Cost of Living in Lisbon

Summary about cost of living in Lisbon:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.50 € 7.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 € 25.50-45.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 € 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 € 1.80-3.50
Cappuccino (regular) 1.50 € 1.00-2.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.32 € 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.00 € 0.70-1.25
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.46 € 1.89-3.03
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.01 € 0.68-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.41 € 0.32-0.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.70 € 1.00-2.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.46 € 2.27-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.33 € 1.49-3.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.22 € 2.72-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.69 € 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.45-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.55 € 0.36-0.91
Tomato (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.45-0.91
Potato (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.32-0.91
Onion (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.32-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 0.93 € 0.50-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.66 € 0.24-1.10
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.50 € 3.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.05 € 0.70-1.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.83 € 1.00-3.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.00 € 4.80-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.60 € 1.49-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 32.50 € 30.00-40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 € 3.00-3.95
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.76 € 0.76-1.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 14.80 € 14.80-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.84 € 5.49-6.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 20,000.00-26,937.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,422.10 € 20,000.00-28,200.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 92.22 € 60.00-150.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 € 0.08-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.48 € 24.50-45.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.70 € 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.25 € 8.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.00 € 6.00-7.50
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 418.40 € 300.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,995.83 € 5,400.00-13,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.00 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.54 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.39 € 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.27 € 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 866.52 € 600.00-1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 597.75 € 400.00-800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,683.78 € 1,300.00-2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,070.00 € 800.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 388.36 € 256.04-557.41
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 213.02 € 139.35-278.71
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 918.10 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.09 1.25-3.00

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Last update: October 2019
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36 Comments so far

#Miguel on Oct 02, 2019 :
Hi to all, I think João is right..
To give you a little more context here's my situation:

-> I've finished University and I'm 25 years old.
-> I'm a Software Developer (w/ 1 year of experience) and my salary after tax is 800€;
-> Rents in Lisbon are absurd(they normally start at 1200€/1500€ depending on the zone of Lisbon you go to and the size of your one bedroom house, yes 1 bedroom);
-> Other costs like food, electricity, water and extra curricular activities are up to you.. if you insist in going twice a week to the restaurant, good luck, but that varies a lot.

I'll say this to finish my point..
If you have a younger generation exiting the country because of the ratio between salaries and expenses, do you think this is a country your children will like to live in ?

Don't be fooled by the beaches, sunny weather and all those happy tour guides, if you live in a country you don't surf everyday, you don't eat out everyday and you won't have sun or warm temperatures everyday! Do the math.. Think long term (if that's your objective).

Goverment here lasts 4 years, policies normally last the same or less, most of them are now being found corrupt, public transportation is a joke, having a car is just one more expense, there's heavy traffic everyday near the major cities, public hospitals are completly full.

My advice, if you are young and live in Portugal, don't.. Get out and go live a real life.
If you won't to come to Portugal please talk to people that are already here, and think of your children (if you have any).

