Aveiro is a city located on the west coast of Portugal along the Ria de Aveiro lagoon. It is often referred to as the "Portuguese Venice" due to its canals and beautiful boats that navigate them. The city is also famous for its salt production and architecture that's half modern, half classic, and all colorful.
Day Trips to Cities Close By
Aveiro is 90km from Porto, 250km from Lisbon and 60km from Coimbra. Porto is famous for its bridges, port wine production, and narrow cobbled streets near the riverside district. Travelers will also enjoy Lisbon, the hilly, coastal Capital city with pastel-colored buildings, along with Coimbra, the riverfront city located in central Portugal.
The city is best visited from Porto or from Coimbra. In fact, travelers can visit Coimbra and Aveiro on the same day from Porto. Coimbra is also a better stop than Aveiro for travel from Lisbon to Porto, where-as Aveiro is more a stop on the way from Coimbra to Porto than from Lisbon. To simplify, visitors can get the most into their itinerary by considering the Lisbon-Coimbra-Aveiro-Porto travel sequence.
How Long to Stay
Half a day is enough to take a boat tour and explore the city a bit. It's great that Aveiro is close to both Porto and Coimbra, making it a great short excursion from either city. To get the most out of a day trip to Aveiro, a guided tour is your best bet. There are also some tours that combine your visit with Coimbra. If you're visiting for at least a week, you can plan to take a six-day tour of Northern Portugal which includes Aveiro and Porto.
Porto to Aveiro by Train, Bus, and Car
The journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes, and costs around 3€ one-way when taking Porto's urban train. The frequent train departs both from the Sao Bento station in Porto's center and the Campanha station. For schedule information, see the CP Rail website.
It makes more sense to take the train over the bus, as the bus takes double the time (2 hours and 30 minutes), a transfer, and costs three times the price (10€). Travelers can book from Rede Expressos if they decide to take the bus.
By car, it takes about an hour to get to Aveiro from Porto, which is about 75km (45 miles) from the A1 with tolls.
Aveiro From Lisbon by Train and Bus
It takes quite a bit longer to get to Aveiro from the capital than from Porto and Coimbra, so it is recommended that travelers only visit Aveiro from Lisbon if they aren't visiting either of the other cities. If given one choice for a day trip from Lisbon, Coimbra is suggested.
Trains from Lisbon to Aveiro take around two hours and depart from Santa Apolonia station, with prices varying considerably. Buses typically take three hours and cost around 18 euros by comparison.
Coimbra to Aveiro by Train, Bus, and Car
The train from Coimbra to Aveiro takes about an hour and starts at about 5€ on the regional train. For schedule information, see CP.pt. The bus from Coimbra to Aveiro takes about 45 minutes and costs 6€, and can be booked from Rede Expressos. By car, the journey from Coimbra to Aveiro takes 50 minutes and is about 60km.