Fly to Lisbon with British Airways and immerse yourself in the vibrant bustle of Portugal's capital city. London Heathrow (LHR) is just a two and half hour flight from Portela Airport (LIS), so you’ll be ready to enjoy the beautiful sights of Lisbon in no time.
From the steep hillsides to the gothic cathedrals, Lisbon's pastel-coloured cityscape offers delights for even the most seasoned traveller. Find quirky bars in the Bairro Alto, traditional shops in Baixa or head to Alfama’s winding streets. Discover the marine wildlife at Lisbon Oceanarium - Europe's largest indoor aquarium - or go boutique shopping in the fashionable Chiado district. Whatever your interests, Lisbon has plenty to entertain. And with regular flights departing from London, you can start your holiday to Lisbon in style with British Airways.
Our flights to Lisbon fly directly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Portela Airport (LIS) in two hours and 30 minutes. With a number of different flight times every week, it's easy for you to choose a travel time that suits you best. On board, relax and enjoy the latest in-flight entertainment as our friendly cabin crew take care of everything.
When you fly with British Airways, you can choose a departure date that suits you and you’ll enjoy a safe and comfortable journey. Our cabin crew will be happy to help you with anything you need, so you can simply relax. Choose to fly with hand baggage only or pick a price that includes a 23kg checked baggage allowance and free seat selection 48 hours before you fly. You can also buy delicious food from British food favourite M&S, on board all flights from/to London Heathrow and London Gatwick. For your convenience we will only accept payment by credit/debit cards on board, and Executive Club Members can pay with Avios via the British Airways app.
Once you touch down at Portela Airport, you'll be just four and a half miles north-east of Lisbon's city centre. From the airport, you can take the Aerobus into central Lisbon, or if you prefer, taxi hire costs around €30 to the city centre. Alternatively, pre-book a transfer to make your journey as simple as possible. Or, if you plan to explore the area surrounding Lisbon, hire a car and discover the region at your own pace.
Things to do in Lisbon
There is lots to do in Lisbon, from shopping in superb boutiques to dancing all night at a waterfront club. Make sure to head to the beach to bask in the sun, before finding out why Lisbon is famous for its seafood at one of the traditional tascas (taverns) in Alafama.
Glorious churches, Moorish castles and monuments to Lisbon’s maritime past are just the beginning when sightseeing in the Portuguese capital. Head to Belém to see the famous Belém Tower and the fantastic Jerónimos monastery. Or travel east to see the Parque das Nações, a futuristic alternative. Not to be missed are the winding streets and steps of Alafama where you will find the magisterial Castelo de São Jorge overlooking the beautiful cathedral – the famous 28 tram traverses this neighbourhood with ease. In the centre, explore the area around Praça de Rocio or visit the Elevador de Santa Justa for panoramic views of the whole city.
Lisbon has access to some superb beaches, travel on the train to the family-friendly beaches of Estoril or Cascais to sink your toes into some golden sand. And the Atlantic Ocean, while cold, is a welcome respite from the summer sun – maybe don a wetsuit and try surfing at Praia de Carcavelos. Or on the other side of the Tagus, the Costa da Caparica offers 30km of uninterrupted beach, with some great bars and agreeable surfing. For the more rugged beach, the Serra de Sintra coastline sits alongside a national park, and the famous Praia Guincho is a great spot for both surfing and kitesurfing.
You’ll find both historic and modern art in Lisbon, and a lot of contemporary street art – depending on which part of the city you travel to. Visit the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, whose collection focusses on Portuguese travel and religion. Or the fantastic Museu Colecção Berardo, which houses modern artists such as Lichtenstein, Warhol and Picasso, among many more. The Museu do Azulejo showcases Lisbon’s fascination with ceramic tiles, which cover many buildings across the city. You will find some brilliant street art, especially around the Picoas and Amoreiras neighbourhoods – the CRONO Project starts around the Picoas metro station.
Get the best value for money dining in Lisbon – great restaurants, superb cafés and hidden tascas – all cheaper than other major European cities. Seafood and fish is widely available, especially on the Rua das Portas de Santo Antão and along the waterfront. Pastries are out of this world, including the renowned pastel de nata (egg custard in filo pastry), which you can buy on every corner. Don’t miss a trip to the Mercado da Ribeira in Cais do Sodre, as it is a neo-industrial foodie paradise – a must try is the warm beef sandwiches, alongside sausages and queijo da Serra (a delectable cheese).
The bar scene in Lisbon is one of the liveliest in Europe – both locals and visitors bar hopping throughout the night. Head to Bairro Alto, where hundreds of bars are packed into just a few streets, to rub shoulders with friendly Lisboetas. When in Lisbon you should not miss a night at a fado club. If you go to Alfama you can find traditional fado clubs alongside delicious cuisine, or in Lapa make your way to Sinhor Vinho. For more contemporary clubs, head down to Cais do Sodre, whose super clubs – like the legendary Lux – sit on the Tagus’s banks. Dance to pumping house music until the early hours.
Shopping in Lisbon can be as cheap or luxury as you want it to be, like any major capital in Europe. The Feira da Ladra (Thief Fair) is one of the oldest flea markets in Lisbon, with roots in the middle ages, it takes place in Alfama on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For boutiques, head to Avenida da Liberdade in Baixa, where you will find Louis Vuitton and Prada, and the wonderful Stivali department store. You will find some interesting shops in Principe Real, local designers and conceptual shops. If you visit Chiado, you will find the world’s oldest bookstore, Livraria Bertrand, and some beautiful jewellery shops.