A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Albufeira vs. Braga for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Albufeira or Braga?

Should I visit Albufeira or Braga? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Albufeira

Located in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Albufeira was once a small fishing village which has since evolved into a popular destination for tourists attracted by the area's beaches, pleasant climate, and fresh seafood.

Braga

Located in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal, Braga is a medium sized city with both historical and modern characteristics. There is a university in town, known as Universidade do Minho, which gives the city a young feel with a lot of life. There are also many bars, clubs, and activities around to keep you entertained.

Which city is cheaper, Braga or Albufeira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Albufeira is €118, while the average daily cost in Braga is €90. 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 Albufeira and Braga in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €59. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Albufeira the cost is €118 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €43. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Braga the cost is €86 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Braga 43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Braga 86

Food

The average traveler spends about €38 per day in Albufeira 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Braga cost around €32 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €13.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Braga 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $53

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Albufeira is €27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €16 per day to get around in Braga.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Braga 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $14
  • Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro: $16
  • Transfer Albufeira - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $19
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure): $22
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira: $22
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (up to 4 passangers): $34
  • Transfer Galé - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $36
  • Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport: $36
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Stork Transfers - Private Transfer From Albufeira to Faro Airport (up to 4 pax): $41
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (5 to 8 passangers): $51
  • Private Transfer from Villa Guerreiro (Albufeira) to Faro (FAO) Airport: $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Braga City Tour Including Transfer to Bom Jesus: $24
  • Braga Private Transfer to Porto: $37
  • Porto Private Transfer to or from Braga: $33
  • Private Premium Car Transfer from Braga to Lisbon with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $318
  • Private Transfer from Braga to Faro (FAO) Airport: $1,769
  • Transfer Aeroporto: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Braga?

Prices for flights to both Braga and Albufeira 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

Albufeira's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €13 per person, per day in Braga. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Braga 13

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour: $25
  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira: $33
  • Coast Tour & Chapel of Bones: $35
  • Dolphins and Caves Albufeira Marina Tour: $37
  • Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira: $37
  • Silves & Monchique Guided Bus Tour with Lunch: $39
  • Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $40
  • Stand Up Paddle Tour: $44
  • Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira: $44

Tours and Activities in Braga

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

  • Barcelos: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $25
  • Half-Day Guided Barcelos Highlights Tour from Braga: $52
  • Half Day Original Braga City Tour: $55
  • The Birthplace of Portugal Tour: Guimarães from Braga: $55
  • Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima & Barcelos Tour from Esposende: $76
  • Gerês Tour from Braga: $101
  • Peneda Gerês National Park Tour @ Starting in Braga: $121
  • Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182
  • Coimbra & Aveiro: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182
  • Braga Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Alto Minho: Private & Premium Tour - All Included: $202
  • Guimaraes & Braga - Private Tour: $274

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Albufeira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about €17 on alcoholic beverages in Braga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Braga 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

Also in Albufeira, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira: $61
  • sunset wine tasting from Albufeira: $87
  • Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira: $93
  • Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve: $156
  • From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $319
  • Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira: $653

Sample the Local Flavors in Braga

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Braga:

  • Best of Porto Full Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Braga: $100
  • Douro Valley Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Braga: $125


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Braga, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Braga much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Braga would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Braga 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 Albufeira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Albufeira than you might in Braga.

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