Lisbon Airport

Departures terminal of Lisbon Airport
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Lisbon airport metro station
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Lisbon Airport from the air
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Lisbon Portela International Airport

Lisbon's international airport is located in the north eastern suburbs, around 7km (4 miles) from the city centre. It is actually within walking distance of some of the city's attractions, if not the downtown district itself - something that can't be said about many other major airports. The airport opened in 1942, during World War II in which Portugal was neutral. Since then it has been upgraded many times and now has two runways and two terminals through which nearly 20 million people pass each year. Portela is now not only Portugal's main international gateway but a major European hub. The airport is run by ANA (Aeroportos de Portugal), which is a wholly owned by the Portuguese government. The name Portela is comes from the area of Lisbon in which the airport is located. However, there are currently discussions on changing the name to Humberto Delgado Airport in honour of the socialist politician who was assassinated by secret police in 1965.


As you would expect from a modern airport there are plenty of facilities on site. There is a new food hall containing a range of restaurants and cafes selling both Portuguese and fast food. Along with the expected duty free offerings there are few shops where you can grab a last minute souvenir or something for the flight.

Getting to and from Lisbon Airport

There are a number of options for getting from the airport to Lisbon city centre. Perhaps the easiest (and most expensive) is by taxi, There are no shortage of taxis running this well trodden route and it shouldn't cost you much more than €15 or take longer than 15 minutes most times of day. The next best alternative is via Lisbon's excellent metro / underground service. There is a relatively new metro station which runs direct to all the city's main stops in a matter of minutes. If you are on a budget then a bus is the way to go. There are a range of bus routes which stop at the airport (No. 5, 8, 22, 44, 45, 83, 91) which charge less than a couple of euros to get to most parts of the city. There is also the Aerobus which links the airport with Cais do Sodre on the seafront. From here you can catch a train out to Estoril or Cascais. An easier alternative if you are heading along the coast towards Cascais is the Scotturb shuttle bus which leave around every 40 minutes. These only cost a few euros and also go to Mafra and Ericeira. There are two cycle paths connecting the roundabout outside the airport to the city's 70 km cycle infrastructure network.One heads to the university campus, via Alvalade, Campo Grande and Entrecampos whilst the other heads east towards Olivais and Parque das Nações Expo 98 site.


IATA code: LIS / ICAO code: LPPT

Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas 1700-111 Lisbon Portugal


Phone: +351 1 218413500 +351 1 218413886

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