Getting to and around Lisbon

Getting to Lisbon

Lisbon is the main city of Portugal, situated right in the centre of the country in the northern margin of the river Tagus. Its International airport is at 15 minutes from the city centre and from all the main hotels. Major European Airlines, as well as some North America Airlines, operate direct daily flights to Lisbon, from the most important European Capitals and North America. For delegates making intercontinental flights, the best connecting hubs in Europe are Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, Madrid or London.

By Air

Lisboa International Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport - LIS) is located  7 km from the city centre. The Portuguese airline TAP – Air Portugal, as well as major international airlines, fly to and from Lisboa. View the list of airlines that fly to Lisboa.

By Rail

Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisboa every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city has also the Gare do Oriente, which opened in 1998 adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre.

By Road

Arriving in Lisboa by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway. the 25th April Bridge, the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisboa region.

By Sea

The Port of Lisboa is the busiest port on the European Atlantic coast. It has three terminals for cruise ships: the Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and the Santa Apolónia terminals. Lisboa is often a port of call for many cruise ships (coming from many different places). Furthermore, the city also has marinas for pleasure boats in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso. Alcântara and, most recently, the Olivais Docks.

Getting around in Lisbon

There is a wide inexpensive network in all towns and cities. In Lisboa, city of the seven hills, you can choose between bus, underground metro, elevators, and electric trams, within the city or to the suburbs. Trains and express bus service also links the main towns of the country.

From the Airport

Once landed at Lisbon’s Airport, a scheduled bus is operating regular transfers between the Airport and the city centre. Catching a taxi is easy and from Lisbon’s airport to the city centre it will cost approximately € 15-20.


Uber is well-functioning in Lisbon. Download the app to get around:

Public Transportation

The nearest Metro station to the Nova University Campolide campus is Praça de Espanha station on the blue line.
View the Metro map

Detailed information regarding public transportation is available at the links below.

The 7 Colinas and Viva Viagem cards (€0.50) are rechargeable magnetic travel cards and the cheapest way to get around Lisbon. You can buy this travel card in any metro station, newspaper stand or Carris’ points of sale and top it up. You can charge your 7 Colinas card with various types of transport tickets depending on what means of transport you’ll use in Lisbon. It is recommended to get the option that is valid for Carris (trams, buses and funiculars) and Metro, 1-day travel card (€6.30). If you plan to walk everywhere a single ticket with the 7 Colinas card for Carris and Metro costs €1.45.

Bikes and Scooters

Traffic, trams, hills, cobbles and disgruntled drivers make cycling a challenging prospect. However, there are pleasant rides along the riverside towards Belem and Algès and around the Parque das Nacões area. Gira is the city's bike-sharing scheme, with stations around the city, and a variety of electric bikes and scooters are available and can be unlocked throughout the city of Lisbon.

  • Jump by Uber: Reserve your electric bike with the same Uber app you sue to call a car (
    Lime Your Ride Anytime with the electric scooter and bike sharing Lime app (
  • Bird with an electric scooter. Find and unlock a Bird near you with the Bird app (
  • GIRA Bicicletas de Lisboa: ride a city bike with the GIRA app  (