euro (€)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than €50

  • Dorm bed: €15–22
  • Basic hotel room for two: from €35
  • Lunch special at a family-run restaurant: €8–10
  • Second-class train ticket from Lisbon to Faro: from €23

Midrange: €50–120

  • Double room in a midrange hotel: €50–100
  • Lunch or dinner in a midrange restaurant: €22–40
  • Admission to museums: €3–8

Top end: More than €120

  • Boutique hotel room: from €120
  • Dinner for two in a top restaurant: from €80
  • Three-day surf course: €150


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


ATMs are widespread. Most, but not all, accommodation providers and upper-end restaurants accept credit cards.


ATMs are widespread. Check to see what your home bank will charge you for withdrawals.


Portugal uses the euro (€). There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, and coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and €1 and €2.

Changing Money

There are plenty of exchange offices and banks to change cash.


  • Bars Not expected unless table service is provided, then around 10%.
  • Hotels One euro per bag is standard; gratuity for cleaning staff is at your discretion.
  • Restaurants On average 10%, up to 15% in pricier places.
  • 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.