Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, is one of the oldest cities in the world. Lisbon had different names over the centuries like Luxbona, Lixbuna or Ulixbone (hence the LX shorthand still used today).
Walking is the best way to wander around the city, cross its narrow streets, enjoy the views on the top of its hills and mingle with the locals.
For longer distances, public transportation is fast and cheap. And you can't miss the chance to ride in one of the famous yellow trams.
The fastest way to roam about the city is to get a ticket on the subway. It's also valid for buses and you can even hop-on and off with the same ticket for one hour.
Each ticket is €1,50 or you can get an unlimited daily ticket for €6,40.
Taxis are fairly cheap and will get you around the city for around €5 to €10 a ride.
Please be aware that they can charge you extra for carrying big luggage or if you called them on the phone (+351 218119000). You can waive those fees by using the FreeNow app.
Lisbon’s commuter train system is useful if you’re considering a day trip to the picturesque town of Sintra or the coastline town of Cascais. The trip takes about 40-45 minutes.
If you're planning to see some museums and other attractions, then your best option is to get a Lisboa Card, which not only includes city-wide transportation but also free admission to 26 museums and monuments, plus other deals and discounts.
They cost €20 for 24h, €34 for 48h and €42 for 72h. You can even buy them online.
If you are a fan of Hop On Hop Off service, you can get a ride from double decker buses from Yellow Bus or Cityrama for about €25 per day.
Where to Go
Have a drink in Bairro Alto
Known for its lively nightlife, you’ll find great restaurants, Fado houses, bars and nightclubs. During the day the narrow streets and lanes are filled with small design shops and art galleries.
Have dinner at LX Factory
This old industrial space is now one of the trendiest places in Lisbon. There’s an amazing bookstore, urban art, shops and plenty of bars and restaurants.
Enjoy breathtaking views in Alfama
After getting lost in the charming little streets of this old neighbourhood, head to one of the famous viewpoints and get a postcard view of the city.
Shop in Rua Augusta
When you walk pass the famous arch you’ll find a pedestrian street with a variety of shops and restaurants, street artists and performers.
Try the famous custard tarts in Belém
After visiting the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, stop by the old pastry shop and taste the delicious Pastéis de Nata, served warm and straight out of the oven.
Enjoy the sunset by the river
You’ll be surprised by the colours of Lisbon sky at dusk. There are several beautiful spots to admire the sunset as you take a stroll down the river.
Feel like royalty in Sintra
A picturesque town filled with extravagant places, ancient castles and stunning scenery. Don’t miss the fairytale-like Pena Palace, the historic centre, the Moorish Castle, the National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Monserrate Palace.
Explore the charming beach town of Cascais
This finest resort town of Lisbon’s coastline makes a great hassle-free day trip. Guincho beach, Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point of mainland Europe) and Rainha beach are some of the places not to be missed.
Dive into the turquoise clear waters of Arrábida
You’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches of Portugal with golden sands, crystal-clear sea waters and surrounded by the steep hills of Serra da Arrábida Natural Park.
Try to spot a bat in Mafra National Palace
The Convent and Palace of Mafra, the most important baroque building in Portugal, includes a huge monastery, an ornate basilica, and a library containing over 36.000 ancient books and its own colony of book protecting bats.
Discover the medieval town of Óbidos
A walled town filled with traditionally painted houses, narrow cobbled streets and a castle. Don’t leave town without tasting the famous liquor - Ginjinha.
Get to the top of Cristo Rei Statue
The 70-meter statue of Christ spreading its arms toward Lisbon stands on the southern bank of the Tagus River. From the viewing platform you’ll get wonderful views of over the river, the 25 de Abril bridge and the entire city.
VAT Free Shopping
Portugal's standard VAT rate on most goods is 23%. Prices everywhere are required by law to include all taxes already.
If you live outside the EU, you may be entitled to claim back what you paid for VAT, giving you substancial savings. All you have to do is follow the instructions for our Tax Free Shopping Scheme.
Mobile Cards and Data
You can get a SIM card from a lot of shops in Lisbon (even at the Airport). The main networks are Vodafone, NOS and Meo.
A data sim card will cost you about €15 on Vodafone and NOS for unlimited data and for 15GB on Meo.
The shopping centre near the venue and several restaurants and coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi too. Just look for the free Wi-Fi sign for instructions.
Portugal uses standard European electric plugs (the Schuko kind). They’re 220V and use two round pins. Usually laptop chargers have a built-in voltage adapter.
For your convenience just bring one adapter and a multiple power strip from your country. We provide abundant power strips through the venue to charge all your gear.
Safety and Healthcare
Lisbon is one of the safest cities in Europe, but we do have pick-pockets. As in any city, just be careful carrying your stuff in public transportation.
Public healthcare is free if you come from within the EU, but you'll have to have your EU Health Card. Private healthcare, in the venue’s neighbourhood you have a large private hospital, CUF Descobertas.
You can expect bright sunny days and a warm temperature, around 22ºC.
However the evenings might get a bit chilly (13ºC) so you better pack some warmer clothes also. UV levels are normally quite high so don’t forget the sunscreen.
ContactsNational Emergency 112Fire Department (+351) 21 817 1470Local Police (+351) 21 895 5810Lisbon Airport (+351) 218 413 700