The 11th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society will be held in the Egas Moniz Building of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL). The building is within the campus of the Hospital de Santa Maria (HSM). As this is a teaching hospital, once within the campus we would kindly ask you to follow the route indicated in the link above to reach the Egas Moniz Building, so as not to unduly disturb the normal running of the hospital.
The Conference Venue is located close to the city centre and is easy to get to (10 min. by car from the airport), with the historic centre, shopping areas and the many city museums and parks just a few minutes away by metro (subway).
Getting to the Conference Venue
By Metro (subway)
The Egas Moniz Building is just 5 minutes on foot from Cidade Universitária metro station.
Click here to consult the Metro de Lisboa network.
There are regular buses that stop near the Hospital de Santa Maria campus.
Click here to consult the Carris bus network.
We highly recommend that participants travel to the conference site using public transport - car parking space is very limited and charges apply.
These are much cheaper than in most other European cities - usually between €5 and €10 for any ride within the city (a little more expensive after 21:00, on weekends and public holidays). All have meters (make sure they are switched on), and tips are not expected. They queue at many central areas, including the Hospital de Santa Maria campus.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisbon has an area of approximately 1,000 km2. The city lies more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain. Lisbon offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometers away from the city centre.
Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The agreeable temperatures in the summer months are an open invitation for a walk by the river, or to spend an afternoon in one of the many street cafés to be found all over the city.
|Lisbon weather in July||30°C / 86°F||18°C / 65°F|
For the latest weather information go to www.ipma.pt
Lisbon is considered a very safe city. However, you should take normal, sensible precautions to avoid possible theft.
Most shops and all major taxi companies accept credit and debit cards, so there is no need to carry a lot of cash.
Currency and Banking
The local currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted, but not everywhere. If in doubt, ask in advance. Cash-on-card services are available from selected American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or VisaCard addresses. These cards are also accepted by all GWK currency exchange outlets and Change Express Offices.
Voltage: 230volts, 50 Hz with 2-pin or 3-pin Schuko wall sockets. Sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 230-120 Volt transformer must be used together with an adapter plug.
Emergency Phone Numbers
For Police and Ambulance dial 112.
With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present there are no special health requirements.
Portuguese is Latin in origin and the third most widely spoken European language in the world. It is the mother tongue of about 200 million people. Portuguese is the official language in several other countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe in Africa, and Brazil in South America.
Portugal has a population of 10.5 million people.
VAT - Sales Tax
Value Added Tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted. For non-E.U. residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, which provide substantial savings to visitors.
Portuguese law, in accordance with regulations in force across the majority of European Countries and the USA, prohibits smoking on any public transport or in any enclosed public areas. (Some restaurants, bars and discotheques can designate 30 percent of their space for smokers if they are larger than 100 square metres). Non-compliance with this ban can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to 1,000.00 Euros.
Tipping is optional, but adding 10% to the amount is regular practice in taxis, restaurants and bars.
Getting to Lisbon
Lisbon is easy to get to. It is a short flight away from most European cities, and is just as easily accessible by road, railway or sea.
Lisbon International Airport, 7 km from the city centre, has daily flights to and from major cities in Europe and across the world. Lisbon Airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is for international and domestic flights and Terminal 2 for low cost flights only.
Arriving in Lisbon by road is a pleasant experience, as the visitor can enjoy beautiful countryside along the way. The city has good road access and the most frequently used routes are: the A1 motorway, the 25th April Bridge and Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisbon every day. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city has the Gare do Oriente, adjacent to the Parque das Nações. Both stations have direct bus or metro connections to the city centre. High-speed Alfa trains depart for Oporto every day until 20h55. The Sud-Express / Lusitania train to Paris / Madrid departs at 21:25 every day.
For further information please visit www.cp.pt
By Bus / Tram
Carris has the exclusive rights as the above ground mass public transport operator in Lisbon. An extensive network of 90 bus routes covers the entire city and outskirts. Within Lisbon you may also use a traditional form of public transport: the tram. The tram network is made up of 5 routes, 3 funiculars (Glória, Bica and Lavra) and 1 lift (Santa Justa). We recommend a daily ticket that can be used on the metro & Carris buses and trams - € 6,00 per day.
For further information please visit www.carris.pt
Taxis in Lisbon are beige or black and green, and have an illuminated TAXI sign on the top. They offer very reasonable prices for getting around.
The initial fare on the taxi meter should read €3,25 (daytime pick-up). City fares are charged per kilometre (1 km = €0,47) and charges may apply for the return fare. €1,60 is charged for the transportation of luggage or animals. The usual amount to tip is 10% of the fare.
An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime service from 9pm to 6am.
Buses: Every day 6:30 am - 12 pm / 10 am
Banks: Mon-Fri. 8:30 am - 3 pm
Shopping Centres: Every day 10 am - 11 pm
Shops: Mon -Fri. 9 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 7 pm, Sat. 9 am - 7 pm
Embassies: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 3 pm
Post Offices: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Pharmacies: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 1 pm, 3 pm - 7 pm, a few guarantee 24 hour (night) service
Meal times: Lunch: 12 am - 2 pm
Dinner: 8 pm - 10 pm
The following hotels are located about 10 mins. walking distance from the venue. Click on hotel names for further information (in PDF) including direct links for booking:
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Rates are per room, per night, BB basis. Not included: City tax €1.00 per person per night, with a maximum of €7.00 per stay.
Alternatively, if you wish to be accommodated near the city centre the Official Travel Agency of the conference will be pleased to help you. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.