Everything you need to know before you come to Lisbon

Preparation and Arrival

Planning a trip to a new country/city isn’t easy and arriving in that place can be even harder. That’s why we put together a few questions and answers about this process to help you make everything easier.

What type of accommodation should I choose?

Depends on what you are looking for but also the lenght of time you are staying. Lisbon offers all types of accommodation: hotels, hostels, airbnb (for short stays), private rooms in shared apartments or private flats (for longer stays).

What clothes should I pack?

If you are coming in the winter, bear in mind that you’ll need warm clothes even if the sun may come out some days. If you’re coming during summer, no need for jackets as the temperatures in summer are usually around 30 to 35ºC.

How do I get from the airport to the city center?

You have a few different options from the airport. You can either use public transportation (the metro is the easiest and fastest way to get everywhere but there are also buses), the aerobus (costs 3,50€ and departs from outside the arrivals every 20 minutes from 7 am to 11 pm), or take a taxi which will cost around 15€ to the city center.

Public Transportation

Public transportation can be a nightmare when you are visiting/moving to a country for the first time. It isn’t easy to find all the information one needs in just one place and that results in money being wasted. Here’s all you need to know about the public transportation in Lisbon.

What are the transportation options to the school?

The school is located in the center of the city so there are plenty of options for you to come to the classes. The easiest is the metro. Cais do Sodré station is 5 minutes away from the school. Besides the metro, you have the train from Cascais, ferry from Cacilhas and the following buses 758, 781, 782, 728, 760, 732, 706, 736, 735 and 714 coming from all points of the city.

I’m staying for a month or longer. Should I do the monthly transportation card?

Probably yes. If you’ll be using public transportation on a daily basis it will be easier and cheaper to have the monthly card. It costs 30€ per month (plus 6€ for the actual card) and it allows you to use every tram, metro and bus inside the center of Lisbon (or 40€ for all transportation in the greater metropolitan area). If you are staying for a short period of time or not planning to use transportation a lot, you can choose to use the “viva viagem” card which you can recharge when you need to with different amounts of money. The ``viva viagem`` card can be bought at any ticket machine located in the metro stations and some stores.

Where can I get the monthly transportation card?

Metro stations and some shops around the city. For the expedited card (ready in 1 day instead of the 12 days it normally takes), you’ll have to do it in Marquês de Pombal or Campo Grande metro station and it will cost you 12€ instead of the 6€ the normal card costs.

Touristic Information

People are starting to love Lisbon more and more and it has already become a place where everyone wants to come. If you are planning to visit Lisbon, here’s some nice tips to know.

Is Lisbon an expensive city?

No. Lisbon is an affordable city to live in and to visit compared to other european capitals. You can have lunch for 10€ or go out for dinner at a restaurant for 30€ for two people. A liter of milk in the supermarket won’t cost you more than 0,60€ and a beer in a bar should cost you between 1 or 2€.

What times do the museums open?

Most museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday and close on Monday's. Times vary from museum to museum but are open from around 10 am to 7 pm everyday. On Sunday mornings there are a few museums with free entrance until 2 pm.

What are the main places and monuments to visit in town?

Close to school you’ll find plenty of places to see such as Chiado, Terreiro do Paço or Rossio square which are symbolic places of the town that you can reach on foot. 20 minutes away by bus you can visit Belém, one of the most well-known places where you can try the famous pastéis de Belém.

How about other cities? How do I get there from Lisbon?

Apart from the car option, there are two different ways you can get everywhere in Portugal: train and bus. You can catch the train either in Santa Apolónia or Oriente and the bus in Sete Rios (Jardim Zoológico metro station). You can check all the schedules for trains and buses in the sites of the respective companies CP and Rede Expresso.


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