After the solo travel from TWO to Lisbon (as you can see from the photos of this post, in some I wear jeans in December and others wear skirts and dresses in May), I know the city very well.

In this guide, I will discuss the lonely female journey in Lisbon including security, what to do, where to stay & other useful tips!

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Happy solo trip in Lisbon

Porto and Lisbon are very different so I can’t choose a favorite. Porto still has a cozy and traditional feeling with many parts not yet gentrified. Lisbon is its last cosmopolitan and tourist city. Although some authenticity has been lost, it is really one of my favorite cities not only in Portugal but everything Europe.

Visiting Porto? I have blogs in everything from what to dohow to plan a itinerary, the food, travel, brunch, coffee, Christmas cake, street art, sunspots, bars and more. Basically, I’m your girl obsessed by Porto!

The capital of Portugal is fresh, artistic, peculiar, colorful and vibrant. Better yet, Lisbon is safe for lonely travelers!

Read the following: my taste 3 days from Lisbon

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Nata pie is life

LISBON SOLO TRAVEL ESSENTIAL

Accommodation: Booking.com / Hostelworld

Getting there: flightSkyscanner), train (Ape), bus (Flixbus)

Activities: GetYourGuide

How to get there: walking / Metro / bus / taxi

Guide: Solitary Planet Lisbon

Related reading: 101 solo travel tips and all of me solo travel blogs

Travelling solo Lisbon

How to get to Lisbon

It’s an easy city to reach. Here are the options:

By air: Humberto Delgado Airport connects other European cities and other camping destinations. Use Skyscanner to find flights, setting my search radio as ‘every month’ to see the cheapest dates to travel.

To get to the center, catch a bus or metro. Add the pink Vm line to Alameda and then the green line Go to the city center. Alternatively, call a taxi using Uber, Bolt or FREENOW.

By train: most of them arrive at Santa Apolónia station. To get to the city center, head down and board the blue metro line for Reboleira. Use Omio to book your train journey in Portugal.

By bus: I love Flixbus for getting cheap to Europe. Travel to Porto in 3 hours and Algarve in 4 hours. Book your trip Flixbus in Estação do Oriente Ape for Flixbus destinations is useless.

From the bus station, board the red metro line to São Sebastião and switch to the blue line for Baixa-Chiado.

How to get to Lisbon

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Surprisingly it’s not with trams…

Just travelling in Lisbon is easy because you don’t need to depend on taxis. That’s how to get there:

Walk: the best way to see the views! There are elevators and escalators on specially steep hills. Female travelers in Lisbon will be happy to know that it is a safe city to walk at night.

Cycle: Unlock a Bike Tour using the mobile app. Select the daily pass (€2) that allows you to rent bicycles for free up to 45 minutes. I would recommend this option if you are cycling to Belem but usually Lisbon is so mountainous that a bicycle can hinder!

Metro: I found the subway to be clean, efficient and easy to navigate. Green line services Cais do Sodré and Rossio, two popular central locations. Press when you come in but not when you come out.

Bus: are efficient although often slower than Google Maps suggests due to traffic. Tickets are around €1.80 if you pay cash or €1.50 using a Andante card.

Trams: these tend to be a slower and more tourist way to travel. Many people will tell you to ride in the famous Tram 28 although I found this overflow with long queues in the summer.

Via Viagem cards – I would suggest getting one of these. Not only do Metro and bus travel cheaper, but save time by buying tickets: machines in the metro stations are surprisingly old and clunky.

Lisbon solo travel – where to sleep

According to Hostelworld, many of the best solo travel hostels in the world are in Lisbon. Praise him!

Some of the best include:

  • Yes! Hostel – with a lounge, bar and comfortable quiet rooms of 4 or 6 beds, this is a great hostel to socialize and still have a good night of sleep. There are hostel dinners, free shootings and walking tours. It is located near the Time Out market and Praca do Comercio. Check availability from €35.
  • Good morning Solo Traveller Hostel – as the name suggests, this place is specifically designed to travel alone in Lisbon – better still – includes 3 free meals a day, as well as free beer and sangria! They have private, 4, 6, 8 or 10 bedrooms and only feminine bedrooms. Check availability from €27.
  • Lost Inn Lisbon – looking more like a boutique hotel than a hostel, this is a beautiful place in the heart of the city with a co-working insite room (perfect for remote workers like me). With Netflix, PS4, guitars and table games, it is a great place to relax. Check availability from €18.
  • We love F Tourism – 10 minutes walk from most attractions, this hostel is attached to La Frutaria Cafe where you can enjoy a brunch boujee every morning. The hostel offers tapas ” Fado nights, bar gates and daily travel of Sintra. Check availability from €33.

