Cost of living in Portugal

portugal-low-life-cost
0

Source: http://www.portugalbuyingguide.com/

Portugal is, without doubt, one of the best places in Europe to find a low cost of living. However, example costs are only part of the true picture. It’s quite possible to pay 80 cents or €3.50 for the same bottle of beer, depending on where you order it. The first price would be in a small locals’ snack bar, while the second would be a glitzy beach-front restaurant. So, exactly how far your money will go is really down to how and indeed where you plan to spend it!
The same goes for food, where the cost of eating out will often differ more based on location and décor than the quality of the food and the service.  You will generally find the least expensive food at markets – and it’s a good idea to buy fresh produce and seasonal fruit and vegetables at these, and you are likely to find that these are much cheaper here than in the supermarkets.

Supermarket prices can be surprisingly variable too, and when you live in the country you come to learn which supermarkets to go to for which things. You can, of course, go to a huge hypermarket for everything, but people living on a budget would do better to familiarise themselves with price variations to get the best value.

As is the case in many small countries, many products are imported, which results in some interesting price disparities. Cosmetics, for example, are often more expensive than they are in Spain, because they’re imported from there. In addition, anyone who insists on having lots of UK products on hand will pay a heavy price, as these imported products don’t come cheap. Many people actually use shipping services to bring these items over in bulk from UK supermarkets.

The costs provided here for items in Portugal are, however, good averages, and the grocery item prices are taken from the Continente supermarket, which can be found all over the country. With a bit of careful shopping, life in Portugal can be very inexpensive indeed.

Item Portugal cost Portugal cost UK cost** UK cost** Comparison Portugal vs. UK
EUR GBP* EUR GBP
Baguette €0.59 £0.42 €0.63 £0.45 LOWER
British style loaf of bread €1.49 £1.07 €0.77 £0.55 HIGHER
2 pints of milk €0.74 £0.53 €1.10 £0.79 LOWER
6 eggs €0.84 £0.60 €1.24 £0.89 LOWER
500g cheese €4.00 £2.87 €4.66 £3.00 for 450g – £3.33 for 500g LOWER
200g jar instant coffee €6.50 £4.66 €3.91 £2.80 HIGHER
40 teabags €2.48 £1.78 €0.98 £0.70 HIGHER
1kg apples €1.79 £1.28 €2.72 £1.95 LOWER
1kg banana €1.09 £0.78 € 0.95 £0.68 HIGHER
2 medium chicken breasts €3.50 £2.51 €4.19 £3.00 LOWER
500g pasta €0.49 £0.35 €1.05 £0.75 LOWER
500g fresh fish (e.g. salmon) €4.00 £2.86 €5.59 £4.00 LOWER
400g cornflakes €2.75 £1.97 €1.68 £1.50 for 500g – £1.20 for 400g HIGHER
Laundry detergent (40 washes) €4.99 £3.57 € 8.39 £6.00 LOWER
Washing up liquid 433ml €0.99 £0.71 £0.75 for 450ml – £0.72 for 433ml LOWER
Tube of toothpaste 75ml €1.99 £1.43 € 1.33 £0.95 HIGHER
2l Coca-Cola €1.65 £1.18 € 3.90 £1.85 for 1.75l – £2.79 for 2l LOWER
40g chocolate bar €0.99 £0.71 €0.78 £0.60 for 43g – £0.56 for 40g HIGHER
1 400g can of dog food €0.79 £0.57 €0.63 £0.45 HIGHER
1 litre petrol €1.56 £1.12 €1.58 £1.13 LOWER
1 litre diesel €1.31 £0.94 €1.66 £1.19 LOWER
Monthly water cost for three bedroom property €60.00 £42.96 €45.36 £32.50 HIGHER
Monthly electricity cost for three bedroom property  €150.00 £107.40 €51.80 £37.08 HIGHER
Monthly interent cost €30.00 £21.48 €27.94 £20.00 HIGHER
Mothly satellite TV €30.00 £21.48 €20.95 £15.00 HIGHER
Monthly housing taxes €100.00 £71.58 €212.47 £1825.36 per annum council tax – £152.11 per month LOWER
Glass of house white wine in a restaurant €1.50 £1.07 €4.19 £3.00 LOWER
Bottle of beer in a restaurant €1.50 £1.07 €4.33 £3.10 LOWER
Main course in local restaurant €8.00 £5.73 €14.84 £10.62 LOWER

 

*Based on GBP/EUR rate of 1.398, 20/05/2015

**UK food cost compared to Tesco.com 20/05/2015, fiel and eating out costs are an average on 20/05/2015.

Related Blogs

  • Jan 7, 2020
    Lisbon Helicopters Offers Aerial…

    Source:  New flightseeing attraction takes off to provide visitors with a bird's-eye view of the city and beyond Lisbon visitors often..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Enjoy a Low Cost…

    Source: In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Jun 3, 2020
    Cost of Living: How…

    Source:  No doubt you would like to try to estimate how far your euros will stretch and how much money..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Health Care in Portugal

    Source:  Health Care The World Health Organization ranks the effectiveness of care in Portugal at number 12 in the world,..

