Cost of Living in Lisbon

Summary about cost of living in Lisbon, Portugal:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.56 $ 7.39-15.83
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 47.23 $ 31.67-84.45
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.39 $ 6.33-8.44
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.11 $ 1.37-4.22
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.17 $ 2.11-5.28
Cappuccino (regular) 1.93 $ 0.95-3.38
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.45 $ 1.06-2.11
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.04 $ 0.95-1.58
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.97 $ 2.04-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.96 $ 0.57-1.92
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.49 $ 0.34-0.84
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.20 $ 1.27-3.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.64 $ 2.25-7.18
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.20-3.35
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.29 $ 2.87-7.18
Apples (1 lb) 0.84 $ 0.47-1.19
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.45-0.96
Oranges (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.41-0.96
Tomato (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.43-1.10
Potato (1 lb) 0.45 $ 0.24-0.96
Onion (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.31-0.81
Lettuce (1 head) 1.09 $ 0.53-2.10
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.58 $ 0.22-1.27
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.22 $ 3.16-9.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.08 $ 0.63-1.92
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.00 $ 1.06-3.17
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.59 $ 5.28-7.39
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.58 $ 1.58-2.11
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 42.22 $ 31.67-42.22
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.69 $ 3.17-4.22
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.80 $ 0.80-1.70
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.62 $ 15.62-16.89
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.12 $ 7.59-8.59
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,917.79 $ 26,389.99-31,667.98
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,061.36 $ 27,445.59-32,723.58
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 121.76 $ 84.45-194.41
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 $ 0.05-0.21
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34.92 $ 28.50-52.78
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 34.32 $ 21.11-47.50
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.61 $ 7.39-15.83
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 7.39 $ 6.86-8.44
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 405.28 $ 316.68-545.74
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,510.42 $ 5,700.24-16,467.35
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.72 $ 31.67-116.12
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.35 $ 21.11-42.22
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.30 $ 52.78-126.67
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 87.97 $ 47.50-126.67
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,006.88 $ 791.70-1,372.28
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 718.38 $ 527.80-950.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,066.54 $ 1,583.40-2,955.68
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,183.43 $ 950.04-1,688.96
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 507.28 $ 392.27-649.21
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 280.31 $ 196.14-402.08
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,079.72 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 2.05 1.40-3.00

Prices in Lisbon

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Last update: June 2022
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47 Comments so far
Nowfal Nazimudheen on May 17, 2022:
Hi,

I am planning to relocate from India to Lisbon (Portugal). We are 3 including my kid which is 7 years old son. How the expense in Lisbon will be? will get a monthly pay of EUR 3750. Can this enough to live in lisbon?
anonymous_network engineer on Apr 07, 2022:
Hello, I've been offered a job in Lisbon with39.000 € gross per year. I don't know what wil be my net montly salary after taxes.
Is it enought to live a confortable life in Lisbon?
Omen on Mar 12, 2022:
Well, this is my story after one year of living here. The truth is that I love this place, I feel really good here, I am from the Caribbean South American area, so staying close to the sea matters to me, Portugal is giving me this and way more, the weather here is better than any other European country during winter, food is good and people are nice, also you get to know a lot of people around the world since Portugal is well known as a touristic country. For nightlife, you don't even have to ask, party will come to you.

I earn 1.725 €/m (after taxes) and this is what I'm paying at the moment:
617 €/m - Rent (2 room apt, fully furniture and all basic stuff, I have not bought any appliance) + Building maintenance fee [Amadora (around 40 mins far from the city center Lisbon on a train)]
60 €/m - Internet (TV, 500MB, landline, mobile 10G plan)
21 €/m - Electricity
15 €/m - Water
4 €/m - Gas
40 €/m - Transportation
40 €/m - Gym fee
250 €/m - Food

I'm a single father so I have other expenses and still have a small room for saving and chilling out with friends. As someone else mentioned, I get the 2 salaries in Jun and Dec per law, I have a card for food which adds an additional 160 €/m to my income.
Rent is not cheap (Where actually it is?) but I think I'm paying a fair amount for all the stuff I have. Food is cheap.

In regards to taxes, they have a fixed tax table which tells you how much you have to pay based on your gross salary, being a citizen this oscillates around 32% and 36% for someone who earns around 35.000 €/y but here as a foreigner, you can apply to a benefit for 10 years that gives you a fixed tax rate of 20% so you end up paying less than a citizen.

I guess my story is different maybe because I have a decent salary? I still know people who earn the minimum wage however most of them are young and do not have many expenses, they even live in Lisbon where rent prices are really expensive, you need to move outside of the city center to find cheaper rent prices. For someone with a Family and earning a minimum wage, I don't doubt they'll struggle a lot to survive.

