16th EASA Biennial Conference
New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon
ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and ICS-Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
Opening Early Bird registration has been postponed to 15 April. Please see here for COVID-19/Coronavirus situation update.
Lisbon – the historic capital of Portugal – is, well, one of the most charming, most hospitable, sunniest and also least expensive of European capitals. We welcome you to experience this yourself in July 2020.
Lisbon is a popular travel destination and the EASA2020 conference takes place during the high season. While accommodation options have proliferated in the past few years, it would still be wise to start booking early to find the best option for you. See here for recommendations.
Please make sure to have cash with you, as many cafeterias and shops do not accept card payments.
Getting to Lisbon
By Train: Travel by train from Madrid to Lisbon with Renfe. The trip from Madrid to Lisbon lasts about 10 hours and 40 minutes, with costs starting from 65€. Other Spanish cities are also directly connected to the Portuguese capital.
The Santa Apolonia Train Station (Estacao da Santa Apolonia) is the largest of all, located in the vicinity of the historic Alfama district. This is the main terminal for trains travelling between Lisbon and north and east Portugal, as well as international destinations like Madrid or Paris. You can book tickets from Comboios de Portugal webpage for shorter/local trips or through Renfe for international travel.
By Bus: There are local services connecting Lisbon with the rest of Portugal and some parts of Spain, while international bus companies offer connections with other major European cities.
There are about buses leaving for Madrid almost every hour. The trip lasts about 8-9h and costs 15-35€. See for example Rede Nacional de Expressos.
You can plan traveling by bus via websites like Omio, Flixbus or Busbud
By Car: Driving in Lisbon is challenging, as this is one of Europe's most difficult cities to drive in because of the lack of parking spaces and complicated traffic flow management (random signs, vague road markings and hidden traffic lights). The historic centre of Lisbon has high volumes of traffic, so it is often easier to simply avoid driving and catch the metro or a taxi. Please check out this guide to driving in Portugal for more info and driving tips.
By Air: Lisbon international airport is 7 km from the centre of the city. The airport is connected with the centre of the city via:
- metro - to the city centre in just 25 minutes, red line, one-way ticket for 1,45€/daily pass 6€ (tap in tap out). The network of the metro is a great means to move around the city. Be prepared to wait in the ticket machine lines, though! Find some travel advice on metro ticket use here.
- bus - The Aerobús is a shuttle service that links Lisbon Airport to the city centre. It has two routes, one runs through the city centre (final stop: Cais do Sodré) and the other runs through the city’s financial district (final stop: Av. José Malhoa). The bus that connects the Airport to the centre departs every 20 minutes from 08:00 – 23:00. A one-way ticket costs €4 (€2 for children between 4 and 10) and €5.40 return (€3 for children). Tickets can be bought (including those with the discount) on the Aerobus website.
Local buses - the transport company Carris offers 5 bus routes between Lisbon Airport and the centre. A one-way ticket costs €1.85. Read more here.
- taxi - A taxi is a comfortable and relatively cheap way of getting from the Airport to the city. It normally costs around 15-20€ to get to the city centre. There is also a small extra charge for the transportation of luggage or animals. We strongly recommend asking the driver how much it will be before you get on the taxi - some taxi drivers can be dishonest and tourists are usually easy prey (even anthropologists!). If you are concerned about the fare you will be charged, note that you can purchase a taxi voucher from the Lisbon Airport information desk, for about €18.00. The voucher will allow for travel to any area within the city centre, with luggage. However, this price is more expensive than the average metered rate to the city. Passengers who experience any signs of fraud can make a complaint to a policeman, and should provide a taxi number and receipt.
- carshare - Uber and other rideshare apps work in Lisbon and can be ordered to the airport, please read further info on where to order the car to and which apps work in Portugal.
Getting to the main venue
The main venue ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Lisbon University Institute) is about 5,5km from the airport and could thus be reached even by walking. It is also well connected to public transport network. Here's some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best:
- By Subway (Metro) - Take the yellow line and get off at Entre Campos station. Walk about 150m towards Entre Campos roundabout. At Entre Campos roundabout turn left to Forças Armadas Avenue and walk about 150m. ISCTE-IUL will be on your right halfway up the avenue. Here is the link to the subway (metro) map.
- By Bus (Carris) - Bus lines and nearest stops:
- 701 or 754 - bus stop Faculdade de Farmácia, (upper part of Forças Armadas Avenue). Walk down the avenue. The entry to ISCTE-IUL is about 50m far, on your left.
- 731 - bus stop Hospital de Santa Maria
- 755 - bus stop Cidade Universitária
- Aero-Bus (from Lisbon International Airport) - first stop at Entre Campos
- By Train (CP)
- If you are travelling from the Greater Lisbon area, take the Azambuja line. Get off at Entre Campos station and choose the Avenida da República exit. Walk about 250m towards Entre Campos roundabout. At the Entre Campos roundabout, turn left to Forças Armadas Avenue and walk about 150m. ISCTE-IUL will be on your right halfway up the avenue.
