Lisbon necessities – the basics

ATMS are everywhere in Lisbon as you’d expect. Some ‘multibancos’ only accept local cards, so don’t panic if your card gets rejected, make sure you are using a machine that indicates that it accepts visa, mastercard, maestro, or whatever card you have.

Banking hours are 08.30 to 15.30hrs between Monday and Friday. Banks don’t open during the weekend.

Pharmacies / chemists
Standard opening hours are 9hrs to 13hrs and then 15hrs and 19hrs. Many items (such as inhalers) that you might have to see a doctor for in your home country, you can often buy over the counter in Portugal. If you need a pharmacy outside of business hours then there is always a 24 hour pharmacy not to far away, details of which will be displayed on pharmacy doors.

There are several hospitals around the city of Lisbon, however there is also the private British Hospital on rua Saraiva de Carvalho 49, where you will find English speaking staff and doctors although only between 8.30hrs and 21hrs.

There is a tourist police station inside the Foz Cultura building in Palacio Foz in Restauradores. It’s open 24 hours a day and you will need to report any thefts or incidents here in order to claim on insurance paperwork back home. Tel 213 421 634. Hopefully, you won’t have to see this building.

Post office
The main post office in Lisbon is on Pr dos Restauradores,58 an is open from 08hrs to 22hrs Monday to Friday and from 09hrs to 18hrs on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lockers / left luggage

If you don’t want to lug your rubbish around, which probably weighs slightly more than a dead body,  all day then there are 24 hour lockers at the airport (level 1 / car park 1), the main train stations and at the bus station. The minimum cost per day is €5 for a small locker.


Australia – 213 101 500
Canada – 213 164 600
Ireland – 213 929 440
New Zealand – 213 509 690
South Africa – 213 192 200
UK – 213 924 000
USA – 217 273 300