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

Should you visit Porto or Azores?

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 Azores can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Porto or Azores?


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.


The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.

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, Azores 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 Azores is €134. 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 Azores in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Porto 65
    Azores 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Porto 130
    Azores 134
Compare Hotels in Porto and Azores

Looking for a hotel in Porto or Azores? 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 Azores

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Porto 21
    Azores 30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Porto APT-HTL (OPO): $39
  • Transport/Private Transfer from Porto Airport to Régua and Samodaes: $271
  • Transfer to Porto from or to the Douro Valley: $182
  • Transfer from Porto to the Douro Valley : $217
  • Transfer from Porto to Coimbra visiting Aveiro, half day: $152
  • Transfer Train/Bus station Campanhã to Porto City: $23
  • Transfer Premium Privado: Aeroporto do Porto - Porto e Gaia: $32
  • Transfer Porto Centro to Airport (OPO): $38
  • Transfer Porto Airport to Douro Valley ( Régua / Samodaes ): $184
  • Transfer Porto: $32
  • Transfer Oporto - Aeroport / Up to 4 passengers: $27
  • Transfer Airport (OPO) - Porto Centro: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Porto or Azores?

Prices for flights to both Azores 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 Meals for one day
    Porto 36
    Azores 45

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 in Downtown Porto: $37
  • Tastiest Calories Food Tour: $48
  • Bolhão Market and Codfish Tasting Guided Food Tour: $52
  • Porto Food Tour: Full Meal & Drinks: $56
  • Porto Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $57
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $68
  • 3-Hour Food Tour: $68
  • Portuguese Craft Beer and Food Tour: $73
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour: $73
  • Secret Food Tour: $77
  • Semi Private Oporto Fado Show with Dinner: $80
  • Semi Private Oporto Fado Show with Dinner: $81

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Porto 25
    Azores 22

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: $76
  • 1 Day Tour to Douro Valley from Porto: $206
  • 1.5-Hour Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Historic Porto: $26
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto Douro to Left bank: $63
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $156
  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $59
  • 2-hour Private Tour (1 to 6 people) on the Douro River with a local: $152
  • 3 Hour Porto Essential Private Tour: $49
  • 3 Hour Tuk tuk Tour in Porto: $98
  • 3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour: $49
  • 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Porto: $33
  • 3-Hour Port and Douro Wines Tasting Tour With 10 Tastings: $49

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Porto 19
    Azores 9.64

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket and Wine Tasting: $8.51
  • Tickets for Port Cellar Visit and Wine Tasting at Fonseca: $11
  • Guided City Pub Crawl with Club Entry: $13
  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $15
  • Guided Port Wine Tasting with Parings: $16
  • Mysterious Pub Crawl Interactive City Discovery Game: $19
  • Pub Crawl with 5 Drinks: $19
  • Douro and Port Wine Tasting: $20
  • Pub Crawl Porto Live night: $21
  • Poças: Guided Tour & Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21
  • Pub Crawl with Shots and Drinking Games: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21

When comparing the travel costs between Porto and Azores, we can see that Azores 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 Porto Expensive? and Is Azores Expensive?.

Which has a larger population, Porto or Azores?

Porto has a larger population, and is about 3% larger than the population of Azores. When comparing the sizes of Porto and Azores, 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.