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Benfica v Manchester United Travel Advice

Advice for fans travelling to Portugal for Manchester United’s match with Benfica on 18 October.

Benfica v Manchester United Travel Advice

Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

Kick off time: 7:45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Portugal.

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Portugal, but your passport should be valid for the period of your stay

  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance; even if you’re only going for one night, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties

  • you must show some form of identification if asked by the police or judicial authorities; in most cases, it should be sufficient to carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport, but you can be asked to produce the original document

  • if you lose your passport, the British Consulate in Lisbon can issue an Emergency Travel Document, subject to background checks and confirmation of ID; this is only valid for travel back to the United Kingdom and currently costs €119 (approx £100).

Getting to the stadium

  • the nearest airport to the stadium is Lisbon

  • you can reach the city centre by underground (Metro) or bus (Carris)

  • to get into the city centre from the airport by underground, take the red line to Alameda and then change onto the green line heading in the direction of Cais de Sodré. The city centre stations are Rossio and Baixa Chiado. See the Metro Lisboa website for more information

  • the recommended route to the stadium is by Metro. From the city centre take the blue line to Colégio Militar/Luz and take the exit from the station marked Estrada da Luz.Tickets are bought from ticket vending machines before entry to the Metro. Tickets are swiped to gain access. Remember to keep your ticket until the end of your journey so that you can exit the station through automated gates

  • taxis are beige-coloured or black and green; they’re available at the airport and at taxi ranks around the city; you can flag down taxis in Portugal

  • if you’re hiring a car, you should carry your passport, valid UK driving licence and rental contract; the police can fine you on-the-spot if you don’t have these documents

  • there are tolls on Portuguese motorways; you can get a heavy fine if you don’t pay toll fees so remember to carry enough cash with you; don’t use the green lanes (VV - Via Verde) at toll pay points; these are for motorists who subscribe to the automatic pay system; some roads in the north of Portugal and in the Algarve have unmanned tolls (SCUTs); check what arrangements the car hire company has to enable you to use these

  • it’s illegal to drink drive or drive under the influence of drugs; the traffic accident rate is very high; traffic police carry out random spot checks and will test for both alcohol and drugs; the speed limit on Portuguese motorways is 120km/h; don´t get caught speeding on one of the radar cameras

At the match

  • access to the stadium can be slow - there will be ticket checks and searches carried out by stewards and/or police on entry to the stadium; to avoid last minute queues get to the stadium in good time - doors will open at 6:15pm

  • no alcohol, sharp objects (including umbrellas), air horns or loudspeakers, fireworks or flares, bottles or cans, drums or video cameras in the stadium

  • the authorities have the right to breathalyse supporters on entry to the stadium and anyone they consider too drunk may be refused entry

  • children under the age of 3 will not be admitted to the stadium

  • visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 20 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse


  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport; only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit box or split it up and carry it in different places

  • if you intend to use the metro, remember to buy a ticket card on entry, swipe it before you get on the train and keep it so you can top it up

  • it’s illegal to urinate in public; find a public toilet or walk in to one of the many cafés or fast-food restaurants

  • Portuguese beer is stronger than the beer at home so make allowance for this

  • There’s no time difference between the UK and Portugal

Contact the British Embassy in Lisbon

British Embassy Lisbon

Rua de São Bernardo, 33



Telephone: +351 21 392 4000 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

For more information please visit the British Embassy Lisbon website

Emergency services numbers


Further information

Information on visiting Portugal (including transport links and interactive map)

Lisbon Tourist information

Benfica Football Club

Published 17 October 2017