Essential information when visiting Lisbon
Updated: May 3, 2020
Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal, and the second oldest capital in Europe with an estimated population of over 500’000 people.
With its rich history, colourful houses and many restaurants and bars it’s no wonder its Portugal’s largest tourist hub.
Best time to visit:
Lisbon is a perfect ‘all year round’ destination as temperatures rarely fall below 15 degrees c even in the winter months. However, the summer months bring soaring temperatures reaching over 28 degrees C in the daytime which can be exhausting when climbing the many Lisbon hills by foot! And with it come flocks of tourists meaning longer queue times, busier attractions and just more people in general. We visited in January and the temperature was around 15 degrees C which was a perfect winter break for us! But anytime between March to May or September to October will provide warmer weather and less crowds.
Despite being a hilly city all of the main attractions are within fairly easy and reachable walking distance. Something we discovered after making the mistake on day one of getting an Uber absolutely everywhere! That said, if you struggle with walking up and down hills or just don’t like walking in general, Uber is a great mode of transport if you want to get from A to B very quickly with minimal waiting. The drivers were super friendly, quick to collect us and cheap.
Lisbon also has a fantastic tramway network with six lines that can whiz you around the city whilst giving you that ‘I’m on holiday and doing something completely different’ feeling. As well as this there is a Metro which has four lines which is useful to get slightly further out of the city.
Lastly you will see many Tuk Tuk drivers around the city offering up tours or transfers to the city’s main sights. They looked really fun, but we found them far too expensive for what they were and gave them a miss.
Airport transfer time:
Transfer time to the airport is a short and easy, 20 minutes by car. We used Uber, it couldn’t have been easier and cost around 15 euro. There is also an AeroBus which departs just outside arrivals and there is one to jump on roughly every 20 minutes with a cheap and cheerful cost of 3.50-euro one way. The airport is also connected to central Lisbon by the metro’s red line and a single ticket costs 1.40 euro.
Lisbon’s currency is the Euro. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted and there are cash points dotted around the city.
The power sockets in Portugal are type F and the standard voltage is 230 V. It is the European 2 pin plug adaptor you will need which you can buy here if you are from the UK or buy here if you are from the US. It’s also worth mentioning that the 230 v is compatible with all UK appliances but if you are travelling from America then you may need a transformer to step down the voltage in order for your appliances to work!
It is always advisable to get travel insurance no matter where you are jetting off to!
We have an annual travel insurance policy with Journeys Travel Insurance who have been very fair with their pricing for us and also have some good coverage.
The link is below if you want to try them for a quote:
Some basic yet useful phrases:
Hello – Ola
Goodbye – Adeus
Please – Por favour
Thank you – Obrigado if you are a man and Obrigada if you are a woman
How are you? – Como esta
Yes – Sim
No – Nao
Do you speak English? – Nao entendo