I won't be here much longer, the nice weather doesn't pay the bills...
#João on Sep 15, 2019 :
@Rahul, not sure exactly how much you've been offered. My rough estimate with those values is a net worth of 1.8K per month. This would be good for just you. Not for you family. Unless you don't mind going really far away from the city (or even going to other city). Get your wife a job too or you will struggle.
@haha, for you alone, and if you don't mind to share an apartment, is enough. If you're thinking on living alone, prepare to go really far from the city, and spending your whole salary anyway.
@AO, your comment made me laugh xD (sorry)
Lisbon changed a lot in the last 12 years. Please, do not even try to compare. And those rent values, are just inaccurate and can mislead everyone that might come here thinking they will find those. As you said, "you are REALLY lucky, because it's not easy to find". And all those friends you say you have. They either rent those houses for a long time and still have old rents, or are living in very poor houses.
I have been trying to live alone (inside Lisbon), for the last 2 years, and did not find anything decent for less than 1200€/rent. Outside Lisbon I can get for like 900/1000€. And there is obviously some old flats in Amadora/Queluz for like 600/700€ in very bad areas (I know people living in those areas, not the best life at all), and they are actually rare to find for those prices.
#Rahul on Sep 06, 2019 :
I am looking to move to Lisbon with my family (wife & kid). My current organization is offering me 28k euros gross annually plus a few allowances which add upto 33k euros annually. Would it be enough to have a good life in Lisbon?
#haha on Sep 05, 2019 :
If I get the salary for 1500Euro and I have to move to Lisbon, is it enough to live comfortably (not fancy) with that amount? Thank you
#Expat on Jun 15, 2019 :
@AO: Your example is interesting for someone that has survived in Lisbon for 12 years but people that come to live and experience Lisbon they dont want to only get by with their income, they want to have a good life, to live comfortably, travel around and see the wonderfull places in Portugal, they want to eat out a few times a month, etc. And to be able to do this as a single person I would reckon you need about 1800 Euros per month after taxes...and yes, this is way above the medium salary...
The price levels shown in the Numbeo statistics are quite accurate.
#Expat on Jun 14, 2019 :
@Joshau Ghosn: 6700 euros plus 1500 euros for rent allowance is more than enough for 2 people in Lisbon.
If you want to live a bit outside Lisbon and get value for your money in terms of life quality and accomodation try Estoril/Cascais.
#Joshua Ghosn on Jun 06, 2019 :
If I move to Lisbon, me and my wife, earning 6.700 Euros plus 1.500 Euros allowance for housing it is enough????

Se formos para Lisboa, eu e minha esposa, recebendo 6.700 Euros mensais mais 1.500 Euros de sibsídio para aluguel será bastante???
#AO on Mar 28, 2019 :
I am living in Lisbon for 12 years and I already lived here earning 500€ gross/month (when studiyng), with 800€ or 1200€ working. It's just a question of adaptation.

The last time that I rent a room I paid 250€ gross (expenses included) and now I know that there are people paying much more, but I still have friend that pay 250€/300€, you just need to search well.

The same with the houses, the price of the apartments are increasing, but I am paying 430€ gross (plus expenses) for a 1 room appartment, shared with my boyfriend, really in the city center. I know that I'm really lucky because it's not easy to find, but I still have friends that pay around 500€/600€ in the center and several colleagues that pay 400€ outside of Lisbon but they are 20min/30min away from the work by train (the same that I take by metro and walking from the city center).

Regarding electricity and gas we pay around 60€/month (we don't have gas and we don't need to use heater, the house is warm). We pay 32€/internet.
The monthy transportation pass is going to be 30€ from April 2019.
I pay 15€/month for my cellphone tarifario.
In terms of supermarket me and my boyfroiend pay around 170€/month.

I drink beers for 0.80€ or 1€ in a lot of different spaces in Lisbon. If it's a more fancy bar ou restaurant than it would be 2€. A coffe could also be 0.65€ or 1€.
I can have a lunch in restaurants near to the work for 3,5€ or 7€. I can go to restaurants where I can pay 10€/people or 15€ or 20€, depending on the "class".
I always bought bottles of wine in the supermarket for 2€ or 3€ and they are good. If you pay 4€ or 6€ than you have really good wines. A glass of wine in a bar used to be 2€.

Regarding gyms you have a bif offer. There are a lot of low cost gyms where you can pay 30€/month and you have the gym and classes. There are more fancy ones where you pay 50€ (and you can also pay 70€, etc).

I hope this helps.
#Paul Clark on Feb 18, 2019 :
I am leaving Macau and moving to Lisbon next month. Rental is not an issue.
If I budgeted for 2 people late 40's 3000EU a month with no rent? would that be doable?

We are social and I would be expecting to play a couple of rounds of golf with that expense also.

any advice would be great.


