Lisbon Airport (LIS IATA) is the busiest airport in Portugal. The airport lies almost entirely within Lisbon city limits. It serves as a major hub connecting Europe with Africa (mainly former colonies) and South America (particularly Brazil).
Lisbon Airport in Portuguese is called Aeroporto de Lisboa (uh-ee-roo-POR-too d(ih) leezh-BOH-uh, /ɐ.i.ɾu.ˈpoɾ.tu dɨ ɫɨʒ.ˈbo.ɐ/). It's officially called Aeroporto Humberto Delgado, named for a Portuguese Air Force general known for founding TAP Air Portugal and for working to overthrow the Salazar dictatorship. It's also referred to as Portela Airport.
Passenger volume has grown exponentially in the 21st century, from under 10 million in 2003 to 20 million in 2014 and over 31 million in 2019. A spartan satellite terminal was added in 2007, and a new reliever airport is being built in Montijo across the river.
The airport is administered by ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, a government authority that has subcontracted management to Vinci Airports, a French company.
The airport's official website is https://www.aeroportolisboa.pt/.
ANA publishes an app for iOS and Android to help travellers navigate the airport.
|1 Terminal 1 |
The main terminal used by all airlines, except for departures by low-cost carriers assigned to Terminal 2. All arrivals, including the low-cost carriers, land at Terminal 1. Many of the gates have jet bridges, but some trips involve a bus between the gate and the plane.
|2 Terminal 2 |
Small, depressing satellite terminal used for departures by most low-cost carriers: Blue Air, easyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair, Transavia, and Wizz Air. AeroBus and the airport shuttle bus stop here. There are no jet bridges, so expect a bus from gate to plane.
Passengers arriving from outside the Schengen zone will have to go through immigration and passport control. Schengen-zone citizens can use electronic barriers and national identity cards in place of passports. Non-Schengen citizens will have to queue up to speak with an immigration officer. For most "Western" citizens this is typically a quick formality, while "non-Westerners" may face a lengthy interviews and scrutiny of their visas and other documentation. A long queue often forms when flights from South America and Africa land, and citizens of all non-Schengen countries use the same queue.
After baggage claim, you will head through the customs area, where you will use the green channel/passage if you have nothing to declare or the red channel if you have items subject to import duty.
Passengers arriving from European Union countries within the Schengen zone face no entry formalities. EU non-Schengen arrivals are subject to immigration, but not customs. Schengen non-EU arrivals are subject to customs, but not immigration.
If you are flying outside the Schengen zone from Terminal 1, you will use gates 41–47. To access these gates, you will have to go through passport exit controls. At the best of times, these can be quite speedy and efficient, but during the summer high season and other peak periods, you can expect delays. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time. It's too easy to get sidetracked by the many shops and eateries on the way.
TAP Air Portugal
TAP Air Portugal. TAP is the main airline serving Lisbon, offering domestic flights and flying from five continents. Increased competition from foreign airlines flying into Lisbon has forced TAP to up its game. They have improved upon their reputation for poor customer service, though complaints remain. TAP's Ponte Aérea "aerial bridge" shuttle service with frequent daily round trips from Porto, Funchal, and Madrid.
- Europe: numerous cities, too many to list here
- Middle East: Tel Aviv TLV IATA
- Africa, mostly former colonies:
- North America
- South America
- Azores: Horta (HOR IATA), Pico (PIX IATA), Ponta Delgada (PDL IATA), Santa Maria (SMA IATA), Terceira (TER IATA)
- Cape Verde: Praia (RAI IATA)
- North America: Boston (BOS IATA), Toronto (YYZ IATA)
European full-service carriers
Around two dozen full-service European airlines serve Lisbon, so you'll have little difficulty finding flights from most major and many minor cities.
