Lisbon´s Portela Airport is located about 7kms from the city of Lisbon and it is the busiest airport in Portugal with many business people, tourists, travelers and holiday makers looking to visit Lisbon and further afield in Portugal. The airport is very busy with more than passenger traffic, it is one of the busiest airports in Western Europe for maintenance, air traffic control and navigation. Lisbon airport has been voted Europe´s leading airport five years in a row at the World Travel Awards which is a pretty impressive feat. The airport is busy year round but in summer it gets even more hectic, so we always advise people to book or organize their onward travel from Lisbon airport before they get there. It makes your travel experience all the more pleasant.
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Car Hire is very popular in Lisbon for business travel and for tourists looking to see more than the city centre of Lisbon. In and around Lisbon there are beaches, nature reserves, towns and villages to be explored. There is a good selection of car hire providers in Lisbon airport and Car Booker compares all of them to save you up to 30% on your hire car booking. We look at their latest prices, car hire discounts and offers and we select the best so that you can choose the perfect hire car for your trip. So if you want a discounted hire car from brands including Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Goldcar Hire, book now with Car Booker. When you arrive, simply have your voucher in hand with relevant documents and go up to the car hire desks in the arrivals area in Lisbon airport, get the keys for your pre-booked hire car and get on the road to enjoy Portugal.
If you are not getting a hire car, and you are looking to use public transport then you will find Lisbon Airport is well serviced, it has a Metro system, buses and taxis. The easiest way to go to the city centre is with the Metro, the underground station opens at 6.30am, costs €1.40 to the city centre and trains go regularly until 1am. If you are going to be using the Metro in Lisbon, then you should buy a Metro card for €0.50 while you are there. To travel by bus, use AeroBus for transport to the financial district or city centre, or use Carris for transport to many local towns. The AeroBus is €3.50, Carris journeys are €1.80. Taxis are available at the airport, or can be pre-booked, there is a minimum airport taxi charge of €2.35 which increases to €2.50 at nighttime. The average cost to the city centre is about €10, but we still advise you to get a metered taxi over agreeing a fare.
Lisbon is a lively city with a strong sense of history. For the older side of Lisbon visit the historic centre of the city, check out Belem’s Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower and the Maritime Museum. For a really interesting day, go to the Ocenario de Lisboa where you will find the second largest aquarium in the world. For a taste of traditional Lisbon music called "Fado", go to the Alfama district and listen in a bar or have a meal there to really experience it. Outside of Lisbon there is quite a lot to do, a few miles away you will find the beach area of Cascais which is cosmopolitan and upmarket and referred to as the Miami of Portugal. Cascais has beaches, parties, casinos, restaurants, cafes and bars. For day trips from Lisbon or from Cascais why not have a picnic and visit some animals at the Parque do Marechal Carmona or go to Boca do Inferno for amazing views of the Atlantic. The most Western point of Europe is at Cabo da Roca in the Sinistra-Cascais Natural Park.