If you are traveling on a budget or don’t want to spend too much money while sightseeing and experiencing the local culture, Lisbon is the perfect destination for you! The city has a lot to offer for tourists; not only it has amazing places you can visit for free but it also has an great variety of things you can do for less than 5 euros. We have created our TOP 10 list for you to try out while visiting the city!
1. Take the tram 28
The tram route begins in Baixa, before passing through historical Graça, hilly Alfama, famous Bairro Alto and terminating outside the spectacular Estrela Basilica. A ride along the entire 28-tram route provides one of the best tours of the capital. It is better to do it earlier in the morning or late during the day to avoid big crowds. A single ticket costs 2,90€.
2.Have a drink in Miradouro
One of the best things to do in Lisbon is to admire the beautiful city during the day or watch a breathtaking sunset while having a drink. Usually there is some bar or a kiosk where you can buy it for a cheap price. You can check the best viewpoints here.
3.Enjoy pastel de nata and a coffee
Portuguese people love their coffee and the best way to have it is with a pastry, like famous pastel de nata. It’s usually very cheap in any coffee or bakery.
4. Travel to Cascais.
This delightful fishing town is located on the western edge of the beautiful Lisbon coastline. You can perfectly enjoy the day on the beach, walking around the old town, visiting Boca de Inferno and enjoying the delicious food. A single ticket from Lisbon to Cascais is 2,15€.
5. Try Ginjinha.
Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese cherry liquor that has been known also as a cough medicine among the locals! Ginjinha is served in a shot glass or in a chocolate cup . It costs depending on the place around 1/2€.
6. Go to Sintra.
One of the most amazing places you can visit while staying in Lisbon is this picturesque Portuguese town in the beautiful natural scenery of the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. You can easily spend an entire day there and still think it wasn’t enough. The round trip train ticket costs 4,30€.
7. Wander through Jardim Botânico Tropical.
It is a lovely garden located next to the big sites of Belem, where you can enjoy some peaceful time. There are over 600 species of exotic plants and trees from different tropical regions of the world, mainly from the former Portuguese colonies. The price for one adult is 2€.
8.Take a city tour with local guides
As we explained here, free walking tours are the best way to explore a city since you take it with a local expert guide that will show you the hidden gems and stories around the city, and in the end you pay what you think the tour was worth. So, only thing you have to do is fining a yellow shirt in Rossio and join.
9.Buy a bottle of local wine.
Portugal has a large amount of native varietals producing different wines. The Portuguese soil and climate contribute to wine differentiation, producing distinctive wines from different locations. You can easily buy a good bottle of red, white or rose wine for 2-3€ in a supermarket.
10. Take a ferry to the other side of the river
The Tagus River is one of the biggest and famous rivers in Europe. There are two main terminals: Cais do Sodre and Terreiro do Paço that will take you to Cacilhas on the other side of the river. From there you can take a bus 101 to visit the famous statue Cristo Rei. A single one-way ticket costs 1,25€.