The capital of Portugal, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city.


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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

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Lisbon is a very safe city.


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.


Portugal is an averagely safe country regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 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.


Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Portugal. Watch out for pickpockets.


There are no natural hazards in Portugal.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Portugal is a very safe country in respect to terrorist threats.


Portugal is generally very safe for women travelers.


Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Spain and most of Europe is the Euro. Portugal is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. It is comparable to Spain, so  so allow a budget of between 50€ and 70€ per day including accommodation.
Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe, with mild summers and very hot summers between 35°C and 40°C (86°F – 95°F) in mainland. It is better to visit during Spring or Summer to take advantage of the beaches, but Lisbon and Porto can be visited any time during the year.
The main international airports are the ones in Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Madeira. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.