Lisbon Travel Cost

You are planning to visit Western Europe to explore the Portuguese capital. But what does a Lisbon travel cost for flights, accommodation, food, public transport, and more?

Lisbon is one of the least expensive cities, but that does not mean it is as cheap as it used to be. Still, when visiting Lisbon on a budget, you can get value for money in this sunny city.

The essential thing to remember is while accommodation to public transport costs are low, the demand is higher during the peak summer season.

But what can you expect to pay? Let us find out.

Lisbon Travel Cost: What to Expect

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As a mid-range tourist, you can expect to spend around €124 per day, and it does not include your accommodation, which is around €70 to €150 per room per night.

Neither does it include your flights or tours around Lisbon that can take up to three days if you want to explore the city entirely.

The suggested spending money needed for a three-day tour is around €377, and we will discuss the breakdown costs further in the article.

Still, if you are a backpacker on a budget, you can get away with €65 per day split into €30 for spending money and around €35 for the best hostel.

Yet these expenses can increase when traveling during the peak season with loads of partying.

A Note: My prices are primarily in Euro, the Portuguese currency, but on average, the USD conversion rate for 2024 is around €1 to $0.90 and €1 to £1.15.

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Recommended Daily Budget in Lisbon

On average, as a solo traveler, depending on where you stay, you can expect to pay €194, as seen here:

Average Daily Budget in LisbonCost
Accommodation Costs  (Solo Travel)€70 
Local Transportation €24 
Food €42 
Entertainment €24 
Tips and Handouts €2 – 7 
Alcohol €9 – 27 

Still, we can break it down further into categories:

Transport Around Lisbon

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Here is a breakdown of the public transportation costs you can expect while visiting:

  • Lisbon Airport transfer to accommodation in the city center, for example, Baixa, includes a luggage surcharge of €12 to €15
  • Lisbon Airport to the Baixa district via Metro a single ticket costs €1.80
  • Taking a tram from Baixa to Belem district, a single ticket costs €3
  • A journey from Baixa to Belem by bus for a single ticket costs €2
  • You can take a Bolt/Uber ride from Baixa to Belem for €5.20 for four people
  • The 24-hour unlimited public transport ticket that offers exceptional value for money will cost you €6.80 and includes the Metro, buses, Elevador de Santa Justa, and trams.
  • Taking the train to Sintra for the best day trip can cost €2.30/€4.60 for a single/return ticket.

Hot Tip🔥: For most journeys, ride-hailing apps like Bolt and Uber are affordable in Lisbon. It is an easy way to travel from different districts. The fares for Bolt are a bit cheaper, around 15%, but the standards are better with Uber. I recommend you install the Bolt/Uber app before your trip to Lisbon.

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Travel Budget For Meals and Food

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Here is the average price you can expect to add to your travel expenses to enjoy a meal.

  • A 3-course evening meal visiting a tourist-focused restaurant with a beer or glass of wine costs between €25 to €30.
  • Enjoying a 3-course meal at one of the Lisbon upscale restaurants costs between €40 to €50, including a beer or glass of wine.
  • You can enjoy soup and coffee for €8 to €10 for lunch.
  • You can expect to tip servers in cafes and restaurants around 10% of the total bill when you order your food.
  • When visiting a shopping center and enjoying a decent meal at the food court, it costs between €7 to €10 without needing a tip.
  • A super strong espresso, €0.60, and cake, €1.10 for breakfast.
  • You can pay for a bottle of house wine or a beer in the tourist bar, €16 €5.
  • A bottle of house wine costs €10 at a cafe, and a beer costs €5.
  • Now, if you visit a place like the Pingo Doce supermarket, you can pay for a bottle of house wine €4 and beer €2.

Worthy Note: The cost of food varies from one visitor to another, as the above are typical estimates. Alternatively, you can check out some budget restaurants to visit.

Things to Do in Lisbon: Entrance Fees

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Over the years, the fees at famous tourist attractions have increased, and you will spend a fortune if you want to visit them all on a tight budget. Here are the famous places:

  • Lisbon Castle: Average price for adults and youth aged 13-25 – €25/€7.50
  • Jeronimos Monastery: Average price €10
  • Lisbon Oceanarium: Adult/child aged between 3-12 costs €22/€15
  • Palacio da Pena in Sintra: Adult/youth aged 6-17 costs €14/€12
  • Torre de Belem: €6
  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo: €5
  • Joining a 3-hour walking tour costs a tip of €10
  • Take a 60-minute Tuk-Tuk ride around Lisbon for three people plus a tip €60 to €70
  • Getting on the hop-on-hop-off bus or tram with a 48-hour ticket costs for adults/youth aged 11-16 around €36/€27
  • A full-day trip to Cascais and Sintra can cost you €65

Another thing worth noting is that medicine in Lisbon is costly, and bringing your own on the trip is best. Furthermore, ensure you have travel insurance to cover medical costs.

