Should you visit Albufeira or Toulon?
Should I visit Albufeira or Toulon? 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.
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.
Located between Marseille and Nice, Toulon is in the western portion of the French Riviera and in the southeast of Provence. It's economy is heavily reliant on a French naval base in the area. This base is responsible for the creation of thousands of jobs. The city is also a significant tourist destination, with over 150,000 visitors every year.
Which city is cheaper, Toulon 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 Toulon is €95. 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 Toulon in more detail.
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.
Toulon's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €126. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €63.
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.
In Toulon travelers spend around €24 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
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.
The cost of a taxi ride in Toulon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €5.71 per person, per day, on local transportation in Toulon.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:
Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro:
Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro:
Transfer Albufeira - Balaia Golf (Albufeira):
Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure):
Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira:
Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (up to 4 passangers):
Transfer Galé - Balaia Golf (Albufeira):
Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport:
Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle:
Stork Transfers - Private Transfer From Albufeira to Faro Airport (up to 4 pax):
Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (5 to 8 passangers):
Private Transfer from Villa Guerreiro (Albufeira) to Faro (FAO) Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Toulon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Toulon:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Toulon-Hyères Airport to Toulon City - One Way:
Private Transfer Toulon Airport to Agay:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Antibes:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Bagnols en foret:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Boulouris:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Callian:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Cavalaire:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Cogolin:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Draguignan:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Fayence:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Frejus:
Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Gassin:
Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Toulon?
Prices for flights to both Toulon 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.
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.
Entertainment and activities in Toulon typically cost an average of €11 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Albufeira
Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Albufeira Beach Tour:
Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour:
'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira:
1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira:
Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira:
Coast Tour & Chapel of Bones:
Dolphins and Caves Albufeira Marina Tour:
Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira:
Silves & Monchique Guided Bus Tour with Lunch:
Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour:
Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira:
Tours and Activities in Toulon
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Toulon are as follows:
Guided Tour in Port & Old City:
Full-Day VIP Village Tour of Provence:
Provence Villages Private Day Tour including Cassis Toulon Shore Excursion:
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.
The average person spends about €11 on alcoholic beverages in Toulon per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
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:
sunset wine tasting from Albufeira:
Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira:
Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve:
From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting:
Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira:
Sample the Local Flavors in Toulon
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toulon:
Toulon Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Toulon, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Toulon much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Toulon would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Toulon 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 Toulon.
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