Getting from Lisbon Airport (Humberto Delgado Airport) to the city center by metro is a convenient and cost-effective option. Here are the steps to take the metro from Lisbon Airport to the city center:
Arrival at Lisbon Airport: After arriving at Lisbon Airport, follow the signs to the metro station. The metro station is called “Aeroporto” and is located underground, so you’ll need to go down a level from the arrivals area.
Purchase a Ticket: Before entering the metro station, you’ll need to purchase a ticket. You can buy a Viva Viagem card, which is a reusable travel card, or a single-use ticket. The Viva Viagem card is more convenient if you plan to use public transportation in Lisbon during your stay. You can buy these cards at the ticket machines or the ticket counters.
Validate Your Ticket or Card: If you purchased a single-use ticket, validate it at the gates by touching it on the card reader. If you have a Viva Viagem card, simply load it with the appropriate amount of credit and validate it in the same way.
Choose Your Line: Lisbon’s metro system has four different lines (red, blue, yellow, and green). From the airport, you will take the red line (Linha Vermelha) towards São Sebastião or Telheiras. The red line connects the airport to the city center.
Board the Metro: Once you’ve validated your ticket or card, proceed to the platform for the red line in the direction of São Sebastião or Telheiras. Be sure to check the digital displays and signage to ensure you’re heading in the right direction.
Ride to City Center: The ride to the city center takes approximately 20-25 minutes. You’ll pass through several metro stations, including Oriente, Alameda, and Baixa-Chiado, which is in the heart of the city.
Exit at Your Desired Station: Depending on your destination within the city center, you can exit at the appropriate station. Baixa-Chiado is a central station that provides access to the historic downtown area.
Explore Lisbon: Once you exit the metro station, you’ll be in the city center, and you can start exploring Lisbon’s many attractions, restaurants, and shops.
Please note that the metro schedule and ticket prices may vary, so it’s a good idea to check the official Lisbon Metro website or inquire at the airport for the most up-to-date information on schedules and fares.