Cost of Living in Lisbon

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 51.31
Rent Index: 22.94
Groceries Index: 40.99
Restaurants Index: 46.18
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 37.46
Local Purchasing Power: 59.18
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 6.75-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 30.00 € 25.00-45.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 5.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.50 € 1.00-2.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.30-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.31 € 0.80-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.24 € 1.00-1.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.92 € 0.50-1.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.35 € 1.89-2.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.89 € 0.73-1.09
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.37 € 0.27-0.45
Eggs (12) 1.55 € 1.15-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.32 € 2.27-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.20 € 1.36-2.72
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.78 € 2.72-4.99
Apples (1 lb) 0.67 € 0.45-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.45 € 0.36-0.54
Oranges (1 lb) 0.51 € 0.39-0.77
Tomato (1 lb) 0.60 € 0.45-0.86
Potato (1 lb) 0.35 € 0.23-0.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.32 € 0.23-0.45
Lettuce (1 head) 0.89 € 0.50-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.53 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.00 € 3.00-5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.97 € 0.60-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.62 € 1.00-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.80 € 4.50-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 € 1.40-1.85
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 36.00 € 35.00-42.65
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.30 € 3.00-3.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.76 € 0.76-1.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 14.80 € 14.80-14.80
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.53 € 5.24-5.72
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 21,000.00-26,854.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,633.91 € 21,700.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 90.30 € 53.12-134.21
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 € 0.06-0.27
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 26.07 € 19.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.00 € 28.80-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 9.44 € 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.50 € 6.00-7.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 391.82 € 300.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,000.00 € 6,000.00-11,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77.81 € 45.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.84 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 69.27 € 50.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 82.12 € 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 634.90 € 500.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 414.94 € 300.00-550.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,211.45 € 850.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 740.51 € 550.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 305.58 € 222.97-371.61
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 150.02 € 111.48-185.80
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 880.76 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.48 2.00-3.50

Prices in Lisbon, Portugal

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Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Lisbon is 48.69% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 542.02$ (498.94€) and for four person family at 1,920.72$ (1,768.06€) (without rent).
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44 Comments so far

#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.
#vijayreddy on Aug 30, 2015 :
I'm Planing to come portugal to on stuent visa so let me know if i can get a partime much euros i can get per 1 hour ..plz tell me urgent
#vijayreddy on Aug 30, 2015 :
i want plan come to portugal on student visa ..if i get part time work how much i can get per 1 hour ..plz tell me urgent ...
#Margarida on Aug 17, 2015 :
I'm a 58 year old portuguese, Lisbon born and raised.
In Lisbon y need to make some research besides the mainstream restaurants.
Lovely nice places in the old part of town-if you like our ethnic organic food.Grilled fish,nice salads, unless you like only junk food, you can search also for nice places near Belem Tower,by the river.Try the traditional portuguese places.Try family owned restaurants-that's a tradition.
I've made my way around the world out of ....tourist restaurants.In Paris, London, Newark (United States best cod fish Northern Style in portuguese restaurants).
Man we are so out of the mainstream culinary ideas, we can still have our mediterraneam culinary alive and kicking!Never mind my recommendations if you prefere MACDONALDS around the world.
Culinary is a cultural decision!
#Ana M on Aug 12, 2015 :
Any ideea where I could find a 1 bedroom to rent outside the city centre with 300 - 400 eur? I keep looking for this but all I can find s way more expensive. Thanks!
#igor on Jun 12, 2015 :
plan on studying in lisbon, already have an apartment there(no rent, 1 kitchen, 3 rooms,2 bathrooms), if i only get about 500€ a month, how well can I live? and what if i get a job?
#Lynn on Jun 04, 2015 :
Hi, I got offered a job in Lisbon, i am 24. I would get a salary of 950, room included!
How much will i have left at the end of the month?? So with expenses of food , some shopping,
activities.. But especially food!
#shaiduzzaman on Apr 10, 2015 :
Within 20 days I will go in Poland(lasbon) by work visa. I will get 1200 euro per month.I don't know how much money need per month 4 minimum living cost.1 of my friend also come in poland same visa.please help me type details information 4 house rent,food,mobile & convince pass coast's...
#bucho on Apr 08, 2015 :
How easy is it to find a job as an actuary in Portugal and what is the average monthly salary?
#ihamdy on Mar 13, 2015 :
if i get an offer to work in lisbon with 950 euro monthly as sales agent is it enough to live there and what is the average for salary and life there?
#Gray on Feb 22, 2015 :
Hi @lisbonexpat, What would be the best way to go about renting a property in or on the outskirts of Lisbon please? Regards, Gray
#lisbonexpat on Jan 12, 2015 :
Asif Khan, yes, private rooms can be found for around 200 euro. A one-bedroom apt can be cheaper than what is listed above, as mine (in city center) costs under 400 euro.
#Asif Khan on Jan 06, 2015 :
Is this true that one private room available in Lisbon for 200€ ?
Are there available also in 200€'s one bedroom ?
#Reggie Andrews on Oct 26, 2014 :
I'm profoundly deaf and 74 aged now I wish like ask you about my future home in Portugal country if they agree with this so I need unfurnished one bedroom with easy walk in shower please because of ear balance but no thanks for garden please so I need 350 euro monthly only please if you would be happy about this and keep touch and confidentially please thanks
#murilo on Oct 03, 2014 :
Estou planejando me mudar para Lisboa, gostaria de algumas dicas: lugares para morar, facilidades de empregos, saúde, etc. Qual a melhor maneira de fazer esse cambio, e se tem alguma forma de viajar com um emprego. obrigado
#João on Sep 07, 2014 :
@Lino - With a 6000€ wage for a couple in Lisbon you can live in a house with very very good conditions and have a very confortable life. I lived in Lisbon for the past 6 years and it's the best, the weather is fabulous, there are beaches 20-30 minutes by car. And from what I've been told Munich is very expensive so, it's a good choice.