If you have a good salary in Lisbon, you can have a really good quality of life (Like in any other country in the world with good salary conditions), not going to be the same for someone with the minimum wage, but you can still live here.

I'm definitely staying here for a long time, actually in the next 2 years I'll make sure I get promoted at my job to increase my income, if not there then it will be in a different company. Something I did not mention is that Portugal is packed with IT, System Engineering, Management, and data analyst jobs, so if you move on these areas you'll have a well-paid salary for sure, nowadays Portugal is a nest for IT monsters such as Cisco, Oracle or Fortinet which have Offices here.

A lot of people are retiring here as well, the Golden visa scheme is very attractive since you don't get any taxes on international income and you still can make more money here.

Portugal is nice, is a cool place, I like it, not all the stories here are like mine, but I do feel happy in this place, if you want to move here, just do the math and come here if you can, the same math you'll have to do if you go to any other country in the world since you'll pay rent and taxes there if you're planning to stay and I'm sure none of these two will be cheap wherever you go.

I hope this gives an idea about the cost of living in Lisbon :)
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
To Rakel Mason

Sounds like you're full of B.S. From Nepal working in Lisbon hum? Try another angle nobody in Nepal has an education let alone a degree.
Rakel Masun on Sep 29, 2021:
After living there for a while initially I'd say it is alright, but do mind that most people do not even earn 650€/m Yes if you're upper income you might earn a lot, but that is not true about everyday people, high incomers just make averages higher. I make 800€/m, I'm a foreigner from Nepal and after paying all my taxes, I have slightly less than 600€
Rent takes another 400€, I'm trying to find a new place, but it's very difficult. And I have not even started about cost of internet and other things, after a month I have 50-100€ left if I'm very careful, I eat out maybe once or twice a year and never spend more than my allowed budget.

A lot of homes there will cost you bare minimum 450€/m, you might find lower priced ones, but they might not allow foreigners or might be bad areas full of African Black, be very careful of them they mostly target dumb tourists, but might go after you too. I pay 400€, might sound a lot for someone making only 800€, but beggers can't be choosers. Only reason I work here is because I've come to like the country, made many friends and so on. As for foreign workers trying their luck here, just don't do it, like even if you expect you could send money home or whatever, dream on champ.

But yes, Portugal is a great place if you have a high income job or you can earn at least 1,5k€/m, many commenters are asking maybe they need 3k a month or something, that is not true unless you have some very luxurious place.
Vimalkumar Siyal on Aug 04, 2021:
I would like to stay and travel around for six months which time of year is good and what will be the cost in mid range .
Anonymous on Jul 08, 2021:
I live and work in Lisbon. Some seven years ago, rent was cheap. That changed drastically though. With it, you should think carefully about moving to Portugal. I give you an example of expenses. My income is €1700 before tax (€1181 after tax) plus €143 "food money" (tax free payment from the employer on a separate card for food purchases). I spend on average (a month) €25 on gas, €25 water, €55 electric, €40 public transport, €790 rent (in Lisbon). I also spend around €220 on food (excluding alcohol, take away and restaurant visits) which exceeds my food card payments, which means that the excess will also come out of my wages. Overall cost a month: €1012 - there's not much left a month...having said that, one receives two double payments (holiday and xmas pay) a year - usually around june and november. A lot of companies try to lure people from abroad to Portugal claiming that everything is extremely cheap, but that is not the case anymore. Booze (domestic) is indeed cheap, public transport too, if you like Portuguese cuisine (not my coppa tea, very salty and overcooked wherever you go) is also very affordable - but that's about it. Do your homework before moving over here, but if you do want to come, people are super friendly, weather is great (most of the time) and nightlife/cultural offerings en masse :)
Anonymous on Mar 12, 2021:
Anyone interested in staying or moving to Portugal might want to reevaluate the situation on new rates of taxable income hikes coming mid year. The new tax hikes are meant to absorb some of the losses with much reduced funding of schools roads etc plus major losses since UK left the EU.Fortunately our contracts ended sooner than later since the pandemic arrived.So we returned to the UK last week.This is going to be a trend anywhere in the euro zone upcoming so brace yourself for as much as a 50% hike in taxes on everything including real-estate as well.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2021:
Yes the high rate of English is a positive thing but consider this before you decide to move there. The new VAT is 22 cents on the usd or euro for everything purchased.Rents are taxed if living in Lisbon at a luxury tax of 12 cents on the usd or euro as of January 1st 2021.These are things to seriously consider before moving to Lisbon.Furthermore anything within 25 miles of Lisbon proper has the same VAT. If you intend on having an online business a flat tax of 29 cents on the usd or euro will be levied depending upon how much you make. Property owners aren't abliged to inform renters of additional VAT passed onto renters.Since 2020 basically ruined the economy throughout Portugal and the government used up reserves they had the new VAT was mandatory to offset losses. Just a good piece of honest advice because I live in Lisbon.
Dick on Feb 25, 2021:
wife and I are looking at Lisbon as one possible place to retire but still work my website and blog.
I was there in 1975 and loved it.
The high rate of English speakers was a positive factor.
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2021:
Hey people " EDUARDO " lives in Moscow not in Portugal never has. Just another Trol getting 20 Rub for each response he gets on here pay no attention to the liar.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
Current infections 4,338 in the past 7 days 3,896 deaths so far total 27,386 deaths and the numbers are steadily climbing daily with no end in sight which is great.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
I'm from the UK and I lived in Lisbon for 1 year 2019.I must say the negative comments about Portugal are quite in order. People don't hate other countries for the most part but instead just Portugal. Portugal is the portal for major corruption throughout government and citizens. I understand why you bloaks in Portugal do the devious things you do throughout each day of your menial lives. You don't know how to create anything substantial on your own because you don't have the mindset to accomplish anything positive.You are what you are with wrecklous,abandon.Covid19 is helping Portugal rapidly with its nonworth which is in order too. Western Europe sees Portugal as a cull meaning a lame animal deseasing the entire herd.But culls are quite common throughout Portugal which spells out inadequacies as to the natural makeup of their own personas.
Eduardo on Jan 24, 2021:
@Portugal on Dec 08, 2020: You're stupid too and we don't say anything, just stop the hate man.

