Eurovision fortnight is here! We’ve put together a guide for travelling fans to many of the key things you’ll need to know. Bookmark this page as it will be updated as further details arrive.
The key venues:
Nearest station: Oriente (Metro – Red Line)
The live shows take place at the Altice Area, Portugal’s largest indoor arena, with a capacity of 20,000. It is situated around ten minutes’ walk away from Oriente station, which is on the Lisbon metro’s red line, and on the suburban and national rail network.
Nearest Station: Terreiro do Paco (Metro – Blue Line)
The Eurovision Village will be held in Lisbon’s largest public square, the Praça do Comercio, also known as the Terreiro do Paco, on the banks of the River Tagus. This is the official festival area, open to everyone, with live performances by artists and DJs throughout the week, as well as a number of special events plus, as ever, live screenings of the blue carpet event and all the live shows. The Eurovision Village is managed in partnership with Lisbon City Council. The updated schedule will be posted here.
Av 24 de Julho 68, 1200-869 Lisbon
Nearest Station: Santos station
The EuroCafe is organised by our friends at OGAE Portugal, and is the place for fans to meet up throughout the week. This year’s EuroCafe is held at one of Lisbon’s newest clubs, MoMe Lisboa. Spread over three different floors (restaurant, bar and disco), this will be the place for OGAE members to have a Eurotastic week, with Eurovision acts and DJs every night. The EuroCafe will have a day and night schedule. The daytime will be open to all, however at night – due to capacity restrictions – it is only open to people who have bought a weekly EuroCafé pass. There will, however, be a limited number of tickets available every day on a first come first served basis to OGAE members. 100 will be made available from 15:00, with a further 100 available from 22:30. The annual OGAE International Party will take place on evening of Wednesday 9 May. The EuroCafe is open from 5-12 May, and you can find details here and on their Facebook page here. The wristbands will be given out at the EuroCafe on Friday 4th from 3.00pm until 7.00pm and on Saturday 5th from 3.00pm until 6.00pm, as well as during normal the EuroCafe’s normal opening hours.
Praça do Comércio 72, 1100-016 Lisboa,
Nearest Station: Terreiro do Paco (Metro – Blue Line)
The Euroclub is located at the club Ministerium on the Praça do Comercio, right next to the Eurovision Village. It is only open to people with D, P or F accreditation. Please carry your accreditation badge with you when attending the EuroClub. The schedule will be updated during the week here. At the time of writing, special guests include Dora, Slavko and Suzy, with many more to be announced. The Euroclub is open from 23:00 until 04:00, every night from Sunday 6 May.
Blue Carpet Event & Opening Ceremony
Av Brasilia, 1300-598 Lisbon
Nearest Station: Belem Station (Linha de Cascais)
This year’s participants will show themselves off to the world’s media and guests at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) for interviews – and no doubt a few selfies! This will be followed by the official Opening Ceremony of Eurovision 2018, to be held at Lisbon’s Electricity Museum. At this stage it seems that these events will only be open to accredited media, however they will be broadcast live at the Eurovision Village and at Eurocafe.
OGAE UK Fan Gathering
The annual OGAE UK fan gathering will take place on Thursday 10th May from 4pm until 6pm in the lounge area of the EuroFan Café. As this is a daytime event, this is open to all OGAE UK members, not just those with Fan Café passes. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided, with alcoholic drinks available from the bar. We look forward to seeing you there, for what is always one of the highlights of the week. As ever, a range of media outlets are expected to be in attendance. Details on the Facebook event page here.
Other bars and parties
Lisbon has no shortage of nightlife, and we expect a number of bars and clubs to have Eurovision-themed events throughout Eurovision week. This will be updated as we get more information, so keep checking back here!
