Staying Safe in Lisbon

Lisbon is a safe city, but like in any big city you should take some common sense precautions. Here are a few tips to visit Lisbon safely. In an emergency phone 112.


Plan ahead

Planning your route is the first step for a safe stay. Chiado, Baixa and Avenida da Liberdade are some of the best areas to stay in Lisbon, close to everything, and with plenty of hotels. The Saldanha neighbourhood, which is 15-minute away from major attractions, is also a quiet and safe area.


Don’t carry too much cash

A good idea is to use a money belt to keep your money and passport safe. Have in your purse or wallet only the money you need for the day. Pickpockets on public transport, especially on tram 28, are known to be a problem.


Use cashpoints in well-lit and busy areas

Check that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with. Particularly after nightfall, avoid ATMs that are inside the Bank’s premises.


Avoid walking alone at night

Streets in Lisbon are relatively safe to walk at night, but keep it to well-lit main streets. While Anjos, Intendente and Martim Moniz are perfectly safe areas during the day, you may want to avoid them at night. Also, avoid the dark streets and alleys, especially of Alfama, Mouraria, Graça and Bairro Alto districts.


Learn to say no

This tip is especially useful when strolling on Rua Augusta, the main commercial street in the Baixa district, where it’s almost certain you’ll be annoyed with hash offers. Bairro Alto at night is another area where you’re likely to be approached. The right way to deal with these characters is to firmly decline any offer.