean. You can get a 24-hour pass that can be used on buses, trams and subways.

By Tram

The tram network has been serving the city since 1973. Many tram lines run throughout the city and surrounding area.

By Metro

The Lisbon Metro opened in 1959, connects the city centre and many districts, suburbs of Lisbon.

By Taxi/Car

Getting around by taxi or car is a bit expensive. Most drivers can understand and speak English.


It is always beneficial to learn some of the words, phrases of the local language. Portuguese being the national language of Lisbon, here are few common Portuguese phrases that might help you while in Lisbon.

  1. Hi - Olá
  2. Yes / No - Sim / Nao
  3. Good day - Bom dia
  4. Good evening - Boa tarde
  5. Please / Thank you - Por favor / Obrigado
  6. Where are you from? - De onde é?
  7. Is there a free table? - Voces tem uma mesa livre?
  8. Can we have our breakfast? - Podemos tomar o café da manha?
  9. My name is... - Chamo-me...
  10. I am English - Sou inglesa

Emergency Numbers

  1. National Emergency Number: 112
  2. Police, Ambulance, Fire: 112