Should you visit Coimbra or Aveiro?
Should I visit Coimbra or Aveiro? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Coimbra is located in Central Portugal in the Centro Region. It's the third largest city in the country with about 460,000 people living in the entire region. It is also where you'll find the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese speaking world. During the High Middle Ages, Coimbra served as the nation's capital and there are archaeological structures that date back to the Roman era.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Aveiro or Coimbra?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Coimbra is €82, while the average daily cost in Aveiro is €64. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Coimbra and Aveiro in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €70 in Coimbra For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Aveiro, €74 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Aveiro, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €37, such as in a hostel.
Food in Coimbra costs travelers about €38 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Food in Aveiro costs travelers about €22 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Coimbra's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €8.58 per person, per day on transportation in Coimbra.
Aveiro's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €6.86 per person, per day on transportation in Aveiro.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra
Also for Coimbra, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer Coimbra/Figueira da Foz/Buçaco - Up to 7 People:
Transfer Coimbra/Figueira da Foz/Buçaco - Up to 3 People:
Private Transfer From Coimbra To Lisbon Stops in Batalha Fátima Tomar Alcobaça:
Transfer Lisbon visiting Fátima Sanctuary:
Private transfer from Coimbra to Lisbon:
Transfer Porto visiting Aveiro:
Lisbon Private Transfer to or from Coimbra:
Porto Private Transfer to or from Coimbra:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aveiro
Also for Aveiro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Porto Private Transfer to or from Aveiro:
Aveiro Private Transfer to Porto:
Is it cheaper to fly into Coimbra or Aveiro?
Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Coimbra 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Coimbra can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Aveiro can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €6.86 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Coimbra
For Coimbra, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Aveiro, Barra and Costa Nova Fullday Tour:
Bairrada Route Wine and Gastronomic Experience:
Batalha Alcobaca Nazaré Óbidos Private Tour Full Day With Local From Coimbra:
Batalha Fátima Tomar Alcobaca Private Tour Full Day With Local From Coimbra:
Bussaco Forest Walking Experience:
Bussaco Palace, Gardens & Forest Halfday Tour:
Bôa Vista | Secret Palace - Fado & Drinks Experience:
Coimbra Exclusive Walking Tour:
Coimbra Experience Walking Tour:
Coimbra Hop-On Hop-Off Tour:
Coimbra Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Mondego Cruise:
Coimbra Private Walking Tour:
Tours and Activities in Aveiro
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Aveiro.
Anew Tour in Aveiro ( porto ) Half day:
Aveiro Atlantic Tour - Natural Reserve - Barra Beach - Costa Nova:
Aveiro and Ílhavo Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Bairrada Wine Experience:
Classic Aveiro City Tour by Bike:
Coimbra & Aveiro - Private Tour:
Full Day Aveiro and Coimbra Small-Group Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Full Day Porto to Lisbon with Aveiro, Fátima and Óbidos - Private Tour:
Half Day Aveiro and Costa Nova Small-Group Tour with River Cruise from Porto:
Half Day in Aveiro - Private Tour:
Photo tour/workshop in the beautiful and biodiverse Freita mountains:
Typically, people visiting Coimbra spend on average €9.86 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Aveiro, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €14.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Coimbra and Aveiro, we can see that Coimbra 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 Coimbra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Coimbra than you might in Aveiro.
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