Portugal Spending Reports

Cost of Living in Lisbon, Portugal (Spending Report)

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I’m currently in Seoul! I spent 36 wonderful nights in Lisbon and made some amazing friends, experiences, and learnings along the way. Portugal is quite an affordable Western European country, and I wouldn’t be surprised if prices continue to rise as its popularity has boomed in the last 2 years. With its revamped image as a touristic destination, its vacationers could help save their economic crisis!

Without further ado, here is my cost of living report in Lisbon.

Cost of Living in Lisbon, Portugal (Spending Report)

Things to Note:

  • I ate at two sushi buffets (Sushi Buddha and KIKU Restaurant) over 10 times…the workers ended up sort of becoming friends with me…
  • I stayed in a very central part of the city where prices were actually higher than most of the city as I lived in the touristic part.
  • Transportation was extremely affordable, with my $20 transportation pass lasting me the month. Most of the time I could just walk to where I wanted to.
  • I flew over to Porto for 2 nights and it was awesome!

Food

Cervejaria Ramiro

Seafood at Anthony Bourdain’s recommended restaurant – Cervejaria Ramiro

Euros Dollars
McDonald’s 6.5 $7.54
Tuna Toast 5 $5.80
Buffet 9.2 $10.67
Buffet 9.2 $10.67
Wrap 3.5 $4.06
Buffet 9 $10.44
Hostel dinner 4 $4.64
Groceries 15 $17.40
Orange Juice 1.8 $2.09
McDonald’s 6 $6.96
Burgers 9 $10.44
Groceries 4.5 $5.22
Orange Juice 2 $2.32
Iced Tea 1.9 $2.20
Broccoli Beef + Rice 5.5 $6.38
McDonald’s 5.3 $6.15
Water 1.5 $1.74
Buffet 10 $11.60
Orange Juice 2.5 $2.90
Chicken and salmon 3.7 $4.29
Orange Juice 2.5 $2.90
Fish 11 $12.76
Groceries 4.3 $4.99
Pho 7 $8.12
McDonald’s 5.8 $6.73
Sushi buffet 12 $13.92
Salmon Burger and mango drink 11.5 $13.34
Sushi buffet 12.6 $14.62
Asian food 8.8 $10.21
Water 1.3 $1.51
Uber 23 $26.68
Chicken meal 7.55 $8.76
Sushi buffet 12.55 $14.56
Orange juice 2.5 $2.90
Tomato soup 3.5 $4.06
Sushi buffet 12.55 $14.56
Tuna toast 7 $8.12
Mango smoothie 3 $3.48
Bread 0.85 $0.99
Codfish 5 $5.80
Salmon Salad 6.5 $7.54
Pork 7.5 $8.70
Coffee 1 $1.16
Lunch 5 $5.80
Dinner 20 $23.20
Breakfast 1.7 $1.97
Seafood Lunch 18.2 $21.11
Burger King 8.5 $9.86
Salad 8.5 $9.86
McDonald’s 5.3 $6.15
Burger King 6.3 $7.31
Sushi buffet 9.2 $10.67
Burger King 6.3 $7.31
Salad 7.5 $8.70
Salad 7.5 $8.70
Orange juice 2.5 $2.90
Seafood 30 $34.80
Pasta 5.55 $6.44
Orange Juice 3 $3.48
Smoothie 2.5 $2.90
Burger King 6.3 $7.31
Salad 8 $9.28
Burger King 6.3 $7.31
Chicken rice salad 7.5 $8.70
Sushi buffet 12.55 $14.56
$548.22

sushi lisbon

Unlimited sushi at Kiku Restaurant

Entertainment

Lisbon Gloria Tram

Fun nights with flatmates

Euros Dollars
Sangria 5 $5.80
Sangria 2 $2.32
Beer 3 $3.48
Sintra Park 5 $5.80
Cable car 4 $4.64
Cable Car 8 $9.28
Alcohol 5 $5.80
Wine 1 $1.16
Moscatel 3.5 $4.06
Alcohol 5.5 6.38
$48.72

drinks in porto

Drinks in Porto




Miscellaneous

cascais beach

Sporting some new clothes at the beach at Cascais

Euros Dollars
Hostel tax fee 3 $3.48
Phone charge for the month $46.00
Clothes 27 $31.32
5 euros blew away to water lol 5 $5.80
Laundry 5.5 $6.38
Eyeliner 11.55 $13.40
Phone charge for the month $13.56
$119.94

Transportation

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The Gloria Tram

Euros Dollars
Transportation Pass 20 $23.20
Flight to Porto $25.90
Uber to airport 7 $8.12
Bus 2.5 $2.90
Parking 1 $1.16
Parking 1.5 $1.74
Parking 3.5 $4.06
Uber to airport $13.66
Berlin to Milan to Lisbon $61
$141.74

Accommodations

airbnb lisbon

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Accommodations Dollars
AirBnB $559

I had 3 nights of sponsored stay at a hostel before moving into the AirBnB!

Overall Spend

Food $548.22
Entertainment $48.72
Accommodations $559
Miscellaneous $119.94
Transportation $80.74
$1,356.62

I spent $1,356.62 for 36 nights, which averages to around $37.68 per day, which is quite close to what I wanted to spend in Lisbon.

I would recommend Lisbon for long term stay or stay as a digital nomad because of the happy vibes, affordable prices, Wi-Fi cafes, and amazing views. If you’ve joined nomadlist, there are generally a decent amount of nomads on there staying in Lisbon (more than in Bucharest and Athens). I would definitely venture out to Lisbon, Portugal if you have the chance!

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