Lisbon airport is just twenty minutes from the centre of Lisbon and therefore it is very inexpensive to get into the city once you have arrived, as cabs are cheap here. If you are on a healthy budget then a cab will only cost about €15 – €20 one way, although you will be charged more for baggage, dogs, time of day, choice of haircut, breathing etc.
Alternatively you can take an Aerobus (91) which run every thirty minutes (twenty at peak times) between 7.45hrs and 20.15hrs. You buy a ticket which costs around €4 as you embark and you have a choice of destinations such as Rossio, Praca do Comercio and Cais do Sodre train station. The aerobus leaves from immediately outside the terminal.
Cheaper still is the number 44 bus which costs under €1.50 and runs between 6hrs and 00hrs. If you have hefty luggage however, you’d be better off on the Aerobus or in a cab. The 44 runs from outside the train terminal and stops centrally at Praca dos Restauadores and Cais do Sodre station.
International trains arrive at Estacao Santa Apolonia where you can take a bus to Praca do Comercio which is very central. You an also walk which will take approximately twenty minutes.
Local trains arrive at Estacao do Rossio – right in the centre of Lisbon.
The main bus station for Lisbon is at Sete Rios which is opposite the zoo. If you are heading away from Lisbon, it’s usually possible to buy tickets just before you travel although for popular routes such as the summer express to the Algarve it’s best to book at least a day in advance. You can do this through travel agents.
Portuguese drivers are maniacal at best. Even the nicest Portuguese nans become crazy when given the keys to a vehicle and a built up shoe tall enough to enable them to reach the pedals. Lisbon is the worst place in Portugal for driving. There might be quiet periods on Saturday and Sunday when the Portuguese are asleep but the rest of the time, its best to avoid the centre of the city with your own transport, unless you really have to.
Like any major city, parking in Lisbon is a tit ache. There are pay and display spots but these disappear quickly. There are official underground car parks such as at Rua Marques de Sa da Bandeira and on Avenida Engenheiro Duearte Pacheco but you will probably pay more than ten euros per day for the privilege.
The break-in rate in Lisbon is particularly high too and so never leave valuables in the car or van and definitely don’t leave anything visible that will make breaking into your vehicle irresistible.