Lisbon for Digital Nomads

Your Ultimate Guide to Remote Work in Lisbon

Great destination for:

🚵‍♀️ adventure | 🏖️ beach | 🎨 culture | 🌳 nature | 🥾 hiking&walking | 😌 wellness | 🍸 nightlife | 🏙️ city break | 🍔 food & drink | 😎 great for singles | 😎😎 great for couples | 🚼 child-friendly | 🚶‍♀️safe for solo travellers

Why workation in Lisbon:

  • Vibrant tech and startup ecosystem
  • Rich cultural heritage and friendly locals
  • Cost-effective living with great food and wine

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”I stayed in Lisbon for 2 weeks in January and loved every minute of it.”

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⌚ Time difference UTC +0 hours
📶 Average internet speed Very Fast 64 Mb/s
💉 Recommended travel vaccinations Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies.
🧭 Travel Advice (U.S. Department of State) 🟩 Exercise Normal Precautions

The local vibe in Lisbon

Lisbon exudes a relaxed vibe with its mix of old-world charm and gritty urban energy. Narrow streets wind past weathered buildings adorned with laundry flapping in the breeze. Trams rattle through the labyrinthine alleys, while Fado music drifts from dimly lit taverns. Locals gather in bustling cafes, savoring strong espresso and traditional pastries. Graffiti decorates historic walls, reflecting the city's vibrant street culture. Along the coast, surfers brave choppy waves amidst industrial remnants. Despite its flaws, Lisbon's beauty shines through, especially during the captivating hues of a sunset.

Pros & Cons of Lisbon for digital nomads

Pros Cons
✅ High safety ❌ High cost of living
✅ High-quality internet ❌ Smoking prevalence
✅ Abundant recreational and cultural activities ❌ Seasonal weather variations
✅ Pleasant climate conditions ❌ Population density and urban crowding
✅ Positive community reception and ease of socializing ❌ Language barriers
✅ Supportive business environment
✅ High-quality healthcare
✅ Safety for diverse groups
✅ Good air quality
✅ Strong freedom of speech and positive political climate
✅ Safe road conditions

Our favorite cafés with good Wi-Fi & workspaces

All cafés recommended by us are certified laptop-friendly.

#1 choice
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Dear Breakfast

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.7) – Google reviews

Free Wi-Fi

Plenty of plugs

Comfortable seats

Mon-Fri: 9:30 AM- 5:00 PM | Sat-Sun: 9:30 AM- 5:00 PM

What to expect when working remotely in Lisbon

Lisbon greets digital nomads with a blend of tradition and a forward-looking vibe. This city, where ancient trams rattle up and down the "City of Seven Hills," offers a backdrop that mixes historical depth with the buzz of a modern tech hub. Here, the old and new coexist, making Lisbon not just a place to visit, but a place to live and work, weaving its rich history into the fabric of everyday life.

For digital nomads, Lisbon extends an invitation to be part of its vibrant community. The city is teeming with coworking spaces that cater to all tastes, from quaint, quiet corners for the solitary worker to bustling hubs where ideas and espresso flow freely. This community vibe, coupled with the city’s undeniable charm, makes Lisbon an appealing choice for those looking to root their digital nomad life in European soil.

A glimpse of life in Lisbon

What fellow nomads say about Lisbon

"Stayed on month. Is great for remote gigs (caffe are better than european counterparts, clean, big etc.) but really busy. No walking area, no shopping mall (in APAC they are life saving thanks to AC). Food poisoning is quite common and come heavy. I think 1-3 months is the maximum stay, for longer period I would suggest somewhere less party-oriented."

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Benjamin

"I stayed in Lisbon for 2 weeks in January and loved every minute of it. Food was fantastic. Lisbon has some of the best brunch/cafes I've ever been to. Weather was also amazing for January 17-20ºC everyday and mostly sunny. Locals were very friendly and everyone spoke fantastic English."