European low-cost carriers
- Blue Air: Bucharest (OTP IATA)
- easyJet: uses Lisbon as a base, with service from 18 airports
- Norwegian Air Shuttle: Copenhagen (CPH IATA), Stockholm (ARN IATA)
- Ryanair: uses Lisbon as a base, with service from about 30 airports
- Transavia: Amsterdam (AMS IATA), Eindhoven (EIN IATA), Lyon (LYS IATA), Montpellier (MPL IATA), Nantes (NTE IATA), Paris (ORY IATA), Rotterdam/The Hague (RTM IATA)
- Vueling: service from 8 airports, mostly in Spain (departs from Terminal 1, unlike most low-cost carriers)
- Wizz Air: service from 10 airports, mostly in Central and Eastern Europe
- Air Algérie: Algiers (ALG IATA)
- Cabo Verde Airlines: Praia (RAI IATA), Sal (SID IATA)
- Royal Air Maroc: Casablanca (CMN IATA)
- STP Airways: São Tomé (TMS IATA)
- TAAG Angola Airlines: Luanda (LAD IATA)
North American carriers
- Air Canada: Montreal (YUL IATA, seasonal), Toronto (YYZ IATA)
- Air Transat: Montreal (YUL IATA), Toronto (YYZ IATA)
- American Airlines: Philadelphia (PHL IATA, seasonal)
- Delta Air Lines: Boston (BOS IATA, seasonal), New York City (JFK IATA)
- United Airlines: Newark (EWR IATA), Washington, D.C. (IAD IATA, seasonal)
South American carriers
Middle Eastern and Asian carriers
- Beijing Capital Airlines: Beijing (PKX IATA), Xi'an (XIY IATA)
- El Al: Tel Aviv (TLV IATA)
- Emirates: Dubai (DXB IATA)
- 3 Aeroporto metro station ( ). The Lisbon Metro's Red Line terminates at the airport. The last three stations at the other end of the line provide transfers with the system's other three lines. Travel time from the city centre is about 20 minutes.
- 4 Gare do Oriente. This intermodal terminal, 10 minutes from the airport by metro, offers rail and bus connections throughout the country. Alfa Pendular (high-speed), intercity, inter-regional, regional, suburban, and international train services stop here.
AeroBus (suspended for pandemic), operated by Yellow Bus Tours, offers two routes connecting the airport with major hotels and points of interest:
- AeroBus 1 — to Cais do Sodré via Entrecampos, Campo Pequeno, Saldanha, Picoas, Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade, Restauradores, Rossio, and Praça do Comércio.
- AeroBus 2 – nonstop to Sete Rios.
Carris operate several city bus routes that stop at the airport.
Taxis are plentiful at the airport, and clear signage will lead you to them.
By rental car
There are six car rental companies at the airport: Avis–Budget, Europcar, Goldcar (InterRent), Guerin (Alamo, Enterprise, National), Hertz (Thrifty, Dollar, Firefly), and Sixt.
A free shuttle bus connects the two terminals, running every 10 minutes for a 3-minute trip.
Terminal 1 has some lengthy corridors, but moving walkways are present.
Passengers with reduced mobility or other disabilities can take advantage of the free MyWay service, which provides help with personal and baggage needs from check-in, through security, border controls (if applicable) to boarding, until you reach your airplane seat. Similar services are available for arriving and connecting passengers. You must request MyWay through the airline or your travel agent when booking (or no less than 48 hours before your trip). They will inform the airport of your request.
- ANA Lounge (Terminal 1 shopping court), ☏ , email@example.com. Daily 06:00–22:00 (maximum stay 3 hrs). All passengers are welcome in this lounge...for a fee. They serve sandwiches, fruit, coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages. Other amenities include showers and lounge chairs with runway views. Participating airlines and select MasterCards offer free or discounted admission. €35.35, children 3–12 €15.15.
- TAP Premium Lounge (Terminal 1, after security). Daily 07:00–23:00. Free food and drink; relaxation spaces; work area with computers, printers, and Wi-Fi; bathrooms and showers. Free for TAP Executive Class passengers, eligible TAP rewards program members, and TAP branded Visa card holders; €25-50 for TAP Economy Class passengers.