@all Anonymous comments on Dec 23, Dec 29, and Jan 13, 2021: I guess your lives are so insignificant to even show your real names.

I'm living in Lisbon right now and know people who are living with less than the minimum wage (EUR 700) and they live good, taxes are everywhere, but if you are foreign and you get residence in Portugal, you can get a flat rate price on taxes which is way less than what citizens pay, they have good options for foreigners in taxes and also if you buy a home here.

@Domingo: You can live comfortably here in Lisbon with that income, I'm new here and I know you can get a good rental price now due to covid, prices have lowered a lot.

@John: you know nothing about corruption man, just keep your comments for you, have you lived in South America? Colombia? Brazil? Venezuela? I am pretty sure you don't even know we have 7 continents.

@Salman Mirza: Yes you can live with 1k euros here, if you move outside of Lisbon, you can find a good place in Oeiras, Amadora, Queluz, and others, Lisbon is somehow expensive.

@Anton: Ok then stay in France.

People come here to have an idea where to live, and also have recommendations, If you can't give good comments or help other people, then stay away from here and continue with nonsense life.
Anonymous on Jan 10, 2021:
Lisbon's life cost is high at the moment as tourism is on the rise (or it was before covid).
There are surrounding cities such as Almada where you'd be closer to beach, to Lisbon and pay way less for rent for a luv living. It's a beautiful place to retire as you have the beauty of a country's capital but much cheaper than most of European ones.
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2020:
Ahhh Maderia Island has been destroyed by flooding plus the rest of Portugal isn't fairing much better.All of Portugal is way over priced and the euro is rapidly losing value,superb.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2020:
Portugal is way overated,and foreigners that move to Portugal rarely stay very long.
Portugal on Dec 08, 2020:
People are so stupid, asking if they'd live well with 2000, 3000EUR/month.
Of course you will ffs, the average salary is 1000 on numbeo (actually, people earn way less, more about 850 net). You will earn the double or triple, what else do you want, 10K?
Domingo on Nov 20, 2020:
Hello,

I'm planning to retire earlier with an income of US 3,000.00 a month. I love the beach and must be in a beach town. Any suggestions for Lisbon or nearby cities? would I be able to live comfortably with my income?
John on Nov 15, 2020:
Low wages, high prices, high rents, most jobs pay minimum wage, government corruption, high taxes, a lot of social inequality and robbery. Make no mistake, this is one of the poorest countries in Europe. 1000€ is the minimum required to live in Lisbon.
Salman Mirza on Oct 06, 2020:
Hi there..
I am thinking to move to portugal for work. If i get aroung 1k € salary per month would that be enough to live with rent, food and transportation? Please help me to understand guys if i can get hostel or any cheap room in porto or lisbon
Anton on Sep 18, 2020:
I love numbeo but I don't get it:
many prices here are LITTERALLY the same as in Paris or cheaper places in France, yet the calculation indicates that Lisboa is half price. How does it get that data??? 1 euro+ for a coffee? Same in Paris, it's 0.8 -> 1.5 (excluding lux places) Rent is the same (using numbeo numbers). So basically food is a bit cheaper, weather groceries or restaurants, and some other commoditites. But I/// don't trust numbeo's calculations anymore.

