There’s generally good availability on flights from Stansted to Lisbon, meaning that it should be possible to select the most convenient time of day to tailor to your travel plans. The journey time is just under three hours when you fly from London to Lisbon, with flights available from morning through to evening.
Due to the prevalence of flights, there should be no need to consider a connecting service. Direct flights are very well priced, and it should also be the case that a return journey that’s well-suited to your needs is easy to find.
Lisbon’s airport is located around four miles outside the city centre, meaning that completing an onward journey is fast and relatively painless. Perhaps the easiest way to reach the city centre is with the recently-opened underground system. Journeys on the red line take around 20 minutes, with services running from 6.30am to 1am.
There are a number of public bus routes that serve destinations in and around central Lisbon, including the number 208, 705, 722, 744 and 783. Buses are inexpensive and tickets can be purchased directly from the driver, albeit for a slightly higher price.
The Aerobus shuttle connects the airport to a number of key locations in Lisbon, these are; the Sete Rios bus terminal, and the Entrecampos and Cais do Sodré rail terminals. Line 1 serves the city centre while line 2 serves the financial centre, with tickets available on board, online, or from the tourist information point in the arrivals hall.
Taxis are readily available from the airport, while car rental facilities are provided by Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Guerin, Hertz and Sixt.