Arriving in Lisbon
After arriving at Lisbon airport, go to the main Arrivals Hall. There you find a Lisbon Tourist Office (running from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.) where you can get a map of the city and some basic information.
If you are willing to travel by taxi, make your way out to the exit and get in line for taxis. (Alternatively you can go out through the Departures Hall. It may be easier to get a taxi there.) Lisbon airport is close to the city, so a regular taxi ride to the city centre will cost you around € 12 (around US$ 16). Make sure you have your hotel address with you. Depending on the time of day, the ride to your hotel will take between 15 minutes (day time, not too much traffic) and 35 minutes (rush hour).
If you prefer to take a bus,there is an Aero-Bus stop at the Arrivals exit. The regular fare will be € 3 (around US$ 3,90). Buses run every 20 minutes, from 7.00 to 23.00. Ask the person at the Tourist Office (or the bus driver) to tell you where you should come out of the bus, by showing her/him the address of your hotel.
Getting to the Conference
After settling down at your hotel, ask someone there to tell you where the nearest Underground (=Metro) station is. Underground stations are recognisable by the letter “M” on a red sign-post. The Conference will take place at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL), which is in the Cidade Universitária. The underground station that serves the Faculdade is precisely “Cidade Universitária”, on the Yellow Line that goes from Rato to Odivelas.
After getting out of the train in Cidade Universitária, climb the stairs, pass through the exit machines and take the tunnel way out (not the stairs way out), following the direction: “Alameda da Universidade” and “Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa”.After getting out of the tunnel, do not cross the road, but go ahead, slightly to the right, with the main building of the University – the Rectorate (=Reitoria) - on your left, on the other side of the road. When you reach the end of the Reitoria, turn left at the zebra crossing. The façade of the Reitoria will be on your left side and the Faculdade de Letras will be further on, in front of you.
The currency unit in Portugal is the Euro (1 € = ca. 1,30 US$).
There are many banking agencies and ATM cash points throughout the city. Banks usually run from 8.30 to 14.45. The University branch of Caixa Geral de Depósitos is located at the back entrance of the Reitoria building. It offers the same exchange rates as other banks in the city centre; it is open from 10.30 to 16.30 on weekdays and has been informed about the conference. There are also three ATMs: one is located at the main entrance of the Faculdade de Letras and the other two at the Reitoria building, one outside the main entrance, on the right, and the other at the back entrance, near the bank.
Teas and Coffees: Tea/ Coffee and biscuits will be served outside the Lecture rooms at the times specified on the conference programme.
Lunches: Buffet lunches, included in the fees, will be served in the premises.
Conference dinner: The Conference dinner, not included in the fees, will take place on Friday evening.
Bars: The Faculty has four bars: one open space at the main entrance where it is possible to have either a snack or a full meal, another in the basement, next to the bookshop, where snacks and full meals are also served, a third one also in the basement where only snacks are served, and a fourth one in the basement of the new building. There are restaurants and cafés just five minutes’ walk from the Faculty premises.
Lisbon is served by Underground, buses and trams. There are several buses that run through the University Campus (= Cidade Universitária). Please, check the bus numbers in the area where you are staying. Most bus stops have a public transportation map. You can buy the ticket inside the bus (from the driver). There is no need to have the exact amount of money (€ 1,40), but you are requested not to use a large bill.
The Underground system is short but efficient. Working hours: 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. Most Underground stations are museum-like with sculptures and painted or engraved tiles. A single ticket for the Underground costs € 1,30. The first time you buy a ticket, keep it, because it is rechargeable in the machine or at the ticket booth. Each subsequent trip will cost you € 0, 80. Tickets can be obtained from special machines in every station. Some stations also have a ticket booth. You can use your recharged ticket in the Underground, in buses and in trams.
Link to the website of the Lisboa Underground:
Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (in the downtown area – Baixa – shops are also open on Saturdays). Shopping Centres are open everyday from 10.00 to 23.00 or to 00.00. The most visited are Colombo Shopping Center, Vasco da Gama Shopping Center and Amoreiras Shopping Center.
Markets: the most visited market is Feira da Ladra (Flea market) at Campo de Santa Clara (near Convento de São Vicente). It takes place Saturdays and Tuesdays in the morning. Take tram 28 from downtown (Chiado) for a wonderful adventure through narrow streets, up to Convento de São Vicente and back.
Climate and Clothing
In September the weather may still be quite hot, but the evenings may be cool. It is advisable to bring a jumper. Temperatures may range from 10ºC to 20ºC at night to 30ºC during the day.
The country code for international calls to Portugal is 351. There is no need for an area code, because all phone numbers in Portugal already include it. The first two or three digits of the phone number indicate the area code (needed even if you are dialling Lisbon from Lisbon, for instance): e.g., all Lisbon phone numbers begin with 21, the area code for Lisbon.
For direct international dialling from Portugal: 00 + (country code) + (area code) + (telephone number).
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