The Accreditation Centre is open from 8am until 7pm. Anyone picking up P or F accreditation should take along a signed copy of their accreditation collection voucher, which can be downloaded from your profile on Accredion (click on “My application”)
Lisbon has an extensive public transport network, with a clean and efficient metro system, as well as buses and trams. The best way to pay for public transport is to buy a rechargeable Viva Viagem card, which is valid on the metro, trams, commuter trains, ferries, and buses run by Carris. You buy single tickets for buses, trams and metro (€1.40 – or €1.80 if bought on the bus), day tickets for €6.15, or a “stored value” mode (similar to Oyster pay as you go), known as “Zapping”. The rates are generally cheaper than standard single tickets.
Transport – From the airport
Travelling to and from Lisbon Airport is easy, and you can use bus, metro or taxi.
- Aerobus shuttle: Tickets can be bought online or on board (subject to a €0.40 supplement). The prices range from €3.60 to €6.00 per person. Please note that due to the number of stops, the journey can take up to two hours, depending on your destination. The service runs from 7:30am to 11pm.
- Local buses: Local buses 705, 722, 744 or 783 pass by the airport (or the 208 if you have a night flight). Timetables can be found on the Carris website
- Metro: Tickets cost €1.45 per person, and add €0.50 if you are buying the rechargeable Viva Viagem card. Tickets can be bought in automatic ticket vending machines beside the metro entrance. The metro is on the Red Line (Linha do Oriente), and you can change onto the Green Line at Alameda to reach destinations such as Baixa Chiado and Cais do Sodre. The metro runs between 6:30and 1am every day.
- Taxis: There are always many taxis available outside the airport building, although queues can build in busy periods.
Transport – To and from the arena
The Altice Arena is located close to Oriente station, served by mainline and local trains, as well as the Red Line of the metro. Please note that Oriente station is not served by trains to/from Cascais – in this instance you would need to change on to the Metro at Cais do Sodre. It is a ten minute walk from Oriente station. Buses 705, 725, 750, 759, 794, 400, 706, 728, 744 and 782 all pass near Oriente.
Where to eat
OGAE UK member José Oliveira has a few suggestions of some recommended eating spots around Lisbon. Please note that this should not be read as a formal endorsement by OGAE UK.
- A Padaria Portuguesa: Portuguese chain and a great option for breakfast
- Bread4You Bistro: Portuguese cuisine at great prices, booking recommended
- Honorato Hamburgueres: Good local chain of burger restaurants
- Gelados Santini/Gelato Davvero: Highly recommended for ice cream, to be found across the city
- Pastéis de Belém: The original place of the famous Portuguese custard tarts. You may have a bit of a queue but it’s really worth going there.
Things to see and do
Lisbon is a great city for tourists – so if you can tear yourself away from the Eurovision Village/Press Centre etc, here are some things worth checking out. Thanks again to José Oliveira for the information
- Lisbon Story Centre – Great museum which tells you the story of the country and the capital in short chunks and in English.
- Arco da Rua Augusta – Go up the arch to see the views of Lisbon and take photos. Buy the combined ticket to visit this and the “Lisbon Story Centre”
- Museu do Aljube – This museum is about the dictatorship period in the Portuguese history. If you want to know more about António Salazar, 20th century Portuguese history and the 1974 revolution then this is a highly interesting place to visit.
- Armazéns do Chiado – Shopping centre and the neighbouring roads have a lot of shops and are lovely for a stroll.
- Praça dos Restauradores – The second most important square in Lisbon. It has the National Theatre and the Rossio Train Station.
- Largo do Carmo – Square where the Revolution of 1974 took place. Worth visiting and a nice place to sit down and enjoy a drink.
- Santa Justa lift – Instead of queuing and paying, you can go to the top and see the views by going to “Largo do Carmo” and then following a path towards the back of the “Convento do Carmo”.
- Parque Eduardo VII – Lovely park to visit and enjoy the views from the top of the city to the river.
- Rua Augusta – Pedestrian-only road with lots of shops and entertainment.
- Igreja de São Domingos – This church was partially destroyed by the Earthquake of 1755 and a fire but the inside was left as it was.
- Torre de Belém – The symbol of Lisbon and Portugal.
- Praça do Comércio – The most important square in Lisbon (and the site of the Eurovision Village). Go all the way to the river and you can sit there and enjoy the view.