A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Faro vs. Azores

Should you visit Faro or Azores?

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

Faro

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.

Azores

The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.

Which city is cheaper, Azores or Faro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Faro is €130, while the average daily cost in Azores is €107. 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 Faro and Azores in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Faro can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €59, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €118.

Travelers usually pay around €108 for a double occupancy room in Azores 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
    Faro 59
    Azores 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 118
    Azores 108

Food

Faro food costs typically run travelers around €41 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.

In Azores travelers spend around €36 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
    Faro 41
    Azores 36

Local Transportation

To get around in Faro, the average visitor spends €6.90 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.

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


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 6.90
    Azores 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Transfer to Lisbon from Algarve: $246
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Zambujeira do Mar: $228
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Vilamoura or Quarteira: $37
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago: $37
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Tavira: $56
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Porches: $62
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Ponta Grande Resort: $44
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Paraiso de Albufeira: $44
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Olhos de Água: $44
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Lagos: $87
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Isla Canela or Cristina: $109
  • Transfer from Faro airport to Huelva: $174

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Azores

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

  • Private Transfer from Posto Santo to Terceira Lajes (TER) Airport: $62
  • Private Transfer from Livramento to Azores (PDL) Airport: $31

Entertainment

In Faro, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €56 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Azores, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €17 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 56
    Azores 17

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: $523
  • 7 Fountains Walking Tour from Faro: $118
  • 7-Day Off The Beaten Track Algarve Walk Tour: $2,687
  • 8 Days Tour - North & South of Portugal: $1,896
  • Algarve Beauties cave Tour - Benagil cave and Marinha beach from Faro: $64
  • Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour: $56
  • Algarve Private & CustomTour: $93
  • Algarve Tour: $435
  • Algarve: Animaris Desert Island & Ria Formosa Day Tour: $36
  • Amoreira River Kayak Tour: $50
  • Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour: $50
  • Barranco Grottos & Caves Stand Up Paddle Tour: $62

Tours and Activities in Azores

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

  • Fortress Tour: $31
  • Full day Van Tour: $87
  • Half Day - Fire Tour (Lagoa do Fogo): $49
  • Jeep Tour - Furnas & Vila Franca do Campo (Full Day) with lunch: $121
  • Jeep Tour - Lagoa de Fogo (Half Day): $78
  • Jeep Tour Lagoa de Fogo & Sete Cidades (Full Day) with lunch: $121
  • Terceira Island Photo Experience: Full-Day Tour: $124
  • Terceira Island Private Tour: Full-Day: $84
  • Trail Run Experience: $68
  • Western Wonders - Private Tour (Flexible start and end time): $177

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Azores spend on average €7.71 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro -
    Azores 7.71

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


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

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