Lisbon Airport or Lisbon Portela as it is also known, is one of the busiest airports in Western Europe for maintenance, air traffic control and navigation. At the World Travel Awards, Lisbon Airport has been voted Europe’s Leading Airport for five years in a row. The airport is 7kms from Lisbon city, which is a very popular gateway for tourists entering Portugal to see the city itself and to explore further afield in Portugal. For this reason, the airport is busy and it is advisable to have onward transportation organised, but this is not too stressful as the airport is well serviced with an underground buses, taxis and of course rental cars if you want to have a bit more freedom.
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Car rental in Lisbon Airport is a great idea because you are within easy access of the city centre in Lisbon and you can also explore outside Lisbon city with some beach time or head to a natural reserve and see more of Portugal. Car Rental desk are in the arrivals area in Lisbon airport and include; Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Goldcar Rental. Car Booker works with all these car rental providers and compares their prices, deals and terms so that you easily choose the right car rental your trip whether it’s a couple for a weekend away or a family on a two week holiday or a golf group, we have the perfect car waiting for you. Always book in advance to avoid lengthy queues.
Lisbon Airport is well serviced by public transport; so if you are not renting a car, you do have other options. The easiest is the Metro which has an Airport underground station open from 6.30am to 1am, tickets are €1.40, and you should get an Electronic card (50c) for the Metro. For bus transport there is the Carris which goes to many local towns or the AeroBus which services the city centre or the financial centre. Carris tickets are €1.80, the AeroBus costs €3.50 per person. Taxis can be booked in advance or picked up at the airport. The average taxi cost to the city centre is €10 with a minimum charge of €2.35 (€2.50 at night), however pre-booking is preferable to metered taxis.
For a taste of history visit Lisbon’s historic centre, Belem’s Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the Maritime Museum. For ‘fado’ music and lots of atmosphere try the Alfama district. Don’t miss at day at the Oceanario de Lisboa, the world’s second biggest aquarium. Outside the city of Lisbon, there is the upmarket beach area of Cascais which is home to beaches, restaurants, nightlife and casinos. For day trips check out Parque do Marechal Carmona, perfect for a picnic and also has a small zoo. Check out the inlet of Boca do Inferno for untamed views of the Atlantic. Also visit the most western point of mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca in the beautiful Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.