Eat and drink
You won't go hungry or thirsty at Lisbon Airport. American and global chains are in abundance: Burger King, KFC, McDonald's/McCafe, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. You'll find many local and national eateries. You might wish to eschew the familiar names that you can find in any corner of the globe and instead enjoy some of the Portuguese offerings.
Terminal 1, before security
Open to the public.
- Delta - Mundo do Café (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 05:00–22:00. Portuguese-style coffee and pastries.
- Go Natural (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . 24 hours daily. Sushi bar, salads, pastas, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, juices.
- Heineken Grand Café (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 05:30–22:00. Beer is the central attraction here, but you'll also find breakfast, snacks, and sushi.
- Ice Cream & Flowers (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 10:00–18:00. Chilly treats featuring Olá ice cream (Portugal's Heartbrand version of Good Humor/Wall's/Streets/Frigo/Kibon, etc.). You can also grab a last-minute gift in the form of flowers.
- La Pausa Restaurante (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 12:00–15:00 & 19:00–23:00. Sit-down restaurant. They have a separate self-service location with cafeteria-style quick, light meals.
- My Bistro (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 05:30–22:00. Breakfast, sandwiches, steaks, pastas, cod gratin. Outdoor seating available.
- Padaria Lisboa (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 05:30–00:00. Featuring Portuguese bread and Nespresso coffee.
Terminal 1, after security
Available to passengers flying out of Terminal 1.
- Cockpit (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . 24 hours daily. Tapas, comfort food, soups, salads, sandwiches, pastries, hot and cold beverages.
- Delta Café Central (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 05:00–22:00. Portuguese coffee and baked treats.
- Dots Bakery (Terminal 1, after security, by gates 7–13 & 19–21), ☏ . Daily 05:00–22:00. Classic Portuguese pastries, alongside healthier options.
- Go Natural (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–23:00. Sushi bar, salads, pastas, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, juices.
- O Mercado (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 05:30–22:30. Designed to call to mind a Portuguese town market. Pastéis de nata (custard tarts), pastéis de bacalhau (cod fritters), and other Portuguese delights.
- Pastelaria Versailles (Terminal 1, after security, food court, gate 15), ☏ . Daily 05:00–22:00. Lisbon-based cake shop that also offers light meals.
Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen
Available to passengers flying outside the Schengen zone from Terminal 1.
- First Class Café (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen), ☏ . Daily 07:00–23:00. Typical Portuguese food.
- Specially (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen), ☏ . Daily 06:30–23:00. Sandwiches, pastries, salads, pastas, and coffee.
- The Club (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen). Daily 06:00–22:00. "English" pub with an international beer menu.
Terminal 2, before security
Open to the public.
- Confeitaria Nacional (Terminal 2, before security), ☏ . Daily 05:00–21:00. Portuguese pastries from Lisbon's oldest bakery (since 1829).
Terminal 2, after security
Available to passengers departing from Terminal 2.
- Heineken Grand Café (Terminal 2, after security), ☏ . Daily 05:30–22:00. Beer is the central attraction here, but you'll also find breakfast, snacks, and sushi.
- Nespresso (Terminal 2, after security). Daily 05:00–22:00. International coffee and hot and cold meals.
- SoHo (Terminal 2, after security), ☏ . Daily 05:00–last flight. Fair trade and organic coffee and light food options.
After getting through Terminal 1 security, you might believe that you've been teleported to a suburban shopping mall, given the abundance of shops you're greeted with. You'll be forced to wade through the huge duty-free store to reach your gate. The list below appears extensive, but this is just a selection of the myriad shops where you can buy or window shop.
There are three full-service duty-free stores, all creatively named Duty Free Store (all open 04:30–00:00): T1 after security, T1 non-Schengen zone, and T2 after security.
There are three Duty Free Store Express stores: T1 after security, T1 non-Schengen zone (both 06:00–22:00) and T1 arrivals (06:00–23:00).
