One of the best things about Lisbon is its excellent transport links. Just a short flight away (1-3 hours) from most European cities, Lisbon is also easily accessible by road, railway or sea with an airport located close to the city centre.
The Lisboa International Airport is centrally located with just a 15-minute transfer from the city centre (7 km) and 30-45 minutes from Cascais or Sintra. It is served by all major airlines with daily nonstop connections to all major destinations in Europe, the US, South America and Africa (more than 50 altogether).
The Lisboa International Airport has recently opened new flights to China, and a second international airport is about to begin construction.
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisboa every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, The Gare do Oriente, a major train station located in eastern Lisbon, provides travel connections to the whole of Portugal. The ultra-modern complex, which opened in 1998, is a tourist attraction in its own right adjacent to the Nations Park. Both stations have direct bus and metro connections to the city centre.
The Port of Lisboa is the busiest port of call on the European Atlantic coast. It features three terminals for cruise ships in the Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d’Óbidos and Santa Apolónia. Furthermore, the city has marinas for pleasure boats in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso, Alcântara and Olivais.
The city boasts an excellent road network and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway, the 25th April Bridge, the Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisboa region.
The Lisboa Card
The Lisboa Card, the official city travel card, helps visitors save time and money during their stay. The Card is valid for a full calendar year after its purchase date (just in case you need to postpone your trip), and is validated upon its first use.
This card grants the holder the following benefits:
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