Arrival in Portugal
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Lisbon is just a few hours (2 to 3 hours) away from most European cities and 6 to 8 hours away from North America . Lisbon’s international airport is only 7 km away from the city centre.
A simple and cheap way of getting from the airport to the city centre is by bus. The AeroBus departs from the airport every 20 minutes (from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm) to the city centre (journey time: 20 minutes) and stops at Cais do Sodré, the railway station.
You can also take the local buses to the city, namely numbers 21, 22, 31, 44, 83, 91, 96, 705, 708 e 745 (from 6.00 am to 9.30 pm) and bus number 208 (from 11.00 pm to 4.00 am). Taxis are available 24-hours a day, the journey time to the city centre lasts 15-30 minutes and costs between 10-15 EUR.
Students who arrive by train will get off at Oriente station or at Santa Apolónia station, just a few minutes away from the old centre of Lisbon. Both stations are connected to the Lisbon subway, so the students can use the subway or the Carris buses.
There is a wide inexpensive network of public transportation in Lisbon, and students can choose between bus, subway, elevators, electric trams or trains, within the city or to the suburbs.
Bus and tram tickets can be purchased at any ticket vendor or directly from the driver. In this case the ticket is more expensive. Subway tickets must be purchased at the subway stations. There are passes for bus/tram/subway trips valid for 30 days, as well as prepaid rechargeable travel cards.
The Zapping card can be used across the different transport networks in the city and outskirts, namely in trains (CP-Comboios de Portugal), boats (Transtejo), buses (Carris) and Lisbon underground (Metro de Lisboa). This rechargeable card can be purchased in all transport operators point of sale and in Payshop Agents. It can be charged with a minimum of 1,50€ and a maximum of 10,00€. The card balance cannot exceed the 15,00€.
The public bus and tram company CARRIS covers almost all the city of Lisbon. Generally, buses and trams run from 6.00 am to 11.00 pm, there are fewer buses after this hour, but the service lasts until 4.00 am. During the weekend transportation services are reduced substantially.
The subway – Metropolitano de Lisboa – is the easiest and fastest way to get around the city and runs from 6.00 am to 1.00 am.