Transfer from Lisbon airport to the center

Aerobus, transfert aéroport Lisbonne

Landing in Lisbon to visit Portugal? Here’s how to get to downtown Lisbon with a transfer from Humberto Delgado airport!

Lisbon Airport is Portugal’s leading international and domestic airport, handling almost 20 million passengers a year. Located just seven kilometers from downtown Lisbon, transferring between Humberto Delgado airport and Lisbon couldn’t be easier. You land very close to the city center.

Depending on the type of transport you choose, it will only take between 20 and 40 minutes to reach downtown Lisbon. But between shuttle buses, cabs and private drivers, it’s hard to know which to choose. The « Aerobus » airport shuttle is the most economical way to get to Lisbon. We explain all the ways you can transfer to and from Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport.

1. The easy way: the Aérobus shuttle

The yellow and green « Aerobus » buses are the easiest way to get to central Lisbon from the airport. The Aerobus is a special shuttle that departs every 20 minutes, from 8am to 9pm, for a ticket costing €3.60.

Aerobus line 1 serves 9 stations between Lisbon airport and Rossio. There is a departure every 20 minutes from 8am to 9pm. The average journey time between Lisbon airport and the city center is 30 to 35 minutes.

Ligne 1 de l'Aerobus, aéroport de Lisbonne

Aerobus line 2 serves 10 stations between the airport and Cais de Sodré. Departures are scheduled every 20 minutes from 8.10am to 9.10pm. The average journey time between Lisbon airport and Cais de Sodré is around 30 to 35 minutes.

Ligne 2 de l'Aerobus, aéroport de Lisbonne

Aerobus line 3 is a direct route between the airport and Sete Rios station, Lisbon’s main train station. It departs every hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to Sete Rios) and from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. to the airport. The average journey time is 25 minutes.

Ligne 3 de l'Aerobus, aéroport de Lisbonne

There are three types of ticket for the Aerobus:

  • One-way ticket (€3.60): valid for one trip on one of the 3 Aérobus lines.
  • Return ticket (€5.40): valid for one round trip to/from the airport on one of the three Aérobus lines. The return ticket can be used up to 120 days after the first use.
  • 48h Pass ticket (€7.20): valid for 48h on the 3 Aérobus lines

2. The cheapest: metro transfer

The red line of the Lisbon metro was extended in 2012, making it possible to transfer from the airport to Lisbon by metro (and vice-versa). It’s easy: there’s only one line to the airport, and you can’t go wrong – we’re at the terminus. To get from the city center to the airport, look for the « Aéroporto » station on Lisbon’s public transport map and allow 40 minutes (with a change at « Alameda »). Metro trains run from 6.30am to 1am. It’s a great way to get around Lisbon airport on your own.

Carte et Plan du Métro de Lisbonne

Cheaper than private airport shuttles, the metro is used every day by the people of Lisbon. This means that if you arrive at rush hour, the metro corridors are likely to be congested.

To use the metro, you first need to buy a magnetic pass (cost: €0.50), which you can top up at station ticket machines according to the amount you require (€3, €5, €10, €15, €20, €25, €30, €35 or €40). One-way travel to the city center costs €1.45. The advantage of this pass is that it also works on Lisbon’s buses and streetcars.

Note that the metro is free if you book , which includes unlimited free bus, metro, streetcar and elevator travel, including theSanta Justa elevator.

3. Most comfortable: private shuttle transfer

Between the shared shuttle and the cab, there’s the private shuttle. This is a generally luxurious car that you can book in advance for a group or on your own if you want to be on your own. If you book your private shuttle in advance, your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in central Lisbon.

4. Fastest: cab transfer

Taxi Lisbonne

Cabs are the easiest and most comfortable way to reach your hotel or apartment rental in central Lisbon. Take a cab with an illuminated « Taxi Lisboa » sign. The fare will be at least €18 to €20 (make sure the meter is running – it’s the law).

All fares are calculated using a meter, which must be switched on. Make sure your driver turns on the meter when you get into the cab, as fares charged otherwise are more expensive. Fares are displayed inside cabs. The fare is €0.47/km, with a minimum of €3.25. At night (from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.), fares are 20% more expensive.

Book your Lisbon airport cab with TaxiTender. It’s an online booking platform for reliable and affordable airport transfers. No stress, your driver will meet you at the airport, all fares are included and cancellation is free. If you’ve booked an early morning flight to Lisbon airport, or simply prefer to take a cab to the airport, this platform is ideal for the purpose.

5. The alternative: rent a car at Lisbon airport

Are you visiting Lisbon for several days and want to discover the region or even the whole of Portugal? Renting a car directly from Lisbon airport can be a good solution. All you need to do is reserve your vehicle in advance ( Rentalcars is the reference). All you have to do is go to the rental counter and collect your car.