Car Parking Lisbon

Finding car parking in Lisbon can give you a headache.

Lisbon’s space is at a premium with its winding medieval streets and compact city center.

Nevertheless, with some preparation and know-how, you can navigate the parking situation in Lisbon with less stress to find parking lots.

So, I have compiled a comprehensive guide for parking spaces that covers everything you need to know, from parking meters and garages to free parking and paying for parking.

Read on for tips and information on mastering parking in Lisbon.

How do You Pay for Parking in Portugal

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Now, before we get to where you can park your car in Lisbon, it helps to know how you must pay for your parking spot.

So, understanding the payment methods for parking in Lisbon is crucial for a smooth experience.

Accepting bank cards or coins is the typical way to pay for a parking ticket in street-metered zones and parking garages. Yet, some specific tips for paying parking fees in Lisbon include:

Cash / Coins

Having €0.05, €0.10, €0.20, and €0.50 coins on hand is very useful for feeding quickly expiring parking meters. You can also use bills in payment machines.

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Chip & PIN Bank Card

Bank-Card

If a parking meter or garage payment machine accepts bank cards, they will require a chip and PIN card – like those used across Europe. Swipe-only cards standard in other parts of the world will not work.

Mobile Apps

Apps like Emel Pay and Easy Park allow you to pay for metered parking in Lisbon through your mobile device. However, they require a registered Portuguese mobile number first. Using mobile apps to pay is the preferred method. You can quickly pay for parking, extend your stay remotely, and receive notifications before your time expires.

Parking Vouchers

Some parking garages sell discounted all-day & multi-day parking vouchers at shops around the city. It’s worth asking about these to save up to 50% for more extended stays.

Watch for these standard payment tools when parking your vehicle in Lisbon.

Is There Any Free Parking in Lisbon?

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While free parking in the city center is a rarity, there are some areas where you can leave your car without reaching for your wallet.

The outskirts and residential neighborhoods often have free street parking, but be prepared for a walk or public transportation to reach the main attractions.

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Still, you can find some parking spots for free in these areas:

Monsanto Forest Park

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This massive city park does offer some accessible outdoor parking areas near trailheads and picnic areas. Spots do fill up on nice weather weekends, though.

 Parque Eduardo VII Park

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A small parking lot at the top of the hillside park provides free year-round parking. Great views over Lisbon are available here, too.

Street Parking in Belém

Metered parking expires in the evenings, making it accessible overnight, typically from 8 pm to 9 am in the residential areas of Belém. Read signs carefully, though, as restrictions can vary by street.

Shopping Center Parking

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Many malls and shopping centers like ColomboVasco da GamaAmoreiras, and others offer the first few hours of parking free for customers. So if doing some shopping, take advantage of the parking capacity available.

Parking near Lisbon Airport: Convenient Options

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If you’re flying into Lisbon and plan to travel with a rented car, you should have no problem. But if you need to stop at the airport departure terminal for drop-offs/pick-ups, it can be chaotic with congested traffic.

The same applies if you need to leave your car while traveling and need a secure place for your vehicle; numerous parking options surround the Lisbon Portela airport.

Both short-term and long-term parking facilities are available, providing flexibility for travelers. You can find the official Lisbon Airport parking facility across from Terminal 1.

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Mid to long-term parking rates here are €12 per 24 hours in the outdoor car park or €17 per 24 hours in the secure indoor garage. The Shuttle buses efficiently transport you to your departure terminal.

Alternatively, various third-party private airport parking companies offer parking with complimentary shuttle transport, too. Prices are very competitive, typically ranging from €5-10 per day.

These affordable parking spots make it easy to access flights from Lisbon Airport.

Other Alternative for Car Parking in Lisbon

Lisbon boasts an extensive network of parking meters and car park garages conveniently scattered throughout the city.

Parking Meters: Pay-as-You-Go Convenience

You can find parking meters (parquímetros) around different streets in the center of Lisbon, typically with a maximum stay of 2 hours.

You’ll find parking meters along major streets, near tourist attractions, and busy commercial areas. The hourly rates generally range from €1 to €2 depending on the zone, and payment is accepted in coins or via mobile apps.

Zone 1 is closest to major attractions, and the riverfront tends to be more expensive. Green and red lights on the meters indicate if parking is available or if the spot is expired. Having coins on hand to pay the meter is recommended.

The reason is that some do not accept bank cards or require a Portuguese mobile phone for app payments. EMEL manages metered street parking; you can identify their meters with the yellow “E” logo.

Some key areas to find street-metered parking include Avenida Da Liberdade, Baixa, and Chiado neighborhoods. Yet, be warned that spots are scarce and often quickly taken, especially during peak tourism seasons.

Come prepared with backup options if you cannot find an available meter.

Parking Garages: Safe and Secure Options

Parking garages (parques de estacionamento) offer more reliable all-day and overnight parking than meters on the street. These facilities provide 24/7 surveillance, ensuring the safety of your vehicle.

Prices vary based on the garage’s location and amenities, such as proximity to popular destinations.

Finding Parking Garages

Exploring Lisbon’s parking garages is a breeze, as you find them strategically located near key landmarks and busy districts. The majority of parking garages work through the EMEL agency.

You can find over 60 public parking garages located throughout Lisbon. Expect to pay between €1.50 and €3 per hour, with daily rates ranging from €13 to €25. Some garages offer discounted rates for extended stays or overnight parking, making them cost-effective for short and long visits.

Popular garages include those under Comércio Plaza, Rossio Plaza, and Marquês de Pombal Plaza. These put you in the city center, close to major attractions and transportation connections.

The Vasco da Gama and Oriente garages near Parque das Nações are also convenient for metro and train access.

Here at Parque das Nações, you can shop and enjoy a meal at the many restaurants. Parque das Nações is also close to the waterfront.  

Some tips for using Lisbon parking garages:

  • Press the ticket button when entering and take the paper ticket dispensed.
  • When exiting, insert this ticket into the payment machine and pay the amount owed via coins, bills, or bank card. The exit barrier will then open.
  • Parking garages have very low ceilings – watch for height restrictions if driving a larger vehicle.

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Wrap-Up: Stress-Free Parking in Lisbon

Navigating parking in Lisbon can be a breeze with the proper knowledge.

Whether you choose the convenience of parking meters, the security of parking garages, or opt for free parking in the outskirts, my guide equips you with the information needed for a stress-free experience.

Enjoy exploring Lisbon, knowing your car is parked safely and efficiently. Also, check out some of the best hotels in Alfama if you are still deciding where to stay.

Safe travels! I know you will love Lisbon like I do when traveling there!

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