It can be overwhelming arriving somewhere completely foreign to you and then not to have the faintest idea how to get from the airport to the city centre without blowing your whole budget. With that in mind we've cherry-picked some of our favourite destinations and highlighted the fastest and cheapest ways to travel into the city so you can start enjoying that well-deserved holiday.
Lisbon International Airport
Having lived in Lisbon for three months, I can confidently say there are great links from the airport into the city centre. It's definitely worth buying a Lisboa card, as it gives you free unlimited travel on the metro, buses and trams. It also gets you discounts to some museums, sights and tours.
- Public bus -- The number 44 bus goes from Lisbon airport to Cais do Sodré station and costs around 1.75€ per adult. From there, trains run to the popular holiday hubs, Cascais and Estoril. If your flight gets in late, then the 208 runs from approximately 11:30pm-4:40am.
- Airport bus -- The Aerobus 1 leaves from the Arrivals hall and tickets are around 3.50€ per adult. They run every 20 minutes from 7am-9pm and then every 30 minutes until 11pm.
- Metro -- The Linha Vermelha (red line) goes right into the city centre, so is one of the easiest ways from the airport. Rossio is the most central Metro stop, but the great thing about Lisbon is that it's very walker-friendly, so places are never that hard to get to.
- Taxi -- You can catch a taxi from outside the airport, but go to Departures as taxis tend to be cheaper than from Arrivals. It costs around 17€ to get to the city centre.
- Train -- Gare do Oriente is about a mile from the airport and there are trains running to other areas in Portugal, including Faro in the Algarve and Porto in the north.
Dubai International Airport
Before you travel, buy a NOL card, the equivalent of the London Oyster Card, which is valid on the Metro, buses and water buses. Cards cost from 2-70AED, depending on how long you are staying.
- Taxi -- These are available outside all terminals and run 24/7. Travelzoo Deal Expert, Laura Miller, recently came back from Dubai and recommends taking a taxi from the airport as they are very affordable and a convenient way of getting around.
- Private transfers -- Booking a private transfer is a hassle-free, and surprisingly cheap, way of getting from the airport straight to your hotel. We recommend pre-booking a transfer on Viator.com, with transfers starting at £9.38 one-way.
- Metro -- You can catch the metro from Terminals 1 and 3, from 6am-11pm on Saturday-Thursdays and 2-12pm on Fridays.
- Bus -- Buses are one of the most popular ways to get into the city centre. They go from outside all the terminals, and run 24 hours a day, every 30 minutes.
Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
After jetting off to Italy's capital for a 3-night city break, I quickly started to realise the list of things to do in Rome was a lot longer than I originally thought. These are some of the quickest ways to get to the centre so you can start capturing those Colloseum Kodak moments minutes after you've touched down on Italian soil.
- The Leonardo Express -- This is a non-stop train service running from Rome airport to Roma Termini station. It costs approximately 14€ per person and takes 30 minutes.
- Taxi -- Taxis into Termini station cost 40€ as a fixed fare and take roughly 40 minutes. Look for the taxis with "SPQR" on the doors, as these are the ones with a fixed price.
- Shuttle buses – This is the cheapest way of getting to Termini station, at only 4€ per adult and with children under four travelling for free. It is, however, the longest way into the centre, taking 55 minutes from Terminal 3.
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