A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Faro vs. Albufeira for Nightlife, Resorts, Beaches, and Couples

Should you visit Faro or Albufeira?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Faro or Albufeira, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Faro

Faro is a busy, active, and popular resort town. And you can't forget about the beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Albufeira

Albufeira is a touristy, popular, and activity-filled resort town. Since it's a large city, you'll find plenty of things to do. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. Other reasons to visit include hiking, nightlife, and food.

Faro and Albufeira: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Good for shopping
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping


How is Faro different from Albufeira?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Albufeira and Faro. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Food?

Faro
Albufeira

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Albufeira a bit more than Faro.

The food selection at local restaurants is excellent in Albufeira. As the largest resort town in the Algarve, the city also has the widest selection of restaurants. There are traditional options that serve up classic dishes like grilled sardines, as well as international restaurants with traveler favorites. As expected, you'll find a lot of seafood, but you'll also find inland influences from local farms in the area.

You'll find the standard options when it comes to food in Faro. It has become a major tourist town, so you have to get a bit creative to find a more traditional restaurant. Look for fresh seafood like cod, monkfish, or shellfish if you want some local flavors.


Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Nightlife?

Faro
Albufeira

The vibe at night is comparable in Faro and Albufeira.

Many people head to Faro for the nightlife scene. The city's bustling party scene thrives along Rua de São Pedro, Rua Conselheiro Bívar, and Rua do Prior.

Albufeira is a must-see party destination. It's probably the most infamous party destination in the Algarve and it won't disappoint. During the peak summer months you'll find the streets around the popular "Strip" filled with tourists and party-goers. There are hen and stag parties, backpackers, and drunken travelers out for a good time. The Strip has become so popular that there are now bars and clubs on the adjacent streets as well. If you're not staying in the area, you'll likely want to take a taxi, as it's a couple kilometers outside of the town center.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Resorts?

Faro
Albufeira

With a similar set of options, resorts can be found in both Faro and Albufeira.

Faro offers an unforgettable resort vacation. Popular resorts include Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa, Conrad Algarve, and Tivoli Carvoeiro.

Albufeira is a world class resort vacation destination. As the largest resort town in the Algarve, you'll find a wide selection of hotels to choose from. Party-goers will want to stay near the Strip while families will prefer the old town or resorts in Olhos de Agua.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Faro
Albufeira

You'll find snorkeling or scuba diving in both Faro and Albufeira.

Faro has a few areas where visitors often go scuba diving or snorkeling. There are both snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in the area. It's possible to snorkel off of several beaches or arrange a scuba diving excursion with a local dive shop.

Albufeira is an extremely popular place to visit for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are countless vendors who will take you by boat to explore the underwater world, either by snorkeling or scuba diving. The marine life is impressive and the water is generally clear.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Beaches?

Faro
Albufeira

Albufeira is considered to be a more popular beach destination than Faro.

The beaches in Albufeira are among the best in the world. With their golden sands and blue waters, the beaches are world class. The area also has a diversity of beaches that are perfect for all types of vacationers. For water sports, head to Praia dos Alemaes but for relaxation and catching some rays check out Praia da Falesia. You'll find some interesting rock formations at Praia dos Olhos de Agua. One of the most convenient beaches to town is Praia dos Pescadores. For nightlife you'll want to head to Praia da Oura.

Plenty of visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach in Faro. The most popular beach in the area is Faro Beach. It can get crowded during the summer months but if you walk a bit you can often get away from the crowds. To reach the beach you'll need a car or you can take the bus as the beach is about 10 km away.


Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Shopping?

Faro
Albufeira

Faro usually beats out Albufeira for shopping.

Plenty of visitors enjoy shopping while in Faro. The town isn't as big as some others, so it's shopping scene isn't as comprehensive, but you will find the major brands as well as souvenir shops to peruse when you need a break from the beach.

Albufeira has some shopping areas for those that seek them out. You'll find most of the shops are geared toward souvenirs or beach items, particularly near the beach and marina. If you look hard you might find some nice ceramics or items made of cork.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Families?

Faro
Albufeira

Faro and Albufeira are both fun destinations for the whole family.

For families, Faro is not always the best place to visit. There are some nice nature reserves in the area so kids who love wildlife will enjoy a visit.

Albufeira is a family-friendly place to visit. Despite it's reputation as a party-hard city, there are actually a lot of family-friendly activities in the area. Because it's the largest resort town in the Algarve, it also has the most activities to choose from, including theme parks, water parks, dolphin watching, ropes courses, go karting, and more. The best area's for families are in the old town or the most of the family-friendly resorts outside of town. Families should avoid staying near "the Strip."

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Couples?

Faro
Albufeira

Couples will find a longer list of romantic activities in Albufeira than Faro.

Albufeira has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. For an active honeymoon or couple's retreat, this resort town has it all. Beautiful beaches, adventure-filled activities, a wild nightlife scene, and excellent resorts and restaurants all make for a memorable couple's getaway.

Faro makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. With the beautiful natural areas and historic old town, this seaport makes a nice couples vacation.

Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Faro
Albufeira

Travelers usually think of Albufeira as a better destination for backpackers than Faro.

