Crime in Lisbon, Portugal

Crime rates in Lisbon, Portugal

Level of crime
25.13 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
53.03 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
22.40 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
30.18 Low
Worries car stolen
22.63 Low
Worries things from car stolen
36.26 Low
Worries attacked
23.36 Low
Worries being insulted
23.89 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
15.01 Very Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
39.93 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
36.34 Low
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
22.79 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
53.96 Moderate

Safety in Lisbon, Portugal

Safety walking alone during daylight
86.92 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
64.50 High

Contributors: 500

Last update: February 2023

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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12 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 09, 2022:
Lisbon outside of the city centre is pretty safe to walk around day and night. But it's not crime-free.
Those people "selling drugs" downtown are selling fake drugs, that's why they never get arrested. And be careful because although you may only see 1 or 2 of them out there, they are a large group of over 10 big dudes who will become very aggressive, very quickly.
If you're a woman you will get catcalled a lot in Lisbon. Careful with short skirts in crowded bar areas like Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodré and Santos because dudes will try to put their hands underneath. Sometimes groups of shitheads will to it on purpose in front of boyfriends or other male friends of the girl in question, to get a reaction and start a fight.
Taxi drivers will try to trick you, specially at the airport, so get an Uber instead.
Pickpockets love to go on trams and very touristy spots downtown. They are mostly foreign women who look harmless.
Muggings are super common in Lisbon at night, specially if you are a teenager or in your 20s. It starts with a "do you have a lighter/cigarette" and ends with you without a phone and money. No point trying to be tough, you'll end up with a bruised face and still no phone and no money. The best is to talk your way out of it, be friendly but assertive and just keep walking, don't stop in the middle of the street when you get approached, keep walking.
You're a lot less likely to be mugged if you're in your 30's or older.
Places like Anjos and Intendente have a nice art scene and nightlife but also a lot of junkies and prostitutes, so stay on the main hipster roads, specially at night.
Beato has some really cool spots too but if you start exploring the area on your own you'll quickly end up in really dodgy places even during the day.
Look where you step, there's always dog poop around > a different kind of crime, mostly against your shoes.
Anonymous on May 24, 2022:
The main problem is scammers and pickpockets. If you try to stay away from crowds, visit tourist sites at less busy times, wear a money belt, carry a secure bag and don't venture out too far after dark, you'll probably be fine.

If you're just visiting, a taxi app may be a better option than public transport. They are inexpensive and safe, while trains/trams/buses are crawling with pickpockets.

Muggings are less common, but I've heard they happen. Though they can easily be avoided by staying away from isolated areas.
Anonymous on Apr 09, 2022:
I went to Lisbon recently and I have to say that it's a pretty safe city. There's usually some middle eastern guys in the most popular plazas or areas in the city that may come up to you and try to pickpocket or rob, they dress really bad so it's easy to identify them. Keep your phones and pockets somewhere they're safe and you'll be alright for the rest of the day! It's an amazing city, Portuguese people are really kind and open minded.
Anonymous on Mar 20, 2022:
I grew up in Lisbon, to be honest during daytime the city is safe, i hardly heard of accidents during day time, but at night i would say that it is really unsafe, mainly in areas where people go out at night such as bairro alto, santos, cais do sodre etc ..
Ctil on Jan 19, 2022:
I currently live in Lisbon (female) and love it. I moved here from Chicago (YS) which is very high crime so this feels extremely safe. This is like anywhere in the world - just be aware of your surroundings.
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2021:
Lisbon being safe... Not my experience at all. I grew up around intendente and saw robberies, stabbings, drug gangs, desperate poverty and overall danger.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
The level of crime currently shown is 23.95% but as desperate as people are becoming since many hasn't worked very much in about 8 months now all levels of crime should be much higher in every category. Covid19 has caused alot of anxiety here in Lisbon.
Anon on Oct 18, 2020:
I lived in Lisbon for 1 year and it is not safe at all. Most of the people commenting are men so I think they are not as much at risk. But for me, I’ve never had as many problems in any other country or city as Lisbon (and I’ve travelled south east Asia). Particularly if you don’t look Portuguese you are at risk. In my experience and having spoken with people that live in Lisbon as well I would say the level of pickpockets and petty thefts is higher than places like Paris, Barcelona, London etc.
Juliana on May 23, 2019:
I've lived in Lisbon for 6 months and always felt safe, even walking alone at night. Some guys in the street did try to sell me drugs from time to time, though, but always in a non-threathening way.
Joxan on May 16, 2019:
I was in Lisbon 2 years ago with my family and found it safe. The people were very friendly and one young man went out of his way, walked us to a shop we were looking for and then to the train station. He refused a tip for his help. He asked that we tell people about Portuguese hospitality so more tourist would visit.
We stayed in a neighborhood Airbnb and had no problems. we weren't approached by any dealers maybe because we were a family? Do visit Sintra - beautiful!
I was in Porto about 10 years ago solo and found the people there friendly. One couple I met at a theater offered to show me the city and drove me around - free city tour!
Ben on Apr 30, 2019:
I am in Lisbon and been here many times . Like anyother big city it has pros and cons . Portuguuese are one of the most friendliest nation and very vey kind . Not necessarily everyone in Lisbon is Portuguese and for me it vvv safe .
Pls come and experience and be respectful to people and you will also get respect back .
Guy on Mar 24, 2019:
I've read all your comments... it's really bad luck. I'm living in Lisbon for about 11 years and never saw anything like described in these comments... never been robbed and never was offered to me drugs... and never witness anything like that... well...