Lisbon is a fantastic city and has a lot to offer the visitor. Whether you stay for a weekend or a month, here are some fun things to do in Lisbon, and of course tips for eating and drinking too! And we’ve included a handy google map you can view on your smartphone or computer which you will find below.
Lisbon is a magical place to visit for the first time and also to return and discover more hidden gems and explore the surrounding areas. There are beautiful historic buildings, tiny winding alleyways, fabulous tiles, delicious wines and amazing food. It is no longer an undiscovered destination but it is still an exciting place to explore. Let’s go to Lisbon!
It’s easy to get to and from Lisbon from other parts of Portugal as well as from abroad. This makes it a great choice for last minute city trips.
The Comboios trains serve Lisbon from Porto and other places in Portugal. Check Trainline for ticket and route options. The train takes less than 3 hours from Porto and parts of the ride are quite picturesque passing coastal towns. Be sure to check out our guide to Porto here too.
You can also travel to Lisbon via Spain with ALSA buses and Flixbus. The least expensive option is often with Flixbus, you can find ticket prices as low as €4. Check here for Flixbus prices and schedules.
You can fly into Lisbon (LIS) airport from most cities in Europe on airlines like EasyJet, Ryan Air and TAP. Sometimes you might want to fly into Porto (OPO) and drive or take the train to Lisbon for a combo trip. Check Skyscanner for the best prices and flight schedules for multiple airlines that fly into Porto and Lisbon. Travelers also sometimes combine a trip to Lisbon with southern Portugal and Spain.
If you fly into Lisbon you can catch the local Metro directly from the airport to the city center or wherever you are staying. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the center of Lisbon by Metro. You can transfer to the Green Line (verde) to reach Rossio and Chiado neighborhoods. Of course it is also possible to go by taxi, it will cost about €20 from the airport to the city center.
See below for more information about getting around in Lisboa.
Are you hoping to travel to Lisbon from Spain on the train? You can! There are two night train options from Madrid or San Sebastian to Lisbon. It is also possible to take day trains but you will have to transfer 3 times.
The RENFE train known as Lusitania Trenhotel goes from Madrid’s Chamartin station to Santa Apolonia or Oriente stations in Lisbon. It travels overnight and you can book a private sleeper cabin or just a bed in a shared cabin. Check Trainline for tickets.
Another RENFE train known as the Sud Express goes from San Sebastian to Lisbon overnight. The journey takes a little over 13 hours and actually starts at the French border. You can book a seat, a bed in a shared cabin or a private sleeper cabin. Check Trainline for ticket options.
It is also possible to get to Portugal from Spain via bus in the north and south. Check Flixbus prices and schedules or take a look at ALSA. But if you don’t have a lot of time or interest in a long bus ride, it is probably fastest to fly between Madrid or Barcelona and Lisbon.
Guided Tours in Lisbon: If this is your first visit to the city, you might want to get oriented with a walking tour, or get more adventurous on a bike or in a tuk tuk. Here are some fun Lisbon city tours:
Sightsee on your own: If you’d rather explore Lisbon on your own that is completely doable as well. Here are some of the top things to see and do in Lisbon.
Some of Lisbon’s top things to see and do and most famous landmarks and attractions include the following points of interest. See below for a handy google map with these locations and more.
Some sights in Lisbon like the Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery are closed on Mondays. If you happen to be visiting then and looking for things to do in Lisbon on Monday try São Jorge Castle, visit some miradouros, or take a walking tour or a boat ride on the Tejo. See below for more suggestions for unique things to do in Lisbon.
Food and wine tours are also fun things to do in Lisbon. Here are a few ideas:
Enjoy a river cruise: The Rio Tejo or Tagus river is one of the features that makes Lisbon so beautiful. A fun thing to do in Lisbon is to spend a few hours overlooking the river at a cafe but the best way to see it is on a cruise. You should book ahead if you are visiting in high season or with a group. Kayaking or sailing on a luxury yacht are definitely unusual things to do in Lisbon. Here are some options for river cruises.
If you have a little extra time, here are some things to do outside Lisbon:
Lisbon has fantastic food for all budget levels. Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Lisbon. And of course some of the best places for a wine, port or even a cocktail or craft beer. See below for a handy google map with all these locations and more.
Be sure to check out the map below for the addresses of these restaurants.
If this is your first visit to Lisbon I would recommend finding accommodations in and around the city center in Rossio, Chiado, Baixo, and Bairro Alto. That way you are in the middle of the action and can go in any direction to see the sights. If you don’t mind walking uphill you can find lots of sights, activities and restaurants within walking distance. Of course you can also hop on a tram or bus, or grab a taxi.
Following are some places to stay in Lisbon for a range of budgets and lodging needs. In high season I definitely recommend you use HotelsCombined to compare lodging prices across all booking engines when searching for accommodations.
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I have tried many of the hostels in Lisbon and they are some of the best I have been to. Here are some budget lodgings in Lisbon:
There are many self-catering apartments available in the city. Popular neighborhoods to stay include Rossio, Chiado, Baixo, Bairro Alto, and Alfama. Apartments are available on many websites including hotel booking sites and Airbnb. Get up to €40 credit if you register with Airbnb using this link.
Here are some apartments in Lisbon:
Luxury accommodations in Lisbon:
If you don’t mind walking up and down hills you can see many of Lisbon’s sights on foot if you are based in the city center. Lisbon is also quite well served by Metro, tram and bus. You’ll want to purchase the Viva viagem card which you can top up to use multiple times, called “zapping”.
As mentioned above, if you fly into Lisbon you can catch the local Metro directly from the airport to the city center.
You can also purchase 24, 48 or 72 hour hop on and off tickets which can be a convenient way to get around and see the sights. Or check out the Lisboa card which includes public transport and admission to museums.
Lisbon is quite hilly so unless you are super fit you might not want to get around by bicycle. However bicycles could be handy when exploring around Belem or in the flatter parts of the city.
Tourists might also enjoy riding the historic trams. Tram 28 is the most popular. In the summertime it can be very busy and you may have to wait quite a while before you can board a tram.
Another hint is to check the location of the free elevators if you are going up and down to Bairro Alto several times a day. The map below has some of these marked.
All of the above locations (and more) are included on the below map which you can view on your computer or smartphone. Click here to access the map complete with addresses and names. If you open (click the square bracket in upper right) and star it when you are logged into Google you should also be able to access it in the Google Maps app on your phone. I hope it helps you find some amazing places and fun things to do in Lisbon!
To see the list of addresses, click the popup legend on the top left of the map.
I hope you liked this weekend guide to Lisbon and that you enjoy your visit to this fascinating city. Be sure to take a look at our weekend guide to Porto too.
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