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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €16–28
  • Fixed-price meals: €6–8
  • Lisboa Card for unlimited transport and admission discounts: €18.50
  • Double room in a central hotel: €60–120
  • Meal in a midrange restaurant: €20–30
  • Walking or cycling tour of the city: €15–35
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: from €120
  • Three-course dinner with wine: from €50
  • Night at a fado club: €50

Multibanco ATMs are widespread throughout the city; look for the MB logo. International credit cards – referred to as Visa, even when they are MasterCard and others! – can be problematic. Smaller family-run shops, restaurants and guesthouses will only accept Portuguese-issued debit cards as far as plastic goes.

Nova Câmbios The best bet for changing cash or travellers cheques is a private exchange bureau like this one.


  • Restaurants In touristy areas, 10% is perfectly fine (though it's never expected; few Portuguese ever leave more than a round up to the nearest euro, and only with cash transactions).

  • Bars/Snack Bars Not expected unless table service is provided, then no more than the loose change.

  • Taxis Not expected, but it's polite to round up to the nearest euro.

  • Hotels One euro per bag is standard; gratuity for cleaning staff is at your discretion.