Daily Travel Costs in Portugal on a Shoestring Budget
US$45 | 40 Euros
As the poorest country in Western Europe, Portugal is quite affordable by the standards of the region. It’s perhaps marginally cheaper overall than neighbouring Spain and the two can easily be combined into one Iberian backpacking route.
Getting around Portugal doesn’t cost much with good bus and train connections and a logical North-to-South or South-to-North approach due to the shape of the country. Budget accommodation is cheap and plentiful in most of the country’s most appealing destinations and eating and drinking is also great value by the standards of Western Europe.
Therefore a shoestring Portugal backpacking budget of around 40-45 Euros per day is very possible. There is some regional variation with Lisbon and the more touristy places in the popular Algarve a fraction more expensive. However if you’re savvy you can still find great value for money in the capital and by skipping the resorts and heading to somewhere like Lagos which has a big backpacker vibe, you can do likewise in the South.
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More Comfortable Portugal Backpacker Budget
US$60 | 55 Euros
Increasing your budget gives you a bit room to go out partying regularly but you can still do a lot of that on the previous budget. It will also allow you to visit the beautiful island of Madeira although the more distant Azores may still be a bit out of budget. Alternatively you could perhaps hire a car if you’re travelling with friends and that’s a nice idea in order to reach the more remote beaches in the South and quieter and more traditional Portuguese villages.
Sample Prices in Portugal
Lisbon to Faro bus one-way (3-4 hours) – €20
Lisbon to Porto train one-way (3 hours) – €24
Flight from Lisbon to Madeira one-way – from €30-40
Dorm Bed in Lisbon – from €8/night
Cheap private double/twin room in the Algarve – from €15-20 (more during the peak summer months)
0.5 Litre local beer in a reasonably priced bar/restaurant – €2
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant – €7
These prices are as of December 2016.
Compare Portugal prices to the cost of travel in Spain.
Currency – Euros
£1 = €1.19
US$1 = €0.94
(All exchange rates are correct as of December 2016)
Lisbon has some truly excellent hostels. Perhaps the best is the stylish Ambiente Hostel in the heart of the city.
street art in Lisbon, Portugal
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This article was published in December 2016.