A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Portimao vs. Porto for Families, Couples, Backpackers, and Nightlife

Should you visit Portimao or Porto?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Portimao and Porto. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Portimao

Portimao is a vibrant, colorful, and stunning coastal city. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. Other reasons to visit include shopping, nightlife, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Porto

Porto is a historic, cultural, and cosmopolitan port city. As it's a big city, visitors will find plenty to do, too. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. Other popular activities here include nightlife, food, and shopping.

Portimao and Porto: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Portimao different from Porto?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Porto and Portimao. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Portimao or Porto Better for Nightlife?

Portimao
Porto

Both Portimao and Porto are comparable when it comes to partying.

Portimao offers plenty to do in the evening. The city's nightlife scene is mostly found around Praia da Rocha. It's a compact area that makes it easy to hop from bar to bar on foot. Particularly during the summer months you'll find plenty of parties and all night activities that draw a crowd. Sunset boat parties are also a popular activity in the area.

Porto has a large number of nightlife venues. This city comes to life in the evening, particularly on weekends when locals and tourists alike flock to the many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.


Is Portimao or Porto Better for Shopping?

Portimao
Porto

Both Portimao and Porto are good shopping destinations.

Many visitors go to Portimao to go shopping. It's the second largest city in the Algarve so you'll find several large and modern shopping centers including Aqua Portimão.

Plenty of visitors enjoy shopping while in Porto. The city has both your standard shopping mall stores as well as local vendors and boutique shops.

Is Portimao or Porto Better for Families?

Portimao
Porto

Both Portimao and Porto are family-friendly destinations.

With a huge array of activities for kids, Portimao is very family-friendly. Kids will love the wide range of activities available near Portimao. They can kayak through caves, see an underwater world snorkeling, learn to surf, visit waterparks, explore nature parks, and more. There are activities that the whole family can enjoy, making this stretch of coastline the perfect option for those traveling with kids.

Porto is a very family-friendly destination. The city has several cool museums including the interactive museum, The World of Discoveries. There are also parks, playgrounds, zoos, and aquariums that you can explore. For families that enjoy being outside, this is a great city.

Is Portimao or Porto Better for Couples?

Portimao
Porto

Portimao and Porto both fun destinations for a couple.

Portimao is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. This beautiful stretch of coastline offers unique beaches and stunning outdoor activities. It makes a wonderful honeymoon destination for couples who enjoy adventure, pampering, and romantic resorts. There are great restaurants as well as places to relax or activities for thrill seekers.

Porto makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. You can visit the palaces, enjoy shopping, or dine in a nice Portuguese restaurant. The area is also famous for its wine, so the city has plenty for couples to do on a romantic getaway.

Is Portimao or Porto Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Portimao
Porto

While Portimao and Porto are both good for backpackers, overall Porto is more popular.

Porto is a very popular port city to visit for backpackers. By combining world-class activities with affordability, this city has become a popular stop off for backpackers in the area.

Plenty of backpackers visit Portimao. Most people think of high end resorts when they think of the Mediterranean coast, but there are a couple of hostels available for backpackers. You should also consider transportation options. While buses are available, many visitors prefer to have access to a car so they can experience the outlying regions. The good news is the area in general is not particularly expensive so you can enjoy a touch of luxury at a lower cost.


Is Portimao or Porto Better for Public Transit?

Portimao
Porto

Both Portimao and Porto offer public transit options.

Public transit is generally limited in Portimao. There are local buses around town but many routes don't run on weekends.

Porto has some public transit options. There is a metro system as well as a bus system. While the metro system does have six lines, most stations aren't close to the tourist attractions, so it likely won't be that helpful to visitors.

Is Portimao or Porto a more walkable city?

Portimao
Porto

Portimao and Porto both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Portimao is generally not very walkable. While there are some nice walks along the coastline, the city is fairly large and spread out with many resorts located far from the center of town.

Porto is somewhat walkable. The city center is very compact with most of the sights within a short walk of each other. The area is also very hilly, so getting from place to place can require a bit of effort.

Should I spend more time in Porto or Portimao?

How long in Portimao or Porto?

In either Portimao or Porto, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Porto than Portimao because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Portimao is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Porto is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Portimao or Porto? Ideal Length of Stay
    Portimao 2-4 
    Porto 2-5

One day in Portimao or Porto?

In Portimao, many people enjoy the nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling that this stunning destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. Lots of people come for the beaches. This coastal city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

Porto is a big city with plenty to do. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

A weekend in Portimao or Porto?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Portimao. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Porto is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this port city makes for a great vacation. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Porto, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.


Five days in Portimao or Porto?

Portimao is a fun place to experience. Travelers enjoy the shopping and nightlife when visiting the destination of Portimao. Lots of people come for the beaches. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Most people find that five days is more than enough time to see everything.

Porto is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. It's no surprise that food is why people visit. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Porto, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

A week in Portimao or Porto?

