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SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip in Lisbon and be aware of all potential dangers.
Is Lisbon a Safe or Dangerous city?Lisbon is a safe city to visit or live, although travelers are often targets of petty crime. Pickpocketing happens at crowded places and public transport such as the cable cars, trams (be careful on trams n°15 and 28). The airport, bus and train station are also frequently targeted by the group of pickpockets. Mugging can happen at night in some neighborhoods such as Bairro Alto and Santos (see the map), or while taking money from an ATM during the day even in the city center. Near touristic areas, scammers often find very imaginative ways to make you hand out some money: some say they need a loan and will pay you back later, some will sell you drugs while a fake police officer will come and ask for a “fine”, etc. If you rent a car, be sure not to leave anything of value inside. Also, when you try to park some “illegal parking assistants” can sometimes ask you for some money in order to “protect” your car while you’re away. If you don’t pay them, there is a risk of getting your car damaged.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Lisbon is a very safe city.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Portugal. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the city maps to see the most frequent pickpockets locations.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Portugal is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Portugal. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Portugal. Watch out for pickpockets.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There are no natural hazards in Portugal.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Portugal is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Portugal is generally very safe for women travelers.