The average cost of living in Portugal
The average cost of living in Portugal will largely depend on which part of the country you choose to live in. Lisbon and Cascais top the list of the most expensive cities in Portugal. Porto is also quite a bit behind, especially in terms of rental prices.
Is it expensive to live in Portugal? The answer to this question is not entirely straightforward. On the one hand, Portugal is still one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe, but, compared with the rest of the EU, it has lower wages and relatively high rental prices. With this in mind, it is worth talking about the cost of living in Portugal in more detail.
The cost of living in Portugal by area and city
When it comes to the cost of living in Portugal the country can be divided into two areas: the attractive but expensive west and south coast and the cheap (but less attractive) center and the east of the country, close to the Spanish border. In many regions and cities in this part of Portugal, life is much less active, so the jobs and employment opportunities there are noticeably fewer.
So for our list of the country’s cheapest and most expensive cities, we looked only at the most vibrant cities with the most activity, infrastructure and services, and plenty of jobs.
The most expensive city in the country is undoubtedly the capital Lisbon. Despite the generally low cost of living in Portugal, Lisbon is included in the list of 100 most expensive cities in the world. Located near Lisbon, Cascais is not far behind the capital in terms of expensive living. As the second-most populous city in the country, Porto is also one of the most expensive places to live in the country.
As for the most inexpensive places to live in Portugal, cities like Braga, Viseu, and Coimbra are the least likely to hit your wallet. Renting a house in these cities usually costs between 300 and 500 euros ($330 and $550) a month, and you’ll also spend significantly less on food, restaurants, and entertainment than you would in Lisbon Cascais or Porto.
In these cities, you’ll spend a lot less than in Lisbon or Porto.
Housing costs in Portugal’s main cities
The following are the average rental prices for a one-bedroom apartment:
The average cost of utilities for a one-room apartment:
|Service||Price per month (EUR)||Price per month (USD)|
The average total cost of utilities will end up being about 130 euros ($140) per month, but of course, a more specific figure will depend on your lifestyle, the size of your home, etc. For example, some urban areas may not have a central gas supply, in which case cooking and heating costs will be added to the electric bill.
Food and alcohol prices in Portugal
The table below shows the average prices of food and alcohol, as well as the cost of food in restaurants.
|Food||Price EUR||Price USD|
|Apples (per kilo)||1.50||1. 60|
|Pananas (per kilo)||1.10||1.20|
|Chicken (per kilo)||5. 20||5.70|
|Bread (500 g)||1.10||1. 20|
|Local cheese (per kilo)||7.10||7.80|
|Milk (per liter)||0.60||0.70|
|Lion (per kilo)||0. 95||1|
|Potatoes (per kilo)||0.85||0.90|
|Rice (per kilo)||0. 95||1|
|Bottle of water (one and a half liters)||0.50||0.55|
|Alcohol||Price EUR||Price USD|
|Bottle of wine (middle class)||4||4. 40|
|Local beer (0.5 liters)||0.90||1|
|Import beer (0.33 liters)||1.80||2|
|Price in restaurants||Price EUR||Price USD||Dining in a cheap restaurant||8||8. 80||Dinner for two at a mid-range restaurant||30||33||Dinner at a fast-food chain||6||6. 60||Beer||1.50||1.60||Bottle of water||1||1.10|
Portugal offers its residents free compulsory school education. But if you choose private schools, you’ll have to pay for them.
This is the average monthly tuition in Portugal:
|Education type||Cost EUR||Cost USD|
|Private preschool school||300||330|
|Private Basic Education School||400||440|
In terms of higher education institutions, your list of costs will also include the admission fee, which can vary from university to university, but the average is usually around 300 euros ($330).
The following is the average cost of higher education per year of study:
|Type of University||Cost EUR||Cost USD|
Health care spending
Keep in mind that health care in the public system is mostly free, but in case of costs to see a public doctor, including an examination, do need to be incurred, they will average 5 to 40 euros ($5.50 to $54).
|Type of medical service||Price EUR||Price USD|
|Interview with private doctor||70||77|
|Cold medicine||5||5. 50|
Travel and transportation costs
|Transport type||Cost EUR||Cost USD|
|Bus or metro ticket||1. 50||1.60|
|Taxi fare||3||3. 30|
|Taxi fare per kilometer||0.50||0.55|
|Petrol (per liter)||1. 40||1.50|
|New car (Volkswagen Golf)||25,000||27,500|