Discover the venue

The IDF Congress 2022 will be held at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa CCL located on the river Tagus close to the historical area of Belem.

A comfortable and pleasant venue offering spacious Auditoria, meeting facilities and exhibition space to stage a meeting where everything is conveniently located and within easy reach.

Getting around Lisbon

Lisbon is a historic capital and a key congress destination of unusual character and charm.

It was recognized by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in 2019 and 2021 as one of the best cities to hold ICCA conferences and congresses.

Spread across the Tagus river, seven hills and overlooking the Atlantic ocean, the city is a mixture of more than 1000 years of cultural influences that mingle with modern trends and lifestyle to create intricate and spectacular contrasts.

Lisbon is just a short flight away: 1 – 3 hours from most European cities and 5 – 8 hours from North America. Lisbon airport is centrally located and served by all major airlines, with daily non-stop connections to all major European cities as well as the US, South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Airport to downtown Lisbon

There are four transportation options to choose from: metro, bus, taxi (or Uber or other ridesharing service), or a pre-booked transfer.

The metro is the cheapest but slowest option. The bus goes directly to downtown but costs twice as much as the metro. Taxi (or Uber) is the fastest but most expensive option. The most convenient option is the pre-booked transfer, where a driver is waiting for you at the arrivals hall.

Search for pre-booked transfers from and to Lisbon airport at the following links:

Metro: (Click here to check the metro map)

Public buses (Carris): (Buses: 705, 722, 744, 783, 208)

Aerobus (Airport to Downtown/Cais do Sodré): (every 20 minutes from 7 am to 11 pm)

Taxis (available at the Arrivals area)

For more details:

Useful opening hours
  • Metro: Everyday from 06:30 am to 01:00 am
  • Trains: Everyday from 05:00 am to 01:00 am
  • Buses: Everyday from 05:30 am to 12:30 am. Night service from 12:30 am to 05:30 am
  • Pharmacies: Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 07:00 pm (Some pharmacies close at lunchtime). Saturdays from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm (When closed all pharmacies indicate the nearest pharmacy on duty, where there is a 24-hour service).
  • Banks: Monday to Friday from 08:30 am to 03:00 pm
  • Embassies: Monday to Friday 09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Useful telephone numbers
  • Portugal country code: +351
  • National emergency number: 112
  • Lisbon airport arrivals & departures: +351 218 413 500
  • Ask me tourism office at Airport: +351 218 450 660
  • Taxis: +351 217 932 756

How to get to the CCL Congress center

Plan your journey with the following online tool:

R. Junqueira is the stop nearest to the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (CCL) located in Praça des Industrias.

Taxis and Uber

Fares in Portugal are a little lower than in other European countries. Not all drivers speak English and pronouncing in Portuguese is not easy, so it is to best write down your destination to avoid any miscommunication.

All taxi drivers are registered (their registration card with their photograph is displayed in the vehicle). By law, drivers must turn on their meters, so never accept a set price.  Fares increase by 20% at night (between 9pm and 6am) and on weekends and public holidays. No trip within the city should cost over 10 euros.

Cars are black and green, or beige. They can be hailed from the street or at taxi ranks. Make sure you ask for a receipt  = “recibo” (pronounced “re-see-boo”). Tipping is not expected, but many passengers round up or add one or two euros.

If you can’t find a taxi on the street, call one of the two main companies, which usually have English-speaking operators: Rádio Taxis (218 119 000) and Autocoope (217 932 756).

Uber and ridesharing

Uber is the most popular ridesharing company in Lisbon. Fares tend be to slightly lower than for regular taxis.