    0 Read More
  • Mar 1, 2020
    Ten free things to…

    With its stunning setting, sunny climate and an alluring mixture of old world charms and hip nightlife, it is no..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Lisbon for Under 5…

    Source:  Image source:  Sun, surf and low rents: why Lisbon could be the next tech capital   Lisbon’s 25 April..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Portugal is the cheapest…

    Source:  A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14   Portugal is the..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Health Care System in…

    Source:  Health Care The World Health Organization ranks the effectiveness of care in Portugal at number 12 in the world,..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Enjoy A Low Cost…

    Source:  In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 5, 2018
    Money and costs in…

    Source:  DAILY COSTS BUDGET (up to) €50 Dorm bed: €15–22 Basic hotel room for two: from €30 Lunch special at..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 4, 2018
    Enjoy a Low Cost…

    Source: In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 3, 2018
    Portugal is the cheapest…

    Source:  A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14   Portugal is the..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 2, 2018
    Portugal is the cheapest…

    Source:  A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14   Portugal is the..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 2018
    Health Care

    Source:  Health Care The World Health Organization ranks the effectiveness of care in Portugal at number 12 in the world,..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 12, 2017
    Enjoy a Low Cost…

    Source: In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 10, 2017
    Portugal is the cheapest…

    Source:  A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14   Portugal is the..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 9, 2017
    Money and costs in…

    Source:  DAILY COSTS BUDGET (up to) €50 Dorm bed: €15–22 Basic hotel room for two: from €30 Lunch special at..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 8, 2017
    Top 5 free –…

    Source: What I can tell you is that Porto is a cool city with a bohemian atmosphere, a city where..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 7, 2017
    Health Care System in…

    Source:  Health Care The World Health Organization ranks the effectiveness of care in Portugal at number 12 in the world,..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Portugal´s Reasonable Housing Costs

    Source:  With the economic crisis in Europe still hitting Portugal hard, it’s a buyer’s market for real estate and a..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Enjoy A Low Cost…

    Source:  In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    About Portugal – Cost…

    Source:  Before travelling, consult the indicated average prices of certain products and services, in order to gain an idea of..

    0 Read More
  • Oct 4, 2017
    Cost of Living in…

    Source:  Image source: The country's economic difficulties have resulted in the overall cost of living in Greece actually becoming cheaper,..

    0 Read More
  • Mar 4, 2017
    Lisbon for Under 5…

    Source:  Image source:  Sun, surf and low rents: why Lisbon could be the next tech capital   Lisbon’s 25 April..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Lisbon for Under 5…

    Lisbon is not an expensive capital city when compared to the rest of Western Europe and, apart from roaming it’s..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Top 5 free –…

    As I’ve been to Porto in the last few days and while I still have clear memories of my trip’s..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Ten unusual things to…

    Source:  Here are ten quirky and cool things you can do in Lisbon for less than 100 euros, total! Enjoy..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Renting a House or…

    Source:  Image source:    How to find and lease accommodation in Greece... Finding a rental property in Greece is relatively easy and..

    0 Read More
  • Jun 2, 2017
    Living in Greece as…

    Source:  Image source:  The prospect of living in Greece is inviting for many expatriates. Greece is an extremely vibrant country..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Lisbon for Under 5…

    Source:  Image source:  Sun, surf and low rents: why Lisbon could be the next tech capital   Lisbon’s 25 April..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Prices in Greece

    Source: http://greeklandscapes.com/ Image source:  Greece used to be one of the most affordable destinations of Europe, but after the country joined..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Cost of Living in…

    Source:  Image source: The country's economic difficulties have resulted in the overall cost of living in Greece actually becoming cheaper,..

    0 Read More
  • Sep 1, 2017
    Living in Greece

    Source:  Image source:  The prospect of living in Greece is inviting for many expatriates. Greece is an extremely vibrant country..

    0 Read More
  • Feb 1, 2017
    Money and costs in…

    Source:  DAILY COSTS BUDGET (up to) €50 Dorm bed: €15–22 Basic hotel room for two: from €30 Lunch special at..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Cost of Living: How…

    Source:  No doubt you would like to try to estimate how far your euros will stretch and how much money..

    0 Read More
  • Dec 12, 2016
    One of the best…

    Source:  HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT OWNING A HOUSE IN PORTUGAL? If you've already been here on holiday, why don't you..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Portugal is the cheapest…

    Source:  A three-course meal for a family of four with coffee, beer, and Coca-Cola costs £44.14 Portugal is the cheapest..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Health Care

    Source:  Health Care The World Health Organization ranks the effectiveness of care in Portugal at number 12 in the world,..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Enjoy a Low Cost…

    Source: In Portugal, you can enjoy a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with..

    0 Read More
  • Oct 10, 2016
    Public transportation in Portugal

    Source: If you are travelling or moving to Portugal, you don't need to worry about public transport not being efficient...

    0 Read More
  • Mar 10, 2016
    Lisbon for Under 5…

    Lisbon is not an expensive capital city when compared to the rest of Western Europe and, apart from roaming it’s..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Top 5 free –…

    As I’ve been to Porto in the last few days and while I still have clear memories of my trip’s..

    0 Read More
  • Jan 1, 1970
    Ten free things to…

    With its stunning setting, sunny climate and an alluring mixture of old world charms and hip nightlife, it is no..

    0 Read More