Living in Portugal
Living in Portugal
Opening times of major services
Find out about the opening times of major services to learn more about Portuguese habits and organise your day-to-day activities.


Banks are open to the public between 8.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on business days. There is a national network of ATMs, identified as MB (Multibanco), where you can take cash out 24 hours a day.

Post Offices

In general, Post Offices are open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central and airport offices have longer opening hours, and may be open on Saturdays and, in some cases, Sundays.
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Chemists are general open to the public on business days between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (some close for lunch between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.), and between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays. They are marked by an illuminated green cross when they are on duty during the night.
Information about the closest chemists open during the night is displayed on their doors.


Traditionally, shops open from Monday to Friday, opening between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. Shopping centres open longer hours - normally between 10 a.m. and midnight - every day of the week. In these centres can be found stores with major international brands, but more traditional commerce, with Portuguese products, can be found in town and city streets, particularly in historical neighbourhoods.