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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘olá’
(o-laa)
Portuguese
Plug combo cf
Electricity
230V/50hz
Jun-Sep
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 16, 2018 9:33AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
€50
  • Dorm bed: €15–22
  • Basic hotel room for two: from €30
  • Lunch special at a family-run restaurant: €7–9
  • Second-class train ticket from Lisbon to Faro: from €22
Midrange
€50–120
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €50–100
  • Lunch and dinner in a midrange restaurant: €22–35
  • Admission to museums: €2–6
Top end (more than)
€120
  • Boutique hotel room: from €120
  • Dinner for two in a top restaurant: from €80
  • Three-day surf course: €150

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; some nationalities will need a Schengen visa.

Get the latest visa advice for Portugal from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
PRT
Porto
Go Jun–Sep
Mar – May
18106550
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
24157559
0.07
0.0
Sep – Nov
21126954
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
1465844
0.2
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Faro
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
20126753
0.13
0.01
Jun – Aug
26188065
0.0
0.0
Sep – Nov
23167360
0.17
0.01
Dec – Feb
1796248
0.07
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Lisbon
Go Mar–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
19126653
Jun – Aug
28188264
Sep – Nov
22157258
Dec – Feb
1595947
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Portugal

An increasingly popular destination, Portugal is well connected to North America and European countries by air. There are also handy overland links by bus and train to and from Spain, from where you can continue on to other destinations on the continent.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Portugal

The best price found from United States to Portugal is on October 1st, 2018, travelling with . See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $306.00
LIS
Lisbon

Getting around Portugal

Transport in Portugal is reasonably priced, quick and efficient.

Train Extremely affordable, with a decent network between major towns from north to south. Visit Comboios de Portugal for schedules and prices.

Car Useful for visiting small villages, national parks and other regions with minimal public transport. Cars can be hired in major towns and cities. Drive on the right.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains. Useful for more remote villages that aren’t serviced by trains. Infrequent service on weekends.

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