During the month of March I decided to take a trip to Lisbon Portugal, one of my favorites cities in Europe. The fare by American Airlines in combination with OneWorld partner Iberia was fairly low when I decided I wanted to fly out to Lisbon. I ended up booking the trip 3 weeks before departure. The deal was still reasonable so I pulled the trigger on it for a 7 day adventure around Lisbon. When I was booking my flight, I wanted to select a route that would give me the most milage. Prior to my trip to Lisbon, I took 3 back to back trips around the East Coast and I was exhausted but when you’re flying First and Business class, the word sleep was music to my ears. The flight route was as follow: LAX-MIA-MAD-LIS and my return was LIS-MAD-MIA-LAX and I earned a total of 14,170 Elite qualifying miles.
After a very long journey I made it to Lisbon at 11:00am, I was thrilled on my early arrival because I had the whole day ahead of me and I wasn’t going to waste it by sleeping. The Weather was lovely and it was time to explore. If you have never been to Lisbon I highly recommend it especially during the summer. When I finally made my way outside of the terminal, it was time to catch a taxi to my hotel. The line wasn’t very long and the waiting process only took about 10 minutes. There will be an official directing traffic and he will point out which will be the taxi for you and as usual you will be greeted by all, “BOM DIA!!
Taxi Line at Lisbon airport upon arrival
- Be sure to have your hotel address in hand and give it to the driver so he knows where to take you. However, the majority of drivers do not speak much english – some of them do but very little. For me it was a different scenario because I speak portuguese and that helped me get around town easier.
- The Taxi drivers are extremely friendly and caring. They will try their hardest to have a conversation with you and answer any questions you might have while also teaching you some of the history of Portugal as they drive you around town.
- Some hotels offer a destination card which covers some of the major tourist attractions, restaurants and shopping plazas near by your hotel. If you are wanting to visit any of the near by venues, select it from the card and hand it out to the driver, he will be able to know exactly where you’re going and avoiding our biggest fear, getting lost. If you are unsure where to go, simply ask the front desk and they will help you accommodate your transportation.
- Incase you didn’t know, taxi fares in Lisbon are super super cheap, so it’s a good method of transportation to get around the city if you are wanting to go that route rather than taking the bus, trolleys and subway. For example, my ride from the airport to the hotel was only 10 euros and roughly I was 25-30 minutes away from my hotel. I was staying City Center of Lisbon.
- If you are wanting to visit a few historic landmarks of Lisbon and do some sight seeing, I would recommend booking a tour rather than using a taxi – as that will give you the access of hoping on and hoping off at your own time while being driven anywhere around town for a flat rate. I will be sharing my tour selection around Lisbon on an upcoming blog post.
- Incase you want to keep track of the charge meter some of the taxi have that feature located on the rear view mirror and some have the old school taxi meter.
- 95% of the taxi’s in Lisbon are Mercedes Benz. You can expect to ride on a clean and comfortable vehicle 😉
Bottom Line and final thoughts, I get greater satisfaction walking around town and using other sorts of transportation rather than being on a taxi at every hour of the day. For the most part during my trip I was on foot and using the bus. Lisbon has incredible pastry and coffee shops as well as restaurants and small bars and lounges in every corner, so being able to explore and seeing the culture and how they live it’s interesting to see.
Walking back to my hotel and enjoying the Beautiful sights of Lisbon at dusk after a lovely afternoon of pastries, wine and chocolate bon bons.
For those who have visited Lisbon, what were your thoughts? Did you get to experience their taxi service or any other sort of transportation?