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Lisbon’s airport is located just over 4 miles or 7 km from the city centre and offers plenty of public transport and car hire options for passengers travelling in and out of the Portuguese capital’s airport.h3>Getting to the airport by Train
The airport has its own metro train station and passengers from Lisbon city centre should take the Red Line trains. It is possible to travel by mainline train from Gare do Oriente, the main train station in Lisbon, to the stop of Parque das Nações interface (north/south) and from there to the airport.
The main Red Line stops are at the new stations Mascavide, Encarnação and the airport, but the Red Line also covers the commuter district of Olivais, where around 7% of Lisbon’s inhabitants live and the main train station Oriente. From the Saldanha stop in the administrative centre of the city it takes 16 minutes to reach the airport, stopping first at Olaias, then Bela Vista, Chelas, Olivais, Cabo Ruivo, Oriente, Moscavide and Encarnação, before finally reaching the airport.
Regular bus connections run between Oriente train station and the airport at 30 minute intervals via Aerobus Line 2 between the hours of 7.30 am and 10.00 pm every day.
Aerobus offers three lines for travelling from the city to the airport. Line 1 starts at Cais do Sodré and starts the service at 7.45 am and finishes at 10.30 pm on workdays. On weekends and on Public Holidays the service starts at 7.30 am and finishes at 10.30 pm. During the hours of 7.30/7.45 am and 8.59 pm the Line 1 buses leave at 20 minute intervals. From 9.00 pm until 10.30 pm they depart at 30 minute intervals.
Aerobus Line 3 starts at Av. José Malhoa Sul at 8.15 am every day and finishes service at 9.15 pm, departing at 30 minute intervals throughout that time.
Bus tickets cost EUR 3.50 per adult and EUR 2.00 per child aged 4 to 10 years of age. Tickets can be bought on the bus from the driver or, if bought at the airport, can be purchased from the Lisbon Tourism counters located in the arrivals hall.
Carris Coaches lines 705, 722, 744 and 783 all cover the airport at various days of the week. Line 705 starts from the Oriente train station and runs only on weekdays. Line 744 starts at Marquês Pompal and runs every day between that station, the airport and Moscavide. It’s a perfect way to get a first impression of the city, as this line runs past some of the main avenues in the city centre and finally stops in the Old Town centre.
Tickets for these services cost EUR 1.75 per person and can be purchased from the driver on the coach. It is important to note that these coach services only allow small pieces of hand luggage on the coach. Passengers with large suitcases should travel via Aerobus services.
Carris buses also start their journey at the main metro stations of Roma and Areeriro, from where the Grey Line trains travel via Benefica to Sintra.
The A2 and A12 motorways provide easy access to the airport, as they connect with the E1 access road. Drivers leaving the airport in a rental car should head to the Avenida Cicade do Porto and from take the Rotunda do Aeroporto to gain access to the Avenia do Brasil, which leads into the city centre and, obviously, this route can also be taken on the return journey in reverse order.
Car hire companies with rental desks at the airport include Auto-Jardim, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin and Hertz. At the time of making a booking, customers will be told where in the airport compound they need to return their rental car to at the end of the car hire period.
Taxis are available in the city centre from outside large hotels, Oriente train station and major metro train stations. A typical taxi journey won’t take much more than 15 minutes and costs between EUR 10.00 to EUR 15.00 for a one-way journey.