Moving to Portugal
A Complete Moving Guide

Known for its golden sand, pastéis de nata, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, moving to Portugal from the UK is appealing to many. However, the task of completing an international removal from the UK to Portugal can be daunting. Thus, we’ve written this guide on moving to Lusitania to help you. So, read on for the cost of moving, an essential checklist, some fun facts, and even free removal quotes to make moving easier. Vamos!

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to Portugal from the UK?

When moving to Portugal, like any endeavour, it’s always good to understand the costs. Since we too are always curious to know more, we’ve already researched the cost of moving to Portugal, so you don’t have to!

If you are like us, you probably want to understand the key factors that affect the cost of house removals to Portugal from the UK, and we’re happy to shed some light on that. So, the final cost of will depend on:

  • Choice of removal companyIt’s important to find a company that offers the services you need. However, additional services will add to the cost. So, be sure to read reviews and do some comparison shopping when searching for a removal company.
  • Distance travelledThere’s not much you can do about this; however, it is worthwhile to keep it in mind.
  • Volume of your moveThere’s a limit to how much will fit in one lorry and thus you’ll pay for every cubic meter. Therefore, you should calculate the volume of your belongings and maybe you can part with the clutter in your attic.
  • Mode of transport – Air, sea, or road, it’s good to know the cost of container shipping when planning a move.
  • Season – A bit of insider knowledge, summer is when most people plan removals, so be prepared to pay premium. Just be aware!

For an even more detailed breakdown, you can read our page on international moving costs and become a real brainy boffin on the subject.

At last, we’ve reached the figures. Here we have put together this table which shows the estimated cost of removals from the UK to Portugal by road and for different household sizes

Property sizeTimeAverage cost
1-bedroom house9 – 13 days£2,400 – £3,300
2-bedroom house3 – 5 days£3,000 – £4,100
3-bedroom house3 – 5 days£3,900 – £5,400
4-bedroom house3 – 5 days£5,200 – £7,000
5-bedroom house3 – 5 days£6,500 – £8,800

Disclaimer. Please note that these numbers are merely estimates.

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Can I move to Portugal from the UK after Brexit?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes, you can move to Portugal after Brexit, but just be aware that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has made it more complicated when it comes to moving to Portugal from UK.

So, unless you happen to hold an EU or EEA passport, you’ll need to apply for a visa to move to Portugal for a period of more than three months or if you wish to work there.

Luckily, we have an entire guide about moving to Europe after Brexit to answer any further concerns. It’s a good read, if we may say so.

A Complete Moving to Portugal Checklist

It’s not all about money! Now you are an expert on moving to Portugal costs, it is time to move on to other essential bits and bobs. Follow this checklist to stay organised and complete a perfect, peaceful and pleasant Portuguese pilgrimage. Try and say that out loud!

Did you know? Portugal has more hours on sunshine than any other country in Europe! You better get moving, or we will be jumping on the plane with you! 😉

Before You Go:

Important documents

Gather up all your important documents and store them in a safe and accessible location. You should even make duplicates!

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa

Find an international removal company

It’s important you get this right as you need trust the company moving your furniture from the UK to Portugal. If you are at a loose end, explore our list of top international removal companies and find the right company for your move to Portugal.


There is no such thing as starting too early; read our expert packing guide to start your house removal to Portugal on the right foot and take the stress out of your move.

Taking a car?

If you are hoping to take your car to Portugal with you, you’ll be glad to know that you can and the British Government has a useful guide on moving a car to Portugal.

Moving with pets

Again, provided they meet the following requirements, your pets will be welcome to join your Portuguese adventure:

  • Have been microchipped.
  • Vaccination against rabies with a certificate to prove it.
  • A general health certificate


Everyone’s favourite topic! Unless you fancy paying tax twice (thought not!) it is important that you inform HMRC that you are moving abroad. You will automatically be classified as a tax-paying resident once you have been in the country for more than 183 days.

Once You Arrive:

Register. If you are moving to Portugal for longer than three months, you must register at your local city council to formalise your residence. Once you ninety-day period is up, you will have a thirty-day grace period to do this. The cost is around £13 (€15).

Healthcare – Unfortunately, the national healthcare isn’t fully paid as in the UK, so you can expect to pay towards your health after becoming a tax paying resident. Of course, before that you’ll need private health care to be covered when you move initially and also if you’d like to access private care. So that’s something to consider.

Driving licence – Love paying fines? If not, register your UK licence with the Insituto da Mobilidade e de Transportes within 60 days of arrival.

Você fala português? – This is something you will need to do; you’ll find life difficult if you don’t have a grasp of the language. Ideally you should start before you move, but immersion in a language is also a great way to learn. So, boa sorte!

Bank account We strongly recommend opening a local bank account when emigrating to Portugal unless you like struggling to use your UK bank’s services and cost of conversion fees. The following banks are worth considering:

  • Banco Santander Totta
  • Novo Banco
  • Banco Finantia
  • Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo

Phew, that sure was hard work. If you are still after some more answers, we have a more detailed general moving abroad checklist, which is sure to do the trick!

Life in Portugal as a British Expat

Before you can tuck into Portugal’s sweets including a nun’s belly (barrigas de freira) and an angel’s double chin (papos de anjo), it is important to paint a picture of what life looks like on Europe’s most western peninsula. Writing the next section made us want to move to Portugal!

And for an auditory element to help you feel like you’re already in Portugal, listen to this playlist of Fado (traditional Portuguese music)!

Listen to our Spotify playlist
and get ready to move!

Listen to our Spotify playlist
and get ready to move!

The cost of living in Portugal

Time for some good news- the cost of living in Portugal is, on average, 24.98% lower than in the UK, with rent prices similarly 28.49% lower. That means more to spend on cocktails at the beach!

To better understand where and how your money will be spent upon moving to Portugal from the UK, we have put together this table which compares cost of living metrics between the two countries.

MetricUK averagePortugal average
Monthly rent for 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre£750£531
Price to buy per square metre in the city centre£4,187£2,324
0.5L of draught beer£3.60£1.79
12 eggs£1.95£1.58
Monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment£154£90

Fun fact! Perhaps you are aware that Portugal’s leading export is port, or maybe you even know that they produce half of the world’s cork. But did you know that they are a world leader in renewable energy too? Consider this when choosing your utility provider.

Living in Portugal

Want to work in Portugal?

Good news, the Portuguese job market is becoming increasingly accommodating to expats. The bad news is, for the most part, it is difficult to find employment if you don’t speak the language.

Whatever industry you are in, explore some of the following job portals, preferably before moving to Portugal from the UK:

In the meantime, continue with that Portuguese practice. Just saying não compreendo all the time simply won’t suffice!

Ready to Move to Portugal?

First of all, congratulations, or rather we should say parabéns! Moving to Portugal from the UK is well and truly in sight. After reading this page, you should be ready to take on the challenge and come out on top!

However, this page is just one of many on the Sirelo website here to help you. Hence, we recommend you check out some of the links below and learn everything you need to know about moving.

For now, because we are committed to helping you move with a smile, we will leave you with this:

Why are there no ducks in Portugal?

Because they are all PortuGEESE! 😆

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