Visas: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the US are among those not required for tourist stays of up to 90 days (or at all for EU nationals); some nationalities need a Schengen visa.
Local transportation: Lisbon has a very efficient public transport network that covers the entire city in addition to the surrounding areas. The metro system is clean, quick, and efficient. While metro announcements are made only in Portuguese, signs and ticketing machines are generally bilingual in Portuguese and English.
Buses and trams run from about 5am or 6am to about 10pm or 11pm; there are some night bus and tram services.
Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are three telcos in the Portugal: MEO, Vodafone and NOS. MEO has the best coverage, followed by Vodafone. Simply visit any phone shop at the airport or in the city to buy a prepaid SIM card.
Popular areas: Chiado, Praça do Comércio, Avenida da Liberdade, Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Belém, Baixa
Popular food: Pasteis de nata (custard tarts), Bacalhau (salt cod), Carne de Porco Alentejana (Pork cooked with clams), Caldo Verde (soup mix with cabbage, onions, and thin-sliced potatoes)
Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is a city defined by the ocean, white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and a contemporary culture. At night, late-night drinks and parties happen at Bairro Alto, just up the hill from Chiado (Old Town). On the weekend, you can see people everywhere on the busy streets going from bar to bar.
Lisbon is generally a safe city with a low crime rate, though you’ll want to mind your wallet on public transportation and in crowded areas. Women digital nomads should feel comfortable walking around alone, but should still take the usual precaution. Be wary around metro stations such as Anjos, Martim Moniz and Intendente, where there have been muggings, and avoid the dark alleys of Alfama and Graça.
Lisbon is one of the best European cities for digital nomads. This vibrant, sunny city is a cheap place for digital nomads compared to the rest of Western Europe and even some Southern countries. Coworking spaces are plenty, cafes have excellent wifi, and Lisbon's hostels have been voted one of the best in the world.
The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, but not scorching. The summer can be very hot in Lisbon, with high humidity and temperatures up to 40 degrees celsius not being uncommon. June to August are regarded as the peak season and August is the holiday season for Lisbon's residents so expect beaches to be packed.
Coworking Spaces in Lisbon
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.