#Ana on Sep 02, 2018 :
Here everything is expensive cause the salaries are a joke. It might be a pretty city and have "nice" weather (in winter is always raining and that's pretty annoying), but you have to pay so many things around the house and the bills and food that you end up not enjoying what is has to offer. And in here you have to pay for everything, literally everything.
#ioannis on Aug 31, 2018 :
Is it possible to rent just a room in a big flat and live with 2-3 other people? So we can divide the expeses such as rent, electricity etc?
I supose it will be cheaper stay outside the city center? Is it to commune via tram or bus?
#Anonymous on Aug 27, 2018 :
I am moving to Lisbon we are family of 4... How much salary shall I ask to cover living expenses?
#Lucky on Jun 21, 2018 :
We wish to go to Portugal with family (husband,wife and two childs).can I survive in Portugal.. how much living expensive have in Portugal....plz tell me
#Joao on Jun 20, 2018 :
Living in Lisbon is getting harder and harder. The minimum salary is very low and bills are very high. Seriously unless you have a budget of 36K euros/year don’t even consider Lisbon. It’s a good place, nice weather, but a lot of people are emigrating because housing here is a shame and everything is expensive.
#Anonymous on Apr 03, 2018 :
I was checking cost of living in Hamburg and as I already knowned, we (portuguese) have a cost of living superior to Germans. Just compare the kindergarten cost (international primary is optional) and p.e. the Supermarket goods. Yes, maybe you'll pay more for an apartment in Hamburg but they have more 2 million people in the metropolitan area than Lisbon and their wages are much higher! For a couple with kids unfortunatelly today living in Lisbon is almost a mirage!
#Ferreira Ricardo on Mar 11, 2018 :
As portuguese I have to say. Fkuck you PortugaI. I'm sick so sick of your presumptuous idea that is possible to live with 700 EU a month. I'm another one to emigrate . Fuck you .
#John Doe on Mar 08, 2018 :
Is 1,800 enough to rent an apartment in the city center and live well?
#Juan Guaraco on Feb 22, 2018 :
Hello Anonymous from Feb 03.

1100 Gross is my actual salary.

You will received after taxes like 800 and something EUR.

This is enough for renting a room (270 - 400 City Center) + food (100 - 200) + transportation (35 - 50) + cellphone plan (15 - 25) + Gym (35 - 50).

About the going out weekly you will need to cut that off in order to save some money.
#Anonymous on Feb 03, 2018 :
Hi everyone,

Would you say that a salary of ~1100 gross (with rent and utilities already paid by the company on top) would be enough for food, going out weekly, having a monthly transportation pass and gym membership? Do you think I can also save some money after that? Thanks!
#Tony shan on Jan 19, 2018 :
Interesting figures. Would think it is mid range
Probably DO better when looking for discounts locally
#Bhavesh on Nov 20, 2017 :

hey kedar, can you share your experience to living at lisbon.
#... on Nov 19, 2017 :
Can I survive in Lisbon with 40K € per year? I live alone and I would share apartment.
#Gabriela on Oct 26, 2017 :
The prices of international school was completly under-estimated. average is arround 15k not 8k. there are very few international schools in Lisbon that make the prices rize.
#Anna on Oct 22, 2017 :
The costs listed for housing need to be updated. I live outside the city center in a renovated 2 bedroom and pay 800 euros a month. (My contract was written 2 years ago and prices have increased severely since then.)
#Kavu on Oct 19, 2017 :
Can I live in lisbon with a salary of 3400€ per month comfortably(tax is not calculated )
#Sandy on Jun 23, 2017 :
Lisbon is in general more expensive than shown on these statistics. I believe the most realistic value of the commodities shown lie in the higher end of the "Range" column and not in the first column which is showing average numbers. Th only figure that should be adjusted to a lower value is the average salary.
#Magliore on Jun 23, 2017 :
Hi all,

can someone please suggest the best sites when looking for an apartment to rent in Lisbon? So far I am aware of but maybe there are better ones? Thanks!
#Maria on Jun 04, 2017 :
This 800 euro "sort of" average salary is a sum of all salaries, then divided through the employed active population. It is not the most common salary nowadays that you get. Maybe if you´re an expert or specialist there are still some good rare positions which pay maybe 1200 after taxes or more.
However, a large part of the very precarious new jobs in Portugal offer salaries around 500 - 700 euros, after taxes. And they are not safe. And, Sometimes not even unemployment benefit. Many once stable positions for educated people are actually now temporary internships.
Renting an apartement starts around 400 euros in Lisbon surroundings. This, plus the prices of expenses stated up in the list. Now imagine how it is to live like that...
#Kedar on Jan 15, 2017 :
Dear All,

