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

Should you visit Albufeira or Tangier?

Should I visit Albufeira or Tangier? 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.

Tangier

Welcome to the gateway to Africa. Sitting on the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier, Morocco has historically served as the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Africa.

After World War II, this city became a destination for eccentric foreigners, artists, spies and hippies. After that, the city was neglected and gained a horrible reputation for the hustlers cheating visitors left and right.

In 1999 Morocco saw the beginning of a new monarch who was more progressive with his vision for tourism. This message lit a fire under Tangier, helping the people see the amazing potential in their great city. They built a new port, a new business district and revamped the airport. The beaches and streets have been cleaned up of trash and hustlers and there's a sudden surge in cultural activities.

Which city is cheaper, Tangier 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 Tangier is €45. 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 Tangier 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.

Travelers usually pay around €34 for a double occupancy room in Tangier If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Tangier 17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Tangier 34

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.

Tangier food costs typically run travelers around €15 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
    Tangier 15

Typical Food prices in Tangier

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


  • Fruit & Yogurt
    1.61

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tangier

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

  • Tangier Food Tour | Tangier Food Cultural Tour: $101
  • Tangier Cooking Lesson: $121

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.

To get around in Tangier, the average visitor spends €18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Tangier 18

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 Tangier

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

  • 5-days Tour package from Tangier to Fes via Chefchaouen & Private transfers: $1,120
  • Airport transfer from Tanger to Agadir: $391
  • Chefchaouen to Tanger private transfer: $78
  • Door to door transfer from Tangier to Fes: $331
  • Ibn Battouta Airport to Tangier - One-Way Private Transfer: $84
  • Luxury transfer from Tangier to Tamuda bay or vice versa: $265
  • Marrakech Tangier transfer,taxi (one way): $274
  • One way Tangier Airport Transfers: $22
  • One way Transfer from Tangier to Tamuda Bay: $60
  • One way Transfer from Tangier to Tetouan: $66
  • One-Way Transfer from Tanger to Fez: $143
  • One-Way Transfer from Tangier to Fez: $192

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Tangier?

Prices for flights to both Tangier 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.

In Tangier, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €15 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Tangier 15

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

Tours and Activities in Tangier

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

  • Virtual Cultural Tour of Tangier’s Kasbah and Medina: $12
  • Panoramic tour of Tangier: $22
  • Walking Tour Of Tangier: $29
  • Tangier Old Town Walking Tour (Minimum 4 people): $29
  • 4-Hour Guided Sightseeing Tour in Tangier: $30
  • Walking Tour in Tangier Medina: $31
  • Tangier Old Town Walking Tour: $32
  • Tangier Medina & Kasbah Guided Walking Tour (4 Hours) | Tangier Walking Tour: $33
  • 3 Hours driving Tour Cap Spartel and Hercules Caves: $37
  • Walking Tour of Tangier Medina: $38
  • Tangier Old Town Private Walking Tour: $40
  • Tangier City Private Walking Tour: $41

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 Tangier, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €7.99.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Tangier 7.99

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


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

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