A 3-day weekend in Lisbon for less than €200 (including flights): we've taken up the challenge!

Want to get away from it all for a weekend with €200 in your pocket? Head for Lisbon and its colourful Alfama district, its many viewpoints over the city, its emblematic monuments such as the Belem tower and the Hieronymites monastery, its delicious pastéis de nata, its fado shows and its sunset over the Tagus.

Three days and two nights at 200 euros per person to enjoy the must-sees of the city, and even discounts for restaurants and your shopping sessions, with unlimited public transport, that's the challenge we've decided to take up!

Sunset over Lisbon's Baixa district and the Tagus River
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A €70 plane ticket (including return!)

July and August are the hottest months to visit Lisbon. They are also the busiest months for tourists, and unsurprisingly, flight prices soar during the summer! To escape the crowds and enjoy pleasant temperatures, September is a good alternative. It's possible to find a return ticket for under €70 in September, provided you leave at the beginning of the week. If you don't want to use more than one day off, you can find a return ticket for €70 with a departure on Saturday evening and a return on Monday morning.

Silhouette of woman at airport with carry-on suitcase
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Obviously, at this price, only hand luggage is included, and you will have to pay extra for hold luggage. Likewise, the ticket will certainly be modifiable and refundable for an additional fee, and the same applies if you wish to take out insurance.

Accommodation at €40 including breakfast

3 days goes by fast! If you're on a tight budget, it makes more sense to stay close to the city centre to make the most of your stay and visit the city's main points of interest. Youth hostels are ideal for this purpose, and often offer unsuspected advantages: reception open 24 hours a day, tour desk, luggage storage, shared kitchen, linen provided, lockers, games area, etc.

Vue sur le quartier de l'Alfama à Lisbonne
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For two nights in a youth hostel not too far from Lisbon city centre in September, the price varies from 40 to 50 euros, with breakfast included in the price! What's more, as well as offering dormitories, youth hostels sometimes have private rooms (but these will be a little more expensive).

Advice from the Editor

👉 Some youth hostels impose an age limit for staying there. Find out in advance before making your reservation.

👉 Don't forget to bring a lock for the lockers, as not all hostels lend them.

The Gateway - Lisbon Eco Hotel Lisbon

The Gateway - Lisbon Eco Hotel

The atmosphere is guaranteed at this hostel, which often organises parties!
7.6 Fine
£23 / night

The Lisboa Card: unlimited activities and public transport for 72 hours

Even if you like walking, the city is spread out and lives up to its nickname of the "city of seven hills". But rather than buying individual transport tickets, the Lisboa Card is the best choice for visiting the city. At 46 euros for a 72-hour pass, it's well worth the investment!

The Lisboa Card is the city's official tourist pass and acts as a transport card. It gives you free use of public transport (bus, metro, tram - yes, even the famous yellow tram that runs through the Alfama district!) You can also take the train for a day trip to the seaside resort of Cascais or Sintra to admire its palaces.

La plage da Rainha à Cascais
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But that's not all! The Lisboa card gives you access to around thirty activities, including the city's museums and monuments: the Belém Tower, the Hieronymites Monastery, the National Azulejo Museum, the Mafra National Palace, the Sacavém Ceramics Museum, the famous Santa Justa lift for a memorable view of the city, etc.

Finally, the Lisboa card offers numerous discounts in partner restaurants and shops, and for other activities such as the Lisbon Aquarium or the Oriental Museum.

HI Parque das Nações Lisbon

HI Parque das Nações

Travellers particularly appreciate the hostel's location.
7 Fine
£24 / night

Practical information

👛 How much does the Lisboa Card cost?

The Lisboa Card is available in three formulas:

  • 24-hour pass for 22 euros
  • 48-hour pass for 37 euros
  • 72-hour pass costs 46 euros

There are also packages for children.

👉 How long is the Lisboa Card valid for?

The pass is nominative and is activated the first time it is used. Please note that the pass is valid in hours, not days. For example, if you use your pass on Monday at 1pm, the 24 hours will end on Tuesday at 12.59pm.

The pass is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase, so there's no problem if you've already bought your pass and your journey is postponed!

👉 How do I get my pass?

Once you have made your purchase on the official website, you will receive a confirmation voucher by email, which you can print out or keep on your mobile. You will need this to collect your pass.

The easiest way is to pick up your Lisboa Card on arrival at the Lisbon airport tourist office (located in Terminal T1). It is open every day from 7am to 10pm.

If your arrival does not coincide with the opening times, you can also collect your pass from the city's other tourist offices. You will also receive a map of the city with your pass.

👉 Can an activity be done several times with the pass?

The Lisboa Card allows you to do an activity only once. For example, if you have already used your pass to visit the Carriage Museum, you will need to buy a ticket to visit the museum again.

👉 Can we save time on our visits thanks to the Lisboa Card?

For some monuments, the pass is used as a queue cutter, so you don't have to queue.

Advice from the editor

You can easily modulate your budget by choosing the Lisboa Card for 24 or 48 hours and booking private accommodation in a youth hostel. For individual accommodation at a mini price, you'll have more choice if you move away from the city centre, but this will mean spending more time in public transport. It's up to you to decide how you want to make the most of your Lisboa Card!

by Jude JONES
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