Lisbon Marathon and
Luso Portugal Half Marathon
Vasco da Gama bridge
The Lisbon Marathon and the Luso Portugal half Marathon takes place on October 11 in 2020 on the same day in the morning.
The Lisbon marathon starts in Cascais, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon, and ends at Praca do Comercio in the city center.
The Luso Portugal half Marathon starts on the Vasco da Gama bridge and also ends at Praca do Comercio.
In 2020 the Lisbon Marathon takes place on Sunday October 11 at 08:00 p.m. in the town of Cascais. It is the 33rd edition.
The course is lovely and takes you along the coast passing by Estoril and finally entering the very center of Lisbon at Praca do Comercio.
"In 2020 the Lisbon Marathon and the Luso Portugal Half
Marathon takes place on Sunday October 11."
The Luso Portugal Half Marathon also takes place on Sunday October 11 at 10:30. It starts at the Vasco da Gama Bridge and ends, like the marathon, at Praca do Comercio. The 21 km course passes the north area of the city with some river side views.
The Luso Half Marathon is spectacular in that it starts on the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The last 5 kilometres of the race runs through the city center (with a ascent in the end!).
The Lisbon Marathon and the Luso Portugal Half Marathon are perfect if you are a group of 2 or more who wants to run different distances as they are on the very same day and about the same time.
It is super easy to apply, you just fill in the application and is accepted. In 2019 there were no queu or special restrictions to be accepted. Also, you do not need a health certificate like in France or Italy.
A really nice t-shirt and a medal is included in the application fee for about 50 Euros (marathon) and 30 Euros (half marathon).
Charming Pergola House B&B in Cascais
Dunes of Cresmina outside Cascais
Where to stay in Lisbon and Cascais?
When running a race it is a great thing to stay either close to the starting point or the finishing point. If you stay in Cascais you do not have to get up as early in the morning as if you need transportation from Lisbon. In Cascais you find for example the charming Pergola House B&B.
If you stay in Lisbon close to the finishing point by Praca do Comercio you can walk back to your hotel afterwards. We stayed at Eurostars museum a couple of hundred metres away from the Praca do Comercio. The reason we chose that hotel was they have a SPA that we could use after check-out as we were flying home on the day of the race.
Coast line west of Cascais
Cascais city beach
How to get to the start of the Lisbon Marathon?
From Lisbon there are direct trains from the station Cais do Sodré, near the metro of the same name. From Lisbon there are trains every 20 minutes and travel time is about 40 minutes.
On the race day, transportation is free on all buses, metro and trains upon presentation of the bib number. Note that if you live outside the city centre or far away from Cais do Sodré, the metro starts too late for you to be able to make it to the station Cais do Sodré on time for Cascais.
How to get to the start of the Luso Portugal Half Marathon?
From Lisbon you go to the Oriente station by metro in the morning. From there are free buses for transport to the Vasco da Gama Bridge. When arriving at Oriente station the place is crowed with runners but the waiting lines for the buses are short.
You have to be at the Oriente station for the last bus which leaves at 9:00 p.m.
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