Explore all of Lisbon hotels in Booking.com and Hostels in Lisbon at Hostelworld

Best neighborhoods for solo travel in Lisbon

You may feel overwhelmed when it comes to the various areas … There are lots! Here’s a quick summary…

  • Bairro Alto – this cobbled and historic hood is now a great area with fantastic nightlife
  • Baixa – the mall is home to many key monuments
  • Chiado – centered in Rua Garrett, this is the shopping, entertainment and cafeteria center of Lisbon just minutes from Baixa
  • Alphama – this mountainous area is known for the fado, high views and ocean views
  • Royal Prince – a luxury area surrounded by 19th century mansions and luxury shops
  • Cais do Sodré – the tourist promenade is fun to wander with attractions like Praca do Comercio and the Time Out Market
  • Belém – west of Lisbon along the coast and known for historical attractions such as the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower, this is a half-day trip for lovers of history.
mural tram

Is Lisbon safe to travel alone?

Yes! Overall, Lisbon is super safe for solo travel. The main crime of being conscious is the picket, especially in the busy summer months. Use a secure cross-body bag and keep an eye on your valuables.

Portugal is a progressive country with a positive security rating LGBTQ travellers. It is also a diverse city with a long-standing African diaspora, so color travellers are unlikely to face attention or discrimination.

If you are concerned about the individual female journey in Lisbon, it is not: Portugal has progressive gender attitudes. I never experienced slander or harassment.

The best season to visit Lisbon

In my opinion, March to May (Avoiding Easter) and September-November are the best times to visit with temperate climate, moderate prices and fewer crowds.

Summer (Junio-agosto), particularly the peak from mid-July to August, can be very hot and crowded. Prices are high so I would avoid traveling this season myself. But it is undeniably atmospheric with bars that go over the streets and the San Antonio Festival throughout June.

Winter (November-February) is a surprisingly good time to visit. Unlike popular European destinations for winter holidays as Vienna, Budapest, Copenhagen and Hamburg, don’t expect a snow-covered Christmas market vibration: Lisbon averages around 9 degrees in December. He was fine in jeans and a jacket.

Basically, it’s a great destination all year round!

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Belem in December, when I even hit my jacket!

Is Lisbon expensive?

Well, this depends on what you’re used to. After my trips South-East Asia, Mexico and the Balkans, I find myself anywhere in Western Europe a little expensive. Lisbon is undoubtedly the most expensive part of Portugal apart from the Algarve.

However, compared to other Western European countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy, it is quite affordable. For cheaper prices, avoid eating in Baixo and Chiado. Check Airbnbs some metro stops in the city centre such as Arroios and Alameda. Here you will find restaurants below 5 €.

Examples of prices include:

  • Bus or metro – 1,50 €
  • Wine bottle in a bar Barrio Alto – from 8 €
  • Coffee & Nata cake – €2
  • Paseo en Santa Justa Lift – € 5
  • Tour Tram 28 – €3
  • Entrance of the museum – € 5
  • Time Out Market Food – €12
  • Main dish in a central restaurant – 7-16 euros.

The best things to do for solo travelers in Lisbon

In me 3 days from Lisbon, I outline ALL the best things to do in a reasonable order (as well as a lot of foodie inspo) if you are traveling alone or not.

However, here are some specific activities I think they are suitable for those who travel only to Lisbon.

Visit Belém

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Travel only in the Belem area of Lisbon

This is a beautiful area with a lot to do and see. Monastery of Jerome and Discoveries Monument, I enjoyed browsing contemporary art Museu Coleção Berardo. Visiting museums and galleries is just great because you are not distracted by other people’s interpretations.

So, of course, there is Belém pastries. It is worth bragging out for these delicious golden quarantine cakes.

Shop for crafts & books in LX Factory

LX factory

If you travel alone in Lisbon (or anywhere) there are few better activities to find a new book to read.

The Ler Devagar library has become a success of Insta, often voted one of the coolest book stores in the world thanks to its colorful interior and flying bike. Also exhibitions and events, there is also a café inside. Ganar!

On the theme of photo book stores in Portugal, Harry Potter fans may think that visiting Livraria Lello is one of the best things to do in Porto Although I was too full for my taste!

But Ler Devagar is not the only attraction in the LX Factory. Once hidden gem in Lisbon Located within a historic textile warehouse, this collection of shops, restaurants and bars has become a more modern children’s playground. It is worth visiting, halfway between Belem and the city.

