Arriving in Lisbon by air
After arriving at Lisbon airport, go to the main Arrivals Hall. There you find a Lisbon Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
If you are willing to travel by taxi, make your way out to the exit and get in line for taxis. (Alternatively you can go out through the Departures Hall. It may be easier to get a taxi there.) Lisbon airport is inside the city, so a regular taxi ride to the City Centre will cost you around € 15 (there is a surcharge of € 0,8 per piece of luggage). Make sure you have your hotel address with you. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
If you prefer to take a bus, there is an express-bus stop at the Arrivals exit (small buses, van like, called Aerobus). The regular fare will be € 3,15. Buses run every 20 minutes in two different circuits, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Ask the person at the Tourist Office (or the bus driver) to tell you where you should get off, by showing her/him the address of your hotel. For more information about lines and circuits: https://www.aerobus.pt/en-GB/Home-2.aspx
When the airport bus does not run: The ordinary city buses numbers 744 and 783 have early journeys to and from the city center from around 5.30 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays, a little later on Sundays and Holidays. They serve most of the stops along the Aerobus 1 route but are slower. Route 783 runs from the airport into the city until midnight every night. There is a night bus (number 208) every 30 – 60 minutes every night between the airport and the city center from 23.40 p.m. to 4.40 a.m.
Arriving in Lisbon by train
If you arrive by train, you will most probably get off at the modern station Gare do Oriente. From there, the best way to get to the city centre is taking the Underground – Red Line. For more information: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/portugal/lisbon/train-station/oriente-train-station.html
Central Tejo-Maat, @Maria Ramalho
Getting to the Conference
After settling down at your hotel, ask someone there to tell you where the nearest Underground station is. The Conference will take place at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL), which is in Cidade Universitária, the name of an Underground station in the Yellow Line, which comes from Rato and ends in Campo Grande.
When getting off, please take the tunnel way out (not the stairs way out). After getting out of that tunnel, do not cross but go straight ahead with the main building of the University – Reitoria – on your left on the other side of the road. When you reach the end of Reitoria, turn left at the zebra crossing. The Faculdade de Letras will be in front of you.
Inside the Faculty: Enter the Faculty building by its main entrance. Go straight ahead through its main hall. There will be conference posters and arrows showing you the way to the conference theatres and rooms.
If you want to make your way in Lisbon, use the following site, where you can locate streets on the map:
@Vlad Vorten @ Elsa Garcia
Public Transportation in Lisbon
The city of Lisbon is served by buses, underground and trams.
The bus network covers the entire city including the airport and also serves certain areas outside the city. Here is the official and up-to-date map on the Carris website. Note that there are separate maps for daytime and night-time bus networks. If you are on the underground, you can transfer freely from one line to another. On the bus, however, tickets are valid for travel on a single route. If you transfer from one route to another, you have to zap your card again or pay another cash fare.
Several buses stop at the University Campus (Cidade Universitária: 31, 32, 35, 38, 68). Please check the bus numbers in the area where you are staying. Most bus stops have a public transportation map. Tickets are bought from the driver in cash and cost € 1.85 per trip (combined Bus+Underground tickets are also available, one day combined Bus+Underground ticket costs € 6,15 and is purchased at any Metro station). For further information, please check: http://www.carris.pt/en/home/
The Lisbon underground system runs 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and offers the quickest way to get to the conference venue and/or to travel around the city. Most underground stations are museum-like, with sculptures and painted or engraved tiles. Single underground tickets cost € 1,95 (or € 1.45 if you also buy a rechargeable card) and may be purchased from the station’s ticket office or automatic vending machines.
Every traveler requires a ticket, they cannot be shared if traveling together. The best deal for a visitor may be to buy the 24 hour pass for as many days as required, which costs € 6,15 per day. The ticket is issued on a rechargeable card that has to be recharged each day – don’t throw it away. It allows unlimited use throughout the city in buses, trams and underground. It can be purchased at any Metro station and in some post office branches. For further information on underground transportation in Lisbon, please check:
Underground Network Diagram
For further information on underground transportation in Lisbon, please check: http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng//eng
Despite the foreigner common knowledge of Lisbon being a “city of trams”, there is only about 1/6 of the former route lines. Of the five remaining routes, there are two that visitors should definitely consider taking. The E15 Tram provides a useful link from central Lisbon to the Belem District and the E28 cuts through the Alfama District. The number E12 also follows much of the E28 route through Alfama but has a very limited service. Flat fare on the trams is now € 2,90. There is a very good unofficial map of the five remaining tram routes at http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/pt/lisboa.
