Useful Information

Weather

Usually September has very good weather: sunny, warm, no rain. Sea water is around 18º -19ºC around Lisboa

Public transport

As Lisboa is a relatively small city, taxis are cheap. Uber is available, cheaper than taxis and with a better service.

There are buses and tramways. Tram number 28 is famous: it goes up the castle hill, and you should profit from it. Enjoy the sunset from the castle.

Metro is a very good option although it doesn’t cover the whole city.

The metro fare is charged to the “Viva Viagem” card, which must be purchased on the first purchase of the ticket and has a price of € 0.50. The “Viva Viagem” card is reusable and can be used for multiple tickets: individual, round trip, one day pass or 10 travel ticket.

Tickets are purchased at subway stations, or at the ticket offices or ticket machines. The ticket offices are always busy at the main stations, or closed at the less frequented stations. Ticket machines are user friendly and provide instructions in multiple languages including: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

There are two distinct fare zones in the Lisbon metro but all major tourist areas, including the airport, are part of zone 1. The Lisbon Metro ticket costs in 2019 are:

  • € 1.50 - Single Ticket
  • € 6.40 - Unlimited 24-hour travel ticket that includes all Lisboa buses and trams;

Lisboa metro tickets are loaded on the “Viva Viagem” card and the unused ticket remains on the card for several days. Therefore, a return ticket may be used the next day. The "Viva Viagem" card is also used for the train and ferry service in Lisbon, but ticket prices are different.

Metro Plan:

 metro map

Security

Lisboa is a very secure city but, as in all cities, you should avoid being alone at night in dark areas, like parks and gardens, or in crowded areas. Cascais and Sintra train lines and Tram 28, as they are very popular among tourists, they are also popular among pick pockets. Move your backpack to the front and be careful with your valuables.

Change

  • The currency in Portugal is the Euro (€)
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in Portugal.
  • ATMs are available in both large cities and small towns.
  • There is no limit to the amount of currency imported.
  • Banks open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Currency exchange offices are also available

Electricity

In Portugal the sockets are type E. The standard voltage is 220 Volts with a frequency of 50 Hz. You are advised to bring an adapter for electrical sockets, if you come from outside continental Europe.

Shopping

Main shopping area is downtown: Av. Liberdade (with luxury shops) until the river and the Chiado area.(M: Chiado)

Shopping centres: Colombo (M: Colégio Militar), Vasco da Gama (M: Oriente)

Department Store: El Corte Ingles (M: São Sebastião)

Duty Free

Travelers whose usual residence is located in a state which is not a member of the European Union or in a third state, can benefit from the deduction of VAT on goods purchased in Portugal. please inquire with merchant. The traveller must present his passport in store to justify his status as a non-resident.

To claim a tax refund, the tax refund form must be presented to the customs service when leaving the country. You may be asked to present purchased items for verification.

Language

The Congress official languages are Portuguese and English. No translation will be provided.

Arrival at Lisboa

Lisbon has an airport very close to city centre, with a Metro station.

You can take a taxi (10 to 15 € to the centre or a Uber car. These stop at the Kiss & Fly parking in the departures area (3 to 5 'walk from the arrivals hall)

Dress code

Dress code is business casual throughout the conference, including dinner.