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

Should you visit Porto or Aveiro?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Porto and Aveiro can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Porto or Aveiro?

Porto

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It is also the capital of the Northern Region and a hub for commercial and industrial activity. The city is not as large as you might expect, with a population of only about 300,000 residents, but the metropolitan area has a population of about 2.5 million. This includes nearby cities such as Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia and Gondomar.

Aveiro

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 Family-Friendly Tours to Portugal, The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Aveiro or Porto?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Porto is €126, 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 Porto and Aveiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Porto 65
    Aveiro 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Porto 130
    Aveiro 92
Compare Hotels in Porto and Aveiro

Looking for a hotel in Porto 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 Porto


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: Porto Hotel Prices and Aveiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Porto 21
    Aveiro 8.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Private transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Oporto: $498
  • One Way Transfer to/from Albufeira: $327
  • Private Sightseeing Transfer from Porto To Sintra With 2 Stops: $298
  • Transfer Porto - Santiago de Compostela: $296
  • Private Car Transfer from Porto to Lisbon with 2 hours for sightseeing: $292
  • Private Airport Transfer from Porto to Fátima: $290
  • Transfer From Porto To Lisbon: $288
  • Private transfer between Porto and Vigo: $276
  • Private Transfer From Porto to Lisbon : $248
  • Private Transfer from/to Porto - Lisbon: $231
  • Transfer from Porto to the Douro Valley : $221
  • Private Airport Transfer from Porto to Vigo: $213

Is it cheaper to fly into Porto or Aveiro?

Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Porto 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
    Porto 36
    Aveiro 28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

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

  • Bolhão Market & Codfish Tasting Food Tour: $54
  • Christmas All Inclusive Dinner River Cruise with DJ on Board : $55
  • Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting : $66
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour : $76
  • Dinner with Five Dishes and Wine Pairing: $81
  • 4-Hour Traditional Portuguese Food Tour in Porto: $83
  • Semi Private Oporto Fado Show with Dinner: $83
  • Portuguese Cooking Class in Porto with a Professional Chef: $86
  • Porto Heritage Night Tour With Fado Show And Dinner Included: $87
  • Farm to Table Tasting Experience & Dinner in the Douro Valley: $87
  • Private Walking Food Tour with Tastings: $89
  • An Unforgettable Evening: Authentic Portuguese Dinner in Porto: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Porto 25
    Aveiro 8.57

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • 4 Hour Blissful Wave Experience at Maceda Haven: $78
  • Ultimate Ribeira Walking Tour: $3.31
  • 1 Day Tour to Douro Valley from Porto: $210
  • 1.5-Hour Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Historic Porto: $26
  • 19th Century metal portrait an unique experience Porto-Portugal : $61
  • 1h Private Boat Tour between Afurada and Ribeira: $155
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $82
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour in Two Banks of Porto: $33
  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $60
  • 2-hour Private Tour (1 to 6 people) on the Douro River with a local: $200
  • 3 Hour Porto Essential Private Tour: $50
  • 3 Hours of Private Porto Classic Tuk Tour: $265

Tours and Activities in Aveiro

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

  • From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour: $141

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Porto 19
    Aveiro 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.83
  • Douro and Port Wine Tasting: $20
  • Pub Crawl Porto Live night: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $22
  • 4-hour Guided Porto Pub Crawl including drinks: $22
  • Classic Wine Tasting with GUIDED TOUR: $22
  • Private visit with wine tasting in Alijó Douro: $22
  • Poças Guided Visit and Wine Tasting of 2 DOC Douro & 1 Port Wines: $22
  • Pub Crawl Porto: $24
  • Poças Guided Visit and Wine Tasting of 3 Port Wines: $24
  • Fado Live Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit: $28
  • 5 Port Wine Tasting with pairings: $28


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


Which is Bigger, Porto or Aveiro?

Porto has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Aveiro. When comparing the sizes of Porto 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 Porto 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 Porto or Aveiro in the Summer?

Both Aveiro and Porto are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Porto in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Porto is generally around the same temperature as Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Porto average around 21°C (69°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Aveiro. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Porto. Porto usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro during summer. Porto gets 308 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Porto usually receives around the same amount of rain as Aveiro. Porto gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Porto 21°C (69°F) 
    Aveiro 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Porto or Aveiro in the Autumn?

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

Porto is around the same temperature as Aveiro in the autumn. The daily temperature in Porto averages around 17°C (62°F) in October, and Aveiro fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

In the autumn, Porto often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro. Porto gets 184 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 Porto. Porto usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Aveiro. Porto gets 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Porto 17°C (62°F) 
    Aveiro 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Porto or Aveiro in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Porto and Aveiro. The winter months attract visitors to Porto because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In the winter, Porto is around the same temperature as Aveiro. Typically, the winter temperatures in Porto in January average around 10°C (50°F), and Aveiro averages at about 10°C (50°F).

Porto usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro during winter. Porto gets 124 hours of sunny skies, while Aveiro receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

Aveiro receives a lot of rain in the winter. Porto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Porto usually receives around the same amount of rain as Aveiro. Porto gets 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Porto 10°C (50°F) 
    Aveiro 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Porto or Aveiro in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Porto as well as Aveiro. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

In April, Porto is generally around the same temperature as Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Porto average around 14°C (56°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Porto this time of the year. In the spring, Porto often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Aveiro. Porto gets 217 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Aveiro receives 217 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Aveiro. Porto receives a lot of rain in the spring. Porto usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Aveiro. Porto gets 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Porto 14°C (56°F) 
    Aveiro 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Aveiro and Porto

Porto Aveiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)