Lisbon Budget.

All You Need To Know When Moving To Lisbon.


Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe. One of the most interesting things about Lisbon is that it blends traditional heritage with striking modernism and progressive thinking. This city just offers everything you need from a rich and varied history to a buzzing nightlife. And on top of that, there is a really enjoyable year-round climate.

Here you have a display of Lisbon’s salary and expenses. At the bottom of the table, you can find the ideal amount o money you would have after paying some basic expenses.

  Lisbon Budget  
Earnings (Typical salary for customer service jobs) 1000€ netto
Rent (room in shared flat in city center, including internet and utilities)   300€
Transport (Monthly ticket)   38€
Groceries (In Supermarket)   200€
Restaurant (4 times per month)   50€
  Total netto   412

So, as displayed, you would have 412 euros left for leisure, traveling, or just for savings. These are of course just the basic expensive you will go through, but it’s worth saying that life in Lisbon is really cheap. Food, drinks, activities, nightlife, will cost you only a few euros so even if you will spend some money on them you will still be able to keep some savings. You can calculate your income tax here.


For finding accommodation, you can check some common websites such as Immovirtual, Casa Sapo, Idealista, Olx.
Regarding the neighborhoods to live, you have different choices depending on what you are looking for. Anyway, we would recommend Alfama&Graça or Bairro Alto which are respectively the oldest and the bohemian neighborhood. The first one is perfect for those who want to live the small-town mood, the second for those who enjoy staying in the city center and don’t get bothered by the noise. For a more complete guide to neighborhoods, you can download our welcome pack below.



Lisbon features an extensive public transport network, comprising both underground and surface means of getting around. Metros, buses and trams of Lisbon are the perfect way to move around the city for a cheap price.
Carris, the main company in charge of managing the public surface transport of Lisbon, makes available a wide range of tickets and passes, as well as multiple means of paying for the transport services.
Moreover, taxis are quite cheap too. For a 10-kilometer ride, you will spend around 8 euros. Other services such as Uber and Cabify are available too.



There many useful apps you can use while living in Lisbon. You can find a lot of information regarding many different topics such as transports, nightlife, everyday issues and so on.

  • Carris mobile application will give you all the information about transports in real time, as timetable are not displayed in all the bus stations. It is also possible to receive transit notifications, save favorite routes and plan routes in advance.
  • Lisbob: Expats in Portugal. This app belongs to the website, born to help expats in Lisbon with moving procedures. For example, if you need information about how to get your NIF, car legalization, vehicle importation, house hunting and other issues.
  • Gira – Bicicletas of Lisboa is the official app of the Gira Lisbon shared bike system and gives you access to it. Thanks to this you will be able to locate all Gira stations of Lisbon on a map as well as to see the number and the type of bike available, electric or not. It also allows unlocking the station bikes.
  • Ecooltra is similar to Gira, except for the fact that you can rent electric scooters instead of bikes. This service is a blessing in a city with so many ups and downs and it’s quite cheap too!
  • Na Minha Rua reports everything happening on your street in Lisbon. From the street lamp down to trash cans that accumulate through a dug up panel, you can make it easier to trace all the things that must be traced to the Borough Hall for them to be processed more quickly. Living in Lisbon means participating in neighborhood life.


Are you looking for a challenging work experience in Lisbon? Check our job opportunities here.

Fun Fact.

The “City of Seven Hills” does not actually have seven hills. Lisbon is commonly known as the “City of Seven Hills” by both locals and tourists. However, the truth is that these 7 hills were never historically accurate and were actually miscounted. Many believe that the reason for calling Lisbon the “City of Seven Hills” was that it would make it more similar to Rome and thus of more importance, even though Lisbon is estimated to be older than the city of Rome.
However, this fun fact is actually unknown by many.

Are you planning to move to Lisbon? Would you like to learn more about this wonderful city? Download our Lisbon Welcome Pack or get in touch with us for more information.

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