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

Should you visit Albufeira or Crete?

Should I visit Albufeira or Crete? 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.

Crete

The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.

Which city is cheaper, Crete 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 Crete is €81. 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 Crete 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 €38. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €76 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Crete 38
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Crete 76

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 Crete cost around €28 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 €11.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Crete 28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Crete

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

  • Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos: $113

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 €19 per day to get around in Crete.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Crete 19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro: $16
  • Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $14
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure): $22
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to Albufeira: $58
  • Faro Airport: Private Transfer to Albufeira & Olhos De Água: $43
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira: $22
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Albufeira: $58
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Lagos: $114
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Crete

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Crete:

  • Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer: $32

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Crete?

Prices for flights to both Crete 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 Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


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

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour: $25
  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast: $27
  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise: $31
  • Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour: $33
  • Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira: $33
  • From 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour: $34
  • Algarve Kayak and Coastline Tour: $34
  • Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil: $34
  • Kayaking Tour With Optional Beach BBQ: $34

Tours and Activities in Crete

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

  • Minoan's World 9D movie & 3D photo tour: $14
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide: $16
  • Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour: $17
  • Heraklion: Virtual Reality Experience at VR Lab: $17
  • Heraklion: Archaeological Museum & Knossos Ticket with Audio: $26
  • Day Tour of Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka: $36
  • Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Day Tour From Rethymno: $39
  • Heraklion: Cretan Meat Tasting Tour in Galatas Village: $40
  • Hiking Tour in Samaria Gorge: $43
  • Chania: Guided Halepa Segway Tour: $51
  • From Heraklion: Knossos and Lasithi Plateau Full-Day Tour: $51
  • Knossos Palace & Heraklion Full-Day Tour from Chania Area: $52

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Crete may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €16 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Crete 16

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 Crete

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

  • From Chania: Olive Oil & Wine Tasting - Safari Tour w/ Lunch: $142
  • Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch: $170
  • Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $300


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

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Albufeira vs. Crete Travel Comparison

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