A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Albufeira vs. Valletta

Should you visit Albufeira or Valletta?

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta? 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.

Valletta

A harbor city and the capital city of the island of Malta, Valletta dates back to the 16th-century with a preserved architectural heritage that earned the city a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is best known for its museums, palaces, and churches.

Which city is cheaper, Valletta 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 Valletta is €77. 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 Valletta 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 €98 for a double occupancy room in Valletta 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
    Valletta 49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Valletta 98


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 Valletta costs travelers about €22 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
    Valletta 22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valletta

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

  • The Valletta Food Tour Experience: $156


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.

Valletta's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €6.86 per person, per day on transportation in Valletta.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Valletta 6.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Transfer Galé - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $77
  • Transfer Galé - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Galé - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $36
  • Transfer Galé - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $62
  • Transfer Galé - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $62
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $235
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport: $36
  • Transfer Albufeira - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $77
  • Transfer Albufeira - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Albufeira - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valletta

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

  • Airport transfers to all locations in Malta (Private Groups or Families): $40
  • Malta Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Saint Julian's Hotels or Address): $37
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Malta Airport to Valletta City Center: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta Int. Airport (MLA) to Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to St. Paul's Bay: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta: $68
  • Private Airport Transfer: Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian to Malta Int. Airport (MLA): $14
  • Private Departure Transfer from Valletta City Center to Malta Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Malta Luqa Airport to Cirkewwa Ferry: $47
  • Round-trip Shuttle Bus Transfers from Malta Airport to Your Hotel in Malta: $13


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, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Valletta can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Valletta 11

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 Valletta

For Valletta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Valletta City Walking Tour: $19
  • The Original Valletta Walking Tour: $19
  • Valletta City Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral: $22
  • Valletta Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide: $24
  • Malta By Night Open-Top Bus Tour Including 1-Hour Mdina Stop: $24
  • Malta's Panoramic South Hop On Hop Off Tour: $25
  • Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Tour: $35
  • Gozo Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: $37
  • Valletta Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $40
  • Half Day Tour of Valletta Malta's Capital City: $53
  • Valletta (UNESCO) guided tour including St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta Experience: $55
  • Mosta Crafts Village Mdina and Valletta Full Day Tour: $66


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.

Typically, people visiting Valletta spend on average €9.14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Valletta 9.14

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 Valletta, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Valletta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Valletta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Valletta 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 Valletta.

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Albufeira vs. Valletta Travel Comparison

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