GETTING TO LISBON
TERMINAL 1: At the Arrivals Hall of Lisbon airport, you have the Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Located just 20 minutes away from the city centre, getting to or leaving Lisbon airport is easy. Choose the transportation that best suits your needs.
TAXI: You can always find a taxi at the airport outside the Arrivals or Departures terminals. It may be easier to get a taxi outside the Departures Hall. A regular taxi ride to the city centre is around €10-15 including luggage fees. Make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and always ask for a receipt. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (daytime, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
UNDERGROUND (Metro): Lisbon airport has an underground station with a direct line to the city centre. The Aeroporto-Saldanha Red Line takes you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. It is a quick and inexpensive way to get around, plus you will get to see Lisbon’s underground stations – each with its own theme and décor. Please note that you must purchase the Viva Viagem electronic travel card (€0.50), which you should then top up with balance for your journeys. It can be used both for the underground and bus networks. An underground one-way ticket costs €1.50 https://www.metrolisboa.pt/en/buy
AEROBUS: There is an express bus stop at the Arrivals Exit (small buses, van-like, called Aerobus). The regular fare for a one-way ticket is €4. The 24h-Aerobus-Pass may be purchased on board, online, at airobus.pt, or at the Turismo de Lisboa (Tourist Office) counters at the Arrivals Hall. This ticket is valid for 24 hours of unlimited journeys in the Aerobus network. Buses run every 20 minutes in two different circuits, from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. For more information about lines and circuits, please access https://www.aerobus.pt/en-GB/Home-2.aspx
REGULAR BUSES: Buses 744 and 783 have early journeys to and from the city centre from around 5.30 a.m. weekdays and Saturdays, a little later on Sundays and holidays. They serve most stops along the Aerobus 1 route but are slower. Route 783 runs from the airport into the city until midnight every night. There is a night bus (bus 208) every 30 – 60 minutes between the airport and the city center from 23.40 p.m. to 4.40 a.m. Onboard fare is €2 but please note that the maximum luggage size allowed is 50x40x20 cm http://www.carris.pt/en/home/
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisboa every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city now has the new Gare do Oriente, which opened in 1998 adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or underground connections to the city centre.
From Gare do Oriente the best way to get to the city centre is to take the Red Line.
From Santa Apolónia, please take the Blue Line.
Arriving in Lisboa by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy the beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road accesses and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway. the 25th April Bridge, the new Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the CREL, the outer ring-road for the Lisboa region.
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE
Most Conference sessions will be held at the School of Arts and Humanities (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa), which is located in Alameda da Universidade, in Cidade Universitária. The best way to get there is to take the underground Yellow Line (running from Rato to Campo Grande) and get off at Cidade Universitária station. When you get off, please make sure you take the tunnel, not the stairs, on your way out. Once outside, cross the road at the traffic lights, pass the back of the Reitoria and at the end of this road turn right and the School of Arts and Humanities is on your right-hand side.
Using money in Portugal
The ATM is easily the best way to get cash. There are ATMs everywhere and every ATM has an English language option. You will also be given the exact current exchange rate (money change offices often give you a bad conversion rate).
You may want to be aware of a few things:
• Use a debit card: You do not want to use your credit card at the ATM. Using a credit card will be treated as a “cash advance” and you will be hit with huge fees. Make sure you only use an ATM or debit card.
• 4 Digit PIN code: Your ATM card has to have a 4 digit numerical PIN code. European machines won’t accept longer numbers. Unlike American keypads, European pads don’t have letters on them so make sure you know your number.
• Have the right kind of card: Make sure your debit card/credit cards have the cirrus or plus logo on them (pretty much every Visa or MasterCard will have one). Cards with this logo will pretty much work all over Europe.
To use electronic devices you may need both a converter (220V) and an adapter for continental European outlets (with two round prongs). Some devices, such as most laptops, come with voltage converters.
Non-European mobile carriers may charge international roaming rates. Know what you’re in for before turning on your phone in Portugal. If you have an unlocked phone that takes a SIM card, you can buy a Portuguese SIM card to use while in Lisbon for a very reasonable rate from one of the many existing cell phone stores.
Please note that pickpockets and thieves are a fact in most European cities and Lisbon is no exception. As Lisbon has increasingly become a tourist destination in recent years, the incidence of petty crime has increased. Keep your bag zipped and close to you in crowded places, especially on public transportation and in cafés.
Make a copy of your passport before you depart and bring it with you (a copy aids in speedily replacing a lost or stolen one) and consider leaving your passport with the front desk of your hotel.
For information about Lisbon, please go to https://www.visitlisboa.com/plan/lisbon-official-app and download the Lisbon official app.
EMERGENCY AND HEALTH INFORMATION
Call 112 for emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) in Portugal.
The National Health Service (in Portuguese, SNS) is the main healthcare provider in Portugal. You will be charged for emergency treatment if you are an overseas visitor to Portugal. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. Without this, you will be charged fully for treatment (around €140).
If you’re visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid European Health Insurance Card in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital and you will be charged around €20. Without this, you will be charged fully for treatment (around €140). Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you are treated and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS.
HOSPITAL DE SANTA MARIA is the nearest NHS hospital, within walking distance from FLUL. You will have to go directly to URGÊNCIA CENTRAL (ER).