- Santander (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . M–F 08:30–12:00 & 13:00–15:00. Banking services.
- Unicâmbio (Terminal 1, four locations, before & after security, including the arrivals area), ☏ . Currency exchange.
Portuguese and Iberian shops
- Adolfo Dominguez (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen), ☏ . Daily 06:30–22:00. Spanish luxury fashion designer.
- Artesanato do Aeroporto (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Portuguese handicrafts, including pottery, crockery, filigree, and cork items.
- Benfica Official Store (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:30. Gear for fans of this Lisbon-based football (soccer) team.
- Desigual (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:30. Spanish fashion house known for its striking—some might say garish—looks.
- Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen), ☏ . Daily 06:00–23:00. Wall-to-wall canned sardines. More interesting than it sounds.
- Parfois (three locations: Terminal 1, after security; T1 non-Schengen; Terminal 2, after security), ☏ , . Daily 06:00–21:00 (to 23:00 in T1 Schengen area). Portuguese women's accessory brand.
- Portfolio (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. All manor of Portuguese souvenirs from traditional to modern.
- Springfield (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Spanish youth fashions.
- Burberry (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Classic British luxury brand known for it raincoats. They have other items besides.
- Carolina Herrera (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Venezuelan-American fashion and accessory designer for men, women, and children.
- Ermenegildo Zegna (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Italian-cut suits and accessories.
- Guess (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. This fashion and accessory brand's popularity has waxed and waned over the years.
- Hugo Boss (Terminal 1, after security). Daily 06:00–22:00. German luxury clothing brand.
- Salvatore Ferragamo (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Italian luxury shoe brand since 1928.
- Sunglass Hut (Terminal 1, after security & Terminal 2, after security), ☏ (T1), (T2). Daily 06:00–22:00. Sunglasses, including Ray-Ban, Versace, and Oakley.
- Divers (Five locations across both terminals, before & after security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00. Newsstand. Diverse, with an archaic English spelling.
- Fnac (Terminal 1, after security), ☏ . Daily 07:00–21:00. Literature, music, video games, gadgets, and a Fnac Kids section.
- Relay (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 07:00–23:45. Newsstand with tobacco, chocolates, chewing gum, and Portuguese and international literature.
- Rimowa (two locations: Terminal 1, after security & non-Schengen). Daily 06:00–22:30. Suitcases with a recognizable ribbed design.
- Tech2Go (Terminal 1, after security, non-Schengen), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 07:00–22:00. Tech gizmos, gadgets, and accessories.
- Tumi (two locations: Terminal 1, after security & non-Schengen), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:30. U.S. brand known for its expensive, sturdy luggage and bags.
The airport offers free Wi-Fi.
- Enable Wi-Fi on your device.
- Select the "_VINCI Airports WiFi" network and open your web browser.
- Accept the Terms & Conditions and click "Connect" to join the network.
- CTT (post office) (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . M–F 08:30–19:00, Sa 09:00–18:00, Su & holidays 09:00–13:00 & 14:00–17:00. In addition to this full-service post office, they have post boxes and vending machines after security.
- Farmácia Aeroporto (Airport Pharmacy) (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ . Daily 06:00–22:00.
- SynLab (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ , email@example.com. Daily 06:00–22:00. COVID-19 tests.
- UCS (Terminal 1, before security), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 06:00–22:00 daily. Covid-19 RT-PCR or Antigen testing for passengers whose destination requires it.
- 1 Star Inn Lisbon Airport, Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C 2, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 173-room hotel with outdoor pool, sauna, babysitting, free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. €90-134.
- 2 Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto, Aeroporto Internacional de Lisboa, Rua C 2, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Four-star, 167-room hotel with two swimming pools, gym, free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. €109-157.
- Lisbon — If you have time during a layover, Parque das Nações is only 10 minutes away by metro. It has the Oceanário—a huge aquarium–and Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama–a sizeable shopping centre—along with other sights, a riverside promenade, and some food options. The metro also offers access to other parts of the city if the timing of your layover allows.