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Lisbon (Lisboa in Portuguese) is the capital of Portugal, the westernmost capital of continental Europe.
North towards Coimbra, Porto, Spain, France E 80 E 01
Take the metro to "Encarnação" (red line). From there find your way to the Galp petrol station close by  (halfway there's the local market, where you can get veggies and fruits for the road). You can also take a bus #25, #45, #81 or #745 to the area east of the airport. The closest bus stop is Qta do Morgado . Note that you can calculate how to get there with public transport on Google maps!
This petrol station is in "Segunda Circular" (the ring), right before the motorway A1 direction north towards Porto, Coimbra & Aveiro. It can be difficult to get a ride because people might only come to fill up their car and go the suburbs or back to the city centre. Keep asking for a lift to the A1, at least to "área de serviço de Aveiras", the first petrol station on the highway, from where you'll have no trouble going further. You can check out all petrol stations along the A1 motorway.here
Note: If you're going to Spain and France, reach the "área de serviço de Santarém", the second petrol station on the A1, and find someone who goes to the A23. "Vilar Formoso", near Guarda, is the busiest border Pt-Es, and this is the best (and shortest) way to cross Spain, through Autovía de Castilla.
Option 2 Motorway Toll
In case you're going north, consider taking the train from Lisbon to Vila Franca de Xira (30min by train), you have both the national road and the toll for the A1 motorway in a walking distance.
The walk to the Motorway Toll is not exactly close but you come out of the station turn right, just ask anyone the way towards the A1 Tollway. Ask a road to McDonald's Vila Franca de Xira keep walking you will see Aldi super market on right and a Galp petrol station on left keep walking and then you will reach ROUNDABOUT where the second exit on right is the Toll Road going to Lisbon as well as Porto.
Search rides on tolls or on the entry road to tolls
North towards Torres Vedras, Caldas da Rainha
If you want to go North through the A8 highway (which passes through cities closer to the coast, until Leiria), take the metro (yellow line) to "Senhor Roubado". From there walk 5 minutes to the Galp petrol station in the bottom of the road "Calçada de Carriche". You'll have to cross this multi-lane road to be on the right side (direction out of Lisbon), be patient and careful... This is the last petrol station before the highway, but drivers can still go to many other different directions, you just have to keep asking (feedback so far varies from hopeless to great spot!). The first service station in the A8 will be "Loures", some 20 km away, and the second "Torres Vedras".
South or East: Beja, Évora, Faro, Madrid, Spain
Option 1: Go to Alcântara (Alcântara-Terra train station or bus e.g. #720, #52, #24, #773) and walk to the access of the motorway that leads you directly to the bridge over the river direction south via the A2 motorway. Walk up the on-ramp and immediately before the motorway there'll be a little parking space where cars can stop . Traffic on the bridge is huge so the cars aren't going that fast.
Be aware that it's forbidden to hitch-hike there because the parking plot is considered as part of the highway. You may be spotted by the camera and they may come specially to bid you to leave the place.
If you don't want to risk the police, you can hitch legally at the entrance of the ramp, there is plenty of space to stop and cars drive slow enough.
Option 2: Take the Fertagus train, at Roma Areeiro, Entrecampos or Sete Rios train stations, cross the river and get off at Foros de Amora . From there just walk under the A2 motorway and get to the petrol station right next to it. Both petrostation and motorway are surrounded by a fence, so you need to go around and ring the doorbell in the back, so that they'll open the door. Other option: right after crossing under the highway, go up and get around the highway fence and then walk right next to the highway for 100m until the petrol station. This will be the first petrol station on this motorway and from there you can ask people which way they headed and take off towards south or east. But as a lot of drivers in this station are going in different directions or very short distances, it is good to take a first ride to Palmela service station, where it is easier to get longer ride. Cars will go either through the A2 towards the south (Algarve), or the A6 towards east (Évora and Spain).
Check out all the petrol station on A2 motorway and A6 (towards Spain).
Option 3: Catch the Feragus train to Fogueteiro station. This station is adjacent to the A2 highway. Exit on the south side and follow the footpath around the nearby buildings (you should be able to follow other passengers). Turn right and cross the bridge. From here you can hitch near the on-ramp or illegally on the highway itself a there is plenty of space for cars to stop in the emergency lane. This is a good spot to catch a lift south to the Algarve or east towards Spain. However keep in mind highway patrol near metropolitan areas such as Lisbon are far less patient with hitchhikers than their rural counterparts.
Go to the train station Sete Rios (by train or by metro to Jardim Zoologico). Leave the train station in direction of Campolide (South) and when you take the southern exit go straight (follow the street over some kind of bridge), turn right at the crossing and you will see the motorway in front of you. Go behind the bridge to the roundabout, you'll see the directions towards Sintra. Plenty of space and cars go not to fast. You will get on the IC19 going all the way to Sintra. If you don't get a direct lift try to hitch from exit to exit.
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