Should you visit Antalya or Faro?
Should I visit Antalya or Faro? 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.
Antalya is the largest city along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and the eighth largest city in the country with over one million people in the metropolitan area. The city dates back to about 200 BC when it was settled by the Attalid Dynasty of Pergamon and soon conquered by the Romans. The city was ruled by several different groups and most recently was transferred to Italian suzerainty following World War I. It became part of Turkey following the War of Independence. The city has seen an influx of development in recent years and it has grown into a tourism mecca with more than 12 million visitors in 2014.
Faro (or sometimes Faros) is the capital city of the scenic Algarve Region of Portugal, located at the edge of the Ria Formosa National Park. This is a fantastic place to experience the beauty, culture, and traditions of Portugal in laid back atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. Faro offers everything from ancient architecture to beautiful beaches all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Algarve Region.
Which city is cheaper, Faro or Antalya?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Antalya is $54, while the average daily cost in Faro is $154. 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 Antalya and Faro in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $52 in Antalya For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The prices for places to stay in Faro can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $70, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $140.
On average, meal and food prices in Antalya cost around $18 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.20.
Faro food costs typically run travelers around $48 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Antalya
For Antalya, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show with Dinner:
Antalya'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 $8.73 per person, per day on transportation in Antalya.
To get around in Faro, the average visitor spends $8.15 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Antalya
Also for Antalya, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Boat Tour to Kekova and Sunken City From Antalya Incl.Transfer:
Private Transfer : Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfer from Antalya to Cappadocia:
Private Transfers Between Antalya Airport - Antalya City Centre:
Antalya Airport Arrivals Transfer to Alanya:
Antalya Airport: KAS Private Arrival Transfer:
Antalya Airport: Patara Private Transfer:
Private Sightseeing and Airport Departure Transfer:
From Antalya to Kalkan Private Transfer:
Private Transfer From Antalya Airport to Kas:
Antalya Airport (AYT) Departure Transfer (Alanya Hotels to Antalya Airport):
Antalya Airport: Arrival Transfer to Side:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro
Also for Faro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer to Lisbon from Algarve:
Transfer from Faro airport to Zambujeira do Mar:
Transfer from Faro airport to Vilamoura or Quarteira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago:
Transfer from Faro airport to Tavira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Porches:
Transfer from Faro airport to Ponta Grande Resort:
Transfer from Faro airport to Paraiso de Albufeira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Olhos de Água:
Transfer from Faro airport to Lagos:
Transfer from Faro airport to Isla Canela or Cristina:
Transfer from Faro airport to Huelva:
Is it cheaper to fly into Antalya or Faro?
Prices for flights to both Faro and Antalya 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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Antalya can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
In Faro, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $66 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Antalya
For Antalya, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-Day Cappadocia Tour:
A Day at Kas Beach Tour:
Admission Ticket to Sandland Antalya:
Alanya: Horse Riding Adventure:
Alanya: Tandem Paragliding Experience:
Antalya 4x4 and White Water Rafting Adventure with Lunch:
Antalya Aquarium Tour from Kemer, Beldibi, Kiris, Camyuva, Goynuk, Tekirova:
Antalya City Tour:
Antalya City Tour - ANT2:
Antalya City Tour - Small group Tour:
Antalya City Tour Private Tour 1 to 6 peoples:
Antalya City Tour and Duden Waterfalls Visit with Boat Trip:
Tours and Activities in Faro
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Faro.
3 Days in BMW R nineT Scrambler Tour:
7 Fountains Walking Tour from Faro:
7-Day Off The Beaten Track Algarve Walk Tour:
8 Days Tour - North & South of Portugal:
Algarve Beauties cave Tour - Benagil cave and Marinha beach from Faro:
Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour:
Algarve Private & CustomTour:
Algarve: Animaris Desert Island & Ria Formosa Day Tour:
Amoreira River Kayak Tour:
Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Barranco Grottos & Caves Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Typically, people visiting Antalya spend on average $8.11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Faro
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:
Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Antalya and Faro, we can see that Faro is more expensive. And not only is Antalya much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Antalya would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Antalya 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 Faro would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Faro than you might in Antalya.
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