You’ve booked your trip to Lisbon and now you’re wondering how you’ll get from Lisbon Airport to your hotel or accommodation.
For many people, the easiest option is to get an airport transfer at Lisbon Airport – especially if they’re travelling with a lot of luggage. It also gets you to your hostel faster, which means that you’ll have more time to see Lisbon.
With that in mind, here’s a guide to the best airport transfer companies in Lisbon.
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Airport transfer companies
There are plenty of airport transfer companies to choose from, but which is the best (or just the cheapest)? To find out, I compared the prices of several of the most popular airport transfer companies that operate in Lisbon.
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Journey is from Lisbon Airport to LX Boutique Hotel in Cais do Sodré, which is in Lisbon City Centre. Prices accurate at the time of writing (March 2019).
Airport transfers with young children
If you’re travelling with a young child, a big concern is whether or not the car will have a child seat. While many companies will offer this if you ask, the following companies have confirmed that it’s something that they definitely have.
- Welcome Pickups: Offer child or baby seats for free. There’s an option to request them when placing your order.
- Sun Transfers: Child or baby seats can be included in your booking for a fee (~€7).
Alternatively, many airlines will allow you to bring your child or baby car seat with you for free.
Luxury airport transfers
If you’re visiting Lisbon for a special occasion or important business meeting and want a more luxurious transfer to the city centre, consider using mydriver.com from Sixt. The fleet of cars in Lisbon includes stylish cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, or Audi A8.
Alternatively, Blacklane.com has a similarly luxurious fleet of cars that includes Teslas as well as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, or Cadillac XTS.
Eco-friendly airport transfers
Blacklane.com allows you to hire electric cars like the Tesla.
Long distance airport transfers
Going to Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, or Ericeira? That’s no problem. You can even book airport transfers from Lisbon to Faro, Lisbon to Porto, or anywhere in mainland Portugal and even into Spain.
Alternatives to taking an airport transfer
An airport transfer is one way to get from Lisbon Airport to the city centre, but how does it compare to all of the other ways?
Airport Transfer VS taxi
Taxis in Lisbon are very affordable, although an airport transfer is usually the cheaper option. Uber and other taxi apps like Bolt (Taxify) and Kapten (Chauffeur Privé) on the other hand are often cheaper than an airport transfer (see full list of taxi apps in Lisbon). Most of these apps also offer credit towards your first ride so, if you haven’t used the app before, your ride could be even cheaper.
The only downside to Uber and all the other taxi apps is that finding your Uber driver at Lisbon Airport can sometimes be confusing. Sometimes it’s worth just booking an airport transfer for the sake of having someone waiting for you in the Arrivals Terminal.
Airport Transfer VS public transport
While an airport transfer is more comfortable, public transport is always going to be more affordable. Lisbon actually has a very good metro system that takes you to most of Central Lisbon, and it could be perfectly adequate for a lot of people if you don’t mind dragging your suitcases a little bit.
For most people arriving at Lisbon Airport, the metro is the easiest form of public transport to take to get to the city centre. It’s also usually the cheapest as well. The journey to the city centre takes a little less than 40 minutes, and there are metro stops dotted around Lisbon City Centre.
The metro station ‘Aeroporto’ is located outside of the arrivals area, to the right, and it is well-signposted from inside the terminal. You’ll need to buy a rechargeable Viva Viagem card, and to top it up, and you can do this from the ticket machines inside the metro station.
Although Lisbon’s metro covers a lot of the city, in some cases it may make more sense to take a bus from the airport. Google Maps works really well in Lisbon and will show you which bus or metro route you should take to get to your accommodation.
Aerobus (Lisbon Airport Bus)
There is an airport bus (Aerobus) that takes you from Lisbon Airport to most major stops in Central Lisbon. The metro will also take you to these stops, but the Aerobus has the advantage of being quieter than the metro.
Tickets are more expensive than the metro and the Aerobus is normally less frequent than the metro, which is why most people either take the metro or a taxi. If you’re travelling as a couple or family, it definitely makes more sense to take an airport transfer or Uber.
Airport Transfer VS shuttle
Airport shuttle services are also available from Lisbon Airport. It’s slightly more luxurious than taking public transport but usually only a little bit cheaper than taking an Uber (or Kapten). That’s for one person: if you’re travelling as a couple or family, often it makes sense to book an airport transfer or an Uber.
The journey time of an airport shuttle is also usually double that of a taxi or airport transfer as the bus will need to stop off at many hotels along the way.
If you’d like to book an airport shuttle from Lisbon Airport, you can do so through hoppa.com.
Airport Transfer VS hire car
If you’re mainly planning to stay in Lisbon City Centre, it’s really not worth renting a car. Driving in Lisbon can be difficult and that’s before you try to find a parking space.
Cost-wise it also doesn’t make sense to rent a car but, if you’re planning on exploring a lot of areas outside of Lisbon, it could be something that you just need to do.