Though Lisbon is a great, complex and full of landmarks city, in this article I’ll give you a rough guide regarding the budget, rather than talk about landmarks. Hope it will help you in your future trips this Lisbon Travel Guide!
A round-trip ticket from Bucharest to Lisbon is about 200 Euro. I found some tickets that were 140 E /person once (details here), but it was a 10 hour trip, with a long layover. I know some readers bought them anyway.
Many would say that will have a hard time finding tickets under 200 Euro, which isn’t far from the truth. The cheapest ticket from TAP, the only airline that a has a direct route from Bucharest, was around 170 Euro.
The easiest way from the airport to the city center is to take the subway. It costs 1.40 Euro and you get to the center in less than 30 minutes. Another option is to take the Express Line, but the ticket is a little more expensive, 3.5 Euro. (if you buy it online here, it’s 3.15).
Luckily, Lisbon is not among the most expensive capitals in Europe. I checked for accommodation and found a double room for 34 Euros, 5 minutes away from the city center, from27 Nov to 1 Dec (which is perfect for a holiday city break).
Most of the hotel booking sites keep disappointing me, for destinations in Europe and Asia as well. I recently found book-cheap.com, haven’t had a chance to test it, though. They seem ok and I haven’t found anything bad about them online. Anyway, for the same period, they have the same rooms 20 Euros cheaper than other booking sites.
Of course you could find even cheaper rooms. I found a guest house, which had a double room for 88 Euros for all 4 nights. If you’re not that interested in furniture, and just want a decent place to sleep, after all you keep spending most of the time exploring the city (hopefully), why bother? It means less than 9 USD per person per night.
There are lots of things to see in Lisbon. The “Belem” area is very charming, the whole city makes you lose your head a little, so a strong to-do point is to enjoy the famous Porto wine and delicious seafood and fish (tuna steak – my favorite!). But until dinner, let’s see how you could get around. I highly recommend public transportation.
Simple, nice and efficient. A full day ticket is 6 Euro, while a single ride is 1.4 Euro. It’s quite possible you’ll be riding the Lisbon trams all day and loving it, a ride to Belem means 4 tickets, so the full day pass is definitely worth it.
Option number 2, ideally combined with number 1 is walking.
I kind of given up on museums. Not entirely, it’s just that I don’t have the patience for queuing for a museum, when I could be spending my time exploring, seeing, doing, meeting people!
But I admit I liked the Belem Tower, which you can visit for 6 Euro. The Sao Jorge Castle wasn’t bad either, entry is 7.5 Euro. You can find out more about things to see in Lisbonhere.
Recap of Lisbon Budget
*Plane ticket – 200 Euro, 140 if you don’t mind a longer flight
*Accommodation – starting from 9E/per/night, 20E for more comfort
*Transportation – 6 Euros/day
*Food – between 7 and 30 Euro, depending on location, menu and preferences