The international airports are Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira) and Ponta Delgada (Azores). The Lisbon International Airport is very well connected with many countries with several low-cost operators flying from various airports in Europe to the capital of Portugal.
In Lisbon, passengers can use trains, buses, electric trams, underground, taxis and public elevators. Tickets can be purchased from 08.00hrs. until 20.00 hrs. In urban areas, they charge according to the taximeter. Outside these urban areas, the charge is per kilometers and includes the cost of the return trip. Luggage over 30 kilos is charged at a fixed rate. All taxis drivers have in their possession their printed rates in two languages.
The local currency is Euros. Money can be changed at Banks, “Bureau de Change” (Cambio) or at one of the currency exchange machines in the streets. These facilities will offer a better rate than in Hotels and Receptions. Banks are open from Monday through to Friday, from 08.30 hrs. to 15.00 hrs. Euro Cheque is a cheaper method than a Traveller Cheque in obtaining cash. All well-known Credit Cards are usually accepted.
Food & drinks: Prices vary in function of the type of establishment and whether or not the cost includes a table service or esplanade service, as a result of which the prices presented are purely indicative. An espresso coffee, which is so popular amongst the Portuguese and is normally referred to as a “bica”, costs around €0.50 to €0.60 at the counter of a traditional café. A galão (cup of coffee with milk) may cost between €0.70 and €1,20 and a cup of tea between €1 and €1.50. A glass of natural orange juice costs around €2,50 and a beer or Coca-Cola costs between €1 and €1.50. A cheese or ham sandwich costs between €1.50 and €2.50 and a slice of toast or cake will be less than €2. If you have a full meal it may be around €8 to €11 per person in a snack bar, between €13 and €20 in a restaurant and around €30 to €50 in a first-class restaurant or Fado house.
Nationals of the EC (European Community), Australia and New Zealand, require only their passport or Identity Document. They may remain for a period of up to 90 days. American and Canadian nationals may stay for a period of 60 days with a valid passport. Other countries are subject to Visa controls and as regulations can change overnight it is recommended that a potential visitor should check with the Portuguese Consul in their respective country prior to making a visit to Portugal.