Your Guide To Moving To Portugal

Our international moving experts have been helping people move to Portugal for over 3 decades. Here’s everything you need to know.

About Portugal

Portugal is one of our most popular countries for people & families moving overseas. Its warm climate, affordability, culture, history and beaches being among the many reasons for movers looking to live abroad.


Some of the larger cities include Porto, Faro, and the capital city of Lisbon.




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Living In Portugal

Portugal has a relatively low cost of living compared to many other European states, such as France, Spain, Austria as well as the UK and US.

Most people in Portugal speak English well, so anyone moving to Portugal does not need to be fluent in Portuguese, but some basic conversational Portuguese would be helpful!

The way of life in Portugal is much more relaxed that in many other places in Europe, and would suit those who are looking for a more relaxed pace of life.

Healthcare In Portugal

Healthcare in Portugal is free of charge at public hospitals to Portuguese citizens and permeant residents. There are also many private clinics, which have a higher level of service and where you can obtain faster appointments.

Education In Portugal

Portugal has quite a high standard of secondary and higher eduction. Degrees obtained from Portuguese universities are recognised across the European Union and many are taught in both Portuguese and English.

Working In Portugal

If you would like to work in Portugal, the first step is to look for a job. Portugal is still slowly recovering from the 2008 economic crisis, so finding a job isn’t always simple. However, if you have the right qualifications and some past work experience, you should have no problem finding a good job in Portugal.

One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of jobs in Portugal will require you to speak Portuguese, so learning at least some basic Portuguese will make it easier to find a job, as well as living in the country. Some larger companies that are English speaking, that also tend to pay better salaries, often have plenty of jobs available. With remote working it is also possible to live and work in Portugal remotely.

Moving Your Household Goods To Portugal

Shipping Transit Options

By Air

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Better for smaller shipments, air freight can be costly depending on how much you plan to move, but will take less time in transit to get to the Portugal. Great for a small box or two.

By Sea

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Perfect for larger shipments. Plan ahead though as you should expect a longer transit for your goods to make it over the sea & through customs. Most popular choice for moving to the Portugal.

Packing Options

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Gives you more time to attend to other moving tasks. Better insurance and more experienced packing, but comes at a high cost.

Self Packing DIY

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Take your time packing your valuables. Know that your household goods are packed safely as you do it yourself. A huge money saver for many moving to the Portugal.

Shipment Size Options (For Self Packing)


As one of the world’s leading international moving companies, we provide some of the most popular DIY international shipping options, worldwide.

50 – 80 Cubic Feet

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50 – 80 Cubic Foot Per Pallet


Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. You may provide your own pallet or have us send you one. Discounts on multiple pallet bookings.

50 Cubic Feet

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50 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate


Perfect if you have several small boxes or small furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.

100 Cubic Feet

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100 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate


Perfect if you have several small-medium sized boxes or small-medium sized furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Discounts on multiple U-CRATE bookings.

200 Cubic Feet

U-CRATE 200 Moving and Shipping Crate



200 Cubic Foot Shipping Crate


Excellent choice for several medium-large size boxes and taller furniture. Comes with a durable cardboard cover for added protection. Terminal to door service.

1,000 – 2,000 Cubic Feet


1,000 Cubic Feet (20FT Container)
2,000 Cubic Feet (40FT Container)


A must for large moves, self-load shipping containers offer the most space for your household goods.

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