Lisbon as the capital and largest city of Portugal is one of the most attractive travel destinations in Europe. Not to mention, it is also recognized as a leading city in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism, making it one of the major economic centers of the continent. Consequently, if you are to tour around the city you can’t get away with the hassle and bustle of Lisbon’s busy streets. Here’s a guide to Lisbon transportation and popular tourist’s stops to help you get the most out of your visit.
First you have to reach the city through Lisbon Portela Airport. It is an international airport located north of Castle of São Jorge. It is mainly an international gateway to Portugal and major European points. It serves about 13 million passengers per year. No wonder Lisbon became Southern Europe’s seventh most-visited city.
Lisbon has buses, trains, and car rentals ready to take you anywhere you want to go. These modes of transportations cater to your specific need for a ride and your budget. If you want to see the city through hopping on and hopping off from one place to another, taking a bus is a cheap and ideal option for you. When you want to save on your way to the city center from the airport you can take your ride with an Aero Bus at only 3.50 Euro compared to a taxi that will cost you 10 Euro. This buses leave from the Oriente Train Station every 20 or 30 minutes from 7:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the afternoon passing through most of the 4 and 5 star hotels of Lisbon. Or, if you may, you can take as well Aero-bus 91 that departs every 20 minutes with tickets to cost 3.50 Euro which are valid on all public transportation lines except for metro for one day. These buses go along Avenida da Liberdade then through Restauradores Square and into Baixa. Other buses stop in Prace do Comercio for those who have to catch the boat that connects to train to Algarve, or in Cais do Sodre for a train to Estroril e Cascais, or in Rossio for a train to Sintra. If you wanted to be every where in Lisbon you got subways and buses.
Your access to the main cities comes by so fast and easy with Lisbon’s motorway network and high-speed rail, the Alfa Pendular. Picking up a train in your travel to the city is an experience worth its own of ease and joy through the scenic coastal railway down to Estoril and Cascais, or through the royal park of Sintra and its palaces, while feeling around this sunniest side of Europe.
And if you’re in a hurry to get to your destination, the city also offers Car Rental. Going for it puts you out to a number of choices which depends to the purpose you have in hiring a car. You can choose from mini, compact, automatic, people carrier (executive), SUV, minivan, economic, executive or premium, 4 x 4, or special, which are all available from the airport to any destination.