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

Should you visit Braga or Aveiro?

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

Should I visit Braga 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: Braga or Aveiro?

Braga

Located in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal, Braga is a medium sized city with both historical and modern characteristics. There is a university in town, known as Universidade do Minho, which gives the city a young feel with a lot of life. There are also many bars, clubs, and activities around to keep you entertained.

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Porto, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Portugal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Aveiro or Braga?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Braga is €112, 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 Braga and Aveiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Braga 54
    Aveiro 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Braga 108
    Aveiro 92
Compare Hotels in Braga and Aveiro

Looking for a hotel in Braga 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 Braga


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: Braga Hotel Prices and Aveiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Braga 20
    Aveiro 8.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Private Car Transfer from Braga to Lisbon with 2 hours for sightseeing: $278
  • Traditional Vinho Verde Tour in Bowl with Private Transfer (Porto and Braga): $130
  • Braga Private Transfer:To/From the Oporto Airport: $101
  • Airport Transfer Porto> Viana do Castelo: $94

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 Braga or Aveiro?

Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Braga 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
    Braga 40
    Aveiro 28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Small-Group Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $84

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Braga 16
    Aveiro 8.57

Tours and Activities in Braga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Braga are as follows:

  • KAYAK TOUR I Going down the Lima River in Kayak | AV: $65
  • 2h Buggy Tour | Arcos de Valdevez | Peneda Gerês: $130
  • 4X4 Tour – Minho Litoral - Beaches and Mountains between Viana do Castelo and Caminha: $81
  • 4X4 Tour – Mountain - Viana do Castelo - Serra Sta. Lucia, Serra D'Arga: $81
  • 4X4 Tour - Discovering Serra d´ Arga: $174
  • Alto Douro Walk & WineTour: $196
  • TOUR HD BRAGA MERCEDES V EXT LONG: $224
  • Barcelos, Braga & Guimarães Tour: $109
  • Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour: $320
  • Braga Private Walking Tour: $253
  • Braga Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $215
  • Braga Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tourer Hunt: $7.86

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
    Braga 21
    Aveiro 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Braga

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

  • Wine Tasting & Lunch | Quinta de Santa Cristina Vinho Verde: $50
  • Green Wine Region-Small Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings, from Porto city: $141
  • Douro Valley - Régua-Pinhão - with wine tasting: $147
  • Douro Valley Private Tour from Lunch & Wine Tour: $287
  • Vinho Verde Private Wine Tour: $533


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Braga and Aveiro, we can see that Braga 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 Braga would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Braga 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 Braga Expensive? and Is Aveiro Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Braga or Aveiro?

Braga has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Aveiro. When comparing the sizes of Braga 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 Braga 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 Braga or Aveiro in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Braga as well as Aveiro.

Braga is around the same temperature as Aveiro in the summer. The daily temperature in Braga averages around 21°C (69°F) in July, and Aveiro fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Braga this time of the year. In the summer, Braga often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro. Braga gets 308 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aveiro receives 308 hours of full sun.

Braga usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Aveiro. Braga gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Braga 21°C (69°F) 
    Aveiro 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Braga or Aveiro in the Autumn?

Both Aveiro and Braga are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Braga is around the same temperature as Aveiro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Braga in October average around 17°C (62°F), and Aveiro averages at about 17°C (62°F).

Braga usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro during autumn. Braga gets 184 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 184 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. It's quite rainy in Braga. In October, Braga usually receives around the same amount of rain as Aveiro. Braga gets 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Braga 17°C (62°F) 
    Aveiro 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Braga or Aveiro in the Winter?

Both Aveiro and Braga during the winter are popular places to visit.

In January, Braga is generally around the same temperature as Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Braga average around 10°C (50°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

In the winter, Braga often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro. Braga gets 124 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aveiro receives 124 hours of full sun.

Aveiro gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Braga. Braga usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Aveiro. Braga gets 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Braga 10°C (50°F) 
    Aveiro 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Braga or Aveiro in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Braga and Aveiro.

Braga is around the same temperature as Aveiro in the spring. The daily temperature in Braga averages around 14°C (56°F) in April, and Aveiro fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Aveiro this time of the year. In Braga, it's very sunny this time of the year. Braga usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro during spring. Braga gets 217 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 217 hours of full sun in the spring.

Aveiro receives a lot of rain in the spring. Braga gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Braga usually receives around the same amount of rain as Aveiro. Braga gets 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Braga 14°C (56°F) 
    Aveiro 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Aveiro and Braga

Braga Aveiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)