Should you visit Coimbra or Azores?
Should I visit Coimbra or Azores? 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.
The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.
Which city is cheaper, Azores 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 Azores is €107. 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 Azores 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.
Travelers usually pay around €108 for a double occupancy room in Azores If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
In Azores travelers spend around €36 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Azores than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €24 on transportation in Azores on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra
Also for Coimbra, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer Porto visiting Aveiro:
Transfer Lisbon visiting Fátima Sanctuary:
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:
Private Transfer From Coimbra To Lisbon Stops in Batalha Fátima Tomar Alcobaça:
Porto Private Transfer to or from Coimbra:
Lisbon Private Transfer to or from Coimbra:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Azores
Also for Azores, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer from Posto Santo to Terceira Lajes (TER) Airport:
Private Transfer from Livramento to Azores (PDL) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Coimbra or Azores?
Prices for flights to both Azores 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 expenses in Azores, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €17 per day, per person.
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 Azores
For Azores, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Full day Van Tour:
Half Day - Fire Tour (Lagoa do Fogo):
Jeep Tour - Furnas & Vila Franca do Campo (Full Day) with lunch:
Jeep Tour - Lagoa de Fogo (Half Day):
Jeep Tour Lagoa de Fogo & Sete Cidades (Full Day) with lunch:
Terceira Island Photo Experience: Full-Day Tour:
Terceira Island Private Tour: Full-Day:
Trail Run Experience:
Western Wonders - Private Tour (Flexible start and end time):
Typically, people visiting Coimbra spend on average €9.86 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Azores spend on average €7.71 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Coimbra and Azores, we can see that Azores is more expensive. And not only is Coimbra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Coimbra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Coimbra 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 Azores would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Azores than you might in Coimbra.
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