Located at the mouth of the Tagus River, Lisbon is the capital and the largest city in Portugal . With a pleasant climate most of the year, it stands out for the union of history and tradition. Its location near Spain makes taking a train to Lisbon one of the best ways to visit it.
Lisbon has two main train stations: Santa Apolonia and Oriente. The first was inaugurated in 1865, with a single platform, and is located in the centre of the city, with easy access to the main places of interest. A very different architectural style is the second one, located to the east and designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It was inaugurated in 1998 so that it could be used during the Expo. Both stations are accessible for people with reduced mobility and offer services such as waiting rooms, luggage storage, bars and restaurants, shopping area and car rental.
Travel by train from Madrid to Lisbon with Renfe. With Trainline you can book your trip, which lasts about 10 hours and 40 minutes. Other Spanish cities are also directly connected to the Portuguese capital. Travel by train from Ávila to Lisbon in a journey of about 9 hours and 10 minutes, or choose the train route from Salamanca to Lisbon which takes approximately 7 and a half hours.
Both visitors who arrive at the Lisbon airport and those who do it by train or bus to Santa Apolonia, Oriente or Sete Rios stations have different transport options to get to the city centre. Several means of transport can also be used to move around the destination.
Metro: The metro has four lines differentiated by colours: yellow, green, blue and red. These cover most of the areas of tourist interest in between 06:30 to 01:00. The Lisbon metro is modern and one of the fastest and most economical ways to get around the city.
Bus: It offers a wide network of more than 140 lines that link to some places that the subway does not reach. There are also night buses that connect the main areas of the city. The schedules and frequencies vary depending on the line.
Tram: Perhaps the most typical means of transport in Lisbon, it has five lines and is a great way to explore the city. Especially known is the number 28, which runs through the historic centre.
Funicular: Special mention deserves the elevators, funiculars that allow you to avoid the long and steep slopes of the Portuguese capital while enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Bicycle: The traffic, the slopes, the tram or the cobblestones can make the bicycle a challenge. However, the city has some stretches of bike lanes that make pedalling a good way to visit certain areas, among which the Ribera del Tajo area, where you can find several bike rental companies.
Taxis: In Lisbon, there are also many taxis, beige and, generally, cheaper than those of other cities in Europe.
Travelling by train to Lisbon, to the station of Santa Apolonia, allows you to reach the heart of the city and embark on exploring its historic centre. You can start wandering through the winding and cobbled streets of the Alfama, among colourful houses, until you reach the Castle of San Jorge, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the city. From here, it goes down again until you reach Plaza del Comercio, passing by the Santa Justa elevator or its spectacular cathedral.
Another neighbourhood that is worth visiting is Belem, to know the famous tower of the same name, the Monument to the Discoverers or the beautiful Jerónimos monastery and taste the typical Belem cakes. Of the Portuguese gastronomy, you should not miss any of its fish, such as cod or grilled sardines, accompanied by local wine. To do some shopping, it is worth visiting the Feira da Ladra market, where you can find objects of all kinds in its antique stalls.
At night, the protagonist is the Alto district, with its varied offer of night spots. This is a good area to stay and will especially like the night lovers. Those who want to be in the centre may opt for the Baixa area, although there are also options for those who prefer something more quiet, such as the Parque de las Naciones area.