A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Athens vs. Porto for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Backpackers

Should you visit Athens or Porto?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Athens and Porto. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Athens

Athens is a energetic, historic, and ancient city. It's a large city with plenty of activites for visitors as well. It's a gorgeous place to visit. Other reasons to visit include museums, nightlife, and food.

Porto

Porto is a dynamic, historic, and cultural port city. As it's a big city, visitors will find plenty to do, too. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Athens and Porto: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Athens different from Porto?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Porto and Athens. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Athens or Porto better for Museums and Historical Sights?

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Porto and Athens.

With plenty of landmarks, attractions, and museums, Athens has many famous sights for visitors. As a historical capital of the world, this city has countless museums and archeological sites including the famous Acropolis, the National Archaeology Museum, and the Ancient Agora.

Porto offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. With such a long history, there are many landmarks and sights in the city. Popular attractions include the Clérigos Tower, Palácio da Bolsa, and Igreja de São Francisco.

Athens
Porto


Is Athens or Porto better for Food?

Dining out at restaurants in both Athens and Porto can be an enjoyable experience.

Eat your way through Athens, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Make sure you try the souvlaki, moussaka, and dolmades at any of the many local restaurants throughout the city.

For foodies, Porto is an obvious choice, as it is one of the food capitals of the world. The area's cuisine combines the ocean setting with the agriculture of the surrounding area, so you'll enjoy both seafood dishes as well as fresh meats and vegetables. The area is also famous for its Port wines and red wines.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Nightlife?

The vibe at night is comparable in Athens and Porto.

The nightlife in Athens is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. There are all-night dance clubs as well as local bars and chill live music venues.

Porto has plenty to do after the sun goes down. This city comes to life in the evening, particularly on weekends when locals and tourists alike flock to the many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Shopping?

If you're looking to go shopping, Athens and Porto both offer plenty of spots.

Athens has a variety of shopping areas worth visiting. Most neighborhoods have a shopping street but head to Ermou Street for some of the city's best shopping.

Porto is a great destination for shopping. The city has both your standard shopping mall stores as well as local vendors and boutique shops.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Families?

Both Athens and Porto are family-friendly destinations.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Athens. With its rich history, beautiful outdoor activities, and kid-friendly food, Athens is a fun place to explore with the whole family.

Porto is a very family-friendly place to visit. The city has several cool museums including the interactive museum, The World of Discoveries. There are also parks, playgrounds, zoos, and aquariums that you can explore. For families that enjoy being outside, this is a great city.

Athens
Porto


Is Athens or Porto better for Couples?

Athens and Porto both fun destinations for a couple.

Athens is a good city for couples to visit. The city is historical, fascinating, and romantic, making it a beautiful place to explore as a couple.

Porto is a very popular place to visit for couples. You can visit the palaces, enjoy shopping, or dine in a nice Portuguese restaurant. The area is also famous for its wine, so the city has plenty for couples to do on a romantic getaway.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

For backpackers, both Athens and Porto are fairly comparable places to visit.

A large number of backpackers visit Athens, as it is a very popular city for budget travelers. The city has long been established as a backpackers destination with budget friendly food and plenty of hostels around town.

Porto is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. By combining world-class activities with affordability, this city has become a popular stop off for backpackers in the area.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Students?

For students, both Athens and Porto are fairly comparable places to visit.

Many students visit Athens. International students will appreciate the rich history, archaeological ruins, and unique opportunities that are available here.

Porto is a very popular city for students and younger travelers. The city has a number of good research programs and study abroad opportunities that attract international students from around the world.

Athens
Porto

Is Athens or Porto better for Public Transit?

Athens and Porto both offer public transit to get you around.

Many visitors use the public transit system in Athens. The city's metro system has 3 lines that connect to bus, tram and commuter rail lines.

Porto has a few public transit options. There is a metro system as well as a bus system. While the metro system does have six lines, most stations aren't close to the tourist attractions, so it likely won't be that helpful to visitors.

Athens
Porto


Is Athens or Porto a more walkable city?

Athens and Porto are similar when it comes to walkability.

