Lisbon is a beautiful, hilly costal city famous for its pastel buildings, café culture, and Fado music. It’s also very friendly on the wallet when compared to other Western European cities — food and lodging are both priced reasonably and attractions are about average. And if you run out of money, you can just spend your days on the beach drinking cheap wine!
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Average Daily Costs for Visiting Lisbon
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Lisbon: €38 (Approx. $43)
- Attractions: €7 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €17
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €5
- Dinner: €9
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2
- Transportation: €1
- Accommodation (Hostel): €14
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Lisbon: €24 (Approx. $27)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €9
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €3 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €5 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (walk)
- Accommodation (Cheap Hostel): €10
Lisbon Attraction and Museum Prices
Lisbon’s attractions are affordable (or free), so you won’t break the bank if you want to see a few things. Of course, the city is beautiful, so you’d be perfectly happy just walking around.
- Museu Sao Roque: €2.50
- Castelo de São Jorge: €8.50
- Museu Colecao Berardo: Free
- Torre de Belem: €6
- Oceanario de Lisboa: €14-17
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian: €5
- The LX Factory: Free (a repurposed textile factory that houses small cafés and eateries, art galleries, and shops)
- Walking Tours: Free – €22
Lisbon’s location on the coast makes it perfect for cycling tours (€30-€33) or surfing classes (€75/half-day).
Lisbon Food Prices
Food is actually affordable in Lisbon, so eating on a budget won’t be too much of a challenge.
Lisbon’s cuisine heavily incorporates seafood. Bacalhau (salted cod) is the Portuguese national dish and is used for scores of traditional recipes, including stew, stir-fry, and egg dishes.
Budget Breakfast: Free – €4
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- Pasteis de nata, a kind of custard tart, is ubiquitous – and best found at Pasteis de Belem, the original bakery to create it: €1.5-€2, another €1 for coffee.
- A full breakfast runs €3.50-€5.
- Torrada (traditional breakfast toast) to accompany coffee runs about €2.
Budget Lunch: €3.50–€8
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Takeaway from a kebab stand (or similar): €3.50
- Local favorite, bacalhau a bras (shredded cod with onion and potatoes, a traditional Portuguese dish): €5.50-€8
- Pizza or fast food: €4.50-€6.50
- Pao Pao, Quijo Quijo, another local favorite for a takeaway cheap lunch: €3-5
Budget Dinner: €6–€15
- Pretty much all the options from the ‘Budget Lunch’ section above will also apply for dinner.
- Ethnic and vegetarian fare range from €5-8 for generous portions.
- Chicken Piri-Piri, a common traditional Portuguese dish, runs €8-€15 for a full dinner entrée.
- Caldeirada (seafood, fish, vegetable stew) another national dish costs around €7-9.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Beer at a bar or restaurant: €1.50-3
- Beer at a grocery runs about €1.10; a bottle of wine is around €4.50
Lisbon Transportation Prices
Lisbon’s public transit system, CARRIS, includes buses, funiculars, and trams. The Lisbon metro is separately maintained, but transit tickets allow access to both CARRIS and the metro with the Viva viagem card. Zapping cards allow access to multiple transit systems by storing money on the transit card. Transit fares are deducted from the card’s value when used.
Visitors to Lisbon can also purchase the LisboaCard, which offers unlimited access to the transit system and to numerous museums and attractions throughout the city. LisboaCards are available in 24/48/72 hour denominations (€18.50/€31.50/€39).
One-time Viva viagem card purchase: €0.50
1 CARRIS/metro fare: €1.40
24-hour CARRIS/metro fare: €6
1 bus fare (1-hour): €1.25
1 Metro fare (entire network/one journey): €1.25
1 train fare (Lisbon suburban network/2-hours): €1.80
1 ferry transport (river connections on south bank, one journey): €1.12-€2.65
Airport transport, 1 trip (via CARRIS local bus service or metro): €1.40
Airport transport, 1 trip (via CARRIS AeroBus): €3.50
Taxi from Lisbon city center to Lisbon International Airport: About €15
Bicycle rental from Bikeiberia: €5 (1-hour)/ €10 (4-hours)/ €14 (daily)
Lisbon Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Hostels: €10-€30 (bed in a shared dorm room)
You should budget about €15-€18/night per person for a decent hostel — although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €45-€85 total (for two people), so it might be a better deal to rent an apartment.
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Budget Hotels: €42-€90
A decent budget hotel that is in the city center will cost around €75/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city or if you don’t mind staying in a junky place.
Rental Apartment (Airbnb): €40-80/night
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
There are quite a few nice Airbnb options available in Lisbon — you should be able to find a highly rated studio or 1-bedroom for around €55/night, but I’ve seen some as cheap as €30/night. If you want to rent a room in someone’s place, expect to pay around €10-€40 /night.
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