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Budget Travel Portugal

monument of the discoveries in LisbonBudget Trip to Portugal

The first thing you should know when considering planning a trip is the travel budget!

We selected a few questions for travelers who sent us before booking with us.

Is Portugal expensive for tourists?

Definitely not! Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe.  You can travel around Portugal on a low budget. You will be surprised by the prices in Portugal.

How much does it cost to vacation in Portugal?

The average price of a 5-day trip to Portugal is 949€ per person, two people per room. See our packages in Portugal. We bundle your private transfer, local guides, cooking classes, wine tasting, accommodations, and other activities into a package vacation.

Pasteis de nataWhat should I do with a week in Portugal?

We recommend seeing as many cities in Portugal as possible by starting in Lisbon and ending in Porto. See our tours in Portugal. See our tours in Portugal.

Read here: What to see in Portugal in 7 days.

What are the cheapest months to fly to Portugal?

The cheapest months to fly to Portugal are January and February. Read our post about How can you get to Portugal?

How much is a meal in Portugal?

Bakeries, pastry shops, and cafes sell delicious pastries like Pastel de Nata for 2€ or less. Coffee in Portugal is usually between 0,70€ and 1,50€.

Fast food or pizza sometimes is more expensive than one soup and main dish in a typical restaurant. For lunch at a casual restaurant, you’ll spend around 8-25€ per person, which includes drinks. Many restaurants offer a menu of the day, “prato do dia,” “menu do dia”. The price and food are fantastic! That is the best way to save your money. You’ll spend more money per person for a lovely dinner with drinks.

Can I use my credit card or debit card in Portugal?

Credit cards and debit cards are handy for cash advances. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted cards. However, no one accepts American Express cards here in Portugal!

While ATMs are widely available. There are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will work in Western Europe. Please check with your bank! You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card, a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

How much cash should I bring to Portugal?

A combination of Euros and cards is best. Please also ensure you access at least an additional USD 200 (or equivalent) as an emergency fund.

Tours in Portugal.

What is the best currency to use in Portugal?

Definitely, the best currency is Euro!

Can I exchange currency with a debit card?

Sorry, we contacted a few stores that don’t accept debit cards or credit cards to exchange currency.

How do I book a trip to Portugal?

Watch this video. In only 3 minutes, you have one Budget for Traveling in Portugal. You can book your package online with a minimum of 5-day in Portugal and add an extra night in Lisbon or a post-tour such as a Private Tagus River Cruise. We will confirm your booking in 48 hours.

Eco Trilha has introduced a new flexible booking policy. It permits changes to travel plans 15 days before a scheduled departure. It allows cancellation or rebooking without penalties.


Portugal Travel Recommendations: Read our Tips for traveling to Portugal.

Do I need to pay an extra tax for a private tour in Portugal?

No, you don’t need to pay extra tax for a private tour. However, we advise you to contact us as soon as possible to confirm our availability for an exclusive or private departure date for your group.

Is travel insurance essential?

Yes, Ask for your travel insurance quote online at no cost. As you can see, it is not too expensive! Although touring is one of the safest ways to travel, accidents happen.

tourists enjoy a hiking tourDo I need a visa to travel to Europe in 2023?

Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.

All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity on an adult or child passport). USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area. However, they may not stay longer than three months.

New Rules for 2023! Visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization.

What are the best seasons to go to Portugal?

The best seasons to visit Portugal are spring and fall because you have good weather and long days.
Winter, from December to February, is mild on the coast, even in the northern part, since the average temperature in January is around 9 °C (48 °F) in Porto and 11 °C (52 °F) in Lisbon. That is rare to snow in Portugal. The last time was in 2006!
In winter, there are periods of good weather when the Azores Anticyclone settles in the country. For example, last February 27th (2019) was 22º C in Porto! But there are also waves of bad weather, with rain and wind.

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