A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Porto vs. Costa de Prata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Porto or Costa de Prata?

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 Costa de Prata can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Porto or Costa de Prata?

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.

Costa de Prata

Costa de Prata is a region located on the Silver Coast of Portugal, an hour north of Lisbon. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and relaxed, welcoming, atmosphere. The area experiences gorgeous weather nearly all year round, with temperatures in the high 70's and 80's Fahrenheit from May-September. June-August sees the warmest ocean temperatures, making these the best months for swimming. Even during their winter, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F, although ocean temperatures drop, making swimming a bit colder.

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, Costa de Prata 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 Costa de Prata is €151. 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 Costa de Prata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Porto 65
    Costa de Prata 78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Porto 130
    Costa de Prata 156
Compare Hotels in Porto and Costa de Prata

Looking for a hotel in Porto or Costa de Prata? 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 Costa de Prata


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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
    Costa de Prata 53

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): $33
  • Transfer from Porto to the Douro Valley : $219
  • Transfer from Porto to Coimbra visiting Aveiro, half day: $153
  • Transfer Train/Bus station Campanhã to Porto City: $23
  • Transfer Porto Centro to Airport (OPO): $38
  • Transfer Porto - Santiago de Compostela: $292
  • Transfer Porto: $32
  • Transfer Oporto - Aeroport / Up to 4 passengers: $27
  • Transfer From Porto To Lisbon: $285
  • Transfer Airport (OPO) - Porto Centro: $33
  • Transfer & chauffeur Service: $30
  • Tesla S Luxury Executive Porto Airport Transfer: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Porto or Costa de Prata?

Prices for flights to both Costa de Prata 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
    Costa de Prata 44

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
  • Bolhão Market and Codfish Tasting Guided Food Tour: $52
  • Dinner with strangers in Porto: $52
  • Bolhão Market & Codfish Tasting Food Tour: $54
  • Christmas All Inclusive Dinner River Cruise with DJ on Board : $55
  • Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting : $65
  • 3-Hour Food Tour: $69
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $69
  • Portuguese Craft Beer and Food Tour: $74
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour: $74
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour in Porto: $76
  • Secret Food Tour: $79

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Porto 25
    Costa de Prata 13

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
  • Ultimate Ribeira Walking Tour: $3.26
  • 1 Day Tour to Douro Valley from Porto: $207
  • 1.5-Hour Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Historic Porto: $26
  • 19th Century metal portrait an unique experience Porto-Portugal : $55
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto Douro to Left bank: $63
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $81
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $79
  • 2 hours Porto center Private Walking Tour: $44
  • 2-Hour Boat Rental Adventure in Douro River from Porto: $126
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour in Two Banks of Porto: $33
  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $59

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Porto 19
    Costa de Prata 8.13

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket and Wine Tasting: $8.56
  • Tickets for Port Cellar Visit and Wine Tasting at Fonseca: $11
  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $17
  • Guided City Pub Crawl with Club Entry: $19
  • Pub Crawl with 5 Drinks: $19
  • Mysterious Pub Crawl Interactive City Discovery Game: $19
  • Douro and Port Wine Tasting: $20
  • Rooftop Fado concert, Port wine tasting, Portuguese tart: $20
  • Pub Crawl with Shots and Drinking Games: $21
  • Poças: Guided Tour & Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Wine Tasting of 2 DOC Douro & 1 Port Wines: $22


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Porto and Costa de Prata, we can see that Costa de Prata 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 Costa de Prata would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Costa de Prata than you might in Porto.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Porto Expensive? and Is Costa de Prata Expensive?.



When is the best time to visit Porto or Costa de Prata?

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 Costa de Prata in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Porto and Costa de Prata. Most visitors come to Porto for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Porto is cooler than Costa de Prata. Typically, the summer temperatures in Porto in July average around 21°C (69°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Costa de Prata this time of the year. In Porto, it's very sunny this time of the year. Porto usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata during summer. Porto gets 308 hours of sunny skies, while Costa de Prata receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Porto usually receives more rain than Costa de Prata. Porto gets 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Porto 21°C (69°F) 
    Costa de Prata 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Porto or Costa de Prata in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Porto as well as Costa de Prata. The autumn months attract visitors to Porto because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Porto is generally around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Daily temperatures in Porto average around 17°C (62°F), and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 18°C (65°F).

In the autumn, Porto often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata. Porto gets 184 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 184 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Costa de Prata. Porto receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Porto usually gets more rain in October than Costa de Prata. Porto gets 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Porto 17°C (62°F) 
    Costa de Prata 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Porto or Costa de Prata in the Winter?

Both Costa de Prata and Porto are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

Porto is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata in the winter. The daily temperature in Porto averages around 10°C (50°F) in January, and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

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

It rains a lot this time of the year in Costa de Prata. It's quite rainy in Porto. In January, Porto usually receives more rain than Costa de Prata. Porto gets 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Porto 10°C (50°F) 
    Costa de Prata 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Porto or Costa de Prata in the Spring?

Both Costa de Prata and Porto during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Porto for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Porto is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Typically, the spring temperatures in Porto in April average around 14°C (56°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 15°C (59°F).

In Costa de Prata, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Porto. In the spring, Porto often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata. Porto gets 217 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 217 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Porto. Porto usually gets more rain in April than Costa de Prata. Porto gets 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Porto 14°C (56°F) 
    Costa de Prata 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Costa de Prata and Porto

Porto Costa de Prata
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)