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

Should you visit Faro or Braga?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Faro or Braga, 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.

Braga

Located in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal, Braga is a medium sized city with both historical and modern characteristics. There is a university in town, known as Universidade do Minho, which gives the city a young feel with a lot of life. There are also many bars, clubs, and activities around to keep you entertained.

Which city is cheaper, Braga 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 Braga is €67. 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 Braga 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €36. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Braga the cost is €72 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Faro 59
    Braga 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 118
    Braga 72


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.

On average, meal and food prices in Braga cost around €23 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 €9.20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Faro 41
    Braga 23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $53


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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €6.86 per day to get around in Braga.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 6.90
    Braga 6.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Faro Airport Transfer Service: $3.72
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Faro Airport to Algarve Hotels: $8.62
  • Faro Shared Transfer to Vilamoura: $11
  • Faro Private Transfer: To or From the Airport: $11
  • Private Arrival Transfer Faro Airport to Faro City: $11
  • Private Departure Transfer from Faro City to Faro Airport: $11
  • Faro Shared Arrival Transfer to Albufeira: $14
  • Faro Private Transfer to Vilamoura: $15
  • Faro Private Transfer to Albufeira: $16
  • Faro Shared Arrival Transfer to Armação de Pêra: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: Faro Airport (FAO) to Faro: $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Faro to Faro Airport (FAO): $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Private Transfer from Braga to Faro (FAO) Airport: $1,769
  • Private Premium Car Transfer from Braga to Lisbon with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $318
  • Transfer Aeroporto: $50
  • Braga Private Transfer to Porto: $37
  • Porto Private Transfer to or from Braga: $33
  • Braga City Tour Including Transfer to Bom Jesus: $24


Entertainment

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

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €5.14 per person, per day in Braga. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 56
    Braga 5.14

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
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Algarve: Animaris Desert Island & Ria Formosa Day Tour: $36
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45
  • Stand Up Paddle tour, Ria Formosa: $46
  • Amoreira River Kayak Tour: $50
  • Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour: $50
  • Ingrina to Barranco Grottos Kayak Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Braga

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

  • Alto Minho: Private & Premium Tour - All Included: $202
  • Barcelos: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour: $25
  • Braga Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Coimbra & Aveiro: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182
  • From Santiago de Compostela Experience: $348
  • Gerês Tour from Braga: $101
  • Guimaraes & Braga - Private Tour: $274
  • Half Day Original Braga City Tour: $55
  • Half-Day Guided Barcelos Highlights Tour from Braga: $52
  • Peneda Gerês National Park Tour @ Starting in Braga: $121
  • Romantic tour in Braga: $496
  • Santiago de Compostela: Private Tour with Lunch Included: $182


Alcohol

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro -
    Braga 13

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 Braga

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Braga:

  • Best of Porto Full Day Tour with Wine Tasting from Braga: $100
  • Douro Valley Full-Day Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting from Braga: $125



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

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