There are some things you should count on when moving to Portugal.
Are you playing with an idea of moving to Lisbon?
Are you coming for Erasmus studies or for an internship?
First thoughts about living in Portugal are, of course, leading to the beach.
But then, you need to think more practically, right?
Let us show you how the living in Lisbon goes.
Photo by LisbonLux.com
For the start, you might need to find some accommodation.
There are multiple facebook groups focusing on housing and if you are a student, you can rely on Erasmus Life Lisboa, which will help you with all your struggles.
As usually, more to the centre, more money you need to spend.
Room for a single person in an apartment with other flatmates nearby metro station is usually around 300 €. If you are willing to give up on your privacy and share the room with a roommate, you can save up some money. Prices are dependent on location, but no worries, there are no ghettos or specifically dangerous areas.
According to numbeo.com, monthly costs of living for a single person are 551,46 € without rent. We believe if you humble yourself, if you cook instead of eating out and walk instead of using public transportation, your expenses can be lesser. On the other hand, considering the prices, Lisbon is ranked as 309th out of 536 cities in the world.
As for eating, there are cheaper and more expensive options. If you want to eat in the restaurant, you should be aware of, which restaurants have some special offers like happy hours or combos. For example, in the middle of rush Bairro Alto, you can find some nice restaurants which will serve you appetizers, soup, main dish, dessert, wine, and coffee for just 9 € from 12 AM to 4 PM.
If you are more up to fast food, McDonald´s menu is around 6€. If you want a different but still nice experience, like locals do, you can also try illegal Chinese restaurants near Martim Moniz square, which serves a delicious meal for approx. 3€.
To good food belongs good beer, or as Portuguese say, Cerveja. A half litre of domestic beer you can find around 1-1,5€, imported ones are little more expensive. Again, pay attention to happy hours. Some bars serve beer for less than 1 € for a limited amount of time. Prices of wine vary the most. You can buy a cup of wine for around 3-5 €, but if you want to enjoy this delicious potion, we advise you to buy a bottle in the regular store, where you can easily find a decent wine under 5 €and enjoy it while sitting on a bench near river Tejo, staring at the sunset.
Espresso is worth around 0,60 € and regular cappuccino differs from 0,80 € to 3
€, depending on the quality of the beans. Freshwater is drinkable from pretty much every tap in Portugal, but if you want to buy yourself a bottle, you can find it in stores for below 1 €.
Foto: Blog Vineria 9
Let´s say you do not want to eat in a restaurant every day and you want to go shopping in the store. Look at your shopping list with prices:
Milk (1l) 0,70 €
White bread (1 loaf) 1,10 €
Rice (1kg) 1 €
Eggs (package of 12) 1,76 €
Local Cheese (1kg) 8,38 €
Chicken Breast (1kg) 6,32 €
Beef (1kg) 9,16 €
Apples (1kg) 1,60 €
Banana (1kg) 1,16 €
Oranges (1kg) 1,24 €
Tomato (1kg) 1,44 €
Potato (1kg) 0,90 €
Onion (1kg) 0,90 €
Lettuce (1kg) 1 €
Cigarettes (pack) 4,90 €
Croquette around 1 €
You may also wonder, how to travel through and outside the city. For public transportation, you will need to buy a paper card (0,50€), which you can recharge every time you use the bus, metro, lift or tram. A one-way ticket is in this case 1,45. If your apartment will be further and you will have to take public transportation more often, it is a smart idea to buy yourself a monthly ticket. (36,7,€). In Lisbon, there are many taxi drivers and also Uber operates here. In case you would like to borrow a car, 1l gasoline is 1,54 €.
Lisbon Tram – Line 28 – flickr photo of Patrick Merminod
Journeys out of the city can sometimes be expensive. If you want to head to Porto, return ticket might be around 36 € (there are discounts for all people under 26 years). Trips with local trains are cheaper and take you either to close village Sintra for 5 € (return ticket) or by the ocean to Cascais (4,9, € return ticket)
Activities and leisure time
After school or work, it´s time to enjoy yourself a little. To see a movie at the cinema costs about 7 €, the theatre is at least twice as expensive. Are you a sports fan? Join the fitness club for 1 month for 36 € or play tennis for 1 hour for 12 €. All in all, there are many activities and so many options for how to enjoy Portugal.
Prices in Lisbon
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Last update: August 2018.