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

Should you visit Porto or Azores?

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.

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.

Azores

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.

Which city 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 €100, while the average daily cost in Azores is €107. 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 Porto and Azores in more detail.



Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €104 in Porto For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

Travelers usually pay around €108 for a double occupancy room in Azores If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Porto 52
    Azores 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Porto 104
    Azores 108

Food

While meal prices in Porto can vary, the average travelers spends about €29 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Porto should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Porto is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Azores travelers spend around €36 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Porto 29
    Azores 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

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

  • Traditional Portuguese sweets cooking class: $30
  • Pastel de Nata cooking class in Porto: $30
  • Food Tour: $61
  • Authentic Porto Food Tour & Market Experience for private groups: $61
  • Half-Day Brunch Food Tour in Porto: $66
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour: $73
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Porto Private Food Tour: $73
  • Half-Day Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small-Group: $75
  • Withlocals Your Way: Porto 100% Personalised Private Food Tour: $77
  • Dinner with Fado Show and Night Lights Tour: $79
  • Porto by Night Tour With Dinner and Fado Show: $85
  • 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner: $85

Local Transportation

To get around in Porto, the average visitor spends €16 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Azores than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €24 on transportation in Azores on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Porto 16
    Azores 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Transfer to Lisbon from Porto with stop in Fátima or Coimbra (1hour): $348
  • Transfer to Lisbon from Porto: $311
  • Transfer from Porto to Vigo or Vigo to Porto: $398
  • Transfer from Porto to Lisbon with 2 Touristic Stops (Óbidos, Fátima or Coimbra): $425
  • Transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops: $373
  • Transfer between Oporto and the Airport: $16
  • Transfer Tour Between Lisbon and Porto: $743
  • Transfer Service: $34
  • Transfer Porto | Lisbon or Lisbon | Porto: $597
  • Transfer Porto to Vigo: $173
  • Transfer Porto to São Tiago de Compostela: $281
  • Transfer Porto to Régua or to Pinhão: $148

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Azores

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

  • Private Transfer from Posto Santo to Terceira Lajes (TER) Airport: $62
  • Private Transfer from Livramento to Azores (PDL) Airport: $31

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.





Entertainment

In Porto, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €20 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Azores, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €17 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Porto 20
    Azores 17

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $58
  • 3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $61
  • 3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour: $51
  • 3-Hour Embrace Porto Private Tour: $33
  • 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Porto: $31
  • 3-Hour Porto Bike Tour: $44
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour: Tiles of Porto: $34
  • 3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour: $45
  • 4 hour Cultural Walking Tour and Fado Show: $51
  • 5 Food & Wine Houses Walking Tour: $80
  • 6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon: $1,157
  • 7-Day The Way of St James Bike Tour- The Coast Path - Camino to Santiago: $2,011

Tours and Activities in Azores

For Azores, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Fortress Tour: $31
  • Full day Van Tour: $87
  • Half Day - Fire Tour (Lagoa do Fogo): $49
  • Jeep Tour - Furnas & Vila Franca do Campo (Full Day) with lunch: $121
  • Jeep Tour - Lagoa de Fogo (Half Day): $78
  • Jeep Tour Lagoa de Fogo & Sete Cidades (Full Day) with lunch: $121
  • Terceira Island Photo Experience: Full-Day Tour: $124
  • Terceira Island Private Tour: Full-Day: $84
  • Trail Run Experience: $68
  • Western Wonders - Private Tour (Flexible start and end time): $177

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Porto, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €15.

Typically, people visiting Azores spend on average €7.71 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Porto 15
    Azores 7.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $12
  • Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Porto Pub Crawl with Unlimited beer: $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
  • Authentic Oporto Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Wine Tour: $30
  • Porto Half-Day Tour and Wine Tasting at Caves Croft: $45
  • Wine Tour Porto: $46
  • Port Wine Lodges Tour Including 7 Wine Tastings: $48


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.

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Porto vs. Azores Travel Comparison

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