Many backpackers frequent Albufeira. If you're looking for a party, then you found it. The area is a top pick for European holidays, so you'll find plenty of energy and activities around town. There are also golden beaches and a decent selection of hostels to choose from.

Faro is a good resort town to visit for backpackers. The are some good hostels in the area, but it's a bit tricky to get around without a car.


Is Faro or Albufeira Better for Public Transit?

Faro
Albufeira

Faro and Albufeira both offer public transit to get you around.

While Faro offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses that connect the city to the beach, the airport, and other outlying areas.

Public transit is generally limited in Albufeira. There are regional buses and even trains, but do take note that many of the train and bus stations are a good distance outside of town.

Is Faro or Albufeira a more walkable city?

Faro
Albufeira

Faro and Albufeira are similar when it comes to walkability.

Faro is somewhat walkable. The city's old town is particularly walkable.

Albufeira is generally not very walkable. Most people prefer to hire a car, but if your hotel is near the beach and you're ok with walking to restaurants, then you may be able to get away without one. If you hope to travel into the countryside at all then a car is necessary.

Should I spend more time in Albufeira or Faro?

How long in Faro or Albufeira?

Both Faro and Albufeira have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Albufeira than Faro.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Faro is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Albufeira is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Faro or Albufeira? Ideal Length of Stay
    Faro 2-5 
    Albufeira 3-7

One day in Faro or Albufeira?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the resort town of Faro. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and nightlife when visiting the destination of Albufeira. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

A weekend in Faro or Albufeira?

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the popular destination of Faro. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this resort town has to offer. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Albufeira is a fun place to experience. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.


Five days in Faro or Albufeira?

You'll find nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling around the popular resort town of Faro. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this resort town makes for a great vacation. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this resort town has to offer.

Visitors enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the high energy destination of Albufeira. This resort town offers something for everyone. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

A week in Faro or Albufeira?

Faro is a popular choice for travelers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and nightlife when visiting the popular resort town of Albufeira. You'll find plenty of activities on the beach. Many people spend one week here. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Because of this, one week is usually enough time for a trip here.

Which city is cheaper, Albufeira or Faro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Faro is €107, while the average daily cost in Albufeira is €118. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Faro and Albufeira in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Faro 60
    Albufeira 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 120
    Albufeira 118
Compare Hotels in Faro and Albufeira

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Hotels in Faro


Hotels in Albufeira


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 7.62
    Albufeira 27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Algarve private transfer to Seville: $307
  • Algarve to/from Seville Transfer: $325
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport - Carvoeiro: $58
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Albufeira or Açoteias by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Meia Praia or Lagos by Private Vehicle: $78
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Vilamoura or Qta do Lago by Private Vehicle: $32
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers): $398
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (1 to 4 passengers): $435
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Vilamoura Hotels or Address): $45
  • Faro Airport FAO Transfer to Alvor, Carvoeiro or Portimão by Private Vehicle: $64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Transfer Algarve-Lisbon (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Sevilha Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $417
  • Private Transfer Central Algarve - Lisbon: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Central Algarve: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (up to 4 passangers): $360
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $235
  • Safe & Clean Economic Private Transfer Albufeira > Lisbon: $139

Is it cheaper to fly into Faro or Albufeira?

Prices for flights to both Albufeira and Faro 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Faro 29
    Albufeira 38

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 7.53
    Albufeira 31

Tours and Activities in Faro

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

  • Horse Experience For Children: Lead Rein Riding: $3.72
  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train: $6.84
  • Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket: $11
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour: $34
  • From 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $34
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • From 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45

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
  • Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil: $34
  • 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
  • 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience: $40
  • 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro 2.50
    Albufeira 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Faro

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:

  • Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting: $21

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 comparing the travel costs between Faro and Albufeira, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Faro 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 Faro or Albufeira in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Faro as well as Albufeira. Many visitors come to Faro in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Albufeira for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Faro is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the summer temperatures in Faro in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Albufeira is about 25°C (78°F).

Faro usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Albufeira. Faro gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Faro 25°C (78°F) 
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Faro or Albufeira in the Autumn?

Both Albufeira and Faro are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Faro for the shopping scene during these months. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Faro is generally around the same temperature as Albufeira. Temperatures in Faro average around 20°C (68°F), and Albufeira stays around 19°C (67°F).

In October, Faro usually receives around the same amount of rain as Albufeira. Faro gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Faro 20°C (68°F) 
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Faro or Albufeira in the Winter?

Both Albufeira and Faro during the winter are popular places to visit. The winter months attract visitors to Faro because of the shopping scene and the cuisine. Furthermore, the cuisine are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year.

Faro is around the same temperature as Albufeira in the winter. The temperature in Faro is usually 12°C (54°F) in January, and Albufeira stays around 11°C (52°F).

Faro usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Albufeira. Faro gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Faro 12°C (54°F) 
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Faro or Albufeira in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Faro and Albufeira. The beaches are the main draw to Faro this time of year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Albufeira for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Faro is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the spring temperatures in Faro in April are around 17°C (62°F), and Albufeira is about 15°C (60°F).

In April, Faro usually receives around the same amount of rain as Albufeira. Faro gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Faro 17°C (62°F) 
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Albufeira and Faro

Faro Albufeira
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 13°C (56°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 15°C (58°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)


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