Still, while these attractions can cost a lot, there are free things you can do in Lisbon when spending a lot on accommodation and flights.

Lisbon Accommodation Costs

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The cost of accommodation will always make up a considerable part of your Lisbon travel cost. Still, the cost of accommodation depends on the season you visit. You can expect the highest prices from June to September as the best prices are sold out.

Furthermore, you can expect to pay more during the summer months with more tourists heading to European cities like Lisbon. I recommend you book your accommodation ahead of time.

Hot Tip🔥: The best is to book a place that does not require a deposit, as it helps when there is a change of plans.

Furthermore, you can expect an average cost of €70 to €150 per room per night.

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Tips and Hints to Save Costs

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When planning your trip, the above are the average costs you can expect to pay when using public transportation, food, tourist attractions, and accommodation. Here are some tips to help you save on travel expenses.

  • To save on the cost of flights, book your flights in advance, especially for low-cost airlines. Their prices increase closer to the departure date, and booking early gives you access to the cheapest flight.
  • Book your accommodation in advance as the best budget hotels sell out fast, and finding last-minute deals is rare. You can find many accommodation options, but they become expensive during peak season.
  • You can expect to pay for expensive meals in the famous tourist districts compared to finding a street food vendor or visiting a restaurant in the hidden streets. Ensure to check the menu before you sit down.
  • I recommend you enjoy your main meal at lunchtime to avoid expensive meals as you can find fixed-priced menus called Prato do Dia, the menu of the day.
  • Lastly, you can save on expensive meals by visiting shopping centers and food courts, which are ideal for a quick lunch or brunch.
  • Furthermore, instead of spending a fortune at museums, explore the wide range of street art available throughout the city.
  • Also, invest in a Lisboa Card or Navegante to save on public transportation and entrance fees to the main attractions.

Typical 3-Day Trip Costs For Budget Travelers

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Here is a cost-effective trip planner for a 3-day itinerary to spend around €377 per person staying in Lisbon.

Next, you will see a cost breakdown for a trip reflecting a mid-price tourist. Yet, costs can increase if you want to visit every attraction and eat at the best Lisbon restaurants while partying all night.

  • 3 x Breakfast that equals 3 x €7 coming to a total cost of €21
  • 2 x Lunch that equals 3 x €10 coming to a total of €30
  • 3 x Dinner that equals 3 x €37 coming to a total of €111
  • Cape and pastries 3 x €1.50 equals €9
  • 6 x coffees at €1.20 equals €7.20
  • 6L of water that is 18 bottles x €0.50 equals €9 or save costs by refilling your bottle at the water fountains available for free as the water is drinkable
  • Uber/Bolt fares in the city 4 x €5 equals €20
  • Taxi fares to Lisbon city center and back to the airport 2 x €15 equals €30, or check out these budget options instead.
  • Two days of public transport tickets at €6.80 equals €13.20
  • Enjoying a big night out enjoy 7 x beer/wine €4 equals €28
  • Add evening drinks for the other two nights at a total of 8 x €4 equals €32
  • Join a free walking tour with a tip of €10
  • Entrance fees to the Castle €26, Jeronimos Monastery €10, Belem Tower €6 and a Fado performance €15

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Wrap-Up: Lisbon Travel Cost

While some attractions can cost a lot, there are free things you can do in Lisbon to keep your budget in check.

For instance, you can stroll through the charming neighborhoods of Alfama, Graça, and Bairro Alto or visit the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte for a scenic view of the city.

Additionally, you can explore the city’s street art scene or visit the iconic Praça do Comércio, the largest square in Lisbon.

With some planning, you can easily enjoy a budget-friendly trip to Lisbon while still experiencing all this vibrant city offers.

Frequently Asked Questions

The average cost of a meal in Lisbon can vary depending on the type of restaurant you choose. Inexpensive restaurants can offer meals for around €7-€10 per person, while mid-range restaurants can cost around €15-€25 per person. Fine dining restaurants can cost upwards of €50 per person.

The cost of public transportation in Lisbon depends on the type of ticket you purchase. A single bus, tram, or metro ride ticket costs €1.50. Alternatively, you can buy a rechargeable Viva Viagem card for €0.50 and load it with multiple tickets or passes. A 24-hour pass costs €6.40, a 48-hour pass costs €10.40, and a 72-hour pass costs €13.50.

Tipping in Lisbon restaurants is not mandatory, but it is appreciated. If you are satisfied with the service, it is expected to leave a tip of 5-10% of the total bill. Some restaurants may include a service charge in the bill, so check before leaving a tip.

Taxis in Lisbon charge a starting fee of €3.25 and then €0.47 per kilometer. A typical taxi ride within the city center can cost around €8-€12. Ask the driver to turn on the meter before starting the ride.

Yes, there are several free tourist attractions in Lisbon. Some examples include the city’s historic neighborhoods, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, the viewpoints of Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, and the city’s parks, such as Parque Eduardo VII and Jardim da Estrela.

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