Athens is a very walkable destination. You'll find the city's most walkable area's in the historical heart, where there are many pedestrian only streets and shopping areas.

Porto is somewhat walkable. The city center is very compact with most of the sights within a short walk of each other. The area is also very hilly, so getting from place to place can require a bit of effort.

Athens
Porto

Should I spend more time in Porto or Athens?

How long in Athens or Porto?

In either Athens or Porto, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Athens than Porto because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Athens is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Porto is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Athens or Porto? Ideal Length of Stay
    Athens 3-7 
    Porto 2-5

One day in Athens or Porto?

Each neighborhood in Athens has its own distinct appeal, so there are pleny of areas to explore. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the big city destination of Porto. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Athens or Porto?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Athens. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Porto is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. Don't miss the food, as that's what most people do. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Five days in Athens or Porto?

Athens is a fun place to experience. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Porto. Don't miss the food, as that's what most people do. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.


A week in Athens or Porto?

Each neighborhood in Athens has its own distinct appeal, so there are pleny of areas to explore. Plenty of people spend one week here when traveling. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area. One week is often enough time to spend here.

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the historic big city of Porto. This port city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Porto or Athens?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €103, while the average daily cost in Porto is €100. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Athens and Porto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Porto 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Porto 104
Compare Hotels in Athens and Porto

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Porto? 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 Athens


Hotels in Porto


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Porto 16
Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • Private Transfer from Αthens City to Igoumenitsa Port: $1,763
  • Private Transfer from Athens City to Syvota: $1,203
  • Private City Transfer From Athens To Pilos: $970
  • Private City Transfer From Athens to Kranidi: $970
  • Transfer to Corfu from Athens including visit to Delphi: $964
  • Athens to Corfu Luxury Private Transfer: $890
  • Private Transfer to/ from Lefkada Marina to/ from Athens Airport or City Centre: $759
  • Transfer From Athens To Lefkada: $678
  • Private Transfer from Athens to Nafplio: $666
  • Transfer to Lefkada - The Safest and most Convinient way: $605
  • Delphi Private Full Day Luxury Transfers From Athens: $597
  • Private Transfer from Athens-Pireaus-ATH to Igoumenitsa-Parga-Sivota-Ioannina: $592

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Private and exclusive transfer Porto to Faro (vice versa): $1,148
  • Minivan transfer Lisbon to Porto: $914
  • Transfer Porto - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Lisbon to Porto Private Transfer: $846
  • Transfer Porto - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Transfer Tour Between Lisbon and Porto: $743
  • Porto to/from Lisbon Private Transfer With Stops Aveiro, Coimbra, Fátima, Óbidos: $709
  • Private and exclusive transfer Porto to Lisboa (vice versa): $641
  • Transfer Porto / Lisboa or Lisboa / Porto with Tour: $608
  • Transfer Porto | Lisbon or Lisbon | Porto: $597
  • Private and exclusive transfer Porto to Compostela (vice versa): $574
  • Hassle-Free transfer from Porto to Lisbon: $504

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Porto?

Prices for flights to both Porto and Athens 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
    Athens 30
    Porto 29
Typical Food prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

For Athens, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters: $6.22
  • Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local: $42
  • Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies: $45
  • Street Culture & Food Tour: $56
  • Afternoon Food Tour: $56
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $60
  • 4-Hour Cooking Class with Market Visit: $69
  • Homemade Gyros cooking class and dinner in Athens for private groups: $75
  • The Classic Food Tour: $76
  • Taste of Half-Day Small Group Food Tour: $77
  • Greek Phyllo and Pie Cooking Class in Athens: $77

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

For Porto, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe: $23
  • Traditional Portuguese sweets cooking class: $30
  • Pastel de Nata cooking class in Porto: $30
  • Authentic Porto Food Tour & Market Experience for private groups: $61
  • Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals: $65
  • Half-Day Brunch Food Tour in Porto: $66
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $68
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour: $73
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Porto Private Food Tour: $73
  • 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner: $74
  • Half-Day Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small-Group: $75
  • Withlocals Your Way: Porto 100% Personalised Private Food Tour: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Porto 20