- If you’re travelling from out Lisbon with Alfa Pendular or Intercidades and your train doesn´t stop at Entre Campos station: get off at Oriente station and take the subway (right beneath the train station). Take the red line towards S. Sebastião up to Saldanha station, change to the yellow line heading to Odivelas and get off at Entre Campos station. Then follow the steps mentioned above.
Useful links: Train Timetables & Prices, Further info
- By Car - GPS Coordinates: Latitude 38.748753 Longitude 9.153692. Drive up Forças Armadas Avenue heading to Sete Rios. Enter the parking lot located on your right approximately 100m from the bottom of the avenue.
- By Plane - Lisbon Airport is fairly close to the main venue and could even be reached on foot (about 5km) but it also has a subway station with a direct line to the city centre and the airport bus stops close by ISCTE as well.
To reach ISCTE-IUL by subway take the red line up to Saldanha station, then change to the yellow line heading to Odivelas and get out at Entre Campos station. Walk about 150m towards Entre Campos roundabout. Turn left at Entre Campos roundabout to Forças Armadas Avenue and walk about 150m. ISCTE-IUL will be to your right halfway up on the avenue.
The Aero-Bus which runs from Lisbon International Airport has its first stop at Entre Campos.
- By Taxi/carshare - If you choose to take a taxi, you can usually find one outside the airport and near the main subway or train stations.
Depending on traffic and whether you depart from the airport or within the city, the journey to ISCTE-IUL should take between 10-20 min and costi between 10 and 20 euros, including luggage fees.
If you are concerned about the fare you will be charged, note that you can purchase a taxi voucher from the Lisbon Airport information desk, for about €18.00. The voucher will allow for travel to any area within the city centre, with luggage.
You can also use taxi apps and ride-share services such as Uber, Cabify, 99Taxis, Taxify/Bolt and MyTaxi are available.
Metro (Train) - The metro is useful for short hops, and to reach the Gare do Oriente and nearby Parque das Nações.
Buy tickets from metro ticket machines, these have English-language menus. The Lisboa Card is also valid.
Entrances to the metro stations are marked by a big red ‘M’. Useful signs include correspondência (transfer between lines) and saída (exit to the street). There is some impressive contemporary art in the metro stations, including ngelo de Sousa at Baixa-Chiado and Friedensreich Hundertwasser at Oriente.
Watch out for pickpockets in rush-hour crowds!
The following are the most commonly used passes by visitors; there are many more, depending on your specific needs/time frames:
- Viva Viagem/7 Colinas cards These are €0.50 from metro-station kiosks (add credit in €5 denominations). Cards may then be loaded with day passes and/or Zapping fares for use on a variety of transport companies.
- Zapping Allows for pay-as-you-go fares of €1.33 with metro and €1.35 with Carris (buses and trams, with a hour-long re-entry period); add credit of denominations between €5 and €40. Zapping also works with Comboios de Portugal (trains) (€1.90), as well as Transportes Sul do Tejo, Fertugus and Transtejo/Soflusa, among others, with various discounted fares and included transfer periods.
- Day passes Costing €6.40 and allowing unlimited travel over a 24-hour period on the entire bus, tram and metro network (€10.55 if you want to include Comboios de Portugal (trains) as well). If you're going to take more than five trips on the bus or metro on any given day, this is the best choice.
Tram & Funicular - Carris operates nine historic tram routes and three historic funiculars in the city to complement its bus system. Like the buses, trams run from about 5am or 6am to about 10pm or 11pm, with some night services.
Single tram ticket purchased on board costs €3.00. On the Articulado trams tickets are purchased from the on-board ticket machines while on the older Remodelado they are bought from the driver. Tram the ticket machine needs exact change.
Better option is to purchase the 24-hour public transport ticket, which costs €6.40 and includes all trams, metro and buses in Lisbon. The only inconvenience is that the 24-hour ticket can only be purchased from metro stations. The ticket is charged to the Viva Viagem reusable card, which costs €0.50 for the initial purchase of the card. With this ticket remember to validate it when entering the tram. Read more here.
Funiculars generally have somewhat shorter hours of operation.
Tram stops are marked by a small yellow paragem (stop) sign hanging from lamp posts or overhead wires.
Lisbon's commuter ferries, operating on the River Tejo help avoid the rush hour congestion at the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The ferry journey lasts for 10-15 minutes and offers great views of the city skyline from the water.
There are five ferry routes. Tickets cost 1,30 euros for a single trip, or use a Viva viagem card. Read more here.
Taxi or car sharing:
Taxis in Lisbon are reasonably priced and plentiful. If you can’t hail one, try the ranks at Rossio and Praça dos Restauradores, near stations and ferry terminals, and at top-end hotels.
Taxi apps and ride-share services such as Uber, Cabify, 99Taxis, Taxify and MyTaxi are available.
Or you can call a taxi:
Rádio Táxis - +351 21 811 9000, +351 91 978 1000, +351 96 953 1660, +351 93 811 9002
CoopTaxis - +351 217 932 756
Any queries with the above please email conference(at)easaonline.org.