Underground (METRO)

UndergroundIf you want to travel by underground(metro), tickets can be bought either from the ticket office or from an automatic vending machine at the station. Metro ticket costs 0.55 € p/person. Metro ticket usually cover only one journey, but a one-day or seven-days ticket is available and worth buying, as well as a set of ten, known as a caderneta. Tickets must be validated in the obliterador, usually located at the entrance to the station, before you board a train. Metro stations are signposted with a red M and the service operates from 6h30 AM to 1h00 AM.


Bus transport in Lisbon is more expensive than travelling by metro and less reliable. Lisbon buses are orange and easily recognizable. All services run approximately every 15 minutes from 6h30 AM to midnight, some night buses operate until 1h30 AM. Tickets bought at Carris kiosks need to be validated in an obliterador machine on the bus, although those purchased from the driver do not. If you choose the Bus you can buy the ticket inside it, to the driver. It costs 0.90 € p/person. A set of ten tickets can be bought for half price at news stands (they are valid on buses and trams), but you have other options:

- You can buy 2 tickets in the Carris kiosks for a price of 0.93 €;
- A ticket for a all day by 2.30 €;
- A ticket for 3 days by 5.50 €;
- A touristic ticket for 4 days by 9.25 €, valid for BUS and Metro ( you will need to show your passport or some relevant identification in order to get one);
- A touristic ticket for 7 days by 13.10 €, valid for BUS and Metro ( you will need to show your passport or some relevant identification in order to get one);
- Lisbon cards, which entile the holder to free public transport and entry to state museums are also available.

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There are four main rail lines out of Lisbon. Most popular with tourists is the line which runs from Cais do Sodré to Cascais on the coast , and the line linking Rossio station to the town of Sintra. Rossio station (metro Restauradores station) is situated next to Praça dos Restauradores. There are regular trains from there to Sintra (departing every 15 minutes at peak hours) and the journey takes about 45 minutes.

Santa Apolónia is the main station for trains travelling north as well as for most international arrivals. For those travelling east or south of Lisbon, a ferry departs from Fluvial station, on the north bank of the Tagus, to Barreiro station on the south side, from where train services depart. To reach Estoril and Cascais take the train from Cais do Sodré station.The journey follows the coastline and takes about 45 minutes. Check destinations on the screens at the station before you travel as some trains terminate at Oeiras. You can also catch the train to Alcântara from Cais do Sodré, only five minutes away, or to Belém, ten minutes away.

For the train, you must buy the ticket before you enter on it, in machines with coins or in the box-office. The price depends on the distance. Discounts of 50 per cent are available on all CP tickets for children aged from four to twelve years old, students (you will need to show your student ID), and adults over 65. However, there are no special discounts available for groups travelling together. Never get on a train without a ticket.


By ferry, there are several different points at which you can cross the Tagus.

From Praça do Comércio there are crossings to Cacilhas from 6h00 AM to 10h30 PM, which take 15 minutes. Fast new ferries also cross from Praça do Comércio to Seixal and Montijo, 6h00 AM to 10h30 PM and take 15 and 30 minutes respectively.

Ferries owned by Soflusa operate a 15 minutes service from Fluvial to Barreiro, from 5h45 AM to 2h45 AM. From Belém, ferries go to Trafaria, 7h00 AM to 9 PM, where you can get a bus to the beaches at Caparica. If you wish to take your car across the river, the ferry from Cais do Sodré makes regular crossings to Cacilhas and only takes about 15 minutes. This service operates daily from 5h30 AM to 2h30 AM.


Compared to the rest of Europe, taxis in Portugal remain relatively inexpensive. Officially, taxi drivers are only allowed to charge a flat rate for any luggage. However, if you think you have been overcharged for any reason, ask for a receipt with the driver´s name and number on it.

Most taxis are beige but some of the older black and green cabs still exist. All are metered. Costs depend on the time of day. There are two green lights on their roofs to indicate the rate: one light (6h00 AM to 10h00 PM) means normal rates apply, and two indicates the higher tariff (10h00 PM to 6h00 AM, weekends, public holidays).

You can either flag a taxi down in the street (but check that the "taxi" light on the roof is on) or call a radio taxi, which costs more.


Trams are one of the most pleasant ways of sightseeing in Lisbon. However, they only operate in a very limited area of the city, along the river to Belém and around the hilly parts of Lisbon. Single tickets for all rides are very cheap except for those on the red Colinas or Tejo trams, which provide special sightseeing rides for tourists and are much more expensive than the ordinary routes. These sightseeing services operate from March to October and take you through the hilly parts of Lisbon and along the Tagus.

 Access from Lisbon Airport to Hotels...

The simplest way to reach the hotels from Lisbon Airport is by Taxi (it may cost you a maximum of 12 EUR for the farthest hotel) . Alternatively, you may take BUS numbers 44 or 91 to Entre Campos metro station, or BUS number 45 to Campo Grande metro station, and continue by metro to the hotel's nearest (walking distance) metro station.



Sheraton Picoas
Lisbon Mariott Cidade Universitária
Metropolitan Cidade Universitária or
Jardim Zoológico
Tivoli Tejo Oriente
Holiday Inn Continental Campo Pequeno
Radisson SAS Campo Grande
Roma Roma
Melia Confort Oriente Oriente
Altis Park Olaias
Lutécia Roma
AS Lisboa Alameda

 ...and from Hotels to the Conference Site

The Conference Site is within walking distance from ORIENTE Metro Station (red line), so the best way to reach it is by Underground (see table above ).

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