Lisbon 2018: Everything you need to know

The delegations, press and accredited fans are going to start arriving in Lisbon very shortly, thus we wanted to take a look at everything that expects us, and everything you need to know about Lisbon and this year’s Eurovision.

Where is the Eurovision Arena?

  • The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Altice Arena in Parque das Nações. Only those with tickets will be allowed access to the Arena and the surrounding area. Doors open 90 minutes before the show starts
  • Body and bag searches will be carried out at entry points.
  • Prohibited items include: selfie sticks, laptops, cameras, sound recorders, spray cans, lighters, lanterns, lasers, alcohol, backpacks and large bags, food, liquids, can and glass bottles, trolleys, umbrellas, helmets, chairs, fireworks and flares, luggage

Where is the Eurovision Village?

  • The Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Lisbon during the Contest. It will be located in Praça do Comércio (also known as Terreiro do Paço) from 4th-12th May. It will be open to the public from 10am to 11pm and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Entry is free.
  • Entrance to the Village will be controlled by police who will carry out body and bag searches at the entry point

Where is the Euroclub?

  • The Euroclub is also in The Eurovision Village in Praça do Comércio in the Ministerium nightclub. It is an area for accredited delegations only. It will be open from 4th-12th May from 11pm to 4am

Where is the Eurocafe?

  • Members of the Eurovision fanclub OGAE can go to the OGAE Euro Café has been, which is held at the MoMe. The OGAE Euro  Cafe will be one of the hot spots in Lisbon during the Eurovision week enabling fans to mix and mingle.
  • The OGAE Euro Cafe will operate from 5th-12th May and will be run jointly by OGAE Portugal and OGAE International.
  • There will be a line up of activities at the Euro Cafe offering lots of entertainment to the visitors and guests.
  • To enter the cafe you’ll need to register, but the deadline has now passed.

Where is the Opening Ceremony?

  • The Opening Ceremony will be held on 6th May at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) starting at 5pm. This is a closed event. Access to the Museum and surrounding area will be restricted to those who have been invited to the event

How do I get to the Eurovision?

  • You can reach the venues by underground (Metro). The Eurovision Village is on the Blue line at Terreiro do Paço; the Arena is on the Red line at Oriente
  • You can buy ticket cards from vending machines at the entrance to the Metro; swipe the card at the turnstile before going down to the platform and again when you leave the underground system. Buy one card per person
  • The venues are also served by Buses and Trams
  • Taxis are beige-coloured or black and green. They’re available at taxi ranks around the city. You can flag down taxis in Portugal
  • You can also use uber. Please note that in case you are ordering one to pick you up at the airport, make sure you are located at the Departure area, as that is the place they will collect you at.

What if there’s an emergency?

  • If you need to call Emergency services they’re available on (+351) 112
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