Best places to exchange currency in Lisbon

Adam Rozsa

"If you're planning a trip to Lisbon, it's important to know how to get the currency of the country you’re visiting. Also, you might want to know the current exchange rate and the best places to withdraw cash.

So, in this article, we’ll show you the best places to visit to exchange currency in Lisbon, and we’ll show you an alternative, Wise – which may be cheaper and help you save the effort of going to a physical location – but more on this later.

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Portugal: currency overview

First off, in case you’re wondering something along the lines of “does Portugal use euros?”, the answer is yes. The currency in Lisbon — and the rest of Portugal — is the euro.

You can also find it written as EUR in currency exchange shops.

Check out today’s rate below:

What you should know about exchanging money in Lisbon

Before exchanging money in Lisbon or any foreign city, it's important to be informed to avoid excessive charges and get the best deals. Consider opening a bank account in Portugal for long-term stays or substantial investments like buying property or cars.

Beware of 'zero fee' services

Services claiming 'no commission' often offer poor exchange rates, not reflecting the mid-market rate, leading to hidden profits for them.

Check the exchange rate beforehand

Familiarize yourself with the base rate to identify a bad deal from exchange services.

Avoid exchanging money at airports or hotels

Convenience comes at a price, as airports and hotels usually offer poor rates and high transaction fees.

Use ATMs strategically

Check if your home bank has partnerships with Portuguese banks to avoid extra ATM fees, and inform your bank before traveling.

Opt for local currency

When using an ATM abroad, choose to be charged in euros for a fairer rate and avoid undisclosed exchange rates and additional fees.

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Where can you exchange currency in Lisbon?

Well, we’ve already been through some of the options you have and aspects to watch out for. So if you’re still into the idea of carrying cash around and exchanging it, here are some popular foreign currency exchange locations in Lisbon.

One last reminder, though: there’s no such thing as fee-free or 0% commission foreign exchange transactions. So, always check the mid-market exchange rate in advance, so you know how much your money’s worth.

Unicambio

Locations

LocationsPhone Number
Unicambio has 13 different locations across Lisbon including branches in the airport and Cruise terminal. Check their website for a full listing.+351 213 429 760 (general help line)

Opening Hours

Varies - check out the website for specific opening hours for each office.

NovaCâmbios

Locations

LocationsPhone Number
NovaCâmbios offers 9 locations throughout Lisbon, including several counters in the airport. Check out their website to find the nearest store.+ 351 213 405 170 (general help line)

Opening Hours

Varies - check out the website for specific opening hours for each office.

Real Transfer

Locations

Real Transfer offers three branches in Lisbon.

LocationsPhone Number
Estrada de Benfica, 654 B, 1500-109+351 217 601 287
Praça Marquês de Pombal, nº 1 - Galerias, Loja J, 1250-160+351 213 528 065
Lg. de São Domingos, nº 5, 1150-320 (Rossio)+351 213 569 841

Opening Hours

  • Benfica - Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 9-13
  • Marquês de Pombal - Mon-Fri 8-20, Sat 9-16
  • Rossio - Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 9-13

Bottom line

As you can see, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to exchanging money in Lisbon. Don't forget to do your research on the exchange rate before converting your money, and check Wise out if you want a fuss-free alternative to exchanging cash.

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