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Mirthe

"It's too busy, too loud, too full of extremely irritating Russian influencers. The designer villas LOOK great, but then the details are all broken. For example, the ACs don't cool below 25'C and it's full of mould. When you ask to fix it doesn't get fixed. And that's kinda exemplary of everything. Canggu is like a movie set, but if you look behind the stage walls it's a dysfunctional mess. And in a way it's worse than it's ever been because of its popularity. The dysfunctional mess used to be cheap for $500/mo. Now it's $5,000/mo with worse quality. Canggu DOES have its moments though, you might enter an amazingly beautifully decorated restaurant with amazing food at times. But it's just that the range goes from the best in the world to the worst in the world and this volatility of quality of life gets stressful even if you live here for a long time. I think Canggu had its time in 2017 but it's completely dead to me now."

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Niklas

Daily Budget for Lisbon

Accommodation
Hostel: $15-$30 per night
Guesthouse/Private Room: $30-$60 per night
Hotel: $50-$200 per night
Food and Drinks
Local Eats: $5-$15
International Cuisine: $10-$30
Wine at a Bar: $4-$10
Pastries: $2-$5
Transportation
Public Transport: $1-$3 per trip
Taxi/Rideshare (short distance): $5-$15
Bike Rental (daily): $10-$20
Coworking Spaces
Day Pass: $15-$25
Cafe (with Wi-Fi): $5-$15 (minimum spend)
Entertainment and Activities
Museum Entrance: $5-$15
Boat Tour: $20-$50
Miscellaneous
Souvenirs: $5-$20
SIM Card with Data: $5-$15
Total daily budget: $60-$200

Travel tips for exploring Lisbon

How to get there:

Landing at Humberto Delgado Airport, Lisbon's gateway, you're just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the heart of the city. Grab a metro for a direct line to the city center, opt for a bus if you've got the time to meander, or choose a taxi or rideshare for a hassle-free ride straight to your accommodation. Tip: Buy a Viva Viagem card for convenient travel on public transport.

Greeting phrases:

Warmth in Lisbon starts with a greeting. A simple "Bom dia" (good morning), "Boa tarde" (good afternoon), or "Boa noite" (good evening) will do wonders. Don't forget "Olá" (hello) for any time of day and "Obrigado" (thank you) to express gratitude. Embrace these phrases; they're your first step to connecting with the locals.

FAQ Lisbon

How crowded is Lisbon?

Lisbon is a vibrant city with a growing popularity among tourists and digital nomads. Its historic neighborhoods can get quite crowded, especially during the peak tourist season in summer. However, the city retains its charm and offers plenty of quiet retreats.


What is the nightlife like in Lisbon?

Lisbon boasts a lively nightlife scene that ranges from traditional Fado houses to trendy bars and clubs in areas like Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré. There's something for everyone, whether you're into quiet, cozy evenings or vibrant, dance-till-dawn parties.


What kinds of people can I expect to see in Lisbon?

Lisbon attracts a diverse mix of people, including locals, tourists, and a growing number of digital nomads and expats. You'll meet people from all walks of life, from artists and musicians to entrepreneurs and tech professionals.


Are there healthy eating options available in Lisbon?

Yes, Lisbon has embraced the healthy eating trend with numerous restaurants and cafes offering organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. Fresh seafood, fruits, and vegetables are staples in Portuguese cuisine, making it easy to enjoy balanced meals.


Is Lisbon pedestrian-friendly?

Lisbon is known for its walkable neighborhoods, scenic viewpoints, and historic streets. However, the city's hilly terrain can be challenging. Public transport is a great way to navigate steep areas, but walking is the best way to experience Lisbon's charm.


What is the natural environment like in Lisbon?

Lisbon offers a mix of urban charm and natural beauty. The city is near stunning beaches, the Sintra mountain range, and the Tagus River, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and enjoying the natural landscape.


Is it easy to access other destinations from Lisbon?

Yes, Lisbon is well-connected by train, bus, and air, making it easy to explore the rest of Portugal and Europe. Popular destinations like Sintra, Cascais, and the Algarve are within easy reach for day trips or longer excursions.


Map of Lisbon

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Local emergency number 112 (Universal European Emergency Number)
Best hospital Hospital da Luz Lisboa | Av. Lusíada, 100, 1500-650 Lisboa | +351 217 104 400
U.S. embassy Avenida das Forças Armadas, 1600-081 Lisboa | +351 21 727 3300

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