February 23, 2017
When it comes to traveling, Philadelphia International Airport is something of a blessing in disguise.
It doesn’t boast celeb chef-helmed restaurants or glitzy lounges for frequent flyers, although all of that is changing this year with a revamp of Terminal B and the addition of an American Express Centurion Lounge.
What PHL does have is the distinct advantage of being a national and international hub minus all of the New York and DC traffic.
Compared to other major East Coast airports, navigating parking, check-in, and security are all smooth sailing. Right now, you can fly directly to 124 unique destinations ranging from Paris to Portland, no transfers or layovers necessary.
A new Culture channel short series, “Direct From Philly,” is now highlighting unique vacations that are an easy flight from PHL. Look out for travel guides to an array of national and international destinations.
Next up in our “Direct from Philly” itinerary is an under-the-radar European capital, Lisbon. The largest city in Portugal is easily accessible from Philly through a painless red-eye flight that clocks in at just under the seven-hour mark. Taking off at 9:15 p.m. and landing at 9:15 a.m. means that you can chill before the flight with beers at the Chickie’s and Pete’s airport bar and wake up to pasteis de nata and meia de leite, i.e. the Portuguese take on custard pastries and cappuccino.
Navigating the City: Lisbon is home to a convenient network of public transit that includes everything from buses, metros and trains to trams and a funicular system that's on and above the city’s steep streets. Single ride, day and multi-day passes are available for use on the entire roster of public transit.