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

Should you visit Portimao or Braga?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Portimao and Braga. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Portimao

The second biggest city in the Alrgarve region of Portugal, Portimao sits on the coast where the Arade River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is renowned for its fresh fish restaurants and is also a popular destination for beachgoers at the Praia da Rocha to the south of the city.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Braga or Portimao?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Portimao is €121, while the average daily cost in Braga is €90. 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 Portimao and Braga in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €124 for a double occupancy room in Portimao.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €43. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Braga the cost is €86 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Braga 43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Braga 86

Food

The price of a meal in Portimao can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €36 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Braga cost around €32 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €13.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Braga 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Portimão - Food Tour: $96

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $53

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €30 per day to get around in Portimao.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €16 per day to get around in Braga.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Braga 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Airport Transfer: $94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Braga City Tour Including Transfer to Bom Jesus: $24
  • Porto Private Transfer to or from Braga: $33
  • Braga Private Transfer to Porto: $37
  • Transfer Aeroporto: $50
  • Private Premium Car Transfer from Braga to Lisbon with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $318
  • Private Transfer from Braga to Faro (FAO) Airport: $1,769

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Braga?

Prices for flights to both Braga and Portimao 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €33 per person, per day in Portimao. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €13 per person, per day in Braga. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Braga 13

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • Benagil Caves Tours: $25
  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • Tour to Benagil caves and others: $31
  • Morning Caves Expedition Tour from Portimao: $35
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Sunset Benagil Tour - relax your vacations: $37
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • Magical Benagil Cave Cruise: $38
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38

Tours and Activities in Braga

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

  • Barcelos: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $25
  • Half-Day Guided Barcelos Highlights Tour from Braga: $52
  • Half Day Original Braga City Tour: $55
  • The Birthplace of Portugal Tour: Guimarães from Braga: $55
  • Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima & Barcelos Tour from Esposende: $76
  • Gerês Tour from Braga: $101
  • Peneda Gerês National Park Tour @ Starting in Braga: $121
  • Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182
  • Coimbra & Aveiro: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182
  • Braga Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Alto Minho: Private & Premium Tour - All Included: $202
  • Guimaraes & Braga - Private Tour: $274

Alcohol

The average person spends about €24 on alcoholic beverages in Portimao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about €17 on alcoholic beverages in Braga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Braga 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

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

  • Portimão & Carvoeiro: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $72
  • Algarve wine tour of two wine estates and lunch at hystorical town of Silves: $112
  • Algarve Wine Tour and Mountain Discovery With Lunch at Mountain Top: $144
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from the Algarve: $207

Sample the Local Flavors in Braga

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

  • Best of Porto Full Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Braga: $100
  • Douro Valley Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Braga: $125


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Portimao and Braga, we can see that Portimao is more expensive. And not only is Braga much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Braga would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Braga 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 Portimao would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Portimao than you might in Braga.

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