Thought?
Eduardo Guzman on May 24, 2020:
Hello there, I got a job offer for $2500 euros monthly gross, but I'd like to know how much would be my net salary. Using some online tax calculator says that I'll get around $1900 euros after taxes, however deductions could be less if I apply for a NHR benefit. Is this enough for 2 people and 1 kid? Rent in Lisbon is somehow expensive like everywhere, don't know why there is a lot of people crying for that here, wherever you go, you'll see rent taking all salaries down, in some countries can be a bit less, but I'm way sure wherever you go if you're foreign, you'll be paying in renting the most of your salary, this applies to every country even in the third world countries.

Can we live comfortably with $1900 a month? (two people and one kid) and maybe save some money? according to Numbeo 4 people costs around $1900 without rent, using this number, deducting two members and adding rent, it seems I'll be surviving instead of living a normal life, I might be wrong and this is why I come here to ask and have a better idea.

Any advice is greatly appreciated, thank you!
Judith on Feb 24, 2020:
Here’s an update for everyone: I looked and looked. I lost count but never lost hope because I knew I wanted to live in Lisbon and not across the river someplace . I didn’t come this far to come this far.

I did the foot work because agents are useless here unless you call directly to visit a place they listed.They make their money from selling but don’t see the total picture like referrals or maybe down the road you’ll buy.

Anyway, I recommend slightly getting off the beaten path away from trendy and touristy areas but still near everything because public transportation is great here at 40eu a month!

I found a charmingly Portuguese style , small building entirely remodeled duplex 2T , one bathroom with a tub , spacious and airy for under 1000euros! I get to see the azulejos on adjacent buildings that the folks inside them don’t see.
Anonymous on Feb 16, 2020:
If you can find a decent 2bedroom apartment for under 1500/month in the Center of Lisbon good luck to you. We’ve looked at over 30 apartments. Most range in the 1800-2000 range. At this price the apartments are in poor shape. Not properly insulated. Probably don’t have heat or air and a host of other problems. Owners sometimes ask for 6 months in advance for rent. Absolutely crazy.
Denny on Feb 09, 2020:
Hi, I've been offered a job in Lisbon with salery of 1550 Euros. I am single and got no children either. Is it enought to live a confortable life (nothing fancy)?
Diego Oliveira on Dec 16, 2019:
Thank you #AO for answering me, I am a senior programmer/analyst, Canadian and American, living in Brazil for 18 years, I speak Portuguese fluently, well, the Paulista dialect, I am married and have one son who is 11. I can't see me surviving on less than €2600, but maybe I am doing my calculations incorrectly, any other information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for answering.
AO on Dec 13, 2019:
@Expact, I'm 30 and the majority of my friends don't earn 1800€net. And we still go out, drink and have dinner at least one time per week, travel, etc. We're not rich, but we can live well.
and yes, I know several colleagues that are paying 600€/month for a T1 or T2 apartment in Arroios, Graça, Entrecampos, Penha de frança, etc etc etc. One just moved 2 months ago. It's not easy, the fist ones that you will see will cost a lot, but if you search well, you can find it. Othrwise I wouldn't live in Lisbon.
Then it depends, of course, the life that you want. It's easier if you can share the house, if it's only for 1 person it's harder. Thinking about a shared apartment, a couple, I would say that with a salary of 700€ gross/month you can't do that much, with 1000€gross you're ok and then as much you earn more you can spend, of course.
Diego Oliveira on Dec 11, 2019:
I was just offered a job in Lisbon for €1850 a month, currently I earn R$7300 a month in Brazil, looking at the exchange rate from Euros to Reais and the cost of living between these two salaries it's better form me to stay in Brazil, as Lisbon is 17% more expensive and the salary is 10% less. Now, if the offer was €2600 I'd go, as I'd be in a better situation. People, check it out before you decide.
miguel on Nov 22, 2019:
Anybody who thinks they are going to be able to move to Lisbon and find a one bedroom apartment for less than €1200 is going to be shocked. Not to mention, there are 100 people trying to rent it for every apartment that's listed. Chaos!
Wanes on Nov 18, 2019:
Hi guys. 1 question. are 1.900 euros monthly (after taxes) enough to Live in Lisbon for a couple with 1 child?
Abhishek on Nov 05, 2019:
Hi, i am 30 year old married man with a 3 year old son. I was planning to move to lisbon with a job of €1000(before taxes) per month.
I will staying alone as of now with multi sharing in room.
I would like to shift my family in next 6 months...
Will i be able to save money or should i reconsider moving to lisbon?
Bob on Nov 05, 2019:
Hi.am single 22 year old graduate and have been offered £52k salary per year gross(before tax) to move to a new job with google in Lisbon,is it possible to rent a one bedroom apartment in central Lisbon for £1000 euros?
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.
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@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.
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@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.

Thansk

Paul
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.