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Enjoy Lisbon on a Budget

Lisbon is the second-oldest European capital and is steeped in rich history and culture. A cheap vacation in Lisbon is simple—you can explore and soak up all its splendor without having to break the bank. Stunning castles, winding cobblestone streets, and whitewashed buildings all serve as the perfect backdrop to your budget vacation in Lisbon, while the city’s thriving, cosmopolitan side comes to the fore in its lively cafés, bars, and restaurants where competitive prices are always on the menu!

Things to see in Lisbon

Kick-start your adventure in Lisbon with a visit to Belém Tower—a symbol of the Age of Discovery. Safeguarding the harbor, its turreted towers and ornately structured façade dominate the skyline, standing out against the blue backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a modest fee to enter, but its exterior is free to explore. One of Lisbon’s top landmarks, São Jorge Castle, is perched on one of the city’s many hilltops and boasts stunning views that money can’t buy. In the distance, you’ll see some other giants of Lisbon; the Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River, the longest bridge in Europe, and the Stadium of Light, one of Europe's largest and most famous soccer venues. For a little bit of culture, feast your eyes on the priceless artworks by Warhol, Picasso, and Dalí on display in the Colecção Berardo Museum—admission is free so you can peruse to your heart's content.

Cheap hotels in Lisbon

Lisbon is renowned for being a very affordable city and cheap hotels are easy to find. What’s more, reining in on price doesn’t mean having to compromise on quality. There are plenty of budget hotels in Lisbon that have comfortable, cheap, and cheerful rooms where you can crash after a day of sightseeing or a night of partying. Free WiFi also comes as standard, so you can post your vacation snaps as you go. If traveling with friends, a great alternative is to rent an apartment in Lisbon and split the cost. It’s more intimate and you can save on expenses by making your own meals.

Where to stay in Lisbon

The beautiful Belém district is one of the most visited areas in the city. Located just outside the main city center, it’s a little removed from the bustle and perfect for a relaxing vacation. Alfama is a great choice for those seeking an authentic Portuguese experience. With its whitewashed walls and terracotta-tiled roofs, Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood is a quaint alternative for travelers on a shoestring budget. Cheap Lisbon accommodation can easily be found in Baixa, placing you right in the heart of the action. Its triumphal arch leads to a pedestrianized street lined with cafés, bars, and stores—great for souvenir shopping or a spot of people-watching.

How to get to Lisbon

The easiest way to get to Lisbon is by plane. A huge number of international airlines fly into Lisbon Portela Airport, the busiest airport in Portugal. From here, you are only about 4 miles from the city center. You can grab a taxi from right outside that will whisk you directly to your budget Lisbon hotel. Or, as a very cheap alternative, take the bus to the heart of the city. Lisbon has an excellent public transport system with trams called “carris” running regularly all around the city. However, the best and most economical way to truly experience the city is on foot.

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