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Rich in culture and tradition, Portugal is one of the best value for money destinations not only in Western Europe but in all of the old continent. The budget-friendly Portugal travel costs make this European country a favorite with solo travelers, couples, and families looking for a perfect vacation without breaking the bank.

With its long coastline of beautiful sandy beaches, Portugal is a great travel destination to relax in the sun or enjoy various water sports in places like the Algarve region. And, if you’re willing to travel a bit more, you can explore the volcanic Azores Islands, also known as Europe’s Hawaii.

When you get tired of the beach, you can discover Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, or enjoy some famous Port wine paired with authentic Portuguese cuisine as you visit Porto.



Algarve beach, in Portugal, Western Europe

Algarve

Algarve is a region in southwestern Portugal. In the past, Algarve used to be Portugal’s hidden gem and a budget destination. Nowadays, it’s one of the most popular travel destinations in the Portuguese Republic.

If you are an adventure traveler, you love music, or you’re searching for the best beaches Portugal has to offer, you should pay a visit to the Algarve region.

Popular cities in the Algarve region include Faro (its current capital), Aljezur, Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos, Loulé, Silves (previous capital of Algarve), and Olhão.


How much does it cost to visit Algarve?

If you are planning a visit to Algarve, you should know that a budget traveler spends about € 56 per day in Faro, without including accommodation. Look below for detailed Portugal travel costs in Algarve.


Algarve accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 24 – 136
Typical double room€ 49 – 272

Algarve food & drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 5 – 12
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 6 – 20
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1 – 2.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.30 – 1.20

* Tap water is safe to drink in Portugal.


Algarve fares and public transportation

One-way public transportation ticket€ 4
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.25 – 0.80
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.30 – 1.60

Algarve visiting costs

Top attractions in Algarve
Praia Sao Rafael (Albufeira)Free
Ponta Da Piedale (Lagos)Free
Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa VicentinaFree
Ilha Deserta€ 10 *
Praia de Alvor (Portimao)Free

* Return ticket for the ferry ride to Ilha Deserta and back.

The Algarve Pass is a card which can be pre-loaded with popular activities in this region or Portugal. It can also be pre-loaded with whatever discounted experiences you find interesting on the official website, therefore prices aren’t standard like with most travel passes.




waterfall in the Azores Islands, in Portugal, Western Europe

Azores Islands

The Azores Islands are an archipelago located around 1,500 kilometers off the coast of Portugal. Their stunning landscapes got these volcanic islands to be listed by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in the year2009.

Called by some travelers Europe’s Hawaii, the Azores Islands will fascinate you with their breathtaking volcanic landscapes, crater lakes, and waterfalls.


How much does it cost to visit the Azores Islands?

If you’re visiting the Azores Islands on a budget, you should plan on spending € 47 or less daily. This doesn’t include the cost of accommodation in the Azores. Detailed Portugal travel costs in the Azores Islands are available below.


Azores accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 24 – 103
Typical double room€ 47 – 205

Azores food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 6 – 14
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 20
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1 – 1.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 0.50 – 1

Azores fares and public transportation

One-way public transportation ticket€ 1
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.39 – 1.48

Azores visiting costs

Top attractions in the Azores Islands
Salto do Cabrito Waterfall (Ponta Delgada)Free
Caldeira das Sete Cidades (São Miguel)Free
Lagoa do Fogo (São Miguel)Free
Parque Terra Nostra (Furnas)€ 8
Algar do Carvao (Terceira)€ 8



Tram on a street of Lisbon, in Portugal, Western Europe

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital has many attractions and activities fit for any type of traveler, and the low travel expenses of visiting Lisbon make it one of the top budget travel destinations in Western Europe. With its budget hotels and hostels, affordable restaurants, and cheap beer, Lisbon is a budget traveler’s paradise!


How much does it cost to visit Lisbon?

While visiting Lisbon on a budget, you will spend around € 36 per day, without taking accommodation expenses into account. More information on Portugal travel costs in Lisbon are available below.


Lisbon accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 16 – 87
Typical double room€ 32 – 174

Lisbon food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 7.50 – 10
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 23
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1.50 – 3
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.60 – 1.25

* Tap water is safe to drink in Lisbon.


Lisbon fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 1.50
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.40 – 0.94
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.45 – 1.65

Lisbon visiting costs

Top attractions in Lisbon
Oceanario de Lisboa€ 19
Alfama areaFree
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos€ 12
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum€ 10
Museu Nacional do Azulejo€ 5
City pass *
24h Lisboa Card€ 20
48h Lisboa Card€ 34

* The Lisboa Card provides free admission to Lisbon’s top museums and attractions, plus unlimited access to public transport.

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Porto in Portugal, Western Europe

Porto

Considered one of Europe’s most affordable cities to visit, Porto welcomes travelers with beautiful medieval architecture, authentic Portuguese cuisine, and its famous red Port wine, plus a vivid nightlife.


How much does it cost to visit Porto?

Traveling on a budget to Porto? Once you’re there, expect to spend around € 38 per day, without adding accommodation. Look below to discover detailed Portugal travel costs in Porto.


Porto accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 19 – 130
Typical double room€ 38 – 261

Porto food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 7.50 – 10
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 23
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1.50 – 3
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.60 – 1.25

* Tap water is safe to drink in Porto.


Porto fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 1.50
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.40 – 0.94
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.45 – 1.65

Porto visiting costs

Top attractions in Porto
Ponte de Dom Luis IFree
Cais da Ribeira areaFree
Palacio da Bolsa€ 10
Estadio do Dragao€ 15
Igreja de Sao Francisco€ 7.50
City pass *
24h Porto Card€ 13
48h Porto Card€ 20

* The Porto Card offers free admission to 11 museums and attractions, plus unlimited use of public transport.

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Portugal travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.