TRAVELLING TO PORTUGAL
Lisbon Airport is one of the largest and best equipped airports in Western Europe. There are a number of airlines serving the airport with flights to most major European cities.
From the airport to the city centre
The airport is located just outside the city centre, making transfers to/from the airport incredibly easy.
- Public Transportion: All public transportation options are available on the website of the airport. The Airport Metro Station – “Aeroporto” (red line) - operates from 06:30 to 01:00 h.The congress is accessible through metro Yellow line at ‘Cidade Universitária’ stop.
- Taxi: a line up of taxis is available just outside the airport; the trip will last approximately 15-20 minutes and the average cost is between 10-15 €.
- Uber: is available in Lisbon since July 2014. From any location in the city Uber connects you to licensed drivers, driving high quality vehicles that will get you where you need.
Portugal has a good road network composed of Motorways (AE), Main Trunk Routes (IP), Complementary Trunk Routes (IC), Main (National) Roads (EN) and Secondary (Municipal) Roads.
There are two types of motorways:
- the traditional motorways with toll booths, where payment is made either in cash or by bank card. These motorways also have a Via Verde (green channel), which is an electronic toll system that allows drivers to make the payment by bank debit and is intended for use solely by those who have an electronic device identifying their vehicle, which they have previously acquired at one of the respective sales outlets.
- and motorways that have an exclusively electronic toll system, where tolls are collected by exclusively electronic means. As vehicles pass through the toll gates, they are picked up by electronic detectors placed at the entry to the channels, which are identified with the words “Electronic toll only”. For information about the roads covered by this system and the respective forms of payment, consult www.tollcard.pt.
There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities.
To rent a car you must:
- be at least between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the company’s rental policy
- show identification (identity card for EU citizens or a valid passport for other nationalities)
- have had a driving licence for more than one year
You can get to Portugal by coach. Eurolines (www.eurolines.fr) and Intercentro (www.internorte.pt) both operate international routes to and from Portugal.
There are regular coach services between Portugal’s main towns and cities. For details of routes, timetables and fares visit www.rede-expressos.pt the website of Rede Nacional de Expressos.
CP - Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt), the Portuguese railway company, offers a vast rail network covering the whole of mainland Portugal and also offers international train services to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.