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Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, situated on the Atlantic coast. The city is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its limestone buildings and general charm.

One of the city's highlights is the Cristo Rei, which is a Christ statue, similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro. The statue is over 100m tall, and offers spectacular views from the top (€4 for the escalator). Belem, to the west of the city, is a neighbourhood filled with a variety of tourist destinations including Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Cultural Centre.

The city is covered by an extensive public transport network that includes an undergound system, buses and trams. Many of the city's principal attractions are within walking distance of the centre of town.

There are two main train stations within the city: Santa Apolonia and Gare do Oriente. Entrecampos and Sete Rios are stations closer to the city centre and old town. National and international bus services also reach the city, terminating at Sete Rios. Some cruise ships also stop in the harbour.

How to get to Lisbon from
Route 1:

There is only one direct train service between Madrid and Lisbon each day, and it is an overnight sleeper train, taking around 9 hours, and called the Lusitania Trainhotel, operated by Renfe. There is a daytime alternative to this journey, but it involves two changes, and actually takes longer than the sleeper train.

If you are travelling from elsewehere in Europe, it may also be worth considering the Sud Express, which links the French border with Lisbon via Irun in Spain. This journey is a little bit more interesting in terms of landscape.

Route 2:

The overland journey between Helsinki and Lisbon is by no means short, involving a number of overnight train journeys, and crossing much of western Europe.