Should you visit Faro or Cinque Terre?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Faro or Cinque Terre, 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 (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.
Located on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, Cinque Terra consists of five seaside villages exuding a charm that dates back to medieval times. Fishing boats bob in the harbors, bringing fresh seafood to the tables of the region, while age old vineyards make for fragrant signature wines. Cinque Terre is considered to be a National Park, with its five villages earning a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List for their beauty and timelessness.
Which city is cheaper, Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre is €110. 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 Cinque Terre in more detail.
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.
The prices for places to stay in Cinque Terre can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.
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.
Cinque Terre's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €12 per person, per day on transportation in Cinque Terre.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro
Also for Faro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer to Lisbon from Algarve:
Transfer from Faro airport to Zambujeira do Mar:
Transfer from Faro airport to Vilamoura or Quarteira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago:
Transfer from Faro airport to Tavira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Porches:
Transfer from Faro airport to Ponta Grande Resort:
Transfer from Faro airport to Paraiso de Albufeira:
Transfer from Faro airport to Olhos de Água:
Transfer from Faro airport to Lagos:
Transfer from Faro airport to Isla Canela or Cristina:
Transfer from Faro airport to Huelva:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cinque Terre
Also for Cinque Terre, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre:
Is it cheaper to fly into Faro or Cinque Terre?
Prices for flights to both Cinque Terre 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.
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.
The price of a meal in Cinque Terre can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Cinque Terre €33
Typical Food prices in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour:
Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner:
In Faro, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €56 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Cinque Terre can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €10 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
7 Fountains Walking Tour from Faro:
7-Day Off The Beaten Track Algarve Walk Tour:
8 Days Tour - North & South of Portugal:
Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket:
Algarve Beauties cave Tour - Benagil cave and Marinha beach from Faro:
Algarve Dolphin Watching & Marine Life Eco Tour:
Algarve Private & CustomTour:
Algarve: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro:
Amoreira River Kayak Tour:
Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:
Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
Tours and Activities in Cinque Terre
For Cinque Terre, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook:
Small Group Guided Tour from Florence:
From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch:
From Florence: Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Lucca Guided Tour:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour:
From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting:
From Pisa: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour:
Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre:
Typically, people visiting Cinque Terre spend on average €5.37 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Faro
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:
Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting:
Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Cinque Terre:
Glass of Local Wine
Sample the Local Flavors in Cinque Terre
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cinque Terre:
Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Faro and Cinque Terre, we can see that Faro is more expensive. And not only is Cinque Terre much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cinque Terre would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre.
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