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

Should you visit Sintra or Costa de Prata?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Sintra or Costa de Prata? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Sintra or Costa de Prata?

Sintra

Located just 28 kilometers from Lisbon, Sintra is a town that was, for a long time, home to Portuguese royalty leading up to the 1910 revolution. In town you will find a Royal Palace and in the surrounding area there is a Moorish Castle, and the Pena Palace, which dates back to the 19th century. The town is on the Estoril Coast near the Sintra Mountains, making its setting very dramatic, beautiful and picturesque. The surrounding hills are actually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because they offer a great combination of both cultural importance and natural beauty.

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.

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Which place is cheaper, Costa de Prata or Sintra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sintra is €115, 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 Sintra and Costa de Prata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sintra 57
    Costa de Prata 78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sintra 114
    Costa de Prata 156
Compare Hotels in Sintra and Costa de Prata

Looking for a hotel in Sintra 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 Sintra


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: Sintra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sintra 21
    Costa de Prata 53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sintra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sintra:

  • Tuk Tuk Transfer With Sintra Pena Ticket From Meeting Point: $74
  • Transfer Sintra to Lisbon Airport: $61
  • Transfer Cascais to Lisbon(8pax): $111
  • Tours and Transfers: $90
  • TRANSFER Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $83
  • Private transfer from Sintra to Porto with 2 hours for sightseeing: $293
  • Private Guided Transfer in Sintra and Lisbon: $88
  • Lisbon transfer, national and Iberian trips: $87
  • Lisbon Airport: Cascais/Estoril/Sintra Private Transfer: $58
  • Lisbon Airport Transfer to Cascais / Sintra / Estoril: $52
  • Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon: $28
  • Ericeira Private Transfer from / to Lisbon: $61

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

Prices for flights to both Costa de Prata and Sintra 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
    Sintra 42
    Costa de Prata 44

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sintra

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Sintra.

  • Portuguese Traditional Cuisine: DINNER OR TAPAS : $94
  • Ericeira Private Tour: 10 Tastings Food Tour: $104
  • Private Portuguese Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Lisbon Local: $220

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sintra 23
    Costa de Prata 13

Tours and Activities in Sintra

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Sintra are as follows:

  • Half Day Private Wine and Traditional Tile Making Tour: $160
  • Sintra & Cascais in one day Renault 4L Tour (Full day): $144
  • 1 Hour Private Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Renault 4L : $28
  • 1h sight seeing - Sintra Mountain Tour (price per car) - max 4persons: $121
  • 2 Hour Private Picnic and Photoshoot Experience in Lisbon area: $205
  • 2 Hours Sintra Experience Renault 4L Tour : $66
  • 3 Hour Sintra Village and Beaches Tuktuk Tour: $127
  • 4 hour Private MTB Enduro Trail Tour in Sintra Mountain: $174
  • 4 hour Private MTB Enduro Trail Tour in Sintra Mountain: $155
  • 4x4 Tours in Portuguese Classic Jeeps (UMM) around Sintra: $155
  • Amazing Sintra tour: $92
  • Captouring: take a hands-on Instax photo walk in Sintra!: $43

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sintra 17
    Costa de Prata 8.13

Sample the Local Flavors in Sintra

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sintra:

  • Half-Day Tour in Cascais / Sintra with Brunch and Wine Tasting: $72
  • Hiking and Wine Tasting Experience: $72
  • Half Day in Sintra and Cabo da Roca with Wine Tasting: $83
  • Excursion from Lisbon to Setúbal: Nature, Beach and Wine Tasting: $127
  • Private Tour Sétubal, Palmela, Arrábida with wine tasting: $177
  • From Lisbon Private Tour to Porto with Port Wine Tasting: $238


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sintra and Costa de Prata, we can see that Costa de Prata is more expensive. And not only is Sintra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sintra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sintra 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 Sintra.

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



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

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Sintra or Costa de Prata in the Summer?

Both Costa de Prata and Sintra during the summer are popular places to visit.

In the summer, Sintra is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Typically, the summer temperatures in Sintra in July average around 23°C (73°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 23°C (73°F).

In Costa de Prata, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Sintra. In the summer, Sintra often gets more sunshine than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 352 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 308 hours of full sun.

Sintra usually gets less rain in July than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Sintra 23°C (73°F) 
    Costa de Prata 23°C (73°F)

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

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Sintra and Costa de Prata.

In October, Sintra is generally around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Daily temperatures in Sintra average around 19°C (66°F), and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 18°C (65°F).

In Sintra, it's very sunny this time of the year. Sintra usually receives more sunshine than Costa de Prata during autumn. Sintra gets 213 hours of sunny skies, while Costa de Prata receives 184 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Costa de Prata receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Sintra usually receives less rain than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Sintra 19°C (66°F) 
    Costa de Prata 18°C (65°F)

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

The winter brings many poeple to Sintra as well as Costa de Prata.

Sintra is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata in the winter. The daily temperature in Sintra averages around 12°C (53°F) in January, and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In the winter, Sintra often gets more sunshine than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 144 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 124 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Costa de Prata. Sintra receives a lot of rain in the winter. Sintra usually gets less rain in January than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Sintra 12°C (53°F) 
    Costa de Prata 11°C (51°F)

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

Both Costa de Prata and Sintra are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In the spring, Sintra is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Typically, the spring temperatures in Sintra in April average around 16°C (60°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 15°C (59°F).

It's quite sunny in Costa de Prata. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sintra. Sintra usually receives more sunshine than Costa de Prata during spring. Sintra gets 235 hours of sunny skies, while Costa de Prata receives 217 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Sintra usually receives less rain than Costa de Prata. Sintra gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Sintra 16°C (60°F) 
    Costa de Prata 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Costa de Prata and Sintra

Sintra Costa de Prata
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)