A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Albufeira vs. Aveiro for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Albufeira or Aveiro?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Albufeira or Aveiro? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Albufeira or Aveiro?

Albufeira

Located in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Albufeira was once a small fishing village which has since evolved into a popular destination for tourists attracted by the area's beaches, pleasant climate, and fresh seafood.

Aveiro

Aveiro has great canals that are lined by houses. Because of this ambiance, the town has earned its nickname the "Portuguese Venice." While it's similar, don't put too much into the name. The town is also known for it's colorful boats, referred to as moliceiros, that ride along the canals and under the bridges.

While the canals are lovely, most visitors actually come for the beaches. Aveiro's beaches are known for their clean and pristine sand. The shore is referred to as the Silver Coast, and has comfortably warm water, which is another major draw to the area.

Aveiro is comfortable year around because it's winters are mild and warm and its summer is somewhat cool. The winter months get the most rain and the summer is usually the driest. If you're there during the fall and winter, the winds will be strong making it the best time for surfing, sailing, and other water sports.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal, The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Aveiro or Albufeira?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Albufeira is €148, while the average daily cost in Aveiro is €80. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Albufeira and Aveiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 74
    Aveiro 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 148
    Aveiro 92
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Aveiro

Looking for a hotel in Albufeira or Aveiro? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Albufeira


Hotels in Aveiro


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Albufeira Hotel Prices and Aveiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 34
    Aveiro 8.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Private Transfer From Algarve to Sevilha By 8 Seats Minibus: $511
  • Private transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon with 2 hours sightseeing: $282
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $163
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $151
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $151
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $139
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $109
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $98
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $98
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Departure Transfer (Vilamoura Hotels to Faro Airport): $88
  • Private Transfer from Pera to Faro (FAO) Airport: $81
  • Private Transfer from Alte to Faro (FAO) Airport: $81

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aveiro

Also for Aveiro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Aveiro Private Transfer:To/From the Oporto Airport: $128

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Aveiro?

Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Albufeira change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 48
    Aveiro 28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Albufeira.

  • A Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience with pick up: $49
  • Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience with Pick up: $52
  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $60
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $61
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $65
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $74
  • Sunset Tour - Champagne and Traditional Dinner: $75
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $109

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 39
    Aveiro 8.57

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Algarve Coast & Chapel of Bones ( Private Van Tour ): $52
  • Safari Experience with Traditional Tapas: $76
  • 3 Hour Benagil Sunset and Coastline Boat Tour in Albufeira: $36
  • 3 Hour Cruise Experience from Vilamoura: $33
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $92
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $33
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $43
  • Albufeira 2 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $35
  • Albufeira 3.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $65
  • Albufeira 3.5 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $46
  • Albufeira 6-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $201
  • Albufeira Algarve 4Hours Benagil Tasting Experience: $96

Tours and Activities in Aveiro

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Aveiro.

  • From Porto: e-Bike Tour in Aveiro, Boat Trip and Costa Nova!: $84
  • Aveiro Privat City Tour w/ Local Boat 1 H Cruise & Egg Sweet: $96
  • Coimbra & Aveiro Amazing Cultural Full Day Tour from Porto: $101
  • Half Day Tour with Boat Ride: $107
  • Aveiro Private Tour, Bairrada Wine Cellars & Roasted Piglet: $116
  • Private Tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova unique striped houses: $116
  • Aveiro Tour: $139
  • From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour: $139
  • From Porto Private Tour Half Day in Aveiro and Costa Nova: $272
  • Porto to Lisbon private Tour, choose 2 or 3 stops on the way: $311

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 26
    Aveiro 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

Also in Albufeira, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • 3 Hours Pub Crawl in Albufeira with Professional Party Makers: $32
  • Sunset Wine Tasting With BBQ in Porches: $49
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Porches (Algarve): $49
  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $53
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $58
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $63
  • Small-Group Wine Tour & Silves Exploration (from Albufeira): $67
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $71
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $74
  • Albufeira Coast Tour with Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri Lunch: $75
  • From Private Lagos Tour Whith Wine Tasting: $92
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $106


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Aveiro, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Aveiro much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Aveiro would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aveiro and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Albufeira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Albufeira than you might in Aveiro.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Albufeira Expensive? and Is Aveiro Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Albufeira or Aveiro?

Aveiro has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Albufeira. When comparing the sizes of Albufeira and Aveiro, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Albufeira or Aveiro?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Albufeira or Aveiro in the Summer?

Both Aveiro and Albufeira during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Albufeira for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Albufeira is a little warmer than Aveiro. Typically, the summer temperatures in Albufeira in July average around 25°C (78°F), and Aveiro averages at about 21°C (69°F).

Albufeira usually gets less rain in July than Aveiro. Albufeira gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F) 
    Aveiro 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Aveiro in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Albufeira and Aveiro. The autumn months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Albufeira is generally a little warmer than Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Albufeira average around 19°C (67°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

Aveiro receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Albufeira usually receives less rain than Aveiro. Albufeira gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F) 
    Aveiro 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Aveiro in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Albufeira as well as Aveiro. The shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year.

Albufeira is a little warmer than Aveiro in the winter. The daily temperature in Albufeira averages around 11°C (52°F) in January, and Aveiro fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

It's quite rainy in Aveiro. Albufeira usually gets less rain in January than Aveiro. Albufeira gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F) 
    Aveiro 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Aveiro in the Spring?

Both Aveiro and Albufeira are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Albufeira for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Albufeira is a little warmer than Aveiro. Typically, the spring temperatures in Albufeira in April average around 15°C (60°F), and Aveiro averages at about 14°C (56°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. In April, Albufeira usually receives less rain than Aveiro. Albufeira gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F) 
    Aveiro 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Aveiro and Albufeira

Albufeira Aveiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)