Lisbon Travel Guide | Holiday Extras

Here’s our Essential Lisbon Travel Guide , giving you EVERYTHING you need to know to take the hassle our your holiday in Portugal.

Lisbon is one of our favourite cities in Europe, from its charming cobbled side streets to its delicious custard tarts; the best you'll find anywhere on the planet!

In this travel guide, we'll cover:
► How to get to Lisbon from the UK
► The best ways to get about the city
► Our favourite things to do
► What to eat in Lisbon
► How to speak Portuguese
► How to make the most of your money on holiday

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Welcome to Lisbon!

Lisbon is Portugal's unassumingly cool capital and western Europe's oldest city that serves over 12 million tourists every year. Way back in 1755 the city was hit by a huge earthquake that destroyed 85% of buildings. The city had no choice but to rebuild itself and the 18th century architecture that reshaped Lisbon is still very dominant today. In fact if you come here, don’t be surprised to spend most of your time looking up and admiring it as you wander through the fairy tale cobbled streets lined with iconic Portuguese tiles that have inspired artists for generations. Each building and street really does have its own personality. What’s more, amongst this wealth of history, is an eclectic city renowned for having colourful nightlife, tonnes of culture, music and a cosmopolitan food scene that modestly boasts the best custard tarts on the planet! This city break is ideal all year round, with temperatures rarely going below 10 degrees celsius in the winter and averaging 25 in the summer. It really does seem like Lisbon has it all, and we're here to show you why…

Coming up we’re going to take you through our top tips for 48 hours in Lisbon. From transport, things to do, places to see, lingo, and where to buy the best custard tarts in the city. We’ve done the research to save you time and help you have the most amazing trip. So let’s start with how to get here.

The flight from London Gatwick takes just over 2 and a half hours straight into Lisbon’s only airport which is conveniently just 7km from the heart of the city.

The best thing about Lisbon Airport is it’s only a 20 minute drive into the city centre. The easiest way to get in is to jump in a taxi or take the Aerobus. There are two lines running into the main hotel areas that cost €4 per person each way.

Alternatively you could take the metro that runs from 6am to 1am everyday or there’s always the city bus but do expect for both these options to take a little longer.

Lisbon is known as the city of seven hills so to save your legs from all that climbing you’ll probably gonna want to use public transport at some point. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get around the city - from train, tram, metro, bus and even funicular lift.

The metro is good choice if you’re traveling long distances but doesn’t cover all areas of the city. It’s one of cleanest metros in Europe, and most stations are open from 6am to 1am every day.

Trams cover areas of the city where there is no access to the metro. There are two types of trams, the yellow “Remodelado” trams that route round the old narrow streets and then there’s modern “Articulado” trams that operate along the flat sections of the city connecting central Lisbon to the Belem district.

Lisbon has hundreds of buses and 88 different routes so you’re bound to find one to take you where you need to go.

The funicular lifts are used to help locals and tourists climb all those hills. The most famous lift is the Santa Justa Lift linking lower and upper Lisbon. Yes, it’s technically a means of public transport  but it also doubles up a a major tourist attraction and has great a view point at the top.

We noticed a lot of tourists jumping in Tuk Tuks, and so we thought we’d give it a go. But it turns out the cobbled streets of Lisbon don’t make for a comfy ride in a Tuk Tuk, and if I’m honest a 5 minute ride was a bit of a rip off at €15.

Working out the best way to pay for transport in Lisbon can get confusing… so here’s our simple breakdown…