Airport location, terminals and transportation
Humberto Delgado Airport, also known simply as Lisbon Airport or Lisbon Portela Airport, is an international airport located 7 kilometres from the city centre of Lisbon, within the city. The airport was founded in 1942 and is considered the largest one in Portugal. The air terminal encompasses two runways, three passenger terminals and one military terminal. The passenger terminals are connected by free shuttles. The passenger traffic of LIS makes up more than 18.5 million people per year.
Ground transportation options to Lisbon include metro, buses, taxis, car sharing and shuttle services as well as rental cars. Taxi stands are positioned near the passenger terminals. Public buses number 208, 705, 722, 744, and 783 run between Lisbon Airoport Station and the city centre. It should be mentioned that buses do not run at night. The easiest way to reach the railway terminal, the bus terminal as well as the hotels is to take the Aerobus, which departs from the car park at the airport. Aeroporto Metro station is situated next to Lisbon Portela Airport.
Rental offices, how to find them, where to return car
In order to rent a car one should go to one of the following international agencies operating in the territory of the airport: Avis and Budget, Payless, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, Sixt. Besides, there is the representative office of Guerin company at the airport. The services of the agencies are available from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. The agencies are closed at night. The information desks of the agencies are placed opposite the exit from the baggage claim hall, beside the exit from the terminal.
Rental cars are collected from and returned to the special car park placed between car parks P1 and P3, near the terminal. At the customer's request, he or she may pick up a rental car from and return it to any convenient location.
Advance online car booking through the website of the company or the special services allows reducing the cost of the service. Car rental services are available to drivers over the age of 24 years, whose driving experience exceeds 2 years. Young drivers will have to pay a higher car rental charge.
Long-term and short-term parking, hotels nearby
There are a few car parks (P1-P5) at LIS. These car parks include the short-term Kiss and fly car park for picking up and dropping off passengers (P1), long-term car parks (P3, P4 and P5), and a separate car park for rental vehicles. Furthermore, parking bays are found within Terminal 1 (P2). Valet parking services (ValetXpress) are provided in car park P1. This service may be booked online in advance. All passengers may take advantage of such an amenity as free parking in the car parks for up to 10 minutes. However, one may make use of this amenity only twice a day.
Two hotels are nestled in the transit area of the international airport. These are the Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto and the Star Inn. The Tryp hotel is set not far from Terminal 1. The second hotel is within walking distance of the airport.