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Cost of Living in Estoril

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Understanding the the cost of living in Estoril helps a newcomer what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Apartment Rentals Estoril is a popular tourist destination, so rental prices can be quite high. A one-bedroom apartment in the city center can cost around €800-€1,000 per month. A two-bedroom apartment in the city center can cost around €1,200-€1,500 per month. Prices outside of the city center can be lower, but still quite expensive.
Apartment Purchases The cost of purchasing an apartment in Estoril can vary greatly depending on the size and location. A one-bedroom apartment in the city center can cost around €200,000-€250,000. A two-bedroom apartment in the city center can cost around €300,000-€400,000. Prices outside of the city center can be lower, but still quite expensive.
Transportation Public transportation in Estoril is quite affordable. A single ticket on the bus or train costs €1.50. A monthly pass costs €30. Taxis are also available, but they can be quite expensive. A taxi ride from the city center to the airport can cost around €30-€40.
Groceries Groceries in Estoril are generally quite affordable. A loaf of bread costs around €1.50, a liter of milk costs around €1, and a dozen eggs costs around €2.50. Prices can vary depending on the store and the quality of the product.
Restaurants Eating out in Estoril can be quite expensive. A meal at a mid-range restaurant can cost around €20-€30 per person. A meal at a high-end restaurant can cost around €50-€60 per person. Prices can vary depending on the restaurant and the quality of the food.
Utilities Utility costs in Estoril can vary depending on usage. The average cost of electricity for a two-bedroom apartment is around €50-€60 per month. The average cost of water is around €20-€30 per month. The average cost of internet is around €30-€40 per month.
Private School Tuition Private school tuition in Estoril can be quite expensive. Preschool tuition can cost around €500-€600 per month. Elementary school tuition can cost around €800-€1,000 per month. Middle school tuition can cost around €1,000-€1,200 per month. High school tuition can cost around €1,500-€2,000 per month.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Estoril

"The cost of living in Estoril is considered moderate compared to other European cities. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center can be quite expensive, while outside the city center, it is significantly cheaper. The cost of utilities such as electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage is also relatively moderate. Groceries in Estoril are reasonably priced, with local markets offering fresh produce at affordable rates. Eating out at restaurants can range from inexpensive to high-end dining, depending on the establishment. Public transportation in Estoril is quite affordable, with options including buses, trains, and trams. Owning a car can be more expensive due to the cost of gasoline, maintenance, and parking. Healthcare in Estoril is of high quality and is relatively affordable, especially if you are covered by the national health service or have private health insurance. Overall, while the cost of living in Estoril can be high compared to other parts of Portugal, it is still lower than in many other European cities," said one expat living in Estoril.

Can I live in Estoril on $1,500 a month?

"I've been living in Estoril for a while now, and I can tell you that it's possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. Estoril is a beautiful coastal town, but it's also quite popular among tourists and expats, which means that the cost of living can be a bit higher compared to other parts of Portugal.First, you'll need to find an affordable place to live. I'd recommend looking for an apartment in the nearby towns of Cascais or São João do Estoril, as they tend to be more affordable than the central areas of Estoril. You can find a decent one-bedroom apartment for around $600-$800 per month, but you might have to compromise on the size or the view. If you're willing to share an apartment with roommates, you can save even more on rent.When it comes to transportation, you can save money by using public transportation or even walking or biking, as the distances are not too long. A monthly public transportation pass costs around $40, which is quite affordable. If you have a car, you'll need to consider the cost of fuel and parking, which can add up quickly.Eating out can be quite expensive in Estoril, especially in the touristy areas. I'd recommend cooking at home most of the time and taking advantage of the local markets for fresh produce. You can still enjoy the occasional meal out, but try to stick to the more affordable local restaurants and cafes.Entertainment and leisure activities can also be a bit pricey in Estoril, so you'll need to be mindful of your budget. There are plenty of free or low-cost activities to enjoy, such as going to the beach, hiking, or exploring the beautiful parks and gardens in the area. You might have to cut back on more expensive activities like golfing or attending concerts and events.In general, living on $1,500 a month in Estoril is doable, but you'll need to be conscious of your spending and make some sacrifices. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood, cooking at home, and enjoying low-cost leisure activities, you can make it work and still enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in this beautiful coastal town," commented an expat living in Estoril.

Can I live in Estoril on $3,500 a month?

"I've been living in Estoril for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, but you'll have to make some sacrifices. Estoril is a beautiful coastal town with a lot of charm, but it's also a popular tourist destination, which means that some areas can be quite expensive.To make it work, you'll have to be smart about where you choose to live. I'd recommend looking for an apartment in a more affordable neighborhood like Monte Estoril or São João do Estoril. These areas are still close to the beach and have good public transportation connections, but the cost of living is lower than in the more upscale parts of town like Cascais or the center of Estoril.When it comes to dining out, you'll have to be selective as well. There are plenty of affordable local restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious Portuguese cuisine without breaking the bank. However, you might have to skip the more expensive international restaurants and high-end dining experiences.Another sacrifice you might have to make is cutting back on entertainment expenses. While there are plenty of free or low-cost activities to enjoy in Estoril, such as going to the beach or exploring the beautiful parks and gardens, you might have to limit your visits to the casino, golf courses, or other more expensive attractions.In terms of transportation, you can save money by using public transportation or walking instead of relying on taxis or renting a car. The train system is quite efficient and can take you to nearby towns like Cascais or Lisbon for a reasonable price.Overall, living in Estoril on $3,000 a month is doable, but you'll have to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood, being selective about dining out, and cutting back on entertainment expenses, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle in this beautiful coastal town," said one expat living in Estoril.

Can I live in Estoril on $5,000 a month?

"I've been living in Estoril for a while now, and I can tell you that it's definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, even if you're used to modern amenities. However, you might have to make some sacrifices in terms of the neighborhood you choose to live in and the size of your apartment.Estoril is a beautiful coastal town with a mix of upscale and more affordable neighborhoods. If you're looking for a more luxurious lifestyle, you might want to consider living in the areas near the Casino Estoril or the Tamariz Beach, but keep in mind that these areas can be quite expensive. On the other hand, if you're willing to live a bit further from the beach and the main tourist attractions, you can find more affordable options in neighborhoods like Bairro do Rosário or Bicesse.In terms of housing, you might have to settle for a smaller apartment if you want to live in a more desirable area. For example, a one-bedroom apartment in a prime location could cost you around $1,500 to $2,000 per month, while a two-bedroom apartment in a more affordable neighborhood might be around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. Keep in mind that these prices can vary depending on the specific area and the amenities included in the apartment.Aside from housing, the cost of living in Estoril is relatively affordable. You can find plenty of local markets and supermarkets where you can buy groceries at reasonable prices. Eating out can be quite affordable as well, especially if you stick to local restaurants and cafes. However, if you prefer dining at high-end restaurants or frequenting trendy bars, you might have to cut back on these expenses to make your budget work.Transportation is also quite affordable in Estoril, with a monthly public transportation pass costing around $40. If you prefer to drive, keep in mind that gas prices can be higher than in the US, so you might want to consider using public transportation or walking whenever possible.In conclusion, living comfortably on $5,000 a month in Estoril is definitely achievable, but you might have to make some sacrifices in terms of your housing and lifestyle choices. By choosing a more affordable neighborhood and being mindful of your spending on dining and entertainment, you can enjoy a comfortable life in this beautiful coastal town," commented an expat living in Estoril.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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