Capital

Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and the country’s biggest city, located on the estuary of the Tagus river, on the European Atlantic Coast. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital.

Language

Portugal’s official language is Portuguese. Derived from Latin roots, Portuguese is the third most spoken European language in the world, with around 250 million speakers.

People

Around 3 million people live in the Lisboa region, with around 600 thousand living in the capital itself.

Constitution

The Portuguese Constitution allows religious freedom, with various religions being practised in Portugal.

Electric Voltage

230 / 400 volts, on a 50-hertz frequency. The electric sockets adhere to European standards. Blade plugs (US standard) must be used in conjunction with a 230 volts transformer, as well as an adaptor.

Weather

In Lisboa winters are mild and summers hot, though moderated by its location near the sea. During spring and autumn there are usually sunny days with mild temperatures.

Temperature

Jan/MarApr/JunJul/SepOct/Dec
Air Temperature17.1ºC21.8ºC26.3ºC17.2ºC
Sea Temperature17.1ºC17.5ºC19.5ºC17.2ºC

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Local Currency & Payments

The euro is portugal’s official currency, having been introduced in January 2002.

  • 1 euro is divided into 100 cents.
  • There are coins of: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents and 1 and 2 euros.
  • The bills can be distinguished by their size and colour and have the following face values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.

In Portugal, payments can be made in cash, bank transfer, checks, credit cards and debit cards.

Timetables

Metro

Everyday from 06:30 am to 01:00 am. More info

Trains

Everyday from 05:00 am to 01:00 am. More info

Buses

Everyday from 05:30 am to 12:30 am. Night service from 12:30 am to 05:30 am. More info

Pharmacies

Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (Some pharmacies close at lunchtime). Saturdays from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm (When closed all pharmacies indicate the nearest open pharmacy on duty, where there is a 24-hour service).

Post

Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 06:00 pm. (The post offices at Praça dos restauradores, Cabo Ruivo and the airport are open on weekdays until 08:00 pm, and with restricted timetables on weekends.)

Banks

Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 03:00 pm.

Restaurants

Lunch from 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm, Dinner from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Embassies

Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 03:00 pm.

Shopping centres

Everyday from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.

Useful Contacts

 
Telephone Codes International Calls: 00 + country area code
Portugal area code: +351
   
National Emergency Number 112    
Public Health Line 24 (+351) 808 24 24 24   |   24h/24h *Online www.sns24.gov.pt
Police Tourism Station (PSP)
Praça dos Restauradores
(+351) 213 421 623   |   10:00h > 18:00h lsbetur@psp.pt
contacto@psp.pt
www.psp.pt
www.safecommunitiesportugal.com
Police Tourism Station (PSP)
Santa Apolónia
(+351) 218 804 030   |   24h/24h lsbetur@psp.pt
contacto@psp.pt
www.psp.pt
www.safecommunitiesportugal.com
Trains (CP) (+351) 707 210 220 *online www.cp.pt
Buses (Carris) (+351) 213 613 000   |   ­08:00h > 20:00h atendimento@carris.pt www.carris.pt
Metro Lisboa (+351) 213 500 115   |   08:30h > 19:00h atendimento@metrolisboa.pt www.metrolisboa.pt
Taxi | Autocoope (+351) 217 996 475 taxi@cooptaxis.pt www.cooptaxis.pt
Lisbon Airport
arrivals and departures
(+351) 218 413 500 lisbon.airport@ana.pt www.ana.pt
Tourism Office
Ask Me Lisboa | Airport
(+351) 218 450 660 info@lismarketing.pt www.visitlisboa.com

 

Health

The hospital emergency services must only be used for serious emergencies.
* In order to have access to this service: E.U. citizens who are non-resident in Portugal must show their passport or id card and the European Health Insurance Card, a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the EU countries.