Reaching Lisbon by plane from the UK takes only a couple of hours. Regular flights leave throughout the year from Manchester, Edinburgh, and most London airports. The main airlines are Monarch, Ryanair and easyJet. The airport in Lisbon is very close to the city centre making it simple to continue a journey to the urban centre.
Lisbon is one of Europe's oldest cities and was once the starting point for discovering new lands. Explorers like Vasco da Gama, Henry the Navigator and Magellan brought respect to the city by sailing off in to the unknown and claiming lands as far away as Brazil, Goa and Macao. The city is built on 7 hills, each one containing narrow, twisting walkways which lead to magnificent vistas over looking the great city.
London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol all serve direct flights to Lisbon.
The best time to book flights to Lisbon in advance is 18 weeks before the desired departure date. The cheapest months to fly to Lisbon is February and March. The most expensive flights to Lisbon are in June.
Due to the airport's location, it is easy and relatively cheap to reach the centre. Visitors can choose between metro, aerobus or taxi. The fastest way is by taxi, but agree on a fare beforehand, or insist on the meter reading. The cheapest way is on the metro, but visitors must change lines to reach any of the tourist spots in the city. The aerobus goes directly to the Lisbon centre, making it quicker, but slightly more expensive than the metro.