I am relocating from Mumbai to Lisbon in April 2017. My office location will be as below

Edifício Monumental Avenida Praia da Vitória, 71-A - 8º Lisbon 1069-006 Portugal

Can someone suggest good locations to rent an apartment. I will be staying with my wife and a baby. My budget is around 600€. I am okay to travel for around 30 minutes to reach office. Can I get place with 3 bed rooms in this budget.

Thanks and regards
#Luciana on Jan 02, 2017 :
Dear Joan and Gary,

I have been to Portugal three times already, and everytime I go there is a delight. Portuguese people are friendly, helpful and hard-working. I have stayed with my boyfriend in Rossio and Estrela (two very nice boroughs in Lisbon). The last time I also stayed in Porto (city centre). Porto is cheaper than Lisbon, and it is a city under a gigantic renovation! I loved Porto, it is really worthy seeing. It is also cooler in the Summer than Lisbon. There are plenty of websites announcing property for sale/rental in Portugal. If you google it you will find. I am also planning to move to Portugal this year or next. Wish you a lovely stay there.

#Gary on Jul 10, 2016 :
I am retired. looking to possibly live in Portugal within the next 6 months to 1 year. Depending cost I not sure whether to rent or buy apartment. Also the cheapest area to live in.
#joan on May 22, 2016 :
I would like to retire within a few years and want lo live in Portugal ( Porto/ Lisbon/ Obidos.

Owning my house in Portugal is what I am looking for.

Where can I look for sales prices for appartments or cheap houses in those area's. I'am good at DIY/ renovating houses.

#Alexandre on Feb 29, 2016 :
SOfia the medium average salary in Lisbon is round €800/€ its correct not wrong.The €600 your talking about is the minimum average salary...and 19,6% is the percentage of working people with a minimum wage.Most people do not work for a minimum wage.
#Mia on Feb 04, 2016 :
I find the prices here quite accurate, though one must see it as an average. It is possible to live below those numbers, I've done it for quite some time now. The important thing to live on a budget is to look hard for a good place and cheap to rent, manage the money well and be attentive to the product prices as they may vary from week to week.
For one person, it is possible to cover BASIC living cost with 400€, given that you rent a room/share an apartment, buy food to cook at home and use public transportation. It's not luxury or comfortable life but it's perfectly manageable.

Regarding the monthly salary I do have some doubts specially during recent years that there have been cuts to the salary of public workers. Though I believe that an estimate of 800 is more accurate for average salary. In response to miss Sofia, there are lots of people earning 600 a month, yes, but there are also high executives in Lisbon that earn several thousand, so the average is bound to be higher than just 600.
#Anonymous on Jan 01, 2016 :
Our jobs are moving from London to Lisbon & the wages will be about 2k euros a month net.It's a big drop from Lndon wages but maybe it's ok in Lisbon?
#Sofia on Dec 18, 2015 :
This is so wrong... I'm portuguese, born and raised in Lisbon, and deffinitly this is not true. The salary of most people is 600€... super old and ugly outside of city apartment is 350€.Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage for 4 people family not less than 150€. One way ticket for 1,40€ just in subway and you have to pay 0,50€ for a little pass to buy that ticket. Monthly pass for 36€ just in RL, where you can just travel in 1 area, if you want to go to other areas you pay much more. If you want a pass with bus, subway and train you will pay 60€/70€ or more. Monthly passes can cost more than 100€. It's very hard for a common person or family live in portugal right now. Of course there are people living like kings, but for them living like kings must be much more living like homeless... the best here is the supermarket promotions, with products 50%off or more.