Tours and Activities in Athens

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

  • "A Must-See" Anc. Epidaurus, Mycenae & Nafplion Premium Full Day Tour By Locals: $411
  • "Athens city tour": $270
  • "Private tour in Athens": $243
  • ''Tour in Athens'': $118
  • 1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway: $264
  • 1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.: $317
  • 1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise: $168
  • 10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,: $2,457
  • 10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience: $2,411
  • 10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini: $1,798
  • 10 Days Private Tour: North Greece: $2,706
  • 10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese: $2,706

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $58
  • 3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $61
  • 3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour: $51
  • 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Porto: $31
  • 3-Hour Porto Bike Tour: $44
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour: Tiles of Porto: $34
  • 3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour: $45
  • 4 hour Cultural Walking Tour and Fado Show: $51
  • 5 Food & Wine Houses Walking Tour: $80
  • 6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon: $1,157
  • 7-Day The Way of St James Bike Tour- The Coast Path - Camino to Santiago: $2,011
  • Admission Ticket to Casa São Roque Art Center: $9.95

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Porto 15

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Athens:

  • Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $37
  • Virtual Greek Wine Tasting: $87
  • Athens Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $96
  • Wine tasting tour: $131
  • Wine Tasting and Athens Trikke Combo Tour: $133
  • The Best Winery & Tasting Tour in Nemea.Enjoy a unique all day wine tasting tour: $140
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience of Greek Awarded Wines in Athens: $148
  • Premium Wine Tour in Peloponnese -Ancient Corinthos, Nemea - the Land of Myth: $148
  • Athens Private Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes: $149
  • Ancient Corinth & Nemea Wine Tasting (up to 15 in a Luxurious Mercedes Minibus): $151
  • Greek Private Wine Tasting: $166
  • Mercedes Private Full-Day Tour, Nafplio, Corinth Canal and Wine Tasting: $168

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $14
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting: $16
  • Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Porto Pub Crawl with Unlimited beer: $19
  • Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour With free Port Wine Tasting: $21
  • 4-hour Guided Porto Pub Crawl including drinks: $22
  • Fun Discovery Walk in Porto's Centre: the most mysterious pub crawl: $23
  • Pub Crawl Porto: $24
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting: $26
  • Authentic Oporto Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Graham's Port Lodge Tour with Wine Tasting & Pairings: $34


When comparing the travel costs between Athens and Porto, we can see that Athens is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Porto?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Athens or Porto in the Summer?

Both Porto and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Athens for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Porto in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Athens is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the summer temperatures in Athens in July are around 27°C (81°F), and Porto is about 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Porto. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Athens. Athens usually receives more sunshine than Porto during summer. At this time of the year, Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 308 hours of full sun.

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than Porto. At this time of the year, Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Porto receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Porto 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Athens or Porto in the Autumn?

Both Porto and Athens during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Athens in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Furthermore, most visitors come to Porto for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Athens is generally a little warmer than Porto. Temperatures in Athens average around 19°C (67°F), and Porto stays around 17°C (62°F).

It's quite sunny in Athens. In the autumn, Athens often gets more sunshine than Porto. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 184 hours of full sun.

Porto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Athens usually gets less rain in October than Porto. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Porto receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Porto 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Athens or Porto in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Porto. Most visitors come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Furthermore, the winter months attract visitors to Porto because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Athens is around the same temperature as Porto in the winter. The temperature in Athens is usually 10°C (51°F) in January, and Porto stays around 10°C (50°F).

Athens usually receives more sunshine than Porto during winter. At this time of the year, Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 124 hours of full sun.

Porto receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Athens usually receives less rain than Porto. At this time of the year, Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Porto receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Porto 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Athens or Porto in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Athens as well as Porto. The spring months attract visitors to Athens because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty. Additionally, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

In the spring, Athens is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the spring temperatures in Athens in April are around 16°C (60°F), and Porto is about 14°C (56°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Porto. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the spring, Athens often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Porto. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 217 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Porto. Athens usually gets less rain in April than Porto. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Porto receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Porto 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Porto and Athens

Athens Porto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)


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