Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, and one of Europe's gems. It feels more like a village than a city with narrow, tree-lined streets, plazas where locals gather to chat and relax, music echoing from crowded nightlife venues and bars in Bairro's Alto, white domed cathedrals and the occasional stunning monastery. Dine at one of the top seafood restaurants overlooking the water, pick up some local produce at the markets, grab a Portuguese tart, visit the São Jorge Castle for top views and cool off at one of the stunning beaches not far from the city centre. It's a travel destination that has something for everyone.
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Lisbon (LIS)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Lisbon
When to visit
Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate, with mild weather throughout the year. The best times to visit Lisbon are in late spring (May to March) or early autumn (September and October), as the weather is warm and sunny but with fewer crowds. Temperatures range from 20°C to 22°C. August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 25°C, making it the peak season and the perfect time to visit to enjoy the nearby beaches.
What is the main airport called?
Lisbon Airport (LIS).Opens external site in a new window It is an international airport located 7 km northeast from the city centre of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. The airport is the main gateway to Portugal.
Arriving in Lisbon
The staff at Lisbon Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your travel needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Lisbon from Lisbon Airport
There are various convenient transport options available at Lisbon Airport, making travelling into the city centre easy. Choose from metro, bus, shuttle, train, taxi or car hire. Lisbon Airport has a Metro (subway) station with a direct line to the city centre. The 'Aeroporto – Saldanha' line takes you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes making it a quick and inexpensive way to travel. Several bus lines stop at the airport arrivals terminal, taking you to different parts of the city. The aerobus has frequent departures from the airport, providing a link between the main city points available at both terminals. 10 minutes away by Metro, you can get to Gare do Oriente, the main train station in Lisbon, where you can take trains to all parts of the country. You may like to rent car to take you where you need to go. Taxis and ride share options are also available at the airport, or you can organise a hotel transfer.
Getting around Lisbon
Getting around Lisbon is easy, with a range of transport options to suit your needs. Choose from metro, tram, funiculars, bus, train, ferry, taxi, walking, bike or join a tour. The metro is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around the city, with four lines and it's easy to navigate to get to the major sights. Yellow buses are a good option to travel to areas that are not accessible by metro or tram, however they are mainly used by the locals. Trams are a fun travel experience and tram 28E weaves an atmospheric path through the historic neighbourhoods of Mouraria, Alfama and Graça. Three funiculars operate in Lisbon, helping you climb up the hills. When travelling on public transport, its best to buy a Viva Viagem green card, to use as a ticket on each mode of public transport. Trains are the best option to visit attractions around Lisbon, namely Sintra and Cascais and run at regular intervals. Bikes are available and can be booked through the bike sharing app, and walking around the historic neighbourhoods and narrow streets is a nice way to see the city. Five boat routes connect the two sides of the Tagus River, and taking a ferry is the fastest and easiest way to get to the south bank. Taxis are not too expensive, or you can request an Uber through the app.
Fly from Melbourne
Once you’ve got your tickets from Melbourne, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your flight.
What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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