Public Transportation



Santa Apolónia Station

Located at the foot of the Alfama district, about 500 metres from ISPA, this is the starting point for most international trains, and where they end their journeys in the Portuguese capital. Other trains depart to the larger Portuguese cities, although most passengers now hop on board at Oriente Station (see below), the train’s second stop. The Santa Apolónia station is a short walk from the city centre, but is also well served by buses and taxis that line up outside.




Oriente Station

Another main station which is located in the heart of Parque das Nações. It is a metro and bus terminal and an compulsory stop for just about every train that passes by Lisbon.




Cais do Sodré Station

Major bus, metro, train, and ferry terminal. This is where trains depart to Cascais and Estoril, and trams pass by on their way to Belém. The ferries link to Cacilhas across the river (a 10 minute journey worth taking for views of the city's skyline from the Tagus), where buses depart to towns south of the capital such as Setúbal and Sesimbra.




Rossio Station

The city's most central station, located downtown right between the squares of Rossio and Restauradores. It serves the city's suburbs, and can be your starting point for a daytrip to Sintra.





Some destinations within the city are best reached by bus. There are several routes that cover the city centre and it is easy to find buses to get to ISPA such as the 28, 35, 745, 759, or 781, for example. The ticket costs €1.40.


Buses Diagram


Underground (Metro)

Lisbon’s underground is modern, clean, and efficient. It runs from 6.30 am to 1.00 am, and many of its stations are decorated with contemporary art, making it a tourist attraction in itself. The Metropolitano de Lisboa offers a variety of fares such as: fares exclusive to the Metro, fares combined with Carris (buses, trams, cable cars and lifts), fares combined with other transport operators, and intermodal fares. The Metropolitano de Lisboa has a large network of automatic ticket vending machines and staffed points of sale where you can buy your tickets. To get to ISPA take the blue line to Santa Apolónia Station. The ticket costs approximately €1.40.


Underground Network Diagram


Ferry Boats

You can get to ISPA from the south bank of the river (Barreiro, Almada, Montijo, or Seixal) by ferry. The ticket costs approximately €2.50.