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

Should you visit Albufeira or Costa Vicentina?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Costa Vicentina? 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: Albufeira or Costa Vicentina?


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.

Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.

Which place is cheaper, Costa Vicentina or Albufeira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Albufeira is €148, while the average daily cost in Costa Vicentina is €125. 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 Albufeira and Costa Vicentina in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 74
    Costa Vicentina 66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 148
    Costa Vicentina 132
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Costa Vicentina

Looking for a hotel in Albufeira or Costa Vicentina? 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 Albufeira

Hotels in Costa Vicentina

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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: Albufeira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 34
    Costa Vicentina 40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Albufeira - Faro Airport Transfers 4pax: $50
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle: $34
  • Departure Transfer Vilamoura or Qta do Lago to Faro Airport FAO Private Vehicle: $28
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Departure Transfer (Vilamoura Hotels to Faro Airport): $89
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure): $27
  • From One Way Private Transfer to Seville by Van: $76
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $94
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $83
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer from Albufeira (up to 4 passangers): $53
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer from Albufeira (up to 8 passangers): $77
  • Private Transfer From Albufeira To Faro Airport By Minibus: $76
  • Private Transfer from Albufeira to Faro (FAO) Airport: $48

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Costa Vicentina?

Prices for flights to both Costa Vicentina 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 48
    Costa Vicentina 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

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

  • A Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience: $50
  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $61
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $62
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $75
  • Sunset Tour - Champagne and Traditional Dinner: $76
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $99
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $265

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 39
    Costa Vicentina 17

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • Inflatable Waterpark Entry Ticket: $7.72
  • Silves Scavenger Hunt and Sights Private Self-Guided Tour: $8.14
  • Algarve Wines Tasting Shared Experience at Mercado Municipal de Silves: $17
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $19
  • Albufeira The Strip: In-App Adventure Hunt: $22
  • Albufeira Old Town: In-App Adventure Hunt: $22
  • 70 Minutes Guided Old Ruins Walking Tour in Albufeira: $22
  • 70 Minutes Guided Secrets of Albufeira Walking Tour: $22
  • Leãozinho Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $26
  • Tour to Benagil Caves and Coastline in Albufeira: $30
  • 3 Hour Cruise Experience from Vilamoura: $30
  • Jeep Tour of the City and Coast of Albufeira: $30

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 26
    Costa Vicentina 8.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • Sunset Wine Tasting With BBQ in Porches: $50
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Porches (Algarve): $50
  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $54
  • Wine Tasting Tour in Algarve Winery : $58
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $58
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $64
  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira: $66
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $72
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $75
  • Albufeira Tour: Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri lunch: $76
  • full day Wine Tour from Albufeira: $94
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $108

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

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