Access to Lisbon
The main entrance to British Council Lisbon.
We welcome visitors with disabilities and those bringing pushchairs. If you need help with access, or have any questions, please let us know.
British Council Lisbon is located in a converted palacete built in the 1880s.
Rato metro station is 600m away.
Cais do Sodré train station is 1.75km away.
773/758 bus stop is 200m away.
The palacete is two small blocks down a steep hill with narrow pavements made of basalt mosaic, which is both uneven and slippery when wet.
A more level approach to British Council Lisbon route from Rato is via the route Rua Escola Politécnica > Rua da Imprensa Nacional > Rua Gustavo de Matos Sequeira > Rua Luís Fernandes.
The nearest car/táxi/motorbike drop-off point is the corner of Rua São Marçal and Rua Luís Fernandes (see photo above).
This drop-off point is 25m from the main entrance.
You can order an accessible taxi from Autocoop (pronounced "OW-toe-coop").
Phone (+351) 217 932 756 (cannot be ordered via internet)
Book preferably a day (or as far as possible) in advance
um taxi para transportar pessoas
com mobilidade reduzida
Lisbon does not have a public car park.
There are accessible parking spaces in our car park. To use these you need to contact us before your visit.
There is a public accessible parking space outside the building, on the corner of Rua São Marçal (See photo above: "P" to left of gate). This is free and available between 0800 and 1900. To use it you need to have and display a dístico de deficient (equivalent to a blue badge)
There are public pay-and-display parking spaces on most of the roads near and around the centre.
The nearest public car park, Gisparque, is just under 500m away. It is pay-and-display. More information:
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE
You can access the British Council Lisbon building without stairs or steps via the main entrance on the corner of Rua Luís Fernandes and Rua São Marçal. The main door is accessible to wheelchair and pushchair users via a ramp.
You can see a photo of the main entrance above.
INSIDE THE BUILDING
As you enter the building you will need to go through a security check. This may involve someone checking you and your bag.
If you are a regular user of the building with a British Council membership card, you will need to display this. Other visitors will be issued with a Visitor's Card which you will need to display at all times. To get a Visitors Card, you will need to show photo i/d.
If you have any concerns about the security check, please contact us before your visit.