@Mohamed - It's a very good city to live in as a student, but the quality of the courses varies widely, so I can't really tell you if it's good.

@Zaili - With 3000 euros you can easily rent a house with 2 bedrooms and have a confortable life. Regarding the question about the Nations Park (also known as Expo because Expo 98 was based there), in my opinion it's a kind of city within a city, if you live there you won't need to go to other parts of the city because you'll have much about everything. If you rent a house there the bus service is good and the Alameda dos Oceanos is one of the main avenues so I'm pretty sure you'll get there easily. If you decide to live elsewhere the Metro is also very good, and you'll have to go to the Oriente station, so I'd try to rent a house either in Alameda or Saldanha, or not far from the Red Line.

@Linda Cockle @Lino - regarding healthcare, it was widely considered one of the best public healthcare systems. Unfortunately in the last few years due to the decrease of wages and the government limiting the admission, it was lost a little bit of quality, but I'd still classify it as very good. You'll be treated humanely and by good caring doctors. Besides, if you sign a basic private health insurance, you'll be able to benefit from a lower cost of private hospitals that will be able to solve your problems faster.
#Linda Cockle on Aug 09, 2014 :
Does Portugal have a good health system if we want to move there?
#Bernhard on May 23, 2014 :
My wife and I stayed in Lisbon 10-17 May 2014 in a one-bedroom apartment in the very centrally located area of Bairro Alto / Bica. The apartment cost EUR 390 for 7 nights; non-tourist monthly rents for similar accomodation is of course considerably cheaper.
We cooked our own breakfast in the apartment, had snacks/sweets/delicious (but rather expensive) ice creams during the day. On two evenings we prepared our own dinner with fabuluos fish and seafood purchased at the near-by Mercado de 24 Julho, had one dinner in a medium-priced restaurant (EUR 30 for two), two dinners in a typical Portuguese restaurant full of locals -we were the only foreigners- where each time we paid EUR 20 for the two of us. Sunday we had a sumptuous three-hour brunch (EUR 14 per person all in) in an upmarket restaurant to which we returned later in the week for an absolutely delicious 3-course dinner which including drinks cost us EUR 59 for the two of us. Not cheap - but a real treat.
We were not stingy but not spend-thrift either - after all we were on holiday. Still, our total expenses in Lisbon (excluding accomodation) including taxi from and to the airport amounted to only EUR 363.
Lisbon is not only a fascinating place - it is also a place where you get good value for money.
#Zaili on May 06, 2014 :
I might migrate to Lisbon, i want to find apartment with furnish and able to accommodate 2 persons. if i can get place nearby public transport and i can reach my workplace located in Alameda dos Oceanos, Nations Park Lisbon. Any suggestion which place i can stay without so much travelling to work? I'm not sure how much is my salary yet, maybe around 3,000 euro based on my current salary in my country.
#Mohamed on Apr 25, 2014 :
I want complete my study in Lisbon. I just wondering if is it good or not? Thanks
#Diogo on Apr 09, 2014 :
@ben Basically everywhere with the exception of Lisbon, Porto and Algarve. I would say that the cheapest places must be in the interior of the country as the vast majority of the population is in the coast.
#Diogo on Apr 09, 2014 :
#Daniel If you are looking for a really quiet and beatiful place nearby the sea, I would recommend you the Alentejo Coast (eg. Odeceixe and Zambujeira do Mar).
#ben on Mar 17, 2014 :
I was wondering which places in Portugal are cheapest to rent for eg a room or small place,local price for long term? Any one know?

I'm planning to look for a place when I get to Portugal, from a hotel so I see what I'm getting. Don't mind what part of Portugal as long as I can get there with public transport.
#Alexander on Feb 26, 2014 :
As in any touristic are rental prices will greatly differs in that area. In high season price could be 350-400€ per week(!) for T1 and for annual rent — 300-400€ per month without utilities and not in city center.
#Lino on Jan 20, 2014 :

I am planning to retire in 15 years in Europe. I am hesiting between Portugal (Lisbon area) or Germany (Munich). Myself and my wife pensions will be over 6,000 euros per month. Where is more cheaper to buy a house (looking for 200-300 square metter). As well, myself and my wife would like to continue to work on part-time jobs (we speak english/french/italian/russian languages).

Does Portugal has good health care system?

