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Portugal is one of the European Union countries belonging to the Euro Zone. Euro notes are issued in the following classifications: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro. The coins are classified in the following ways: 1 and 2 euro coins and 1,2,5,10, 20 and 50 cent coins.

Average Costs

  Monthly Expenses

Housing in Lisbon € 200 - € 450
Meals, groceries and other essentials € 150
Public transportation (monthly pass for metro and buses/trams)  € 30
Other living expenses € 100


Ramdom prices

Meal at CATÓLICA-LISBON - cafeteria € 4,50
Expresso € 0,45
Cinema € 5,50
Big Mac € 4,75
Beer € 1,25 - € 1,5
Bus ticket € 1,75
Subway ticket € 1,40
"Dish of the day" in a Portuguese restaurant € 5 - € 6
Average dinner € 12 - € 17
Entry to nightclub € 12


Tips on money issue

  • The ATM's (Automatic Teller Machines) in Portugal are known as Multibanco or MB, and are widespread in the country. The machines operate similarly to ATM's worldwide. You can use either a debit card or a credit card at the ATM's. The most accepted are American Express, Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard. 
  • The cheapest way to call home is by buying an international telephone card, which you can pick up in most convenience stores from 5 Euro. The card gives you a special pin number and will give you up to two hours of international calls on a landline phone.
  • Try shopping in the markets for your fruit and vegetables. It is usually much cheaper than in the bigger supermarkets.
  • Always try to give the right money. Loose change is a rare commodity, especially in smaller shops.