Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa)
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Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa)

The Oceanarium first opened its doors to the public during Expo 98 where it was a central exhibit. It intended to demonstrate how the Earths seas and oceans are interconnected. The oceanarium was designed by Peter Chermayeff LLC, a Massachusetts-based architectural company that has been specialising in aquarium architecture and exhibition design since 1975. Lisbon's Oceanarium is Europe's second-largest. Its main point of focus is the massive central tank which holds a staggering five million litres of seawater and is larger than four Olympic-sized swimming pools. This two-story tank has various large acrylic windows that allow you to peer through at the wide variety of fish, eels, sharks, rays, and the star attraction, the impressive oceanic sunfish who seems to have a startled expression permanently transfixed on his face.


Surrounding the central tank are four ecological tanks separated by acrylic barriers to give the illusion of one massive tank. These tanks represent different coastal habitats such as; coast of the North Atlantic, the coastal rims of the Antarctic, the kelp forest of the temperate Pacific, and the coral reefs of the tropical Indian Ocean. The lower level is darkened and contains smaller tanks that house shoals of brightly coloured tropical fish and other warm-water creatures. Collectively the Oceanarium is home to around 8,000 fish and marine animals and over 500 species of plants.

The Oceanarium is one of Lisbon's most popular family attractions and can get very busy. Expect to queue to enter, especially on weekends, even though on weekdays you'll still likely encounter numerous visiting school trips. So then it's advised to make the Oceanarium the first point of call when visiting the Parque das Nações and arrive as early as you can. That said, the Oceanarium is a fantastic way to spend a few hours submerged in another world.

Oceanarium: Skip the line tickets


With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the Oceanarium at your leisure. Book with confidence with FREE CANCELLATION.
Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

• Kids aged 0-2 get in for free, but need a free ticket
• Animals (including guide dogs) and plants are not allowed
• Explanatory texts are available onsite in English and Portuguese

You're good to go!
Health and safety measures are in place so you can enjoy culture with confidence

October to April, Daily: 10h00 - 19h00, (last admission at 18h00)
May to September, Tuesday to Sunday: 10h00 - 20h00, (last admission at 19h00)

Adult: €19.40, Concessionary: €14.99, Child 3-12 €13.23

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Getting to Lisbon Oceanarium

CRIL or EN-10 Roads, Vasco da Gama Bridge, North/South direction 2nd Circular Road, Av. Marechal Gomes da Costa, Av. Infante D. Henrique
Oriente (East) Bus Station: 5, 25, 28, 44, 708, 750, 759, 782, 794
Alfa Pendular and Intercity trains, inter-regional and regional trains (connections to the North and South of Portugal are available), and the Azambuja line (Lisbon-Azambuja)

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Orient Station on the Red Line
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Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa)
Contact Details
S.A. Esplanada D. Carlos I - Doca dos Olivais. 1990-005 Lisboa. Portugal .
38° 45' 48.2"N | 09° 05' 37.7"W | +351 218 956 143
info@oceanario.pt |  Website

Cablecar (Telecabine Lisboa)

Telecabina do Parque das Nações
If you find yourself at the north end of the Parque das Nações with the need to travel to the southside and the Oceanarium you might consider taking the Cablecar (Telecabina do Parque das Nações). It takes six to eight minutes to traverse the 1230 metre journey. Along the way, you will be treated to breathtaking views over the park, the river and the impressive Vasco da Gama bridge. The 40 cabins each hold up to eight people and since its inauguration, during Expo'98, it's become one of the most popular attractions in Lisbon. The Northern terminus can be found on the Passeio das Tágides next to the Myriad hotel, the former Vasco da Gama Tower. The opposite terminal is located on Passeio de Neptuno, next to the Oceanarium.

Adult: €3.96 Single or €5.90 Return, Concessionary: €2.00 Single or €3.35 Return
Infant 0-7 : FREE. Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: 10%
Contact Details
Passeio de Neptuno, 1990-280, Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 45' 22.3"N | 09° 05' 37.9"W | +351 218 956 143
geral@telecabinelisboa.pt |  Website
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