Thank you.
#Ricardo on Jan 14, 2014 :
@Fernando: "Is it possible for a couple and a newborn child (and a small dog) to live in Lisbon or Porto on EUR 4,000 a month (at least until I'm able to land a job)"

I don't know what are your expectations, but consider this: 1000€ net a month is a "good" salary in Lisbon (most people don't get as much). So with 4000 you can have an easy life, enjoy everything without worrying about anything, really.

I'd say:

- a 1000€ (up to 1500€) fancy apartment (T2/T3) in the city center, you don't want something too old
- 150€ utilities (electricity/water/gas) + 60€ (less, depending on your needs) for cable TV and internet
- 500€ daycare (if you need)

The rest really depends on what you want to do (cooking at home/restaurants), car, etc ...

Also, Porto is far less expansive (mostly in rent) but lacks employment opportunities.

If you need more information, leave a comment
#Fernando on Jan 07, 2014 :
I've got plans to move to Portugal. My parents were born there and I have a Portuguese citizenship because of that. But the economy isn't helping. To make matter worse, I don't have a job lined up. Do you think it's crazy to just go and try to land a job once I get there? I'm a lawyer in my home country (former Portuguese colony) and that alone would qualify me to practice in Portugal... hopefully I'd be able to get a job as a lawyer... don't know... My wife would be able to work remotely and therefore keep her EUR4,000 a month salary... Is it possible for a couple and a newborn child (and a small dog) to live in Lisbon or Porto on EUR4,000 a month (at least until I'm able to land a job).
#KBF on Jan 07, 2014 :
I've got plan to move to Portugal. My parents were born there and I have a Portuguese citizenship because of that. However, I know the economy is not in its best shape - to say the least. To make matter worse, I don't have a job lined up. Do you think it's crazy to just go and try to land a job once I get there? I'm a lawyer in my home country (former Portuguese colony) and that alone qualifies me to practice in Portugal... hopefully I'd be able to get a job as a lawyer. My wife would be able to work remotely and therefore keep her EUR4,000 a month salary... Is it possible for a couple and a newborn (and a small dog) to live in Lisbon or Porto on EUR4,000 a month (at least until I'm able to land a job).
#cloud on Nov 23, 2013 :
I am planing to move to Caiscais.
I need a T3 apartment .
I have seen some advertisements and I want to know if taxes , condominium and electricity is usually includes on the rent prices .
#Anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 :
Portugal is an amazing country - one of the most beautiful i've visited in Europe.
Quite frankly, in terms of infrastructure the country is close to other Southern European countries.. especially Lisbon
However, salaries are atrocious. I have a lot of friends in Portugal, all of them have good jobs and very few make more than €1.000 net.
In Italy people complain all the time that salaries are low but the average salary in Italy is at least 3 times as much.. in Milan it's more than €2.000..
I mentioned Italy because I'm ENglish and Italy is in doldrums economy wise
#Paul on Oct 26, 2013 :
I live in a nice, recently renovated T2+1 with a lateral view of the castle and the river, in Graça, which is central, for 550€. The low end of the housing market is very compressed within Lisbon, it's extremely hard to find anything at all for under 400€ or 450€.
#Raquel on Sep 20, 2013 :
I live in a 3+1 bedrooms apartment, remodeled, in a fancy place just in the center and i pay 650€ per month! the rentals are getting cheaper, and cheaper... And the only thing i am quite sure is absolutely wrong is the average salary... there are thousands of unemployed people , i own my own company, but i know the average salary now-a-days is like 600€ after taxes, not more...
#I on Sep 02, 2013 :
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) -> minimum 700€???
What about those who get even less than the legal minimum (485€)???
#antonio maria on Jun 03, 2013 :

T0 means 1 room; T1 means 1 bedroom + 1 living room; T2 means 2 bed rooms + 1 living room, etc.

Rental prices are falling fast. From 400 to 650 eur you can find plenty of nice and confortable T1, and even T2 apartments in central Lisbon.

For prices look in here:
#antonio maria on Jun 03, 2013 :
T0 means 1 room; T2 means 1 bedroom + 1 living room; T3 means 2 bed rooms + 1 living room, etc.

Rental prices are falling fast. From 400 to 650 eur you can find plenty of nice and confortable T1, and even T2 apartments in central Lisbon.

For prices look in here:
#pj on Apr 18, 2013 :
Renting is expensive in Lisbon. If you want to rent a 2 room (+1 living room) apartment thats not over 50 years of age with jurassic interiors within city limits and not located in the projects or shabby area youll be lucky to find anything under 800 euros unfurnished...
Most aprtaments in LIsbon are old and lack sound proofing or thermal insulation, heating and parking space.
Bear in mind that average wage in Lisbon is a little under 1000 euros now (2013).
Thats why everybody buys (or bought). Much cheaper than renting.
Housing in Lisbon is overpriced. The result is that today, the city has less inhabitants than in the 1930s (with a fourth of current area)...

#P on Apr 06, 2013 :
€900 rent a month is only in affluent areas for a T2 in Lisbon. The average rent for a T2 (unfurnished) is about €700.