A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Albufeira vs. Cordoba for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Albufeira or Cordoba?

Should I visit Albufeira or Cordoba? 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.

Cordoba

Cordoba is a Spanish city located in the southern province of Andalusia. With a culture embedded in Islamic heritage, the city is home to many architectural gems, the most significant being La Mezquita. Andaluc韆's major river, the Guadalquivir, flows just below the Mezquita, and the riverfront streets are bustling with lively restaurants and bars. Other popular centers of activity include the Jewish Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and the Old City.

Which city is cheaper, Cordoba 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 Cordoba is €102. 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 Cordoba 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.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Cordoba is €108. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Cordoba 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Cordoba 108

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.

Cordoba food costs typically run travelers around €27 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 Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Cordoba 27

Typical Food prices in Cordoba

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cordoba are as follows:


  • Ice Cream
    1.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cordoba

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

  • Cordoba Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour: $118

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 €22 per day to get around in Cordoba.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Cordoba 22

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 Gal茅 - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $36
  • Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport: $36
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or A莽oteias 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 Cordoba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cordoba:

  • Cordoba Private Arrival Transfer: $100
  • Cordoba Private Departure Transfer: $100
  • Cordoba to Granada Private Transfer: $275
  • Cordoba to Seville Private Transfer: $444
  • Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver: $100
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport (COR): $19
  • Private Transfer from C贸rdoba to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $336
  • Private Transfer: Cordoba to C贸rdoba Airport (ODB): $622
  • Private Transfer: C贸rdoba Airport (ODB) to Cordoba: $622
  • Private transfer from/to Cordoba to/from Malaga: $261
  • Private transfer in Cordoba from Airport or Train Station: $75
  • Transfer in Private Car from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport-COR: $14

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Cordoba?

Prices for flights to both Cordoba 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 €20 per person, per day in Cordoba. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Cordoba 20

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Cordoba

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cordoba are as follows:


  • Garden Entrance Fee
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Cordoba

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

  • Private Walking Tour of the Patios of San Basilio in Cordoba: $12
  • Cordoba Jewish Quartier Guided Tour: $15
  • Patios of Cordoba Festival Tour: $15
  • Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night: $17
  • Córdoba at Night 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $18
  • Alcazar Skip the Line Guided Tour: $19
  • Guided Tour to the Popular Patios of Cordoba: $19
  • Patios tour in Cordoba: $19
  • Alc谩zar Reyes Cristianos Guided Tour with Tickets & Priority Access: $19
  • Olive Oil tasting breakfast & Tour: $19
  • Patios of Cordoba Walking Tour in Spanish: $20
  • Cordoba Mosque & Jewish Quarter Walking Tour: $21

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 €30 on alcoholic beverages in Cordoba 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
    Cordoba 30

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 脡vora with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $319
  • Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira: $653

Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba

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

  • Evening Wine Tasting C贸rdoba: $25
  • Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting: $35
  • Wine Tasting and Olive Oil Experience in Cordoba: $96
  • C贸rdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting: $107
  • Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita: $130


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

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