Should you visit Faro or Crete?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Faro or Crete, 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.
The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.
Which city is cheaper, Crete 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 Crete is €53. 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 Crete 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.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €28. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €56 on average.
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 Crete cost around €17 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 €6.80.
Meals for one day
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 €10 per day to get around in Crete.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro
Also for Faro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Algarve private transfer to Seville:
Algarve to/from Seville Transfer:
Arrival Transfer Faro Airport - Carvoeiro:
Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Albufeira or Açoteias by Private Vehicle:
Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Meia Praia or Lagos by Private Vehicle:
Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Vilamoura or Qta do Lago by Private Vehicle:
Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers):
Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 8 passengers):
Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (1 to 4 passengers):
Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers):
Faro Airport (Algarve) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Vilamoura Hotels or Address):
Faro Airport FAO Transfer to Alvor, Carvoeiro or Portimão by Private Vehicle:
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 €11 per person, per day in Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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:
Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro:
Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa:
Algarve: Animaris Desert Island & Ria Formosa Day Tour:
Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro:
Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa:
Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands:
Private Speed Boat Tour:
Stand Up Paddle tour, Ria Formosa:
Amoreira River Kayak Tour:
Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Ingrina to Barranco Grottos Kayak Tour:
Tours and Activities in Crete
Here are a few actual costs in Crete for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete:
Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Day Tour From Rethymno:
Small Villages Cretan Nature & Aposelemis canyon E-Bike tour with Café stop:
Traditional Cretan Village Bakery Class and Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Crete may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.42 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Faro
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:
Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Faro and Crete, we can see that Faro is more expensive. And not only is Crete much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Crete would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Crete 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 Crete.
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