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

Should you visit Albufeira or Rabat?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Rabat? 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 Rabat?

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.

Rabat

While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal, The Best 2-Week Tours in Morocco, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Morocco.


Which place is cheaper, Rabat 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 Rabat is €40. 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 Rabat in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 74
    Rabat 25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 148
    Rabat 50
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Rabat

Looking for a hotel in Albufeira or Rabat? 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 Rabat


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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 and Rabat Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 34
    Rabat 1.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Private Transfer From Algarve to Sevilha By 8 Seats Minibus: $519
  • Private transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon with 2 hours sightseeing: $286
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $220
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $166
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $166
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $153
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $153
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $141
  • Private Transfer from Vila Real de Santo António to Faro (FAO) Airport: $133
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Silves - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Private Transfer from Monte Gordo to Faro Airport (1-4 pax): $99

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Rabat

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Rabat:


  • Taxi to Sale
    3.24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

Also for Rabat, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer From Rabat To Fez: $110
  • "Rabat to Marrakech Private Transfer: Smooth and Comfortable": $130
  • Best Private Transfer services: Rabat to Fez : $94
  • From Rabat : Private Transfer to Fes via Meknes & volubilis : $154
  • One-Way Transfer from Fez to Rabat via volubilis & meknes : $197
  • One-Way Transfer from Rabat to Fez via meknes & volubilis : $197
  • Private Transfer From Rabat Airport to Rabat City: $31
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Bouznika: $88
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to El Jadida: $263
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Fes: $274
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Kenitra: $110
  • Private Transfer from Rabat (RBA) Airport to Larache: $255

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 48
    Rabat 11

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 with pick up: $50
  • Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience with Pick up: $53
  • Albufeira Food Tour: Wine and Traditional Tapas Experience: $54
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $62
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $66
  • Sunset Tour - Champagne and Traditional Dinner: $72
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $75
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $132

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

For Rabat, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Small Group Cooking Classes with Tour of Rabat : $45
  • Join Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $49
  • cooking classe near the medina of rabat with local chefs : $66
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $76
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $76
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $83
  • Rabat Night Tour with River Sunset Boat Ride & Moroccan Dinner : $88
  • Traditional Moroccan Cooking Class in Rabat with a Local Family: $110
  • Private Market Tour and Authentic Moroccan Cooking Lesson with a Rabat Local: $120
  • Gourmet Cooking Class in Rabat: $189

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 39
    Rabat 2.63

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • 4 Hours Vilamoura Algarve Tour and Tasting Experience: $107
  • Algarve Coast & Chapel of Bones ( Private Van Tour ): $53
  • Full Day Private Tour in Silves and Coast Gems: $193
  • Safari Experience with Traditional Tapas: $77
  • 3 Hour Benagil Sunset and Coastline Boat Tour in Albufeira: $36
  • 3 Hour Cruise Experience from Vilamoura: $33
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $94
  • 70 Minutes Guided Old Ruins Walking Tour in Albufeira: $22
  • 70 Minutes Guided Secrets of Albufeira Walking Tour: $22
  • Adventure between friends - Private safari, from 1 to 6 PAX: $164
  • Albufeira (FULL DAY) Jeep Safari Tour : $75
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $33

Tours and Activities in Rabat

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rabat.

  • Private Surf Experience in Rabat: $38
  • Rabat old Medina ,Hassan Tower and Kasbah Oudaya Walking tour : $40
  • Private Cultural Walking Tour of Rabat with Licensed Tour Guide: $43
  • private Tour between the monuments of Rabat City : $44
  • Rabat tour ;Small Group Guided Walking tour in the City of Light: $44
  • Private Boat Tour of the Bouregreg River, a Traditional Boat: $45
  • Private Catamaran Adventure in Rabat: $49
  • Private Walking Guided Cultural Stroll with Licensed Tour Expert: $53
  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $55
  • Private Boat Guided Tour in Rabat: $60
  • Rabat Guided Biking Tour: $60
  • 4WD adventure Todra Gorge to Dades Valley - Aventures Verticales Maroc: $63

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 26
    Rabat -

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
  • 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 Tour & Silves Exploration (from Albufeira): $68
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $75
  • Albufeira Coast Tour with Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri Lunch: $76
  • From Private Lagos Tour Whith Wine Tasting: $93
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $108
  • Full day Tour in Silves with Wine Tasting: $154
  • Full-Day Private Algarves Wine Tour Experience from Albufeira: $155


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Rabat, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Rabat much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Albufeira is in Europe and Rabat is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Rabat would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rabat 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 Rabat.

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


Which is Bigger, Albufeira or Rabat?

Rabat has a larger population, and is about 100 times larger than the population of Albufeira. When comparing the sizes of Albufeira and Rabat, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Albufeira or Rabat?

Albufeira has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Rabat experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Albufeira or Rabat in the Summer?

Both Rabat and Albufeira during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Albufeira in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Rabat year-round.

Albufeira is a little warmer than Rabat in the summer. The daily temperature in Albufeira averages around 25°C (78°F) in July, and Rabat fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

Albufeira usually gets more rain in July than Rabat. Albufeira gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F) 
    Rabat 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Rabat in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Albufeira and Rabat. Most visitors come to Albufeira for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Rabat attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the autumn, Albufeira is around the same temperature as Rabat. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Albufeira in October average around 19°C (67°F), and Rabat averages at about 20°C (67°F).

In October, Albufeira usually receives more rain than Rabat. Albufeira gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F) 
    Rabat 20°C (67°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Rabat in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Albufeira as well as Rabat. The winter months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the shopping scene and the cuisine. The warm climate attracts visitors to Rabat throughout the year.

In January, Albufeira is generally cooler than Rabat. Daily temperatures in Albufeira average around 11°C (52°F), and Rabat fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

Albufeira usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Rabat. Albufeira gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 81 mm (3.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F) 
    Rabat 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Rabat in the Spring?

Both Rabat and Albufeira are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year. Plenty of visitors come to Rabat because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Albufeira is around the same temperature as Rabat in the spring. The daily temperature in Albufeira averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Rabat fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

In April, Albufeira usually receives less rain than Rabat. Albufeira gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Rabat receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F) 
    Rabat 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Rabat and Albufeira

Albufeira Rabat
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (56°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 16°C (62°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 102 mm (4 in)