Sleeping in Airports

Lisbon Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lisbon Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Frequently rousted by security, but generally allowed to stay put. – euromancan

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Lisbon Portela Airport.

What to Expect

  • Lisbon airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 handles arrivals and departures on traditional airlines (ie. TAP Air Portugal), whereas Terminal 2 is for flights on low-cost carriers (ie. easyJet).
  • Terminal 1 is reportedly much newer and nicer than Terminal 2, with better food and shopping choices.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • Showers can be found in a few of the lounges.
  • There WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • According to a May 2018 review, T1 does not allow travellers to check-in for flights after 11:00 P.M. Travellers were permitted to stay Landside. Reviewers unanimously recommended Terminal 1 over Terminal 2 for sleeping options. In particular, try the rest zone around Gates 19 and 20, airside.
  • There are couches in the Terminal 1 food court and near some of the gates. Landside, there are quiet areas on the upper level.
  • Some reviewers warned of cold AC, so considering bringing a blanket and warm clothes.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

ABC – Airport Business Center – Location: Terminal 1, Landside, near check-in desks 14-36. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  ANA Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, 6th Floor, Praça Lisboa. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Blue Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gates 7-13. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Lisbon Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel – (3 minutes from the airport) Located next to Terminal 1. A free shuttle operates from 4:00AM – 12:30PM and from 6:00PM – 10:00PM.   » Check Rates
  • Pensao Residencial Terminus – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. A taxi costs approx. 15,00€ each way.  » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Express Lisbon Airport – (5 minutes from the airport) Airport shuttle is 5 Euro per person each way.  » Check Rates
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every hour between 6:00AM – 11:00PM.  » Check Rates
  • Ibis Lisboa Parque das Nacoes – (11 minutes from to airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lisbon Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Unlimited free WiFi is available at Lisbon Airport. Connect to the “VINCI Airports wifi” network.

Additionally, there are several internet kiosks available Landside and Airside.

Communications

  • Post Office – CTT offers postal services, stamps, telephone cards and more. Location: T1, landside. Hours: 9:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon-Fri) 9:00AM – 6:00PM (Sat) 9:00AM – 1:00PM AND 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Sun, holidays).
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Sinks, changing tables, and worktops are available in baby changing rooms located landside and airside throughout T1 and T2. There are fourteen changing rooms in T1 and two available in T2. Two additional baby changing rooms offer a private area for breastfeeding. Those two rooms are located near Gates 41 and 44 in the International area (non-Schengen). In addition to the baby changing rooms, changing tables are available airside and landside in women’s restrooms in T1 and T2.
  • Children’s Play Areas – A fun and colorful play area for children ages 2 to 7 is available.
  • Family Services – Traveling with kids? Check out the Family Room, a quiet and comfortable oasis for families, away from the crowds. The family room has comfortable couches, a kitchenette with microwave, a baby bottle warmer, vending machines and entertainment for the kiddos. Location: landside. To make things even easier for little travelers, airport restrooms located landside and airside are retrofitted with children’s toilet seats. Strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge, for babies up to 3 years old or 15kg. You can pick up an airport stroller, marked with the ANA logo, after security and leave it at the gate when you board your flight.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    • Terminal 1, Landside: Go Natural • Go To Cafe • Grab & Fly
    • Terminal 1, Airside: 1st Cafe (three locations) • Cockpit
    • There are no 24-hour dining options in T2.
    • Check out the Express Market in Terminal 1, Airside, offering a new concept in vending machines.

Information

  • Information Desk – Location: Arrivals Hall, Landside • Departures Hall, Airside, next to Gate 15A. Hours: 7:00AM – 12:00AM.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Lisbon and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Abreu Travel Agency and GeoStar.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Baggage Deposit rates are per item, per day, as follows: €3.32 for up to 10kg, €4.92 for 10 – 30kg, and €9.74 for more than 30kg. Location: next to Car Park P2. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Wrapping – SafeBag luggage wrapping service. Location: T1, landside, Check-In. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM. • T2, landside, Check-In. Hours: 5:30AM – 1:30PM and 3:00PM – 7:00PM.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Available at the First Aid Stations in both Terminals. Hours: unknown.
  • Pharmacy – Farmacia Aeroport. Location: Landside. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Recharge your mobile devices and yourself at the Living Spot. See Rest Zones.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside.
  • Banking Services – Full-service banking is available at Santander. Location: T1, landside Hours: 8:30AM – 3:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Currency Exchange – Nova Câmbios and Unicâmbio offer currency exchange, money transfers and VAT refunds. Unicâmbio even offers a free battery charging service! Nova Câmbios locations: T1, landside (Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM) • T1, airside, non-Schengen (Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM) • T2, landside (Hours: 5:00AM – 7:00PM). Unicâmbio locations: T1, landside, Arrivals (Hours: 5:00AM – 1:00AM) • T1, airside, Gate 15 (Hours: 6:00AM – 7:00PM) • T1, airside, Central Plaza (Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM) • T1, airside, Luggage Collection Room (Hours: 5:00AM – 12:00AM).

