6 hours layover in Lisbon – How to kill time?

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We don’t like long hours between flights as leaving the airport sometimes is not an option. But luckily, this was not the case in Lisbon.

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The square Praca do Comercio was destroyed in 1755 due to earthquake, but was beautifully renovated later (Lisbon layover)

We had 6 hours layover at the Lisbon airport between flights to Madeira, so we were extremely glad, when realized that the old city center of Lisbon is just around 30 minutes’ drive with the city metro. In our case 6 hours long layover ment around 3 hours for exploration, taking into account the transportation time and getting through all the custom checks.

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The quickest and cheapest way to reach the old city center from the airport is with the metro (Lisbon layover)

We bought the metro tickets from the vending machines and decided to stop for a cup of coffee at the Praça do Comércio square. The square is probably one of the best known among tourists in Lisbon and we now know why. After the heavy earthquake in 1755, the square was beautifully renovated and it will still charm you with its beauty today.

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Gorgeous Praca do Comercio square (Lisbon layover)

Lisbon layover, 6 hours in Lisbon, Layover in Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal

If these walls could talk (Lisbon layover)

We first decided to find a local cafe for a snack, as we came there just in time for lunch. As soon as we stepped into the coffee shop we saw some typical snacks. The salty fried snack filed with shrimps was good, but only until we tasted the typical Portuguese pastry – Pasteis de Belém. The vanilla-egg cream was to die for and everything tasted even better with extra cinnamon on top. Yummy!! If for nothing else, I know exactly, why I’ll be back to Portugal.

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Tasting local snacks (Lisbon layover)

Lisbon layover, 6 hours in Lisbon, Layover in Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal

The vanilla-egg pastry with cinnamon was delicious (Lisbon layover)

After the quick bite we explored the famous Praça do Comércio square. We just walked around, taking photos, sat under the warm Portuguese sun and enjoyed the vibes of the city.

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Enjoying the views (Lisbon layover)

Lisbon layover, 6 hours in Lisbon, Layover in Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal

Exploring the old streets (Lisbon layover)

We have to admit, that this quick visit to Lisbon was far from enough, but due to the 6 hours layover we were still able to get the first impression of Lisbon – the city is nice indeed.

Lisbon layover, 6 hours in Lisbon, Layover in Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal

The view on 2 kilometers long bridge, which does look similar to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco (Lisbon layover)

Lisbon layover, 6 hours in Lisbon, Layover in Lisbon, Lisbon Portugal

The beautiful Praca do Comercio square with the statue of king Jose (Lisbon layover)

How to reach Praça do Comércio from the Lisbon airport?

  • Metro

Buy the rechargeable electronic card Viva Viagem from the vending machines at the metro station. It costs 0,50€ and you can use it up to a year. You will need to upload some money on it. We loaded 2,50€/pp, what was enough to reach the city from the airport and coming back as well. Just make sure to have enough coins or pay with Visa or Mastercard.

  • Which metro line to use?

Starting your journey at the Lisbon airport, you will only have one line available – the red one. Drive on it until the end (Sao Sebastiano stop) and then change it to the blue line via Terreiro do Paco. The Terreiro do Paco is also the final stop of the blue metro line, what is also your final destination – Praça do Comércio square.

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Memory photo of our Lisbon visit (Lisbon layover)

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10 Comments

  1. avatar

    Hi. I’m so glad i’ve found your entry about this short trip to lisbon portugal. I will have my europe trip at the end of this january and im so excited. Also, i will have six hours transit from malaga, spain before boarding to nice, france. Your entry is all what i need. Thanks! Can i ask something, is it okay for me to travel alone? I’m a muslim, is it possible to find halal food for muslim? Perhaps if your know. Thanks for your tips😀

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      Hi Aqmar,
      glad to see this post about Lisbon will be useful.
      Traveling alone is definitely possible and safe. Unfortunately I cannot help you with the information for halal food, but I am sure it can be found in Lisbon too. 🙂
      Enjoy Lisbon!

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    Hey! I have a 6 hour layover in Lisbon as well going from Boston -> Paris. How long should I plan for customs and security in this airport? Should I plan to be back at the airport 3 hours before my flight or can I slim that down to maybe 2 hours? Thanks for the info!

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      Hi Mike,
      hmmm, you might need more for the customs and security ans not coming from EU. We did not need more than 5 minutes, as the connection was also in the EU. But for the following flight to paris, I think you can slim everything down to 2 hours. What time is your flight? Enjoy Lisbon, such a beautiful city.
      Cheers, Nina

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    Hi Nina!

    Thanks for your post. I have a layover in Lisbon arriving at 10:30 am and then flying to Paris at 7:25 PM.

    I’m traveling alone and (sadly) do not speak ANY other language than English. I plan to follow your trip guidelines. Any tips since I will not have a companion to help me?? Do you think it’s crazy for me to travel to Lisbon alone?? Did you leave your bags at the airport or bring them with you?

    Thank you!

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      Hi Katy,

      you will be totally safe and don’t worry. English is more than enough… we also don’t speak any Portuguese and we were fine. As for traveling alone, Lisbon is safe and you will have a blast for sure.
      We left our bags at the airport as we had a conected flight, what sure was helpful, as we did not to worry about that.
      Have a great time in Lisbon and don’t forget to taste that yummy pastry – Pastel de Nata. 🙂

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    Hi! We are coming from the stares going to Ghana and we have what looks to be an 11 hour layover in Lisbon. The flight will arrive early morning. I am sure that’s more than enough time to see something. I really would like breathe fresh air, eat something and take a few pics. Thanks for posting!

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