Every month, people from all over the world come to Lisbon to visit, to stay temporarily, or to put down permanent roots.
Regardless of whether you’re just visiting Lisbon for a few days, or thinking about staying here long-term, this guide will help you find the perfect room, apartment, or house for your stay.
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Short Term (Less than 30 Days)
If you’re just visiting Portugal for a few days or a few weeks, there are rentals for every need and just about every kind of budget.
Airbnb is the most popular option as, despite sometimes being expensive, they usually have the best prices and best selection of properties in Lisbon and around Portugal. Yes, there are other sites out there – like Wimdu, VRBO, and Homeaway – but none tend to beat Airbnb on price or the number of homes they offer. Airbnb also encourages hosts to set weekly and monthly prices, which can make them cheaper than other platforms for longer term stays.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Airbnb, another place to look is Booking.com
Medium-Term (1-6 Months)
While there are plenty of websites that focus on short-term rentals, and plenty of real estate agents and services that focus on long-term rentals, medium-term rentals are much, much harder to find – especially reasonably-priced ones. Thankfully, things are becoming a little more flexible.
Airbnb is designed for short-term rentals, but many hosts set discounted monthly prices if you stay 28 days or more – sometimes 50% or more. These prices are unlikely to be as cheap as a standard rental lease, but sometimes they can be quite reasonable for a 1-2 month stay. And, you can always try to haggle and bring the price does as well.
While Airbnb is designed for shorter term rentals, Flatio is designed for stays of 1-6 months (although the minimum is 14 days). Like Airbnb, it’s possible to rent either a room or an entire apartment.
Uniplaces a Lisbon-based startup which primarily focuses on student accommodation (although non-students can rent through the site as well). It lists thousands of rooms and apartments across Lisbon, Porto, and Faro, as well as other European cities like Milan, Paris, and Berlin.
The site is easy to use, and it allows you to filter through the results depending on your needs (places with wifi, air conditioning, or central heating, for example).
Spotahome is an Airbnb-style website that actually focuses on medium and long-term rentals, and it’s aiming to improve the entire rental experience – particularly the process of finding an apartment. Unlike listings on classifieds websites or Facebook, their listings all have plenty of photos, video tours, are verified by a home checker, and many have reviews from previous tenants as well.
It’s ideal for people who want to want to book a medium-term room or apartment before they get to Lisbon rather than have to look for one when they get here.
Long Term Lettings (6+ Months)
Estate Agents (Realtors)
Most properties, particularly those that are rented by a landlord rather than a letting agent, find their way onto classifieds websites like olx.pt Idealista.pt. There are also several others like sapo.pt, imovirtugal, and custojusto, but OLX and Idealista are generally considered to be the biggest.
There are a number of Facebook groups dedicated to apartments and rooms for rent in Lisbon such as:
- Casas e apartamentos para arrendar em Lisboa
- Arrenda Lisboa Low Cost – Apartamentos
- Lisboa – Quartos e Apartamentos.
If anything, Facebook groups and Facebook Marketplace are now more popular than classifieds websites.
Erasmusu is another student-focused website that seems to allow professionals. It’s not as easy to filter listings as Uniplaces is, but worth looking at as it has quite a few properties — both sharing and private apartments.
The following sites aren’t particularly big, but could be worth a look if you don’t find anything else.
- LisbonApartments.com has some monthly rentals with internet included (some also include utilities). Prices for a 1-bedroom apartment start at around €800 per month, not including bills.
- Sabbatical Homes is a website that’s primarily aimed at academics, but is open to everyone. It usually has around 20+ properties listed, which isn’t a huge number, but it’s always worth looking at. Because these are other people’s homes you’re renting, as opposed to standard rentals, they’re usually very nicely decorated.
- Red Apple Apartments focus on ‘corporate lettings,’ and apartments tend to cost between €1500 and €2500 per month (bills included). It’s too expensive for most people visiting Lisbon, but maybe not for everyone.
- Expat.com sometimes has apartments in Lisbon for rent, although it’s usually just a few at a time. I’ve looked at other expat websites like Angloinfo in the past, but never had much luck. You will find one or two people letting properties on there, and maybe you’ll find the one, but don’t expect much more than that.