Flights to Lisbon

How to find cheap flights to Lisbon

With Skyscanner it's easy to find and book cheap flights to Lisbon. Flight prices depend on lots of things including seat availability, day of the week, and when you book. With a bit of clever planning you can nab a cheap flight to Lisbon from the UK: even during the high season. Our flexible flight search tools make it easy to find good deals. Find the cheapest month to fly and the cheapest day to travel across a whole month. Read more about how to use these search options.

 

When to book Lisbon flights for the best deal

Our sources show that, if you book a flight to Lisbon from the UK 17 weeks before your flight, you can save up to 20% on average. We've done lots of research into the best time to book, but if you forget to put that date in your diary don't worry. Sign up for our Price Alertemails and we'll let you know as soon as the fare changes.

 

Airports with direct flights to Lisbon from the UK

Direct flights to Lisbon are available from Bristol, Birmingham Edinburgh, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, London-Luton and Manchester.

The average flight time from the UK to Lisbon is between 2hrs and 30mins (from Bristol) and 3hrs and 10 mins (from Edinburgh).

 

What airlines fly to Lisbon from the UK?

Budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet fly direct to Lisbon, as do the flag carriers British Airways and TAP Portugal. Learn more about airlines that fly to Lisbon.

 

Lisbon airports

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) serves the city. The airport was a major hub for smugglers during WW2, as fans of the film Casablanca will know. As Portugal remained neutral it became a hub for spies and people escaping to America. Talk of building a new airport for Lisbon has been going on for more than 35 years, but in 2013 the plans were postponed indefinitely.

Lisbon Airport has two terminals, although all incoming flights land at terminal 1. There's a taxi rank immediately outside arrivals, and cabs are quite cheap (by British standards). The airport has its own stop on the Metro line and there's a regular bus service. Car hire is available from Lisbon Airport too.

 

When to go to Lisbon

Lisbon can get very hot during the summer and very wet during the winter. If you want guaranteed sunshine, visit during spring or autumn. Lisbon is slowly getting better at celebrating Christmas, although it's hard to get excited about mulled wine when temperatures are in double-digits. Easter in Lisbon is more fun, with a big carnaval to mark mardi gras.  Visit in June for the Festas de Lisboa, the city's biggest street party. People dance, drink and grill sardines on makeshift barbecues. Look out for the mass wedding ceremony.

 

What’s the weather like in Lisbon?

Lisbon is one of Europe's sunniest capital cities, with more than 300 days of sunshine each year. You can expect highs of 28°C during July and August, so walking up the city's seven hills can be hard work. During December and January temperatures don't drop far below 10°C. Most of the rain comes in November and December, with very little rainfall during summer.

 

What to see and do in Lisbon

Once noted for its faded glamour, the Portuguese capital is a city on the up. A buzzing start-up scene and a thriving foodie culture has welcomed a hipster population that could rival Berlin's. There's still plenty of old tradition in this ancient town, however. Take a rickety yellow streetcar out to Belem to see two of the few surviving examples of Manueline architecture (Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower) before snacking on a warm pastel de nata. The Pasteis de Belem bakery has been knocking them out since 1837. During the evening, any bar in Alfama will do if you want to hear Fado (the mournful Portuguese traditional music).

Sunny days in Lisbon are perfect for long walks along the river. Don't miss the modern monument to the age of discovery (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) near Belem. A seafood lunch is surprisingly cheap at the Docas de Santo Amaro, right underneath the 25 Abril bridge (which may look familiar to readers who have been to San Francisco and Edinburgh). Also under the bridge (behind the docks) is the LX Factory. This old factory complex has been transformed into an art space packed with quirky boutiques and restaurants. Visit on a Sunday for the flea market.

Lisbon comes to life at night. The Mercado de Ribeira food market is a dream for gastronomes, and the street food stalls stay open until 2am. After eating your fill of the city's best sushi, suckling pork and pasteis de nata, head up to the Bairro Alto for cheap-as-chips caipirinhas. As a general rule, the higher uphill you walk, the cheaper the drinks get. Once those bars start to close up, the night continues down the hill in Cais do Sodre.

Attractions: Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon Oceanarium, Carmo Convent, Santa Justa Lift, Gulbenkian Museum, Padrao dos Descobrimentos, LX Factory, Mercado de Ribeira, Sintra

We've got more info in our Lisbon City Guide.

 

Further reading

Travel tips: Top 7 things to do in Lisbon

Take a tram trip, listen to fado, and wander the streets of ancient Alfama

Hit the beach: Top 10 beaches in Portugal

Some are well within striking distance of the capital

Go further afield: 8 great places to visit in Portugal

Hire a car for a few days and discover our favourite Portuguese spots.

Weekend break ideas: Lisbon, weekend of the week

Tips on nightlife and where to stay

 

Where to stay – find hotels in Lisbon

Whether you're after a design hotel in Belem or a hostel in Bairro Alto, we've got something for every budget.

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