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Money and costs

Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated June 02, 2015 7:21PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €15–€22
  • Self-catering
  • Plan sightseeing around free admission days (often Sunday mornings)
  • Youth cards save on sights and transport
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €50–€100
  • Lunch and dinner in a midrange restaurant: €20–€30
  • Book online to save money on accommodation
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: from €120
  • Three-course meal in a top restaurant: from €40

  • Portugal uses the euro, along with most other European nations.
  • Banks and bureaux de change are free to set their own rates and commissions, so a low commission might mean a skewed exchange rate.


  • Restaurants 10% on average, up to 15% in pricier places.

  • Bars Not expected unless table service is provided, then around 10%.

  • Snack bars It's courteous to leave a bit of spare 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.