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 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.

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.

Which city 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 €100, while the average daily cost in Costa de Prata is €121. 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 Costa de Prata 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €124 in Costa de Prata For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Porto 52
    Costa de Prata 62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Porto 104
    Costa de Prata 124

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.

The average traveler spends about €35 per day in Costa de Prata for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Porto 29
    Costa de Prata 35

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 Costa de Prata than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €42 on transportation in Costa de Prata on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Porto 16
    Costa de Prata 42

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

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.





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 Costa de Prata, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €10 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Porto 20
    Costa de Prata 10

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

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 Costa de Prata spend on average €6.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Porto 15
    Costa de Prata 6.50

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 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.

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Porto vs. Costa de Prata Travel Comparison

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