The 2018 contest will be held in Altice Arena, an indoor arena holding up to 20,000 people. It is set in the Parque das Nacoes grounds, near the water, and is located close to the Oriente station (red metro line) and the Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre.
The rehearsal period for Eurovision begins on Sunday 29 April, with the dress rehearsals and shows taking place from 7 – 12 May.
What shows will take place?
There is ticket access for the public to 3 shows for each of the selections – semi final 1, semi final 2 and Eurovision Final.
The ‘Jury Show’ taking place the night before the broadcast runs exactly the show as the TV broadcast, with exception of the results. This is the show where the artist performances are judged by the nationally selected juries via a live stream of the event. It also is important as it is recorded and serves as a back-up video should anything occur during the actual live show e.g. natural disaster, bomb threat, cut to broadcast location etc.
The ‘family rehearsal’ show taking place earlier on the day of broadcast is a simple dress rehearsal where artists have their last chance to practice and tweak their perfomances before going out live for public viewing later that night.
Show schedule is as follows:
Mon 7 May –
8pm Semi Final 1 Jury show
Tues 8 May –
2pm Semi Final 1 Family Show rehearsal
8pm Semi Final 1 Live Show
Wed 9 May –
8pm Semi Final 2 Jury Show
Thurs 10 May –
2pm Semi Final 2 Family Show rehearsal
8pm Semi Final 2 Live Show
Fri 11 May –
8pm Eurovision Final Jury Show
Sat 12 May –
1pm Eurovision Final Family Show rehearsal
8pm Eurovision Final Live Show
Eurovision Press Centre
It is expected that the Eurovision press centre will be held in Pavilhao de Portugal, a venue adjacent to the Altice Arena.
The Eurovision Red Carpet shall instead become the Blue Carpet in connection with this years of the water and slogan ‘All Aboard’. The ceremony will take place on Sunday 6 May at the Maat Museum complex (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) in the Belem district on the shores of the Tagus River.
The central location of Eurovision nightlife, parties, artist performances and DJs will be located in the nightclub “Lust in Rio” near the Cais do Sodre station. It will be open from 4-12 May, and features indoor and outdoor areas for accredited fans, press and delegations to enjoy the evening entertaiment. It is also the starting point for all the night bus routes in the city, including a direction bus connection with the arena.
This area designated for fans to enjoy daytime performances, theme days, artist appearances, big live screen showings of Eurovision will be located at Praca do Comercio (Commerce Square) at the end of the pedestrianised grid of Baixa (lower town) near the river and city central district. It will be open from Friday 4 May till Saturday 12 May. The program of entertainment will be announced just prior to the Eurovision weeks.
The venue run by the OGAE fanclubs for members will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned.
The Humberto Delgado airport in Lisbon is located 7km from the city centre of the capital of Portugal. It is the main hub of TAP Air Portugal airline, which links itself to most of the main capital city airports in Europe. The only airline with a direct (1-stop) connection from Australia into Lisbon is Emirates.
The airport is connected to the city by Metro and Bus, with a direct train service from the airport to the Eurovision venue Altice Arena.
No Visas are required for people travelling on Australian passports. However due to EU restrictions, please ensure you have at least 6 months left on your passport expiry from your date of departure from Portugal.
Hotels and apartments of all standards are available all over the city at varying costs. As Lisbon is a popular holiday destination, as well as a frequent choice for convention location, it caters well to large event attendances.
Whilst hotels may seem scarce or pricey at this time, rest assured that there are plenty of places that will become available closer to the dates. Most big hotels are currently on ‘block out’ due to delegations and press having the opportunity to book first through the Lisbon Tourism portals. These should open to public bookings in late March.
What we would most recommend however is looking at location. The Eurovision arena and airport are on the ‘red metro line’, whilst the rest of the central city locations are on the ‘green metro line’ – these intersect at Alameda station.
Lisbon is a relatively hilly city, and whilst the pedestrianised centre is walkable, people may find it difficult in some locations getting up the steep walkways and steps. The best way to get around the city is via the metro system. There are also buses and trams.
The main metro lines to note for Eurovision are the red and green lines.
The airport and venue are located on the red metro line.
The Eurovision village and Euroclub location are on the green metro line.
A 24 hour transport ticket for all local services costs 6.50 Euro.
Portugal as part of the EU has the Euro as its currency.
As of 10 February 2018, the rate is 1 Euro = $1.56 AUD
Lisbon remains rather inexpensive in comparison to other Euro countries in Europe.
Average costs include:
Meal in an inexpensive Restaurant = 8 Euro
McDonalds Big Mac Medium Meal = 6 Euro
Domestic Beer = 2 Euro
Takeaway coffee = 1.30 Euro
Can of Coke = 1.30 Euro
Bottle of Water = 1 Euro
1-way transport ticket = 1.50 Euro
24 hour transport ticket = 6.50 Euro
In May, the average daytime temperature is 22 degrees whilst overnight it can drop to a low of 13 degrees. May tends to be dry (an average of just 50mm over the month, or 7 days of rain). There is 9 hours of sunshine a day, and for those who fancy a swim, the sea temperature is a relatively cool 17 degrees.
Lisbon is a postcard-perfect city of gothic architecture, cobbled streets, waterside restaurants and gourmet food.
It is also home to largest aquarium in Europe, and some of the steepest streets on the mainland. Due to its well-known 7-hills, it is a great place to forgo to the walking and instead explore via a guided tram or bus tour.
It is also recommended to combine a day of food and wine tastings (including those Portuguese tarts!) with an evening of Fado – a popular style of local music.
Outside of the city, it is possible to take day tours to Sintra (known for its natural caves and trails as well as the national palace), Cascais (beaches), Fatima (religious sanctuary famous for its apparition of Mary) and Obida (its monastery is a UNESCO world heritage site).