The Oriente Station in Lisbon is a work of art as well as a practical centralized transportation hub. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The construction and engineering firm was Necso. Construction started in 1993 and ended in 1998. The timing was deliberate. The Oriente Station was intended to be the gateway to Expo 1998. This was held in the National Park, part of the site of the Oriente Station. It was easy to arrive, stay in a hotel near the Oriente Station in Lisbon and attend the Expo. It was also easy to see the Station. It stands out - a structure melding steel and glass into a dramatic and innovative structure.
Today, the Oriente Station has expanded. It now is a vital interconnecting service for local, national and international train services. Under its modern glass and steel structure, you can catch trains to anywhere. You can also hop onto the Underground, take a taxi or catch a bus. Step out of the doors of your comfortable discount hotel in Lisbon close to the Oriente Station. At the Station, hop a train to anywhere. While you wait, shop, surf the internet or have something to eat in the small cafés or food court.