Cost of Living in Lisbon

Summary about cost of living in Lisbon:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 € 7.00-10.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 € 25.00-40.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.00 € 5.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 € 1.20-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.00 € 1.50-3.00
Cappuccino (regular) 1.31 € 0.90-2.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.30 € 1.00-1.70
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.91 € 0.50-1.20
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.45 € 1.89-3.03
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.97 € 0.64-1.36
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.40 € 0.32-0.50
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.80 € 1.40-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.55 € 2.18-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.52 € 1.72-3.40
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.04 € 3.63-5.44
Apples (1 lb) 0.70 € 0.54-0.91
Banana (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.45-0.50
Oranges (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.39-0.68
Tomato (1 lb) 0.64 € 0.45-0.86
Potato (1 lb) 0.38 € 0.25-0.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.37 € 0.27-0.59
Lettuce (1 head) 0.88 € 0.50-1.30
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.55 € 0.30-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.00 € 3.00-6.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.86 € 0.50-1.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.37 € 1.00-2.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.80 € 4.50-5.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 € 1.40-1.85
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 36.50 € 35.29-42.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 € 3.00-3.70
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.78 € 0.76-1.51
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 14.80 € 14.80-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.64 € 5.30-5.91
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 € 20,000.00-27,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,055.08 € 21,000.00-27,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 98.93 € 55.00-150.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 € 0.08-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29.42 € 24.00-38.70
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 36.14 € 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.03 € 7.00-15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.90 € 6.00-7.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 400.38 € 300.00-500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,841.18 € 5,000.00-11,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.02 € 50.00-100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 28.89 € 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 70.33 € 50.00-95.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 85.79 € 50.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 735.81 € 500.00-1,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 485.18 € 350.00-700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,423.51 € 1,000.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 848.61 € 600.00-1,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 306.40 € 218.51-418.06
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 145.21 € 92.90-185.80
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 882.31 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.64 2.00-3.50

Prices in Lisbon

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Last update: February 2018
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41 Comments so far

#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.
#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.