This Lisbon guide in one day It will allow you to visit several of the most famous places in the city, making the most of all the available time.
This city, with a decadent charm in some of its neighborhoods as the essential Alfama, is also known as the city of the seven hills, in which many of the best viewpoints of the city are located, with great panoramic views.
With this one-day guide in Lisbon, in addition to touring many of its most famous neighborhoods, markets and streets, you can leave the city having tasted its delicious Bélem cakes or with the sound of fado in your ears, after enjoying a unforgettable evening at some small local tavern.
Based on the experience of our trip to Lisbon in 4 days, we have designed a tour guide Lisbon in one day, designed for travelers who have little time or for your first day in the city. We start!
How to go from the airport to the center of Lisbon
The best ways to get to your hotel or downtown from Lisbon airport are several:
- Metro: From T1 you can take the metro (red line), from 6 in the morning until 1 in the morning, to the Saldanha stop, near the center.
The subway ride takes less than 20 minutes and the total price is less than 2 euros. From the Saldanha stop you can connect with the green line in Alameda and the blue line in Sao Sebastiao, which will bring you closer to the center. The frequency is about 10 minutes and the total journey to the center can take about half an hour. To buy the subway ticket, you must first acquire the card 7 hills or Long live Viagem.
- Bus: From T1 leaves the Airbus, which for about 4 euros will leave you in the city center in about 20 minutes. If you arrive at night you can take the 208 bus that stops in the center, although you must take into account that urban buses are more uncomfortable if you carry luggage and take longer. You can book the aerobus here in advance.
- Taxi: For a price of about 20 euros it can be a good option if you stay away from the center.
- Private transport: With a price similar to the taxi, it is the most comfortable option since a driver will wait for you at the airport with a sign with your name, which will take you to your hotel. You can book it here.
For more information about the transfer you can check this post on how to go from Lisbon airport to downtown.
Recommended accommodation in Lisbon
During our stay in the city we stayed at This is Lisbon Hostel, located in the emblematic Alfama district, 5 minutes walk from the Rossio metro station.
This hostel has a perfect location for visit Lisbon in one day and stands out for its magnificent panoramic views of the city from its terrace, in addition to having a good breakfast and a great quality / price ratio.
Tips to save in Lisbon
- If you are going to travel a lot around the city by public transport, it is advisable to buy a 24-hour ticket for a price of 6.15 euros. This ticket valid for bus, subway, tram and train can be more profitable than buying every time you travel a single ticket that costs 1.50 euros.
Although you may find it more profitable to book the Lisbon Card that includes public transport and several attractions such as the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower, the Santa Justa Elevator, etc ...
- If you do not want to pay commissions when withdrawing money from ATMs and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, our two favorite cards for travel.
You can find much more information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
- A good option to know the history and curiosities of the city is to book this Free tour of Lisbon Free! and this free tour of the Alfama neighborhood, both with a guide in Spanish.
- To listen to fado it is better to avoid the tourist sites that charge you entrance or the food is very expensive or of poor quality.
A good alternative is to go for a drink in a tavern like To Tasca do Jaime, just in front of the Rua Graça stop, Tram 28.
For more recommendations you can consult this post of tips to travel to Lisbon essential.
Lisbon guide in one day
This Lisbon route in one day Start arriving early in the morning to the viewpoint of Portas do Sol, our favorite viewpoint of the city. From the terrace of Portas do Sol you will enjoy incredible views of the old town, with the Tagus river in the background, while having delicious breakfast Pasté de Bélem, with a good cup of coffee.
Map of the route through Lisbon in one day