Travel Budget for Lisbon

Distrito de Lisboa, Portugal

How much does it cost to travel to Lisbon?

How much money will you need in Lisbon? €96 ($106) is the average daily price for traveling in Lisbon. The average price of meals in Lisbon for one day is €31 ($34). The average price of a hotel in Lisbon for a couple is €86 ($95). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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How expensive is Lisbon?

How much does a trip to Lisbon cost? Is Lisbon expensive? The average Lisbon trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Lisbon prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Flights to Lisbon

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How much money do I need for Lisbon?

Typical travel prices in Lisbon are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Lisbon. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Lisbon can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

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Typical tour prices for Lisbon

How much do tours to Lisbon cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    12 days
    $ 1785
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    7 days
    $ 1220
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    9 days
    $ 1520
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    15 days
    $ 2450
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Lisbon On a Budget
Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal
Portugal's capital city of Lisbon continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination. The cultural scene has come to life in recent years and the city itself is stunningly beautiful. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of hills that create a dramatic and scenic layout. The city has many white-bleached limestone buildings, narrow alleyways, and a laidback charm that appeals to visitors.

The warm climate make it a popular travel destination year around. The winters are mild and the summers are quite warm. The Gulf Stream keeps the weather from turning too cold during the winter months and the average temperatures are above 15 degrees Celsius during the day. The summer season can stretch for six months between May and October and the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius during the day. Winter sees the most rain and the summer months stay dry. Because the city is so close to the ocean, it can get very windy and there can be sudden and unexpected weather changes so it is best to come prepared for any temperature.
There are many sights spread throughout Lisbon as well as some great viewpoints of the city. Popular museums include Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Fundacao Arpad Szenes and Museu da Agua. Examples of the city's architecture include Castelo de Sao Jorge, Museu do Teatro Romano, Ponte 25 de Abril, Ponte Vasco da Gama, and Aqueduto das Aguas Livres. Gardens and parks are also popular. Some of the larger ones include Jardim Zoologico, Parque das Nacoes, Ajuda Botanical Gardens, and Lisbon Botanical Gardens.
Lisbon is a city of neighborhoods. The business district is in Baixa. There is where you'll find a lot of Pombaline-style architecture and much of the financial centers. Chiado is to the west of Baixa and is a popular shopping district. Bairro Alto can be reached by trolley car and has a lot of charm and character. The Alfama is the oldest part of the city and is a great area to explore. Belem is in the west and has a lot in interesting monuments and Cacilhas is on the south side of the Tagus and is industrial in nature, but has a lot of great seafood restaurants.

One of the best ways to experience Lisbon is with a walking tour. There are many companies that offer organized tours or you can design your own by planning a route with a guide book. It's also possible to find cycling and boat tours.

Nightlife and music are popular in Lisbon. Many people enjoy taking advantage of the city's nightclub scene by going clubbing. There are almost always concerts going on around town. The genre of music can vary widely from jazz, to pop, to more traditional styles, so find something your interested in and enjoy the night out.
Food and Dining
Like many countries in the Mediterranean, meals in Lisbon are scheduled around a siesta with dinner being served late, usually between 8pm and 11pm. The restaurants are usually small and locally owned. They are also quite affordable and usually offer a dish of the day that is available for a discount. The ingredients also tend to be fresher, so it is recommended that you choose this dish. Starters may arrive at your table, and you will be charged for them. If you don't want them, simply don't touch them and there should not be a charge. Read more about what to eat in Lisbon.

There are many different neighborhoods where you'll find good food. For the more traditional restaurants you can go to Chiado. It is best to avoid the Baixa area as this is where the touristy, more expensive, lower quality restaurants are. Chain restaurants tend to be concentrated around Doca de Santo Amaro and Parque das Nacoes. High end, fine dining is in Lapa and tour groups usually congregate in Alfama.

One experience to have in Lisbon is to hear traditional fado music along with your meal. There are some good restaurants that offer this, but you will likely pay more than you would at a typical restaurant. The food quality varies, so you are really paying for the music.

The best prices for buses and trains in Portugal can be found on Omio (formerly GoEuro). They let you search across all train, bus, and plane routes throughout Europe.

Public transportation is a great way to get around Lisbon. It covers the entire city and even travels into the outskirts of town. The metro system has recently been renovated and it is very efficient, clean, and reliable. The announcements are made exclusively in Portuguese, but the signs are bilingual (English and Portuguese) as are the ticketing machines.

There is also a good bus and tram (electrico) system throughout the city. You can pay for rides with a rechargeable green card. It works on the metro, trams, urban trains, buses and even ferries. The buses that are not run by Carris, however, do not accept this card.

There are ferries that run between Lisbon and the suburbs that are across the Tejo river. A popular route for tourists is to take the ferry to Cacilhas, which lets you see the city from the water.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Take tram 28 to see the town

By Bryan in Entertainment
Don't take on of the tourist trams, but instead take Tram 28. It's one of the only old traditional tram lines still operating in Lisbon. It goes through the "Old Town" of Lisbon from Graça then down to Alfama, then to Baixa, then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto and then down to Campo Ourique. It goes by a lot of the most famous and interesting sites including gardens, cathedrals, and monuments. The view from the tops of some of the higher spots are amazing. It's only a few Euros, but make sure you have exact change if paying on board. Discounted tickets can be purchased ahead of time. Watch out for pickpockets.

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