The joint fleet of the two public transportation companies
Carris (buses and trams) and Metro (underground) covers the
entire city with regular bus and tram routes as well as
The city is served by 3,500 taxis, and a taxi ride from the
airport to the city centre should cost between € 8 and € 15.
The usual urban taxi fares are:Day: € 2 + € 0.40/kmTelephone
booking: € 0.8 Night, weekend and holidays: € 2.5 + € 0.48/km
Taxis are widely used by the locals, and in comparison to the
taxi fares in other countries, the Lisboa taxis are still to be
considered a rather inexpensive means of transportation.
The average maximum daily temperature and average minimum
temperature in the Lisboa area in June - July are 22ºC / 64 F
(high) and 12ºC / 52 F (low). Please take in consideration that
Lisboa is located by the river and the ocean, and therefore can
be windy in the late afternoon or evening. A sweater or a ladies
pashmina may be necessary.
Portugal is a member of the European Monetary System, and the
previous currency Escudo was replaced by the €uro on 1 January
Portuguese standard is the European type 2 pin sockets with 220
volts AC at 50 cycles. The phase 380 volt current is normally
available in meeting rooms and exhibition halls.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and
restaurants. Travellers’ cheques and currency can be changed
at exchange bureaux or at hotel receptions. Automatic changing
and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks
are also widely available.
With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons
coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present
there are no special health requirements.
Hotel Check in/out Policy
Normal check in time at hotels is 15h00. The established check
out time is 12h00. Should you need guaranteed occupancy before
13h00 on the day of your arrival, the previous night should be
Clinics and hospitals provide 24 hrs emergency service.The
national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on
call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available
at out-patient departments, otherwise private consultation fees
Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted. For non E.U.
residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many
shops, which give substantial savings to visitors.
Fine leather goods, lead crystal ware, porcelain, vintage wines,
golden and silver filigree, pottery and textiles are considered
excellent buys in Portugal.The pedestrian streets of the city
centre, “a Baixa”, bordered by the magnificent Praça do Comércio,
facing the River Tejo, and the “Chiado” area leading to
Bairro Alto, are popular shopping areas.
Shops are open from 09h00 to 13h00 and 15h00 to 19h00 Monday to
Friday, and 09h00 to 13h00 on Saturdays. Major shopping malls
stay open from 10h00 to 23h00, including weekends. The main
shopping centres are Colombo, Amoreiras, Vasco da Gama and the
Atrium Saldanha, all within easy access by underground network
The Portuguese law, in accordance with Regulations in force in
the majority of European Countries and the USA, does not allow
smoking in any public transportation or in any closed public
areas. (Some restaurants, bars and discotecs may have a
designated smoking area).
Tipping is optional, but adding 10% to the amount is regular
practise in taxis, restaurants and bars.