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

Should you visit Coimbra or Braga?

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

Should I visit Coimbra or Braga? 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: Coimbra or Braga?

Coimbra

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Portugal, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Portugal, The Best Walking Tours in Portugal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Braga or Coimbra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Coimbra is €103, while the average daily cost in Braga is €112. 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 Coimbra and Braga in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Coimbra 44
    Braga 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Coimbra 88
    Braga 108
Compare Hotels in Coimbra and Braga

Looking for a hotel in Coimbra or Braga? 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 Coimbra


Hotels in Braga


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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: Coimbra Hotel Prices and Braga Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Coimbra 11
    Braga 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra

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

  • Transfer Fátima To Lisboa: $110
  • Fátima Private Transfer to/from Lisbon: $149

Is it cheaper to fly into Coimbra or Braga?

Prices for flights to both Braga 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Coimbra 48
    Braga 40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Coimbra

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

  • Chanfana: Cooking Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Experience: $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Coimbra 18
    Braga 16

Tours and Activities in Coimbra

For Coimbra, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Coimbra Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $5.50
  • Tomar Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.01
  • Coimbra's Historical Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $8.99
  • Cycle to Ancient Dolmens in Azenha. History, Theory & Folklore Guided Tour: $33
  • Walking Tour of Coimbra Heritage Site: $33
  • Convent of Christ Tour "Portugal in the Map" - Visit Tomar with a local guide!: $39
  • Coimbra Private Walking Tour with U.C. Tickets Early Access: $44
  • University of Coimbra guided tours without queue: $55
  • Unique Underground Experience in Soprador do Carvalho Cave: $55
  • Secret Valley Tour - Stand Up Paddle - Coimbra: $61
  • Guided tour of the University and city of Coimbra.: $72
  • Bussaco Forest Walking Experience, half day from Coimbra: $73

Tours and Activities in Braga

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

  • 1h Buggy Tour • Arcos de Valdevez • Peneda Gerês: $87
  • 4X4 Tour – Minho Litoral - Beaches and Mountains between Viana do Castelo and Caminha: $82
  • 4X4 Tour – Mountain - Viana do Castelo - Serra Sta. Lucia, Serra D'Arga: $82
  • 4X4 Tour - Discovering Serra d´ Arga: $175
  • 4h Buggy Tour • Arcos de Valdevez • Peneda Gerês: $218
  • Barcelos, Braga & Guimarães Tour: $110
  • Braga Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $217
  • Braga Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tourer Hunt: $7.98
  • Bravaes Kayak Park Private Adventure: $38
  • Canyoning Tour: $77
  • Canyoning Tour Gerês: $77
  • E-Bike Tour: $66

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Coimbra 12
    Braga 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Coimbra

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Portugal: $28
  • Full-Day Private Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour from Coimbra: $181
  • Self-drive Wine Tour in Bairrada Region: $215

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
  • Douro Valley - Régua-Pinhão - with wine tasting: $148
  • Private Culture and Wine Tourism Tour: $225


When comparing the travel costs between Coimbra and Braga, we can see that Braga 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.

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


Which is Bigger, Coimbra or Braga?

Braga has a larger population, and is about 14% larger than the population of Coimbra. When comparing the sizes of Coimbra and Braga, 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 Coimbra or Braga?

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 Coimbra or Braga in the Summer?

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

Coimbra is a little warmer than Braga in the summer. The daily temperature in Coimbra averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Braga fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

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

Coimbra usually gets less rain in July than Braga. Coimbra gets 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Braga receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Coimbra 23°C (73°F) 
    Braga 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Coimbra or Braga in the Autumn?

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

In the autumn, Coimbra is around the same temperature as Braga. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Coimbra in October average around 18°C (65°F), and Braga averages at about 17°C (62°F).

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

It rains a lot this time of the year in Braga. It's quite rainy in Coimbra. In October, Coimbra usually receives less rain than Braga. Coimbra gets 101 mm (4 in) of rain, while Braga receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Coimbra 18°C (65°F) 
    Braga 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Coimbra or Braga in the Winter?

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

In January, Coimbra is generally around the same temperature as Braga. Daily temperatures in Coimbra average around 11°C (51°F), and Braga fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

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

Braga gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Coimbra. Coimbra usually gets less rain in January than Braga. Coimbra gets 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Braga receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Coimbra 11°C (51°F) 
    Braga 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Coimbra or Braga in the Spring?

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

Coimbra is around the same temperature as Braga in the spring. The daily temperature in Coimbra averages around 15°C (59°F) in April, and Braga fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

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

Braga receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Coimbra usually receives less rain than Braga. Coimbra gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Braga receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Coimbra 15°C (59°F) 
    Braga 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Braga and Coimbra

Coimbra Braga
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)