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You have several choices: You currently have subway from the airport which will make life easier. But still, depending on the time you arrive to Lisbon I would or would not risk go downtown. The subsway can be very crowded at rush hour. Options Go to "Parque das Nações". It's not a historically iconic part of the city but it's 3 subway stations away from ...


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How high is "high"? Poking around on Ryanair, I can see fares of eg. 49 GBP all in for Stansted to Porto on July 13, and it's a 3-hour train ride from there to Lisbon. I don't think there's any way you can get there even nearly as cheaply by train alone, but if you want to try, Seat 61 lists out the options: http://www.seat61.com/Portugal.htm Based on the ...


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All the life of Christopher Columbus has a lot of mystery around. It's not even very clear, during the time he was in Portugal, how long he lived in Lisbon. Some authors claim he lived longer in Porto Santo, in Madeira. It's though (sort of) clear that he lived and learned cartography, astronomy and some cosmology in Lisbon. It's not very clear with whom ...


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There are several options to travel from the aiport to city center. A few notes about terminal 2 Terminal 2 is departures only. Although you arrive officially at terminal 2 (the airplane actually stops near terminal 2) you will be transported directly to terminal 1 where the arrivals hall and the checked in luggage belts are. From there you can either get ...


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The metro network in Lisbon is very well developed and covers most, if not all, of the city. Indeed Lisbon airport has its own metro station. This means you can reach the city centre, say Baixa-Chiado, from the airport by changing at Alameda. Below is a screenshot of the metro journey planner for this route: For more information on the metro system here ...


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Lisbon is known as the "City of the Seven hills". That means its kind of up and down a lot of the time. The most flat areas are near the river. I'm born and raised in Lisbon and it was until I went around with my own children that I realised some details that are worth sharing here. To compensate for these "down sides" I should say also that Portuguese are ...


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Cheapest is probably hitch hiking, but I am excluding that as an option. At least for the answer. Train: The fastest is probably the train. The fastest connection takes 3h40 min. It goes from Mexilhoeira Grande to Tunes. There you change and it goes directly to Lisbon, to Oriente. Oriente station is the closest train station to the airport. From there you ...


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The local Carris bus company runs a bus transport service connecting Lisbon's airport to the city centre passing by the main transport hubs such as Comercio Square and Cais de Sodré. This service is called AeroBus and passes by dozens of Lisbon hotels, thus providing tourists arriving at the airport with easy access to their accommodation. An alternative ...


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This is a big problem. To find a place is easy http://www.portaldofado.net/. Of course all this places are for tourists. They have a web site, advertising and everything. A really nice place to see traditional fado is a place which you feel like you are in 1970. I recommend the Tasca do Chico it is a tradicional place where I used to bring my parents and ...


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I recomend you to discover this section of the Fado Museum's website: http://roteiro.museudofado.pt/. You can find there the traditional districts and houses with information about each place. You are right about being cautious with "tourist" prices. About the mood, in my opinion the average quality of most houses is high, I believe you'll find a good ...


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I doubt there is anything specific for Pentecost in Lisbon. Searching for events in Lisbon around that date on multiple websites was not successful. The tourism website for Lisbon did not return any match for that day, neither Lonely Planet. Typing "Pentecostes Lisboa" in a search engine ending up pointing to a vigil of Pentecost so if you are religious you ...


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As mentioned, the Seat 61 Portugal page has most of the options for travelling there by train. Booking in advance, you can get it to be fairly cheap, but not as cheap as many of the budget airlines go. However, one thing in favour of the train is that bookings generally open 90 days before travel. So, if the cheap flights have sold out (which often go on ...


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You should expect something between 9 - 15€, more than that is suspicious/wrong. I am from Lisbon and live in Sweden now. When Traveling home I take the taxi from the Airport out to Oeiras (on the suburbs and also a extra taxed ride since it's outside Lisbon Municipality). It costs me between 25-30€. The Lisbon airport site you named is not the official ...


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Typical food from Portugal. I will write the names in Portuguese and whenever possible translate it. Some of the dish names are dedicated to someone (their creator or restaurant that first served it) and some are named after the cooking process or the cooking device where it's made. Its hard to translate since some of these are really Portuguese types of ...


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Unfortunately the topographic extension of Open Street Map, doesn't cover Europe yet. What you could do is buy a paper-based topographic map of lisbon and either use google street view or panoramio to get an impression of the view. If it is worth visiting it is stored in panoramio.


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I suggest you start with the "Centro de Interpretação de Monsanto " (Monsanto Interpretation Center). It is a building with a lot of information about this area (pictures of flora and fauna, maps, guides...) and from there you can decide where you want to go next. Unfortunately, this page is not translated, but you can try to use an automatic translater: ...


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Metro is best - really simple, cheap (compared to places like London or New York), and quick. Just follow the 'M' logos to get to the airport Metro station. You need to take the pink line and change at S. Sebastiao, switching to the light blue line and getting off at Baixa-Chiado (the absolute centre of Lisbon). Good luck - It's a lovely city!


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We got a cab from the airport to the city for 12 Euro we gave him 15 as we were happy after reading all the horror stories before coming here.


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The 10€ figure meshes with my memory as well as Wikivoyage. It should be a little less during daytime, perhaps a little more with a luggage or night-time surcharge. Wikivoyage also mentions a 18€ voucher which should be higher than the real rate. Taxis are legally required to have fares posted and to have a working meter. If in doubt, ask the driver for a ...


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Rossio / Chiado area are both very good options. And so is near Parque Eduardo VII though I have some comments here: If it's near the Rotund (Marquês), it's practicaly downtown, it's perfectly walkable. It's no longer than 10 min for Bairro Alto. You have the begining of Avenida da Liberdade right there and right after starts Rossio. You can find many ...


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Lisbon airport is open 24 hours a day so you could probably stay overnight even if that's uncomfortable. In practice, if you make it to Lisbon (i.e. the airline does not deny boarding), I don't think you would get in trouble. The problem is that the transit must also be “short”. Countries do not always publish a strict guideline beyond that and I haven't ...


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Here are some sites that have a reasonable list of good viewpoints (including some in Monsanto). These are thought not "hidden surprises" like one can find sometimes on a unexpected, un-marqued, point of the city. They are "official" viewpoints, but they are all beautiful viewpoints: http://www.ondelisboa.com/onde-miradouros-lisboa/ // in portuguese ...


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Truly authoritative information (i.e. directly from the government of Portugal) is proving very difficult to find, though several tourism sources (e.g. 1, 2) state that a transit visa is not required for citizens of most countries as long as you remain airside. The countries whose citizens do require an airport transit visa to transit Portugal even when ...


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Portuguese culture seems to be extremly fond of (small) children. We don't speak portugueese but we had the best discussions in Portuguese thanks to our children, who were 4 at the time. The two words I now know is "crianca" and "linda". Anyhow with small children I wouldn't so much focus on location, but more on family-run accommodation. Your best bet are ...


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Although Lisbon is known as the city of the 7 hills that is not true. That's a popular idea. That exists for historical reasons and It's a bit out of the scope of the answer to explain it. Often people will give you the most radical places to justify that Lisbon is very hilly but that's not very accurate. It's true though that there are a few hills and ...



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