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

Should you visit Albufeira or Seville?

Should I visit Albufeira or Seville? 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.

Seville

The capital city of Andalucia, Seville is both the cultural and financial hub of southern Spain. It's also a popular tourist destination. The city has over 700,000 residents and 1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest city in the country. It is cut in half by the Guadalquivir River, with the two halves referred to as Sevilla and Triana. Seville has continued to grow in popularity as a tourist destination since the 19th century when it was included as a stop on the Romantic "Grand Tour" of Europe. In 1992 Seville hosted the International Exposition which led to the construction of a new airport, train station, as well as other infrastructural improvements. Today Seville remains very popular with tourists for its many festivals, interesting attractions, great restaurants and nightlife scene.

Which city is cheaper, Seville 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 Seville is €99. 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 Seville 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Seville, €90 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Seville, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €45, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Seville 45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Seville 90

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.

Food in Seville costs travelers about €30 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Seville 30

Typical Food prices in Seville

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Seville:


  • Lunch
    9.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.30
  • Jamon (Dry Cured Ham)
    12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seville

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

  • Flamenco Show Tickets and Optional Dinner: $39
  • Paella & Tortilla Show Cooking on a Seville Rooftop: $46
  • Seville Tapas Cooking Course: $61
  • Gastronomic dinner with a chef and artist in his Seville studio: $77
  • OFFER Dinner / Lunch on exclusive yacht, GIFT Flamenco Ticket House of Memory: $111
  • Luxury gold package: Cathedral-Alcazar visit and dinner on an exclusive yacht: $149
  • Cooking Class in Traditional Andalusian House: $169
  • Traditional cooking class in an Andalusian home: $183

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Seville than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €14 on transportation in Seville on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Seville 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Transfer Algarve-Lisbon (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Sevilha Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $417
  • Private Transfer Central Algarve - Lisbon: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Central Algarve: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (up to 4 passangers): $360
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $235
  • Safe & Clean Economic Private Transfer Albufeira > Lisbon: $139

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seville

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer Seville Airport SVQ to Malaga Airport AGP by Luxury Van: $705
  • Arrival Private Transfer Seville Airport SVQ to Seville City by Business Car: $36
  • Arrival Private Transfer Seville Airport SVQ to Seville City by Luxury Van: $63
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to ALGARVE - All Cities (1 to 4 passengers): $435
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to ALGARVE - All Cities (5 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers): $746
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to LISBON (5 to 8 passengers): $871
  • DUCA - Hassle-Free transfer from Sevilha to Vicentine Coast: $637
  • Departure Private Transfer: Seville City to Seville Airport SVQ by Business Car: $38
  • Departure Private Transfer: Seville City to Seville Airport SVQ by Luxury Van: $65
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Sevilla: $89
  • Granada Private Transfer from Seville with sightseeing in Cordoba and Antequera: $634

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Seville?

Prices for flights to both Seville 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Seville, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €23 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Seville 23

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $40
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $75
  • Albufeira 3-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $137
  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Albufeira Coast and Countryside Mountain Bike Tour: $73
  • Albufeira Jeep Safari Tour (Full Day): $65
  • Albufeira to Algibre Trails Bike Tour: $73
  • Algarve 4x4 Combi Tours: $199
  • Algarve Coast Full-Day Private Tour: $93
  • Algarve Coastline and Beaches Land Tour: $622

Typical Entertainment prices in Seville

For Seville, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to Cathedral
    8.00

Tours and Activities in Seville

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

  • Fun at home: Virtual tours of Spain: $6.51
  • Skip the Line: Museo del Baile Flamenco Admission Ticket: $12
  • Santa Cruz Jewish Quarter Guided Tour in Seville: $12
  • Skip the Line: Tablao Flamenco Pura Esencia Ticket: $13
  • Italica Roman Ruins City Tour: $14
  • Seville Jewish Heritage Tour: $18
  • 1-Hour Guadalquivir River Cruise: $18
  • Santa Cruz Guided Walking Tour in Seville: $19
  • Seville Aquarium Admission Ticket: $20
  • Seville Guadalquivir 1-Hour River Cruise Ticket: $21
  • Seville Aquarium Admission Ticket: $21
  • Flamenco Evening Show at Casa de la Memoria Ticket: $22

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Seville, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €8.04.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Seville 8.04

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 Seville

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

  • Ronda Day Trip: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional White Villages: $98
  • Wine Tour to Sanlucar de Barrameda from Seville with Optional Horse Riding: $275
  • Private wine tour to Jerez de la Frontera: $306


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

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