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The two main providers we recommend for pre-paid sim cards in Portugal are MEO and Vodafone.  MEO has the largest coverage in Portugal, whilst Vodafone is the 2nd largest and will provide decent coverage in Lisbon.

Both companies offer similar plans in regards to people travelling to Portugal.


MEO has introduced the Connected Holidays plans for tourists visiting Portugal for the summer season in two plans.


Vodafone offer a similar deal to MEO.  You will be able to purchase a Pre-paid sim card at their store at the airport in Lisbon.

Both MEO and Vodafone offer top-up payments should you find the need that you run out of credit for your time in Portugal. Wireless coverage is available, but not widespread as much.  

For those who are travelling from other European Union countries, you will be able to utilise your current sim card in Portugal thanks to EU Roaming.

For those with Prepaid mobiles and this also being the first year of EU Roaming in use for the Eurovision Song Contest, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to vote.  If the Eurovision App works and you are able to vote, then you are in luck.  Be mindful Portugal can only vote in Semi Final 1 and the Grand Final for those with sim cards that work allow premium voting.

More information about EU roaming

In the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, voice, SMS, mobile data, MMS and videocalls communications will be billed accordingly to the Travellers conditions while in Portugal.

If, over the last four months’ average, both the Roaming consumption and the number of roaming days at EEA exceeds the consumption and the presence in Portugal and other countries outside EEA (> 50%), Vodafone may apply the following surcharges to the EEA traffic (excl. VAT):

    €0,032/min, for outbound calls, with charging done at 30+1 seconds

    €0,01/SMS, per SMS sent

    €0,0077/MB, for mobile data with charging per KB

If the surcharges are applied, the maximum applicable fees are (excl. VAT):

    0,19/min, for outbound calls, with charging done at 30+1 seconds

    €0,06/SMS, per SMS sent

    €0,20/MB, for mobile data with charging per KB

For any additional information about your destination or associated costs follow this Link.


Although English is widely spoken and understood within the country, Portuguese language is the only official language of Portugal. Portuguese is also spoken in a handful of countries in both Africa and Latin America, as few as a few former colonies in Asia. Given that the Lusophonic world is so widespread, there are a large variety of dialects spoken to this day.

If intending to travel to Portugal, it's worth learning a bit of the language beforehand as the effort you have made will be greatly appreciated by the locals. Even just knowing a few key phrases such as 'Olá' and 'Obrigado' will go a long way. There are many sources available online for doing this.

One website we recommend is It contains podcasts of various language levels, beginners included.

For those of you who already speak a Romance language (mainly Spanish, Italian, and Romanian), you already have a huge advantage in learning any Portuguese due to a high lexical similarity. You may wish to start with a more advanced level programme. A great one to take a look at is


Portugal uses the euro, along with most other European nations.

ATMs are the easiest way to get cash in Portugal, and they’re easy to find in

most cities and towns. Tiny rural villages probably won’t have ATMs, so it’s

wise to get cash in advance. The ATM withdrawal limit is €200 per day, and

many banks charge a foreign transaction fee (typically around 2% or 3%).

Most hotels accept credit cards; smaller guesthouses and budget hotels might

not, so be sure to inquire before booking. Likewise, smaller restaurants don’t

often take credit, so it’s wise to have cash with you. Armed robbery is virtually

unheard of in Portugal. Petty thievery (such as pickpocketing) is a concern in

popular tourist areas.



In Portugal the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Portugal, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).  A standard European adapter will operate in Portugal.


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Remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance; even if you’re only going for one night, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties

The weather in Portugal in May can be changeable. Dress appropriately. If it’s hot, wear a hat and carry bottled water with you when you’re in and around the city


As in other cities and places where there are large gatherings of people, beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers. Keep your bag to the front and your wallet out of sight. Only carry what you need, leave spare cash and valuables in the hotel safety deposit box

Carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport and keep your passport in a safe place

The Lisbon Tourist Police can be found in the city centre at Praça dos Restauradores. Their dedicated contact numbers for the event are +351 213 421 623/-351 213 400 090, email They will have a mobile unit near to the Arena for the duration of the event