A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cagliari vs. Portofino

Should you visit Cagliari or Portofino?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Cagliari and Portofino can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cagliari

Cagliari is the capital of the Italian island, Sardinia, located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is best known for its abundance of seafood, beach access, and an array of architecture that reflects both Roman and medieval history.

Portofino

Located on the Italian Riviera coastline just southeast of Genoa, Portofino is known first and foremost as a resort town and popular yachting destination. The half-moon village sits in pastels, curving into a beautiful harbor of fishing boats and luxury yachts. A castle on a hill overlooks it all, while shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels make up the spread down below. Portofino also has opportunities for hiking, diving, and boating.

Which city is cheaper, Portofino or Cagliari?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cagliari is €96, while the average daily cost in Portofino is €261. 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 Cagliari and Portofino in more detail.




Accommodation

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €106 in Cagliari For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €152. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Portofino the cost is €304 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cagliari 53
    Portofino 152
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cagliari 106
    Portofino 304


Food

On average, meal and food prices in Cagliari cost around €28 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 €11.

In Portofino travelers spend around €94 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cagliari 28
    Portofino 94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cagliari

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

  • Culurgiones Cooking Class Cagliari: $71
  • Homemade fresh pasta cooking: $90
  • Cooking class & Lunch in Cagliari: $102
  • Dining experience at a local's home in Cagliari with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Cagliari: $111
  • Cooking and eating with a Sardinian family: $133
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in Cagliari: $162
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Cagliari: $180
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in Cagliari: $180
  • Cagliari Shore Excursion: Sardinian Traditional Cooking Class with Lunch: $185
  • Local market visit and private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cagliari: $267

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portofino

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Portofino.

  • Private cooking class at the old mill in Portofino: $261


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cagliari than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €24 on transportation in Cagliari on average per day.

The average price of local transportation around Portofino is €18 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cagliari 24
    Portofino 18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cagliari

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

  • Private VIP Transfer from Cagliari Airport to Cagliari: $22
  • Private VIP Transfer from Cagliari to Cagliari Airport: $22
  • Private VIP Transfer from Cagliari Airport to Quartu S.Elena: $22
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG) to Cagliari: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Cagliari to Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG): $28
  • Transfer/taxi Cagliari Airport - Cagliari city: $39
  • Transfer from airport to cagliari: $43
  • Private VIP Transfer from Cagliari Airport to Santa Margherita di Pula: $68
  • Private VIP Transfer from Cagliari Airport to Villasimius: $75
  • Private Airport Transfer to the Area of Chia: $166
  • Private transfer: Cagliari to Cagliari Airport (CAG): $622

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portofino

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portofino:

  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,512
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $952
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Van Transfer: $56
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Car Transfer: $100
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $56
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $100


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Cagliari, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €13 per day, per person.

Portofino's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €22 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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cagliari 13
    Portofino 22

Tours and Activities in Cagliari

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

  • Cagliari Walking tour: $35
  • Cagliari Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Tuk Tuk tour in the centre of Cagliari 4 districts: $41
  • Cagliari Easy Tour: $45
  • Castello Walking tour and the Giants of Mont'e Prama: $50
  • Tuk Tuk tour in the centre of Cagliari 4 districts and flamingo spotting: $56
  • Tuk Tuk tour of Cagliari 4 districts and Castle of San Michele: $56
  • Ebike tour Cagliari: $61
  • Tuk Tuk tour in Cagliari city, Flamingo spotting and Castle of San Michele: $66
  • Flamingos Sightseeing Segway Tour: $66
  • Tour to Su Nuraxi of Barumini: $70
  • Tour to the archaeological site of Nora: $70

Tours and Activities in Portofino

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Portofino are as follows:

  • 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino: $39
  • Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino: $51
  • Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso: $235
  • Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino: $61
  • Portofino Kayak Tour: $60
  • Portofino Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience: $51
  • Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure Small Group Tour with Local Dirver: $235
  • Portofino private boat tour: $1,058
  • Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks: $86
  • SUP Adventure in Portofino, Stand Up Paddling in the Park: $86
  • Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay: $44


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Cagliari spend on average €6.06 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about €13 on alcoholic beverages in Portofino per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cagliari 6.06
    Portofino 13

Sample the Local Flavors in Cagliari

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

  • Guided Wine tasting with a Sommelier: $62
  • WINE TOUR in a winery among the vineyards: $80
  • cultural walking tour, food and wine tasting experience: $83
  • Wine tour aroud vineyards of Cagliari: $85
  • Wine tasting: $96
  • Small-Group Food and Wine Tour from Cagliari: $106



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cagliari and Portofino, we can see that Portofino is more expensive. And not only is Cagliari much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cagliari would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cagliari 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 Portofino would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Portofino than you might in Cagliari.

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