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What is Portugal's Currency?



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Central Bank:

European Central Bank

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Bank notes:

€5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500


1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1, €2

The official currency of Portugal is the euro, which is abbreviated to EUR. 1 Euro is divided into 100 cents.

The euro has been used in Portugal since 1999, replacing the Portuguese escudo, which was in circulation prior to this time and until 2002.

Following the gradual inflation of the escudo throughout the 20th century, the euro was introduced at the conversion rate of 200.48 escudos to €1.

The most commonly used bills for the euro are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 notes.

What to spend your euros on**:

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    Mid-range 3 course meal for 2

    30 EUR *

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    1 litre of milk

    0.78 EUR *

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    Bottle of wine

    4 EUR *

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    Monthly travel pass

    35.50 EUR *

  • *

    Portuguese egg tart

    1.30 EUR *

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  • *A budget
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  • * nights


Must-sees in Portugal

  • Sintra
  • Just a short drive from Lisbon, is the charming town of Sintra. Sloped alleyways, café lined streets and vividly coloured architecture are only some of the attractions in this tranquil little town.
  • Lisbon
  • The hilly, coastal capital of Portugal offers great insight into the Portuguese people and their history. Explore the beautiful beaches, seek out the stunning decorative tiles adorning the city, wander the pastel-palette buildings of the old town or simply enjoy the unique cuisine and a scrumptious egg tart.
  • Aveiro
  • Located on Portugal’s west coast, this little known coastal town is a gem worth discovering. With a friendly demeanour and a welcoming vibe, Aveiro boasts winding canals with colourful boats, intricate architecture and wonderful local food.

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  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Euro Now’ button below
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  • 2. Choose how to get it
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  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

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FAQs Relating to Portuguese Currency

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  • What credit cards are accepted in Portugal?

    Most credit cards are widely accepted in Portugal with VISA and MasterCard being widely accepted in most outlets; and American Express and Diners are less widely so.

  • Can you use in US dollars in Portugal?

    While you can exchange US dollars into Euro once you get to Portugal, it’s unlikely you will find anywhere that will accept US dollars as a form of payment.

  • What was the former currency of Portugal?

    Prior to the euro, the official currency of Portugal was the Portuguese escudo.

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** The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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