Rest & Relaxation

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Rest Zones – The airport offers two rest zones called “Living Spot”. This is a free area where you can lay down on recumbent chair, charge your mobile phone or use one of the interactive features. Locations: Terminal 1, Departures, Public Area/Landside (currently closed due to construction – updated February 2018) • Terminal 1, Departures Restricted Area/Airside, near gates 19 and 20.

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free Store has three airside locations in T1 (one of them is non-Schengen), and one airside location in T2. All locations are open from 4:30AM – 12:00AM. A wide variety of retail shops, selling everything from chocolates and wine to clothing and books, is also available.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Showers are available in the ABC Business Center and ANA Lounge. [ See Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking

  • Smoking – There is a designated smoking area available. Location: Airside, near Gates 17-21 • Airside, non-schengen area, near the gates 46 and 47 • Baggage Claim, near belt 4.

The airport is open 24 hours.

According to a May 2017 review, the travellers wrote that the airport was not open 24 hours. As this contradicts other information we have, we suspect the airport locks its doors after the last flight arrives/departs. We have not received reviews from travellers who have been kicked out of the terminal, so we assume that those travellers who are inside the terminal before the doors are locked are able to stay.

As of March 2018, Lisbon airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aigle Azur • Air Algerie • Air Canada • Air Europa • Air France • Air Moldova • Air Nostrum • Air Transat • American Airlines • Arkia • Azores Airlines • Azul • Beijing Capital Airlines • Binter • Blue Air • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Czech Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Delta • easyJet • EL Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Euro Atlantic • Eurowings • Flyone • Iberia • Isair • KLM • Lufthansa • Luxair • Monarch • Orbest • Primera Air • Ryanair • Royal Air Maroc • STP Airways • Swiss • TAAG • TACV • TAP Portugal • Transavia • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Ural Airlines • Vueling Airlines • Wizz Air.

This service provides regular transportation between the airport, bus terminal, rail terminals, major hotels, and several main points of the city. Two different Aerobus lines are available: Line 1 to City Center and Line 2 to Financial Center. As of this January 2018 update, tickets are 4,00€ for an adult single line 24-hour ticket or 6,00€ for an adult two-line 24-hour ticket.

Five public bus lines operate in and out of the airport. At the time of this January 2018 update, a Carris/Metro single ticket is 1,40€ (1,80€ on the bus) and a 1-day ticket (valid for 24 hours) is 6€. There is a baggage size limit for these buses: 50x40x20cm. If your luggage is over the size limit, you will need to take the Aerobus.

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin/Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt rental car agencies operate reception desks at the airport.

100 Rumos operates a shared-ride airport shuttle service between the airport, Lisbon, and Porto. This door-to-door service is ideal for those who want a relaxing and comfortable way to travel to or from the airport. Fares start at 6€ per person, per ride.

Lisbon Airport can be reached by underground train from the city. Passengers can reach the airport from Saldanha (Lisbon city center district) in 16 to 21 minutes on the metro’s red line. As of this January 2018 update, a Carris/Metro single ticket is 1,40€ and a 1-day ticket (valid for 24 hours) is 6€. The Airport Metro Station is open from 6:30AM to 1:00AM.

Taxis are readily available at the airport and are an affordable way to reach the city. At the time of this January 2018 update, a typical ride including luggage will cost 10,00 – 15,00€.

Lisbon Oriente Station (Gare do Oriente) is a modern and architecturally stunning train station. Trains from this station travel to cities within Portugal and major cities in neighboring countries. To reach Oriente Station from the airport, take the metro’s red line to the Oriente Station stop or take buses N.208, N.705, or N.744.

Last updated: 2018-10-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.