Flights to Lisbon: Flights from UK to Portugal
Flights to Lisbon from which airports in the UK?
Portugal's cosmopolitan yet laid-back capital is within easy reach of the UK, making it an ideal choice for holidaymakers either looking for a short city break or else after a gateway to the rest the country has to offer.
As such, Lisbon Airport welcomes UK-departing flights every day, with passengers able to choose from a number of departure points.
From London, flights are available from Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airports, while those passengers coming from the north are able to choose to fly from either Liverpool or Manchester, and direct cheap flights are also available from Bristol and Birmingham.
Additionally, from March 2009, direct international flights will also link the Portuguese capital with its Welsh counterpart, Cardiff.
Airlines flying to Lisbon from the UK
Portuguese national carrier TAP Portugal is the airline with the longest history of flying between the UK and Lisbon and currently operates international flights to and from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
The good news for travellers is that, with the low-cost flights revolution, the cost of flights between the two countries have never been more competitive, particularly for those passengers booking in advance.
As well as low-cost giant easyJet, bmibaby offers direct services, as does British Airways, which flies from London Heathrow.
Where is Lisbon in Portugal?
Hugging Portugal's dramatic Atlantic Coast, Lisbon is famously the most westerly of all Europe's capitals.
The city's seven administrative districts straddle the River Tagus, while those opting to hire a car at some point on their trip will find the city close by some of the continent's finest beaches as well as the rugged and mountainous Portuguese interior.
Flights between the UK and Lisbon take no more than two hours, making a stopover unnecessary.
The attractiveness of Portugal as a holiday destination for Britons is enhanced by there being no time difference between the tow countries due to their longitudinal positioning.
Things to see and do in Lisbon
With a long and rich history, the centre of Lisbon is fascinating to explore, as well as being easy to navigate on foot, especially the stunning downtown – or Baixa – which is currently being considered for World Heritage status.
Sitting comfortably alongside architectural masterpieces such as Rossio Square, Lisbon Cathedral and the Baroque-Neoclassical splendour of the Estrela Basilica, are numerous modern works, most notably the Belem Cultural Centre and the city's principal opera venue, the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos.
Aside from simple sight-seeing, Lisbon is also renowned for its handicrafts, and in particular for its cheap, good-quality shoes, and the trendy Chiado district is home to some of the city's hippest boutiques and chicest hotels.
At night, the Barrio Alto comes alive and confirms Lisbon's burgeoning reputation as a party town, though for those after a tranquil break, the Old Town remains as peaceful as ever.