What is the currency in Portugal?
The currency in Portugal is the euro. Each euro is divided into 100 cents.
When you’re buying currency for Portugal, look out for the currency code EUR. And once you’re in Portugal, you’ll see the symbol € used to show prices.
You’ll find Euro banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 - although the 200 and 500 EUR notes are seldom used. There are also 1 and 2 euro coins.
Cents come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.
Use the Wise euro card to spend in Portuguese currency.
The Wise euro travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to euro to spend when you’re in Portugal. You’ll get the best rate for spending in euro - and can also hold and spend 40+ other currencies with the same card.
Get your Wise travel money card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.
Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.
You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.
Tips for exchanging currency in Portugal.
- The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money. Convert GBP to EUR >
Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
- Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, euro - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Choose to be charged in Portugal currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
- Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in euro, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card. Get your travel money card >
Use the Wise debit card to spend in Portugal without rip-off fees.
Spending money in Portugal.
Paying by credit or debit card in Portugal
In Portugal, large, upmarket, and chain shops and restaurants - as well as hotels - are likely to take card payments. However, smaller family run places may prefer cash, so carrying both is a smart move.
ATMs in Portugal
You'll be able to find ATMs - called Multibanco - in cities and towns across Portugal.
However, small villages and remote areas won't have ATM coverage, so carry cash if you're adventuring off the beaten track.
To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in Portugal, don’t forget to use the Wise travel money card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.
Portuguese currency services.
Convert GBP to euro
Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in euro and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
Send money to Portugal
Need to send GBP to Portugal? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to Portugal.
See the best euro exchange rates
Compare live euro exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.
Other helpful currency guides.
Other helpful currency guides.
Portuguese currency FAQs.
Get your Wise debit card and save on your trip to Portugal
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