Tile Museum, @Maria Ramalho
Currency and Banking Facilities
The currency unit in Portugal is EURO (€). There are several banking agencies throughout the city. Banks run from 8:30 to 15.00. The University branch of Caixa Geral de Depósitos is located at the back entrance of the Reitoria building. It offers the same exchange rates as other banks in the City Centre, is open from 10.30 to 16.30 on weekdays and has been informed about the conference. There are also three ATMs nearby: one located at the main entrance hall of Faculdade de Letras and the other two at the Reitoria building, one outside the main entrance and the other at the back entrance, near the bank.
The main shopping areas in Lisbon are Baixa, Chiado, Bairro Alto, Avenida de Roma, Avenida da Igreja, Avenida da Liberdade and Campo de Ourique. Shops open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (shops are also open on Saturday morning). Here you find information about shopping districts: http://www.golisbon.com/shopping/
Shopping Centers are open everyday from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. The most visited are Colombo Shopping Centre, Vasco da Gama Shopping Center and Amoreiras Shopping Center. For more information: http://www.10best.com/destinations/portugal/lisbon/shopping/shopping-centers-districts/
The most visited market is Feira da Ladra (flea market) at Campo de Santa Clara (near Convento de São Vicente). It takes place Saturdays and Tuesdays in the morning. Take tram 28 from downtown for a wonderful adventure through narrow streets, up to Convento de São Vicente and back. For further information please check: http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-shops/feira-da-ladra.html
During the week, Post Offices are open from 9:00 to 6:00 p.m. and close on weekends.
The Post Office nearest to the University Campus is:
Correios de Portugal
Campo Grande 220
Tel: 00 351 21 795 94 03
The country code for international phone calls to Portugal is 00 351. The first two digits of the phone number indicate the area code (needed even if you are dialing Lisbon from Lisbon).
For direct international dialing from Portugal: 00 + (country code) + (area code) + (telephone number).
For Police – Ambulance – Fire Brigade dial 112.
PSP – Tourism Police
Palácio Foz – Praça dos Restauradores
Tel.: +351 213 421 634 / +351 213 421 623
Buses: Every day – 24 hours.
Underground: Every day 6.30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Banks: Mon-Fri. 8.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Shopping Centers: Every day 10 a.m. – 12 midnight
Shops: Mon -Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Embassies: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Post Offices: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Pharmacies: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p. m. also: 24 hour (night) service
Meal times: Lunch: 12 mid-day – 2 p.m.
Dinner: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m
(GMT/UTC GMT/UTC +1 in Summer)
Austrália Camberra +10h
Brazil Brasília -3h
France Paris +1h
Germany Bona +1h
Holland Amsterdam +1h
Italy Rome +1h
Japan Tokyo +9h
Norway Oslo +1h
South Africa Cape Town +2h
Spain Madrid +1h
Sweden Stockholm +1h
UK London =
USA Chicago -6h
USA Los Angeles -8h
USA New York -5h
USA Washington -5h
Climate and Clothing
In October the weather is likely to be mild. Temperatures are expected to range between 16º and 23º Celsius. Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has a pleasant climate throughout the year, which is an open invitation for a walk by the river, or to spend an afternoon in one of the many street cafés to be found all over the city. Although the temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn, sunshine is almost always a constant feature.
You may check the weather forecast for Lisbon at:
Mobile Phones and Data
You can get a SIM card from a lot of shops in Lisbon or at the Airport. The main networks are Vodafone, NOS and Meo. A card will cost you about €10 but will include the same amount in calls, texts and data. Most of public places such as restaurants and coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Just look for the free Wi-Fi sign for instructions.
Portugal uses standard European electric plugs (the Schuko kind). They are 220V with two round pins.
Safety and Healthcare
Lisbon is one of the safest cities in Europe. As in any city, just be careful carrying your stuff in public transportation. Public healthcare is free if you come from within the EU, but you will have to have the EU Health Card. If you have private health insurance, check whether your company has an agreement with a private hospital outside the public service. Public hospital treatment is available for anyone entering Portugal regardless of where they are resident.
Now, please, get lost in the streets of Lisboa!