Get lost in the Alphama backstreets

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Alfama is my favorite area in Lisbon despite the many hills you have to climb. It was once its own village, eventually covered in the urban sprain.

Alphama is a maze of historical buildings, cobbled streets, cute shops and less touristic restaurants. Due to its elevated position, there are a lot of miradouros that offer beautiful ocean views.

It is difficult to follow Google Maps as the streets are so narrow, so your best option is wandering to the content of your heart!

Café-hop in Chiado

The culture of coffee has been enormous in Portugal since the 1800s. When you consider your connection to the world’s largest coffee producing country (Brazil), it’s hardly surprising. Sitting and coffee is a key way to socialize the locals and must join them!

Although some of the Cafés in Chiado can be expensive and touristy, it is a great neighborhood to enjoy great and classic coffees frequented by the upper classes more than 100 years ago. A Brasileira and National Council both have centuries of history.

Order to Coffee and you will get an espresso, also known as bica. Luckily a cappuccino is universal!

Sail in Feira de Ladra ‘Thieves Market ’

Thieves Market

If you make or not a purchase, one of the most atmospheric places in Lisbon come Tuesday or Sunday morning is Feira da Ladraotherwise known as the Santa Clara Market or the Thieves Market.

From books to jewelry, bric-a-brac, broken tiles, children’s toys and more, is somewhere between a market and a jumble sale. I bought three beautiful silver and moonstone rings for 25 € that I have used every day ever since.

Castle of San Jorge

Wax this stunning castle complex with stunning views and peacocks. It is open until 9pm in summer (up to 18h in winter) and tickets cost 10 €.

Find some viewpoints

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Translating as a point of view, there are countless miradouros find in this mountainous city. Imagined above is the charming Miradouro of Santa Luzia that I found while walking through Alfama.

Other miradouros in Lisbon including

Tours & Activities in Lisbon

Although there are a lot of things to do independently in Lisbon for solo travelers, I always enjoy joining group tours and activities as a way meet people while traveling.

Lisbon-flavored food tour

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Portuguese cheese, meat and wine is fantastic

One of the best things I did during my solo travel in Lisbon was a tour with the taste of Lisbon. I love to take food tours because you have to share the dishes with a group and therefore try so many different things.

The Taste Lisbon team is enthusiastic and passionate about its city and cuisine, as well as the food you can try is fantastic!

Read more: group trips vs only travel

Bar gate

If you travel alone in Lisbon and want to experience nightlife, a pub gate It’s a great place to start. These cost around 20 € and often include bars open for beer and sangria! Not bad.

Failing this, meet other travelers in the hostels to enjoy the nightlife with. Another option is simply appearing in Jam Club in Bairro Alto. The owner, João, is a legend and will be sure to present to other travelers.

Take a free walk

I love free walking trips when you travel alone because you learn from a local guide and often be friends with other travelers. I’ve taken Sandemans New Europe Tours in several cities now. For Lisbon, they have 4.9 stars in Google. If you like the tour, leave a tip: I usually go with €5-10.

Remember to make a reservation in advance, they are very popular! English tours run at 10 am and 14h.

Free walking tours offer a wide range of walking tours including specific areas and an alternative walking tour. For Lisbon, I noticed that they are now charging a reserve fee of €2.50. While this kind of defeats the point of a free tour, it is not a huge price to pay.

Find street art

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After discovering the Porto street artI also made my mission to find the street art of Lisbon. There’s a lot of animal murals by Draft II made of colorful rubbish, which illustrates the waste of humans.

Find creative murals when travelling alone in Lisbon taking a guide street art tour with a group. This is a good way to learn from a local and meet similar mind travelers.

Join local meetings

Try it. Couchsurfing eventsjoin Gone Girl International Facebook page (You could also write Girls Love Travel to see if someone else is near), find events in Meetup or sail for dinner clubs and other food activities Eating with. I like the look of this Nata cakeI took one in Porto and it was great!

In that note…

Where to Eat ” Drink in Lisbon

In my opinion, one of the few solo travel disadvantages includes doing all the research yourself. Since I never want to lose the best food in a destination, this means hours of research for me! Luckily, not for you as I’ve done the hard work…

For nata cake – you can’t do better than Manteigaria but Fabrica da Nata It’s also a big cry. If you go to the Belém region, you can try OG versions in Belém pastries dating from 1830. Wash the cream pie with a hot chocolate and order some snacks such as rissois, coxinha and croquettes.

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OG pies

For a nice and seated dinner Verse d’O Faia serves delicious Portuguese dishes of 14-18 € including fresh octopus. I didn’t feel uncomfortable eating alone and I even managed to fill a table without reservation (though this was in December).

