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Drinking Water

It is safe to drink tap water in all of Portugal, being effectively disinfected. Some irregular situations are found in small rural communities. Bottled water is widely available for the more sensitive stomachs.

How to move

Taxis are super expensive in Portugal, often adding fees for luggage and airport pick ups. We’d recommend using the metro or bus system.

A city metro ticket is about 1.50 EUR. Inter-country trains and buses are inexpensive. For example, the train between Porto and Lisbon is starts at only 24 EUR. A taxi in one of Portugal’s shouldn’t be more than 12 EUR.


Net cafés are everywhere, expect to pay €1.50 to €4 per hour.


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The currency is the Euro. In the ALGARVE region you can buy/exchange Euros very easily at Cambios (Bureaux de Change or Change Shops), Hotels and even shops. Many banks no longer offer foreign exchange however. The best rates and commissions are normally found at the bureaux in larger towns. Worst rates by far are at the airports and hotels. Avoid, unless there is absolutely no alternative. The best thing is to keep an eye out whilst out shopping and always check the commission rates. You will not find much variation in the rates of exchange, as the change shops tend now to be owned by the same company.

In Case of Emergency

  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 112
  • Police (national): 112
  • Sea Rescue in Lisbon: 214 401 919
  • Maritime Police in Lisbon: 210 911 100

Canadian Consulate

Address: Avenida da Liberdade, Nº. 196-200, 3rd Floor, 1269-121 Lisbon, Portugal Telephone: (011 351) 21 316 46 00

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