Travel Information

How to get to the PCC

By air: Lisbon Airport
53 airlines fly to 128 destinations in 43 countries from the Lisbon Airport, one of the busiest airports in southern Europe. Every year, 11 million passengers pass through its gates. It takes approximately 30 minutes to drive from/ to the city center.

Airport transfer:

Metro

The Lisbon Airport has a Metro (subway) station with a direct line to the city center. The 'Aeroporto – Saldanha' line takes you to downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. The Metro network will allow you to move around the city with ease. It is a quick and inexpensive way to get around, plus you'll get to see Lisbon's subway stations – each with its own theme and décor.

You must purchase the '7 Colinas' / 'Viva Viagem' electronic travel card, which you can then top up, and can be used both for the Metro and for Carris (bus network):
7 Colinas / Viva Viagem electronic card: €0.50
Single Fare Price: €1.40
24H Network Pass: €6.00
http://metro.transporteslisboa.pt/

Buses

Several bus lines stop at the airport arrivals terminal, taking you to different parts of the city. However, please note that the maximum baggage size allowed in these buses is 50x40x20cm. If your baggage exceeds this size, you must take the airport's specific buses (Aerobus and Airport Shuttle).
Fare (on-board): €1.80
You must purchase the '7 Colinas' / 'Viva Viagem' electronic travel card, which can be used both for the Metro and for Carris (bus network):
7 Colinas / Viva Viagem electronic card: €0.50
Single Fare Price: €1.40
24H Network Pass: €6.00
http://carris.transporteslisboa.pt/
Schedules can be found here.

Shuttle

The main difference between the two shuttle options is that, while the AeroBus follows a specific route, the Airport Shuttle will take passengers where they need to go.

Aerobus

With frequent departures from the airport, this bus provides a link between the main city points, the Sete Rios bus terminal, the Entrecampos railway terminal, Cais do Sodré, Areeiro-Martim Moniz and the two terminals at the Lisbon Airport (1 and 2). It stops near the city's main hotels and digital panels at each stop provide information updated every minute.

With a completely renewed image and fleet for greater comfort on the journey, the new buses now have a set of new features: free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, luggage compartment, access for reduced mobility and a team available to provide information.
One-way ticket: 24H AEROBUS PASS
Adults: €4.00, Children (ages 4 to 10): €2.00, Groups (4 or more adults): €3.00
Return Ticket: 2 X 24H AEROBUS PASS
Adults: €6.00, Children (ages 4 to 10): €3.00, Groups (4 or more adults): €4,50
https://www.aerobus.pt

Train

10 minutes away by Metro and a bit longer by bus, you can get to Gare do Oriente, the main train station in Lisbon, where you can take trains to all parts of the country.

  • Buses: Nos. 208, 705 and 744
  • Metro Station: Oriente

https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/

Taxi

You can always find a taxi at the airport, normally queueing outside the departures and arrivals terminals.
As the city center is very close by, taxis are a relatively affordable transportation option, even with the luggage and/or pet fees that may be charged separately by the driver.

  • Depending on traffic, the journey to the city center is quick, and costs between 10 and 15 euros, including luggage fees. If you choose this means of transportation, make sure the meter is turned on at the beginning of the journey and always ask for a receipt/invoice. 

Parking:

The CCL is equipped with two car parks, with a total capacity of 1,100 spaces.

The car parks have a fire control system and carbon monoxide detection system with extraction fans that are automatically activated in the event of an elevated level of carbon monoxide.
These car parks adapt their business hours to the events. Users of both car parks may choose one of several payment options.

Hourly Rate:

  • Daily rate for congress participants and exhibitioners, with no entry or exit restrictions
  • Monthly rental
  • Special rates for floor or whole car park rental.

 *The car parks are equipped with a VIA VERDE system

Visa Application

Portugal, an EU Member State and member of the Schengen Area, has issued Schengen Visas since 1995.  Inhabitants of the Schengen countries can move freely within the Schengen area without having to go through border checkpoints. However, they still must have their passports or identification cards with them when travelling.

Visitors from other countries must have passports valid for at least six months after the date of arrival and, in some cases, a visa. The list of countries whose citizens require a visa in order to visit Portugal can be found here.

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.

It is recommended that delegates apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress, if required.

Security & Health

Whenever you are traveling abroad, you should be careful to avoid certain risks:

Bring copies of your passport
: If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.

Leave a copy of your passport: For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.

Register with your local embassy: If there is a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.

Check-in with your insurance carrier: Ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.

Remember safe general practices: When carrying photo and video equipment, always place them inside a small bag. Never leave your belongings unattended, and avoid walking around alone at night.

Local Currency: Look up the monetary conversion before you go. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of the conversion rate is at. You can, for example, check the exchange rate at www.xe.com.

Avoid carrying a lot of cash, but always have some local cash. Most places accept credit cards, but make sure you have access to some local currency for things like shuttles or buses.

Call your bank or credit card provider: Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if international transactions suddenly occur, and they will turn off your card as a security measure. Contact them before you leave to let them know you’ll be out of the country.