BACKPACKER INDEX: US$56.75
Lisbon hotel prices
Hotels in Lisbon tend to stay busy most of the year, but the official high season lasts from June through September. Since this isn’t a beach city it doesn’t get overloaded during July and August the way the Mediterranean cities do, but still if you are coming during summer it’s best to book ahead.
During most of the rest of the year it’s usually quite easy to find a hotel room once you arrive, although the Christmas holiday season is popular everywhere so if you are coming then you should definitely book as far in advance as possible.
Several hostels in Lisbon continue to get excellent marks from past guests, so even if you aren’t traditionally a hostel person it might be worth looking into here, especially since all of them have private rooms to go along with their dorms.
Lisbon doesn’t have many must-see attractions, but the whole place is charming and is an excellent travel bargain compared to similar cities in Europe. Hotels and hostels are unusually affordable considering the high standards here, and bargains are usually easy to find outside of the busiest summer months.
Most of the attractions are free or cheap, and don’t forget about the famous Tram 28 that trundles through all of the interesting tourist neighborhoods in one loop as you get to ride along with locals for a normal tram fare.
Food and drinks are also quite cheap by European standards, with particularly good local dishes and wine available at modest prices. You’ll pay more to eat at one of the restaurants featuring fado music, but it’s a premium worth paying at least once.
Lisbon attraction prices
|Castelo de São Jorge||This castle overlooks the city from a hill so the views are as nice as the castle itself.||adults||9.09|
|Santa Justa Elevator||This gorgeous downtown elevator saves a lot of climbing up to the Bairro Alto neighborhood. Price is for 2 trips, but it's included with various travel cards.||adults||6.49|
|Tram 28||This famous tram route does a loop through all the main tourist areas and is a popular way to see the city all at once. Costs much more if ticket bought on board.||adults||2.21|
|Sintra Palace||The National Palace is one of the many good sights in nearby Sintra - a popular day trip from Lisbon.||adults||6.49|
Lisbon Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||12.99 - 23.38|
|Aerobús from airport to city center||4.55|
|Public bus from airport to city center||2.27|
|3km taxi ride in Lisbon||5.19 - 7.79|
|Public bus, metro, or tram ride||1.49 - 2.21|
|Train ride to Sintra (return)||4.42|
Lisbon food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Breakfasts are often included with your room or bed. If not, finding a local cafe will be easy.||3.90 - 7.79|
|Budget lunch||There's very little fast food or take-away in Lisbon, but budget options are there if you look.||5.19 - 10.39|
|Budget dinner||Assuming this is your big meal of the day, you can get good continental cuisine all over the city. Fado restaurants are near the top of this range.||9.09 - 19.48|
|Beer (pint)||There are many pubs in the Bairro Alto district. Prices at nightclubs will be higher.||3.90 - 6.49|
|Port (glass)||Good local port wine can be cheap, but the best aged stuff can be extremely expensive.||2.60 - 10.39|
|McDonald's Big Mac||There aren't many McDonald's in the center, but they are there.||4.42|
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|Airports||Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)|
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From a weather standpoint Lisbon is one of the few cities in Europe where there is no bad season to visit. Summers are generally warm and sunny, and even the humidity is quite mild by most standards. There are occasionally days from June through August where the temperatures really get up there, but it’s not something that happens regularly.
Thanks to the Gulfstream, even winters tend to be mild in Lisbon, with temperatures below freezing being extremely rare. Most of the city’s rain falls from October through February, but it’s unlikely you’ll be soaked for days straight even during that period.
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