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

Should you visit Setubal or Porto?

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 Setubal and Porto can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Setubal or Porto?

Setubal

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.

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.

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Which place is cheaper, Porto or Setubal?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Setubal is €123, while the average daily cost in Porto is €126. 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 Setubal and Porto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Setubal 59
    Porto 65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Setubal 118
    Porto 130
Compare Hotels in Setubal and Porto

Looking for a hotel in Setubal or Porto? 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 Setubal


Hotels in Porto


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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: Setubal Hotel Prices and Porto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Setubal 54
    Porto 21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Setubal

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

  • Transfers (Lisbon - Évora) / (Évora - Lisbon): $248
  • Paragliding experience near Lisbon with transfers from Lisbon: $149
  • Sesimbra Private Transfer to / From Lisbon: $52
  • Boat Transfer to Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach with Return: $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Private transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Oporto: $498
  • One Way Transfer to/from Albufeira: $327
  • Private Sightseeing Transfer from Porto To Sintra With 2 Stops: $298
  • Transfer Porto - Santiago de Compostela: $296
  • Private Car Transfer from Porto to Lisbon with 2 hours for sightseeing: $292
  • Private Airport Transfer from Porto to Fátima: $290
  • Transfer From Porto To Lisbon: $288
  • Private transfer between Porto and Vigo: $276
  • Private Transfer From Porto to Lisbon : $248
  • Private Transfer from/to Porto - Lisbon: $231
  • Transfer from Porto to the Douro Valley : $221
  • Private Airport Transfer from Porto to Vigo: $213

Is it cheaper to fly into Setubal or Porto?

Prices for flights to both Porto 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Setubal 35
    Porto 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

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

  • Bolhão Market & Codfish Tasting Food Tour: $54
  • Christmas All Inclusive Dinner River Cruise with DJ on Board : $55
  • Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting : $66
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour : $76
  • Dinner with Five Dishes and Wine Pairing: $81
  • 4-Hour Traditional Portuguese Food Tour in Porto: $83
  • Semi Private Oporto Fado Show with Dinner: $83
  • Portuguese Cooking Class in Porto with a Professional Chef: $86
  • Porto Heritage Night Tour With Fado Show And Dinner Included: $87
  • Farm to Table Tasting Experience & Dinner in the Douro Valley: $87
  • Private Walking Food Tour with Tastings: $89
  • An Unforgettable Evening: Authentic Portuguese Dinner in Porto: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Setubal 12
    Porto 25

Tours and Activities in Setubal

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

  • Horse Carriage Tour on the Mountain in Palmela: $165
  • Évora Catholic History Tour: $107
  • Évora Cork and Castle Tour: $165
  • Évora Jewish History Tour: $98
  • Évora Private Walking Tour, By Local Guide: $37
  • Évora Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.83
  • Évora Tales and Legends Walking Tour from Évora: $55
  • Évora With Love Walking Tours: $55
  • Évora: Christian Heritage Private Walking Tour: $72
  • Évora: Private Walking Tour: $72
  • 4x4 and Boat Tour in Arrabida Natural Park: $99
  • Arrábida National Park Rock Climbing Experience: $130

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: $78
  • Ultimate Ribeira Walking Tour: $3.31
  • 1 Day Tour to Douro Valley from Porto: $210
  • 1.5-Hour Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Historic Porto: $26
  • 19th Century metal portrait an unique experience Porto-Portugal : $61
  • 1h Private Boat Tour between Afurada and Ribeira: $155
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $82
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour in Two Banks of Porto: $33
  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $60
  • 2-hour Private Tour (1 to 6 people) on the Douro River with a local: $200
  • 3 Hour Porto Essential Private Tour: $50
  • 3 Hours of Private Porto Classic Tuk Tour: $265

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Setubal 10
    Porto 19

Sample the Local Flavors in Setubal

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Setubal:

  • Jeep Tour through Arrábida Azeitão and Wine Tasting: $66
  • Workshop - Wine Tasting 101: $66
  • Monsaraz and Wine Tasting Tour from Évora: $72
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from Évora: $77
  • Sesimbra: Half-Day Tour to Arrabida with Wine Tasting: $107
  • Private Half Day Arrabida Tour with Wine Tasting in Sesimbra: $109
  • Lisbon To Sesimbra: Boat Tour Caves & Wine Tasting: $133
  • Private Wine Tour from Lisbon to Arrábida: Wine & Cheese Tasting: $171

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.83
  • Douro and Port Wine Tasting: $20
  • Pub Crawl Porto Live night: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $22
  • 4-hour Guided Porto Pub Crawl including drinks: $22
  • Classic Wine Tasting with GUIDED TOUR: $22
  • Private visit with wine tasting in Alijó Douro: $22
  • Poças Guided Visit and Wine Tasting of 2 DOC Douro & 1 Port Wines: $22
  • Pub Crawl Porto: $24
  • Poças Guided Visit and Wine Tasting of 3 Port Wines: $24
  • Fado Live Show in Porto Cálem Wine Cellars Including Wine Tasting and Visit: $28
  • 5 Port Wine Tasting with pairings: $28


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


Which is Bigger, Setubal or Porto?

Porto has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Setubal. When comparing the sizes of Setubal and Porto, 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.


When is the best time to visit Setubal or Porto?

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 Setubal or Porto in the Summer?

Both Porto and Setubal are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, the city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

Setubal is a little warmer than Porto in the summer. The daily temperature in Setubal averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Porto fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Porto. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Setubal. Setubal usually receives more sunshine than Porto during summer. Setubal gets 352 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Setubal usually receives less rain than Porto. Setubal gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Porto receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Setubal 23°C (73°F) 
    Porto 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Setubal or Porto in the Autumn?

Both Porto and Setubal during the autumn are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Porto for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Setubal is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Setubal in October average around 19°C (66°F), and Porto averages at about 17°C (62°F).

It's quite sunny in Setubal. In the autumn, Setubal often gets more sunshine than Porto. Setubal gets 213 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 184 hours of full sun.

Porto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Setubal usually gets less rain in October than Porto. Setubal gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Porto receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Setubal 19°C (66°F) 
    Porto 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Setubal or Porto in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Setubal and Porto. Furthermore, many visitors come to Porto in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Setubal is generally a little warmer than Porto. Daily temperatures in Setubal average around 12°C (53°F), and Porto fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

Setubal usually receives more sunshine than Porto during winter. Setubal gets 144 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

Porto receives a lot of rain in the winter. Setubal gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Setubal usually receives less rain than Porto. Setubal gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Porto receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Setubal 12°C (53°F) 
    Porto 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Setubal or Porto in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Setubal as well as Porto. Additionally, most visitors come to Porto for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

Setubal is a little warmer than Porto in the spring. The daily temperature in Setubal averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Porto fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Porto. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Setubal this time of the year. In the spring, Setubal often gets more sunshine than Porto. Setubal gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 217 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Porto. Setubal usually gets less rain in April than Porto. Setubal gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Porto receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Setubal 16°C (60°F) 
    Porto 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Porto and Setubal

Setubal Porto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)