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Flights to Lisbon (LIS) overview

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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Lisbon (LIS)

Book in the Goldilocks Window

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about flight patterns, and while there’s no day of the week when flights are magically cheaper, there is a time period when it’s best to book. We call it the Goldilocks Window because it’s not too close to your departure date but not too far away either. The window is about 1–3 months before a domestic flight and 2–8 months before an international flight.

If your dates aren’t flexible or you plan to travel during a peak travel season, you should start looking on the earlier side. So if you want to visit Portugal in June, start looking for flights in November. Last-minute deals are practically non-existent during busy travel seasons. In fact, fare jumps happen 21, 14, and 7 days in advance of departure dates, so it’s best to book before those points if at all possible.

Use the Greek Islands Trick

Sometimes, fares just don’t get cheaper. This can be especially true of summer in Europe. People want to visit, so airlines have no reason to drop prices. Before you give up on visiting Lisbon this summer, try our Greek Islands Trick. Despite the name, it works all over the world.

If you really want to fly from Atlanta to Lisbon for a summer holiday, you could be looking at a price tag upwards of $1,000. Instead, check out fares to London, which can be found for under $700. Pair that with a low-cost airline ticket (often less than $100) from London to Lisbon, and you’ve saved yourself extra money you can put toward a hotel. It’s more work, but it can be worth it.

Search alternative departure airports

Travelers living near Atlanta probably don’t consider flying out of other airports. Why would they when the world’s busiest airport is in their backyard? Believe it or not, there are some cases in which you could actually save money by looking at long-haul flights from other cities––even cities that require their own flight to reach.

We see ridiculously cheap fares from all sorts of airports, big and small, and those only looking at their home airport can miss out. If you see a roundtrip airfare from New York to Lisbon for $250, for instance, then adding a $200 flight from Atlanta to New York would still save you money. Even Atlanta residents can benefit from checking out deals from other airports before booking a trip.

Fly when it’s cheaper

Summer is always the busiest travel season in Europe and for good reason. Not only are kids on summer break but warm temperatures draw tourists who prefer to explore in sunny, summer weather and hit the beaches. Of course, lots of people wanting to travel during a specific timeframe means airlines can charge more for tickets.

The more flexible you can be with your travel dates the better your chances of finding deals. We like traveling during the shoulder season, on the edge of the high and low seasons, when you can find good deals but you’ll still generally have nice weather. In Lisbon, it's late spring and early fall. Not only will you get cheaper hotels and flights, but you’ll also have fewer crowds and better weather (summer can be almost too hot to walk around!)

Winter is even cheaper, though it can be rainy. If you’re okay carrying an umbrella and spending time at indoor attractions, it’s a good time to save. Thanksgiving week is another great time to find deals. Most Americans travel domestically that week, so international fares often drop.

If you do plan to visit during peak season, try to travel on the cheapest days to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the most expensive days.

Set alerts for specific trips

One of the easiest ways to find cheap flights is not to look for them at all—let technology do the work for you instead. Set up a fare alert for your travel dates and simply wait for an email telling you prices have dropped into your price range or by a noteworthy amount. We recommend doing this before the Goldilocks WIndow we talked about above so you can see prices drop. Don’t forget to set multiple alerts if your dates or airports are flexible.

LIS is the largest airport in Portugal, and more than 135 airports in 48 countries offer direct flights. In the US, there are direct flights to Lisbon from New York, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington (DC), Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco. Most US visitors to Portugal can reach Lisbon with just one connection.

Frequently asked questions about flying to Lisbon (LIS)

What is the airport code for Humberto Delgado Airport?

The airport code for Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport is LIS.

When is high season in Lisbon?

Summer is the most popular time to visit Lisbon. Kids are out of school and families take vacations. Plus, Portugal has great beaches, summer festivals, and outdoor markets that draw tourists from around Europe.

When is the best time to visit Lisbon?

While summer is the busiest time to visit Lisbon, the shoulder seasons have the best weather, plus fewer crowds and cheaper prices. That’s March–May and September–October.

Does LIS have its own on-site hotel?

The Meliã Hotel is located a few minutes walk from Terminal 1. It has multiple pools, a spa, a gym, a restaurant, and free wifi. Rooms start at $170 per night.

Other nearby options with free airport shuttles include:

  • Hotel Star: Amenities include free wifi, a restaurant and bar, and babysitting services. Rooms start at $170 per night.
  • Holiday Inn Express Lisbon Airport: Amenities include free wifi, free breakfast, and business services. Rooms start at $125.

What lounges are available at LIS?

  • Terminal 1: ANA Lounge (near Gate 22), Blue Lounge (near Gate 7), Airport Business Center (near Gate 14), TAP Premier Lounge (near Gate 22)

The ANA Lounge has snacks and both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, showers, TVs, and free wifi. Any passenger can purchase a day pass for €29 from March to November and €25 from December to February. The Blue Lounge is also open to all passengers and has similar amenities. It costs €25 at the door or €20 when booked online 48 hours before your flight. The Airport Business Center also has showers, beverages, free wifi, computers, fax machines, and magazines and newspapers. It costs €25.

The TAP Premier Lounge is the only airline-affiliated lounge at LIS. It has snacks, a full bar, free wifi, TVs, work areas, and showers. Business class passengers; Tap Miles & Go Silver, Gold, and Navigator members; Star Alliance Gold members; and TAP Platinum Visa cardholders get free access to the lounge. Other TAP passengers can purchase access for €25.

What are the rules for traveling with pets to LIS?

Within the airport, pets must be kept in carriers. If you’re entering Portugal from outside of the country, you will need an EU health certificate issued by a certified veterinarian. Your pet will also need a passport, to be fitted with a microchip, and have updated vaccines, among other requirements.

How far is LIS from Lisbon?

The airport is less than 10 miles from the city center, about a 20-minute metro ride or drive.

What are the transportation options for getting from LIS to Lisbon?

There are a number of convenient options to get from LIS to Lisbon.

  • By rideshare or taxi: Depending on traffic, the journey to the city center will take about 20 minutes and cost €10–€15. Taxis are available right outside the airport, and Uber and Bolt are available at P2, Level 2.
  • By public transportation: The metro is a quick and cheap option. The Aeroporto-Saldanha line has a stop inside the airport and takes you to Downtown Lisbon in about 20 minutes. A one-way ticket is €1.45 and a 24-hour pass is €6.30. Buses are also available to other areas of the city for €1.80; you can easily buy tickets onboard using a credit card. You can also purchase a 7 Colinas/Viva Viagem card to use the bus at a discounted rate.

How long is the flight to Lisbon?

If you’re traveling from around Europe, your flight to Lisbon will be short, about 1–3.5 hours. From New York and elsewhere in the Northeast it’s about 7 hours, and from Miami or Chicago it’s 8. From San Francisco there is an 11-hour direct flight. From other parts of the US you’ll have to make a connection, likely in the Northeast.

There are several Brazilian cities with nonstop flights to Portugal that take around 9 hours. From Accra there’s a nonstop 6-hour flight, and from Dubai there’s an 8.5-hour flight. From most of the rest of the world you’ll make a stop, and flight time could vary from 6–18 hours.

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