Lisbon

Centuries of reinvention and restoration pile on top of one another in Portugal’s dazzling, sun-blessed capital.

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Here, time-worn trams trundle through medieval streets and the scent of freshly baked custard tarts permeates the air. Modern Portugal has emerged in this historic city, too, offering nightlife, shopping and business to rival Europe’s major capitals.

Arriving at Lisbon Portela Airport

Your journey into Lisbon’s history begins at Portugal’s busiest airport, a key connection point to Southern Europe. Getting from the airport to the city is easy, with several different bus operators running services. Taxis to the centre take around 20 minutes and cost from €15, but do agree on your fare before departing. Metro trains also link the airport to Saldanha City, one of the financial centres of Lisbon.

You can pick up a variety of tickets from the airport, including inclusive cards that cover numerous forms of transport for the duration of your stay.

For anyone wanting to travel outside of the city, it’s best to book car hire in advance.