You'll find nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling around the adventure-filled destination of Portimao. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. Lots of people come for the beaches. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Porto is a great place to explore. It's no surprise that food is why people visit. Visiting the old town is also a must. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This port city offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Porto 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 Porto is €100. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Portimao and Porto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Porto 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Porto 104
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Porto

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Porto? 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 Portimao


Hotels in Porto


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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: Portimao Hotel Prices and Porto Hotel Prices.

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Private Transfer from Portimao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Private Transfer from Hotel da Rocha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Airport Transfer: $94
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Porto Shared Transfer: To or from Airport: $10
  • Matosinhos Private Transfer to Oporto Airport: $11
  • Porto Airport: Shared One-Way Arrival or Departure Transfer: $11
  • Porto Shared Departure Transfer: $12
  • Porto Shared Arrival Transfer: $12
  • Oporto Airport Private Departure Transfer: $12
  • Oporto Airport Shared Departure Transfer: $12
  • Oporto Airport Shared Arrival Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer to or from the Airport: $13
  • Oporto Airport Private Transfer to Matosinhos: $13
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Porto to Porto Airport (OPO): $15
  • Oporto Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Porto?

Prices for flights to both Porto 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Porto 29

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 Porto

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

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe: $23
  • Traditional Portuguese sweets cooking class: $30
  • Pastel de Nata cooking class in Porto: $30
  • Authentic Porto Food Tour & Market Experience for private groups: $61
  • Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals: $65
  • Half-Day Brunch Food Tour in Porto: $66
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $68
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour: $73
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Porto Private Food Tour: $73
  • 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner: $74
  • Half-Day Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small-Group: $75
  • Withlocals Your Way: Porto 100% Personalised Private Food Tour: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Porto 20

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • 2h30min Private Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeing & Cliff-jumping with Lots of fun!: $373
  • Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao: $44
  • Algarve Coastline Tour from Portimao jeep and boat tour: $75
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38
  • Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour: $44
  • Benagil - Private Tour with Captain - Algarve Cave Captain: $348
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeling & Cliff-jumping - lots of fun and adventure: $50

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • Sightseeing Walk- The Perfect Introduction to the City: $1.24
  • Torre dos Clerigos Entrance Ticket: $6.81
  • MMIPO - Museu da Misericórdia do Porto Admission Ticket: $7.46
  • Casa São Roque Direct Entry Ticket: $7.94
  • Admission Ticket to Casa São Roque Art Center: $9.95
  • MMIPO Museu da Misericórdia do Porto Admission Ticket: $11
  • Porto Legends - The Underground Experience: $12
  • MagicTrain Tour and Port Wine Cellar Visit & Tasting: $13
  • Serralves Park Entry Ticket: $14
  • World of Discoveries Entry Ticket: $15
  • Lonely Planet Experience: Highlights and Hidden Gems of Porto: $15
  • Skip the Line: Tour FC Porto - Museum and Stadium Ticket: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Porto 15

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 Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $14
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting: $16
  • Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Porto Pub Crawl with Unlimited beer: $19
  • Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour With free Port Wine Tasting: $21
  • 4-hour Guided Porto Pub Crawl including drinks: $22
  • Fun Discovery Walk in Porto's Centre: the most mysterious pub crawl: $23
  • Pub Crawl Porto: $24
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting: $26
  • Authentic Oporto Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Graham's Port Lodge Tour with Wine Tasting & Pairings: $34


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Portimao and Porto, we can see that Portimao is more expensive. And not only is Porto much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Porto would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Porto 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 Porto.


When is the best time to visit Portimao or Porto?

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 Portimao or Porto in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Porto. Many travelers come to Portimao for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, many visitors come to Porto in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Portimao is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the summer temperatures in Portimao in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Porto is about 21°C (69°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in July than Porto. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Porto receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Porto 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Porto in the Autumn?

Both Porto and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Portimao in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Porto for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Portimao is generally a little warmer than Porto. Temperatures in Portimao average around 19°C (67°F), and Porto stays around 17°C (62°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Porto. In October, Portimao usually receives less rain than Porto. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Porto receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Porto 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Porto in the Winter?

Both Porto and Portimao during the winter are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Portimao for the shopping scene during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Porto because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Portimao is a little warmer than Porto in the winter. The temperature in Portimao is usually 11°C (52°F) in January, and Porto stays around 10°C (50°F).

Porto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Portimao usually gets less rain in January than Porto. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Porto receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Porto 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Porto in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Porto. The spring months attract visitors to Portimao because of the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

In the spring, Portimao is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the spring temperatures in Portimao in April are around 15°C (60°F), and Porto is about 14°C (56°F).

Porto receives a lot of rain in the spring. In April, Portimao usually receives less rain than Porto. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Porto receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Porto 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Porto and Portimao

Portimao Porto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)


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