Budget dinnerO Gaiteiro serves authentic Portuguese fish and meat dishes below 10 €. I loved the camarão e bacalhau rice (arroz de azaba y bacalhau).

For Portuguese food in fashion environments – we can’t forget Time Out Market! Prices are inflated, but it is a real institution with pop-up posts by the best chefs and restaurants in the city. As an additional benefit, the informal environment is perfect if you travel alone to Lisbon and feel uncomfortable eating alone in a restaurant.

For brunchBarbica serve delicious breakfast and brunch dishes with excellent coffee. It is definitely ‘tourist prices’ but the owner is friendly and there is a coffee dog! Fauna & Flora is also an elegant coffee with great brunch options.

Barbica cafe
Barbica

For budget scarvesO Trevo, approved by the late Anthony Bourdain, make heated sandwiches with mustard. I paid 3€ including a beer. If you are travel in a budgetYou can’t get much cheaper than that!

For Indian foodJesus é Goês Just north of the city center is a colorful restaurant that came to fame with Netflix show, Someone Feed Phil. The dishes are unusual and creative: try the sacred burger ripped with a canned egg, the fish doughnut or any of the vegetable curries.

Tips for single woman travel in Lisbon

  • Choose your location-based accommodation: for example, if you are interested in spending time in charming Alfama, consider staying close. If you like nightlife, look for Barrio Alto
  • Consider a Lisbon Card – there are 24, 48 or 72 hours passes including entry to the main attractions and unlimited use of public transport
  • In high season, buy tickets for popular attractions like Sintra Pena Palace in advance
  • If there is any place you want to eat, make a reservation in advance in high season. This may feel irritating like a solo traveler but the girl has to get her food! 😉
  • Bring a bank card that does not charge international fees to withdraw money. I like Wise and Revolut. UK travelers can also choose Monzo or Starling
  • Avoid tram 28 in high season; it is so full!
  • Do not wait online for busy Santa Justa Lift: you can walk to the top and pay €1.50 to climb the spiral staircase
  • Avoid eating in Baixa or Chiado (unless it is a specific place that has heard good things) as restaurants are quite expensive.

What to pack

  • Comfortable shoes – This is so important! There are a lot of rocks and hills so wear comfortable shoes with grip. No volterets, please!
  • In summer – dresses, shorts, covers… Whatever you want!
  • In winter – jeans and a light coat or hot jacket
  • In shoulder season – long sleeve tops and a cardigan/sweater
  • A safe body bag to deter the pickets.
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Jeans and a jacket in December

Events in Lisbon

Solo travel in Lisbon for the time of your trip around one of the following Events of Lisbon:

  • IndieLisboa Film Festival (Abril) – Hundreds of independent films are broadcast throughout the city. A duty for movies!
  • San Antonio Festival (June) – this festival dedicated to the patron saint of the city lasts an entire month. The streets brim with music, dance, drinks and, of course, famous Portuguese sardines
  • Gay Pride (June) – visit for the parade on Avenida da Liberdade and the street party at Plaza Comercio
  • Jazz in August (August) – Portugal’s largest jazz festival arrives in the city
  • New Year’s Eve – celebrate at the Plaza de Comercio with fireworks and live music!

Day trips from Lisbon

Although the capital of Portugal could keep it occupied for weeks, there are some popular day trips that you may want to take. These include…

  • Sintra – this charming village is a favorite tourist with its 19th century palace located on the top of an impressive cliff. However, it would advise a lot to go out of season or not at all… My May visit in 2022 was one of the most popular and frustrating experiences in my 10+ years of travel!
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  • Cabo da Roca – at the westernmost point of the European continent, this firm land is an incredible place to watch the waves of shock
  • Cascais – this market region on the coast of Portugal is THE place to see how the other half lives. From parks to mansions and beaches, it is hardly surprising that rich Portuguese tourists love it.

Explore tours that combine Sintra, Cabo de Roca and Cascais.

Where to go next?

If the solo backpacking in Portugal has gone well, why not continue your adventures Portugal? After 3 months living in Porto, I cannot recommend it enough. It is a great base to explore attractions in northern Portugal such as the Douro Valley region, Peneda-Gerês National Park and historic cities such as Guimarães and Aveiro.

I also love the Algarve. Destinations such as Faro and Lagos are beautiful bases to explore nearby beaches, kayaking, hiking and more.

Looking for more content in Portugal?

Examine my many, many Port guides starting with the top Things to do in Porto and my 3 days Porto itinerary.

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Porto is another fantastic destination for female solo travel

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