A Digital Nomad’s Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

Jessie Beck

Get Downtown

To get from Lisbon’s International Portela Airport into the city, you have four options:

  • Metro
  • Bus
  • Taxi
  • Uber


Metro is the cheapest and quickest option for getting into the city; takes 15 minutes

Cost:  €1,50 one way and runs from 6am to 1am

Metro Card: costs €0.50 in addition to fare, first use

Train ticket machines queues can be long


Take the bus only if you have a lot of luggage

Cost: €6,50 one way

The Aerobus 1,2, and 3 will take you into the city

There’s also a night bus (Route 208) starting at 11:42pm, hourly


Pick ups located outside the arrivals area 

Cost: About €15 for a taxi from the airport downtown; sometimes more at night

Lisbon taxis on the whole are safe and nice


Uber works in Lisbon and is a little cheaper than taking a taxi

Pick up and drop off is outside of Departures main lobby/entrance

Get Online


Cell Phone

The T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice North America plans include unlimited texts and data in Portugal

Best SIM Cards:

Since SIM cards don’t have to be registered in Portugal, buying one is easy 

Visit an official kiosk to grab a tourist SIM (available at the airport)

Top up at any small market or tourist shop in the city


The wifi at Lisbon’s airport is free, but you have to create an account to get online

It’s spotty and slow; not recommended unless you really need it

Wifi is widely available in hotels, shops & cafes in Lisbon


The three main network providers in Portugal are MEO, Vodafone, and NOS

Best Coverage: Meo, followed by Vodafone. Don’t bother with NOS

With MEO you can get 30GB of internet for 15 days for  €14,99 with their Tourist SIM plan

With Vodafone, their tourist SIM includes unlimited data for 15 days for €15

Get Going

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