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

Should you visit Ericeira or Albufeira?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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 Ericeira and Albufeira can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Ericeira or Albufeira?


Beneath an indigo sky, a city perches at the edge of sandstone cliffs that overlook the vast expanse of the Atlantic. A seaside resort and fishing community, Ericeira is located in western Portugal within the municipality of Mafra. A picturesque village, Ericeira is quaint, quiet, and absolutely breathtaking with a population of no more than 10,260. Because of its blue waters and pristine coastlines, it has been named the Surfing Mecca of Europe. The town was a famous summer retreat for the families of Lisbon during the 1940s and 1950s and still remains so today for families beyond Lisbon's borders. Ericeira also has a World Surfing Reserve, the first in Europe and second in the world. Besides the many beaches on Ericeira, including Ribeira d'Ilhas, Pescadores, and Mataduoro, the town also has a park called Parque de Santa Maria as well as an old town center that has a collection of cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars. There are also some important landmarks that can be explored as no more than a brief visit, such as Forte Mil Regos and Casa De Cultura Jaime Lobo E. Silvs. Whether you are a surfer, fisher, or simply a lover of the beach, Ericeira is the perfect place for those who wish to experience the Atlantic like never before.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Portugal, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lisbon, The Best 10-Day Tours from Lisbon, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Porto.

Which place is cheaper, Albufeira or Ericeira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ericeira is €100, while the average daily cost in Albufeira is €148. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Ericeira and Albufeira in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ericeira 51
    Albufeira 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ericeira 102
    Albufeira 148
Compare Hotels in Ericeira and Albufeira

Looking for a hotel in Ericeira or Albufeira? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Ericeira

Hotels in Albufeira

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Albufeira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ericeira 25
    Albufeira 34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ericeira

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

  • Lisbon Airport Private Transfer: $81
  • Lisbon: Private Transfer between the Airport & Ericeira Area: $76
  • Private Transfer To or From Ericeira: $92
  • Transfer Privado de/para Aeroporto de Lisboa para Ericeira: $50
  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Ericeira: $92

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Private transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon with 2 hours sightseeing: $284
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $166
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $151
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $151
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $140
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $140
  • Private Transfer from Vila Real de Santo António to Faro (FAO) Airport: $134
  • Transfer Silves - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $99
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $99
  • Transfer Albufeira - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $90
  • Private Transfer from Cacela Velha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $90
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Departure Transfer (Vilamoura Hotels to Faro Airport): $89

Is it cheaper to fly into Ericeira or Albufeira?

Prices for flights to both Albufeira and Ericeira 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Ericeira 25
    Albufeira 48

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

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

  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $61
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $61
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $66
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $75
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $110

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ericeira 26
    Albufeira 39

Tours and Activities in Ericeira

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

  • Custom-Tailored Immersive Photo Experiences: $49
  • Highlights & Culinary Kickstart of Ericeira | PRIVATE Tour: $72
  • Ericeira Private Tour: Hidden Gastronomic Gems with lunch: $107
  • Lisbon: Wellington's Defensive Lines Tour: $390

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Full Day Private Tour in Silves and Coast Gems: $191
  • Safari Experience with Traditional Tapas: $76
  • 3 Hour Benagil Sunset and Coastline Boat Tour in Albufeira: $36
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $94
  • 70 Minutes Guided Old Ruins Walking Tour in Albufeira: $22
  • 70 Minutes Guided Secrets of Albufeira Walking Tour: $22
  • Adventure between friends - Private safari, from 1 to 6 PAX: $163
  • Albufeira (FULL DAY) Jeep Safari Tour : $74
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $33
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $19
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $44
  • Albufeira 2 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $49

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ericeira 17
    Albufeira 26

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Porches (Algarve): $49
  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $54
  • Wine Tasting Tour in Algarve Winery : $58
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $59
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $64
  • Small-Group Wine Tour & Silves Exploration (from Albufeira): $68
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $71
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $75
  • Albufeira Coast Tour with Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri Lunch: $75
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $108
  • Full day Tour in Silves with Wine Tasting: $131

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Ericeira Expensive? and Is Albufeira Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Ericeira or Albufeira?

Albufeira has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Ericeira. When comparing the sizes of Ericeira and Albufeira, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Ericeira or Albufeira?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Ericeira or Albufeira in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Ericeira as well as Albufeira. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Ericeira is generally around the same temperature as Albufeira. Daily temperatures in Ericeira average around 23°C (73°F), and Albufeira fluctuates around 25°C (78°F).

Ericeira usually gets more rain in July than Albufeira. Ericeira gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ericeira 23°C (73°F) 
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Albufeira in the Autumn?

Both Albufeira and Ericeira are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year.

Ericeira is around the same temperature as Albufeira in the autumn. The daily temperature in Ericeira averages around 19°C (66°F) in October, and Albufeira fluctuates around 19°C (67°F).

In October, Ericeira usually receives more rain than Albufeira. Ericeira gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ericeira 19°C (66°F) 
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Albufeira in the Winter?

Both Albufeira and Ericeira during the winter are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Albufeira for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Ericeira is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the winter temperatures in Ericeira in January average around 12°C (53°F), and Albufeira averages at about 11°C (52°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Ericeira. Ericeira usually gets more rain in January than Albufeira. Ericeira gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ericeira 12°C (53°F) 
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Albufeira in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Ericeira and Albufeira. Furthermore, many visitors come to Albufeira in the spring for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In April, Ericeira is generally around the same temperature as Albufeira. Daily temperatures in Ericeira average around 16°C (60°F), and Albufeira fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

In April, Ericeira usually receives more rain than Albufeira. Ericeira gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ericeira 16°C (60°F) 
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Albufeira and Ericeira

Ericeira Albufeira
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)