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EASA2020 logo16th EASA Biennial Conference
New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
21-24 July 2020 in Lisbon
ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and ICS-Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon


Opening Early Bird registration has been postponed to 15 April. Please see here for COVID-19/Coronavirus situation update.

Lisbon – the historic capital of Portugal – is, well, one of the most charming, most hospitable, sunniest and also least expensive of European capitals. We welcome you to experience this yourself in July 2020.

Lisbon is a popular travel destination and the EASA2020 conference takes place during the high season. While accommodation options have proliferated in the past few years, it would still be wise to start booking early to find the best option for you. See here for recommendations.

Please make sure to have cash with you, as many cafeterias and shops do not accept card payments.

Getting to Lisbon

By Train: Travel by train from Madrid to Lisbon with Renfe. The trip from Madrid to Lisbon lasts about 10 hours and 40 minutes, with costs starting from 65€. Other Spanish cities are also directly connected to the Portuguese capital.

The Santa Apolonia Train Station (Estacao da Santa Apolonia) is the largest of all, located in the vicinity of the historic Alfama district. This is the main terminal for trains travelling between Lisbon and north and east Portugal, as well as international destinations like Madrid or Paris. You can book tickets from Comboios de Portugal webpage for shorter/local trips or through Renfe for international travel.

By Bus: There are local services connecting Lisbon with the rest of Portugal and some parts of Spain, while international bus companies offer connections with other major European cities.

There are about buses leaving for Madrid almost every hour. The trip lasts about 8-9h and costs 15-35€. See for example Rede Nacional de Expressos.
You can plan traveling by bus via websites like Omio, Flixbus or Busbud

By Car: Driving in Lisbon is challenging, as this is one of Europe's most difficult cities to drive in because of the lack of parking spaces and complicated traffic flow management (random signs, vague road markings and hidden traffic lights). The historic centre of Lisbon has high volumes of traffic, so it is often easier to simply avoid driving and catch the metro or a taxi. Please check out this guide to driving in Portugal for more info and driving tips.

By Air: Lisbon international airport is 7 km from the centre of the city. The airport is connected with the centre of the city via:

Getting to the main venue

The main venue ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Lisbon University Institute) is about 5,5km from the airport and could thus be reached even by walking. It is also well connected to public transport network. Here's some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best:

Getting around

Metro (Train) - The metro is useful for short hops, and to reach the Gare do Oriente and nearby Parque das Nações.

Buy tickets from metro ticket machines, these have English-language menus. The Lisboa Card is also valid.

Entrances to the metro stations are marked by a big red ‘M’. Useful signs include correspondência (transfer between lines) and saída (exit to the street). There is some impressive contemporary art in the metro stations, including ngelo de Sousa at Baixa-Chiado and Friedensreich Hundertwasser at Oriente.

Watch out for pickpockets in rush-hour crowds!

The following are the most commonly used passes by visitors; there are many more, depending on your specific needs/time frames:

Tram & Funicular - Carris operates nine historic tram routes and three historic funiculars in the city to complement its bus system. Like the buses, trams run from about 5am or 6am to about 10pm or 11pm, with some night services.
Single tram ticket purchased on board costs €3.00. On the Articulado trams tickets are purchased from the on-board ticket machines while on the older Remodelado they are bought from the driver. Tram the ticket machine needs exact change.
Better option is to purchase the 24-hour public transport ticket, which costs €6.40 and includes all trams, metro and buses in Lisbon. The only inconvenience is that the 24-hour ticket can only be purchased from metro stations. The ticket is charged to the Viva Viagem reusable card, which costs €0.50 for the initial purchase of the card. With this ticket remember to validate it when entering the tram. Read more here.

Funiculars generally have somewhat shorter hours of operation.
Tram stops are marked by a small yellow paragem (stop) sign hanging from lamp posts or overhead wires.

Lisbon's commuter ferries, operating on the River Tejo help avoid the rush hour congestion at the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. The ferry journey lasts for 10-15 minutes and offers great views of the city skyline from the water.
There are five ferry routes. Tickets cost 1,30 euros for a single trip, or use a Viva viagem card. Read more here.

Taxi or car sharing:
Taxis in Lisbon are reasonably priced and plentiful. If you can’t hail one, try the ranks at Rossio and Praça dos Restauradores, near stations and ferry terminals, and at top-end hotels.
Taxi apps and ride-share services such as Uber, Cabify, 99Taxis, Taxify and MyTaxi are available.

Or you can call a taxi:
Rádio Táxis - +351 21 811 9000, +351 91 978 1000, +351 96 953 1660, +351 93 811 9002
CoopTaxis - +351 217 932 756

Any queries with the above please email conference(at)easaonline.org.