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

Should you visit Funchal or Aveiro?

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

Should I visit Funchal 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: Funchal or Aveiro?


Funchal is the capital city of the autonomous region of Madeira on the island of Madeira. The city is located to the south between the cities of Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos. It is actually named for the fennel plant which grows liberally on the island. The city was most significant as a shipping center between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it has a population of over 100,000 people and is, arguably, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. It's appeal as a tourist destination has made it the leading Portuguese port for cruise line dockings.


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 Tours for Seniors to Portugal, The Best G Adventures Tours to Portugal, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lisbon, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Lisbon.

Which place is cheaper, Aveiro or Funchal?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Funchal is €93, 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 Funchal and Aveiro in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 52
    Aveiro 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 104
    Aveiro 92
Compare Hotels in Funchal and Aveiro

Looking for a hotel in Funchal 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 Funchal

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: Funchal Hotel Prices and Aveiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 9.94
    Aveiro 8.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Private Transfer from Funchal Airport to Madeira Island: $123
  • Transfers Wheelchair Scooter Transfers Airport / Funchal: $87
  • PR18 Levada do Rei Private transfer: $71
  • Madeira Airport Transfers Round Trip (FNC): $65
  • Transfer to Hiking Achada Teixeira - Pico Ruivo: $60
  • Madeira Airport (FNC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Funchal Hotels or Address): $54
  • Madeira Island Transfers: $53
  • Funchal Airport(FNC) to Madeira Island - Arrival Private Transfer: $51
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service: $49
  • Madeira airport transfer for up to 8 people: $49
  • Minibus Transfer: Madeira Airport - Funchal: $38
  • Minibus Transfer: Funchal - Madeira Airport: $38

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 Funchal or Aveiro?

Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Funchal 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 Meals for one day
    Funchal 31
    Aveiro 28
Typical Food Prices in Funchal

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

  • Coffee

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal

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

  • Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show: $41
  • Sunset Tour to Pico do Arieiro with Dinner and Drinks included: $76
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $112
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $112

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 15
    Aveiro 8.57

Tours and Activities in Funchal

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

  • Wheelchair Full Day Tour Porto Moniz E Sao Vicente : $190
  • Wheelchair Handicap Full Day East Tour Santana Tour : $190
  • “Le tour de Churchill” - From Funchal to Câmara de Lobos: $58
  •  Magnificent East Tour: $33
  • 4 Days Tour Discovering Madeira: $279
  • 4 Hours Adventure Jeep Tour in Central Madeira Portugal: $47
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari Porto Moniz - the "Farowest" tour - Full Day Small Groups : $71
  • Accessible Half Day Tour Cabo Girão: $120
  • Adventure Trikes Private Tour in Madeira : $157
  • Agriculture Green Tour : $92
  • Amazing East Tour : $30
  • Around The Island - Two Days Tour From 9am To 5pm (Each Day): $65

Tours and Activities in Aveiro

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

  • Aveiro Privat City Tour w/ Local Boat 1 H Cruise & Egg Sweet: $96
  • Aveiro Private Tour, Bairrada Wine Cellars & Roasted Piglet: $116
  • Aveiro Tour: $139
  • Half Day Tour with Boat Ride: $107
  • Coimbra & Aveiro Amazing Cultural Full Day Tour from Porto: $101
  • From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour: $139
  • From Porto Private Tour Half Day in Aveiro and Costa Nova: $272
  • From Porto: e-Bike Tour in Aveiro, Boat Trip and Costa Nova!: $84
  • Porto to Lisbon private Tour, choose 2 or 3 stops on the way: $311
  • Private Tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova unique striped houses: $116

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 16
    Aveiro 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal

Also in Funchal, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Half day jeep Wine tour and tasting, & sea cliff adventure: $53
  • Bestselling Wine Tour, Tasting Experience & Skywalk 4x4 Adventure: $53
  • Wine tasting and Jeep Adventure in Madeira's Majestic Countryside: $55
  • Pub Crawl: $59
  • Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting: $86
  • Guided Toboggan Ride and Madeira Wine Tasting Tour: $98
  • Tuk Tuk Wine Tour - Madeira Island: $101
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting in the Wine Region of Boaventura: $103
  • Weekends Madeira Wine Tasting São Vicente: $109
  • Visiting local Vineyard With Wine Tasting & Lunch included: $158
  • Full Day Private Madeira Wine Tour from Funchal: $171
  • Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $190

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

Which is Bigger, Funchal or Aveiro?

Funchal has a larger population, and is about 86% larger than the population of Aveiro. When comparing the sizes of Funchal 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 Funchal or Aveiro?

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 Funchal or Aveiro in the Summer?

Both Aveiro and Funchal are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In the summer, Funchal is around the same temperature as Aveiro. Typically, the summer temperatures in Funchal in July average around 22°C (72°F), and Aveiro averages at about 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Aveiro. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Funchal. Funchal usually receives less sunshine than Aveiro during summer. Funchal gets 227 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Funchal usually receives less rain than Aveiro. Funchal gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Funchal 22°C (72°F) 
    Aveiro 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Aveiro in the Autumn?

Both Aveiro and Funchal during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In October, Funchal is generally a little warmer than Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Funchal average around 21°C (70°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

In the autumn, Funchal often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro. Funchal gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aveiro receives 184 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 Funchal. Funchal usually gets less rain in October than Aveiro. Funchal gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Funchal 21°C (70°F) 
    Aveiro 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Aveiro in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Funchal and Aveiro.

Funchal is much warmer than Aveiro in the winter. The daily temperature in Funchal averages around 16°C (61°F) in January, and Aveiro fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

Funchal usually receives more sunshine than Aveiro during winter. Funchal gets 141 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

Aveiro receives a lot of rain in the winter. Funchal gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Funchal usually receives less rain than Aveiro. Funchal gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Funchal 16°C (61°F) 
    Aveiro 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Aveiro in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Funchal as well as Aveiro.

In the spring, Funchal is a little warmer than Aveiro. Typically, the spring temperatures in Funchal in April average around 17°C (63°F), and Aveiro averages at about 14°C (56°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. In the spring, Funchal often gets less sunshine than Aveiro. Funchal gets 182 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aveiro receives 217 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Aveiro. Funchal usually gets less rain in April than Aveiro. Funchal gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Funchal 17°C (63°F) 
    Aveiro 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Aveiro and Funchal

Funchal Aveiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (61°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)