Are there Costco Stores in Portugal?

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Last updated on June 5, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 2 minutes

Costco doesn’t have a store in Portugal, at least currently. There are, however, Costco stores in neighbouring Spain. 

Although Costco has stores in a handful of locations in Spain, the most popular store for people living in Portugal is the Seville store. If you live in Faro, the drive time to Costco in Seville is just a little over 2 hours. If you live in Lisbon, the drive time is around 4.5 hours, depending on traffic. 

For those living in the North of Portugal, the stores in Madrid are closer, particularly the Las Rozas store. If you live in Porto, the drive time would be around 5 hours. You can see a full list of Costco stores in Spain here and you can view the catalogue here.

The further you live from a Costco store, the less financial sense it makes to get a Costco membership. For those living in the Algarve or even parts of the Alentejo, driving to Costco to stock up could make sense, particularly as many items in Spain are often cheaper than in Portugal. However, for those that live further away, a Costco membership probably doesn’t make a lot of sense when you factor in the time and fuel costs. 

If that’s the case, you’ll simply need to get used to shopping in Portugal and getting to know the stores that are available here. The closest equivalent is probably Makro, which has stores throughout Portugal, however it’s aimed at businesses rather than individuals. Discount supermarkets Lidl and Aldi may also be worth investigating as are the larger Pingo Doce, Continente, and Auchan stores. 

There are specific products that Costco Spain carries and that can be hard to find elsewhere in Portugal, like beef jerky, canned pumpkin, and cranberry sauce. But you can find these products in Portugal if you shop around. It’s just a case of acknowledging that you mightn’t be able to find everything in one store, like you do at Costco, and you mightn’t be able to buy in bulk, but that you can find most products if you shop around. 

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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