When you are moving to Portugal, you need to make sure you can get an idea of how much you will need to maintain your life here. To help you with this, we offer our annual Cost of Living Survey, comparing costs in Portugal with the UK. We used the exchange rate on 18th May 2016, GBP/EUR: 1.28.


While some imported and less traditionally “Portuguese” items are more expensive here, the overall cost of food, running a home and getting around the country is very reasonable.

As you would expect from Portugal, known for its quality of life and cost-effective lifestyle, a significant proportion of regular items are cheaper in Portugal than in the UK. While some imported and less traditionally “Portuguese” items are more expensive here, the overall cost of food, running a home and getting around the country is very reasonable, all adding to the country’s appeal for expats and holiday home owners.

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Grocery basket in average supermarket Cost in Portugal* Cost in UK** Comparison
Loaf of bread £1.01 £0.89 Portugal is 13% more expensive
12 medium eggs £1.48 £1.75 Portugal is 18% cheaper
2 pints of milk £0.51 £1.00 Portugal is 96% cheaper
1kg of apples £1.01 £2.00 Portugal is 98% cheaper
1kg bananas £0.73 £0.68 Portugal is 7% more expensive
500g tomatoes £0.66 £0.69 Portugal is 5% cheaper
500g cheese £3.13 £2.50 Portugal is 18% more expensive
500g chicken £2.34 £3.50 Portugal is 50% cheaper
500g beef £3.13 £4.00 Portugal is 28% cheaper
500g fresh fish £4.30 £6.75 Portugal is 57% cheaper
1kg potatoes £0.43 £0.80 Portugal is 86% cheaper
500g pasta £0.58 £0.59 Portugal is 2% cheaper
500g standard cornflakes £1.16 £0.99 Portugal is 17% more expensive
40g chocolate bar £0.77 £0.60 Portugal is 28% more expensive
200g Instant coffee (Nescafe) £4.91 £2.80 Portugal is 75% more expensive
20 teabags (Tetley cha preto) £1.01 £0.75 Portugal is 34% more expensive
Bottle of red wine £1.56 £6.50 Portugal is 316% cheaper
Domestic beer £0.39 £1.13 Portugal is 190% cheaper
1.75l Coca-Cola £1.29 £1.84 Portugal is 43% cheaper
500ml washing up liquid £0.53 £0.59 Portugal is 11% cheaper
100ml toothpaste £1.55 £1.50 Portugal is 3% more expensive
40 wash laundry detergent £3.90 £9.00 Portugal is 131% cheaper
12 x 400g dog food £6.94 £4.75 Portugal is 46% cheaper
Home costs – comparing a two bedroom apartment***   ****  
Electricity ***** £78.13 £540 (yearly, so £45 monthly)† Portugal is 74% cheaper*****
Internet 30 per month £23.44 £20.77 Portugal is 13% more expensive
Mobile phone tariff 30 per month average £23.44 £439 (yearly, so £36.59 monthly) Portugal is 56% cheaper
Council tax (and other housing costs, such as septic tank cost) IMI property tax £156 (yearly) £1200.61 (yearly) †† Portugal is 670% cheaper
Pool maintenance (if appropriate) £39.06 N/A! N/A
1 litre petrol £1.14 £1.09 Portugal is 5% more expensive
1 litre diesel £0.93 £1.09 Portugal is 17% cheaper
One way train ticket in large town £1.09 £2.30 Portugal is 111% cheaper
Monthly train pass in large town £27.34 £60.00 Portugal is 119% cheaper
Taxi starting tariff £1.56 £3.00 Portugal is 92% cheaper
Taxi km/mile tariff in large £0.74 £1.40 Portugal is 89% cheaper
Car tax for the average five door hatchback £97.66 £130††† Portugal is 33% cheaper
Three course set meal for two £18.75 £50.00 Portugal is 166% cheaper
Glass of white wine £1.17 £4.50 Portugal is 285% cheaper
Bottle of beer £0.98 £3.50 Portugal is 257% cheaper
Cup of coffee £0.63 £2.51 Portugal is 298% cheaper
Cinema ticket £3.91 £9.00 Portugal is 130% cheaper
Gym membership (monthly) £23.44 £33.56 Portugal is 43% cheaper
Property (for property outlined above) £195 £100 Portugal is 95% more expensive
Car (for the average five door hatchback) £312.50 £400 Portugal is 28% cheaper


*Portugal grocery prices from continente.pt , other costs from personal expat experience
** prices from Tesco.com, 18th May 2016
*** Housing costs are very subjective depending on usage etc.
****All UK housing, transport and social costs from www.numbeo.com unless otherwise stated.
***** Please note: electricity costs include TV licence
† https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics
††† www.dvla.gov.uk

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