Currency

Euro (€)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than €60

  • Dorm bed: €18–25
  • Double room in a budget hotel: €40–60
  • Lunch special with drink and coffee: €10
  • Single ticket on the metro €1.20–2

Midrange: €60–150

  • Double room in a central hotel: €60–120
  • Meal in a midrange restaurant: €20–30
  • Guided half-day bike tour: from €17
  • Tour of a port cellar including tasting: €5–10

Top end: More than €150

  • Double room in a boutique hotel: from €100
  • Three-course dinner with wine: from €40
  • Theatre/concert tickets: €15–30
  • Full-day tour of the Douro: €90

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in markets; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.

Money

Multibanco ATMs are widespread (look for the MB logo). Not all small, family-run shops, restaurants and guesthouses accept credit cards – if in doubt, ask.

Changing Money

Portugal uses the euro, along with most other European nations. There is a currency exchange, open from 7am to 8pm, as well as several 24-hour ATMs, in the airport arrivals hall.

Unicâmbio Currency exchange, Western Union services and phone booths for international calls.

Tipping

  • Bars Not expected unless table service is provided, then loose change will suffice.
  • Hotels One euro per bag is standard; gratuity for cleaning staff is at your discretion.
  • Restaurants For decent service 10%, though many Portuguese round up to the nearest Euro or two if paying by cash.
  • 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.