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Lisbon Airport, officially known as “Lisbon Portela Airport,” is Portugal’s largest and busiest airport, with over 22 million people passing through each year.

Lisbon Airport
Lisbon Airport

Because of the continual rise in passenger traffic, the airport has recently been rebuilt and expanded to provide passengers with more services and to support the increased aviation traffic.

To access a variety of key destinations, all major European and intercontinental airlines fly via lisbon airport. The airport serves as the primary hub for TAP Air Portugal, the country’s national airline.

The Airport hit a notable milestone of 29 million passengers in 2018.

The building has two terminals: “Terminal 1” for large international airlines’ international flights and “Terminal 2” for low-cost carriers’ international flights.


Because of Portugal’s neutrality during World War II, both German and Allied planes were permitted to land. As a result of this peculiar condition, the airport became the subject of several espionage legends. The classic film “Casablanca” is based on a true tale about an attempt to flee this airport.
Lisbon Airport first opened to the public on October 15, 1942, with four one-kilometer runways; currently, there are just two runways.
In 2006, work on a new airport in Ota, a tiny town about 50 kilometers outside of Lisbon, began. However, neither this proposal nor a comparable one involving the construction of an airport in Alcochete was ever finished and executed.

TRANSFERS FROM AND TO LISBONA AIRPORT: The airport is about 7 kilometers north of Lisbon, near the hamlet of Portela de Sacavém.
Because of its excellent location, transfers to and from the city center are made easier.

If you decide to take the lisbon airport taxi to city center this opption will cost youu about 20 eurro

Underground from Lisbon Airport to the City Center: The direct line “Aeroporto – Saldanha,” commonly known as the “red-line,” takes only 20 minutes to reach the city center.

The Underground trains operate from 06.30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. every day (including holidays).
A one-way ticket costs 1.50€ and is good for one hour.

Tickets are available for purchase from TVM machines. For individuals who want to utilize the Underground more than once during the day, daily passes are unquestionably the best option.

There are three types of daily tickets available:

• Carris/Metro: this ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows you to travel on any public transportation system in Lisbon. 6.40€ is the price.
• Carris/Metro/Transtejo (Cacilhas): this ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows you to travel on the Carris, Metro, and Transtejo transit systems as many times as you like. The price is €9.50.
• Carris/Metro/CP: This ticket is valid for 24 hours and allows you to take an unlimited number of trips on the Carris, Metro, and CP (Sintra, Cascais, Azambuja, and Sado lines) transit systems. The price is €10.55.
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Another option to save money on public transportation and the city’s key tourist sites is to buy a subscription or a “Tourist card,” such as the ones below:
Rechargeable card “Viva Viagem/7 Colinas”:
It has a starting price of 0.50€ and a one-year validity period.
It may be loaded with single journey fees, daily tickets, or “Zapping” fares (minimum charge 4€, maximum charge 40€) and used on the subway, buses, trams, and funicular trains. It can be purchased at machines placed at any subway station.
It must be verified on each travel.