Should you visit Setubal or Aveiro?
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 Setubal and Aveiro can help you decide which place is right for you.
Setubal is a busy working port and major commercial fishing center. Setubal is a city that has always had a close connection to the seas, and this is celebrated along the newly rejuvenated waterfront, which encompasses the colorful fishing harbor, the popular urban park and the Troia Peninsula ferry terminal. Within the charming historic center is a maze of narrow alleys, hidden plazas, and family-owned shops, along with Portugal's largest fish market. Setubal is primarily an industrial city, but is situated in a region of immense beauty; to the east is the stunning Serra da Arrabida, to the north is historic Palmela, while to the south are the paradise beaches of the Troia Peninsula. Setubal may not be a conventional holiday destination, but there is a surprising amount to see and do within the city and the surrounding region.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Aveiro or Setubal?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Setubal is €99, while the average daily cost in Aveiro is €64. 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 Setubal and Aveiro in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €94 in Setubal For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Aveiro, €74 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Aveiro, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €37, such as in a hostel.
Setubal food costs typically run travelers around €28 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Food in Aveiro costs travelers about €22 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
To get around in Setubal, the average visitor spends €43 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.
Aveiro's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €6.86 per person, per day on transportation in Aveiro.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aveiro
Also for Aveiro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Aveiro Private Transfer to Porto:
Porto Private Transfer to or from Aveiro:
Is it cheaper to fly into Setubal or Aveiro?
Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Setubal 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.
In Setubal, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €9.97 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Aveiro can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €6.86 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Setubal
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Setubal.
3 Castels tour and Cabo Espichel visit (All Included):
Arrábida National Park Rock Climbing Experience:
Arrábida National Park, Azeitão and Sesimbra - IncrediblePortugal Private Tours:
Arrábida Uncovered: The Adventure:
Dolphin Watching and Boat Tour in Sesimbra:
Full Day - Private Tour Arrábida Park:
Full Day Private Tour - Dolphin Watching and Secret beaches of the Arrábida!:
Private Tour in Sintra / Roca Cape / Cascais:
Rock Climbing and Rappelling Experience in Serra da Arrábida:
Seaview board tour in the Arrábida Coast! - NEW!!!:
Sesimbra Beach & Cave Tour:
Sport Fishing Tour - All Inclusive:
Tours and Activities in Aveiro
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Aveiro.
Anew Tour in Aveiro ( porto ) Half day:
Aveiro Atlantic Tour - Natural Reserve - Barra Beach - Costa Nova:
Aveiro and Ílhavo Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Bairrada Wine Experience:
Classic Aveiro City Tour by Bike:
Coimbra & Aveiro - Private Tour:
Full Day Aveiro and Coimbra Small-Group Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Full Day Porto to Lisbon with Aveiro, Fátima and Óbidos - Private Tour:
Half Day Aveiro and Costa Nova Small-Group Tour with River Cruise from Porto:
Half Day in Aveiro - Private Tour:
Photo tour/workshop in the beautiful and biodiverse Freita mountains:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Setubal, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €8.00.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Aveiro, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €14.
Sample the Local Flavors in Setubal
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Setubal:
SUP Tour w/ Local Food & Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Setubal and Aveiro, we can see that Setubal 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 Setubal would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Setubal than you might in Aveiro.
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