Airfare to Lisbon, Portugal
The largest city and capital of Portugal, Lisbon has the unfortunate distinction of sharing its nickname with Rome. Also known as the city of seven hills, some of Lisbon’s streets are so steep that cars are not able to climb them, and funiculars must be used. The city has seen a renaissance in latest year, becoming a hub for culture and nightlife. Popular attractions include Parque das Naçõ, one of the world’s largest aquariums, built in time for the 1998 World Expo, and the stunning views of St. Jorge’s Castle.
Airfare to Lisbon will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Since Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are preferred by holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible, it is best to avoid traveling during these dates.
Alternative cities to fly into
Also consider flights into London (England) or Madrid (Spain). To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines as Air Berlin, Air Europa, RyanAir and Vueling fly to Lisbon. But if you want to save money, do book a train or bus ticket, although it will take longer to reach your destination.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London (England), Frankfurt (Germany); or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Since there are more flights – and competition is fierce – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Thankfully flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours, so it is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Other tips to save money
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. TAP (Air Portugal) is the national airline. However, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa and other airlines also stop in Lisbon.
The most expensive air tickets to Lisbon are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season or the winter holidays. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, from mid-January to March
- Consider flying into London, England or Madrid, Spain and traveling overland to Lisbon via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline as they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Lisbon, check out BootsnAll’s Lisbon Travel Guide.