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

Should you visit Faro or La Spezia?

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

La Spezia

Located on the coast beside the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is known for its military and commercial harbors hosting the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is also well connected by rail and by boat to Cinque Terre National Park - a unique collection of five medieval villages along the coastline - as well as other coastal towns of the region. Other attractions include a number of museums as well as an annual boat race called Palio de Golfo.

Which city is cheaper, La Spezia 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 La Spezia is €159. 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 La Spezia 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in La Spezia, €180 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in La Spezia, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €90, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Faro 59
    La Spezia 90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 118
    La Spezia 180

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.

While meal prices in La Spezia can vary, the average travelers spends about €45 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in La Spezia should cost around €18 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in La Spezia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Faro 41
    La Spezia 45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Spezia

For La Spezia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $95
  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour: $97
  • Dining experience at a local's home in La Spezia with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Cinque Terre: $111
  • Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia: $111
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in La Spezia: $162
  • Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia: $174
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina’s home with Tasting in Cinque Terre: $180
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Local Market Visit and Private Cooking Class in Local Home in La Spezia: $267
  • Local market visit + private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre: $267

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 La Spezia than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €33 on transportation in La Spezia on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 6.90
    La Spezia 33

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 La Spezia

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

  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to La Spezia or vice versa: $619
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to La Spezia or vice versa: $602
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to La Spezia or vice versa: $585
  • Departure Private Transfer Cinque Terre to La Spezia by Luxury Vehicle: $93
  • Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Private Transfer to La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $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 La Spezia, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €29 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 56
    La Spezia 29

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 La Spezia

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

  • Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro: $234
  • Cinque Terre 3-Day Tour from Florence: $782
  • Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (2 hours max 4 people): $597
  • Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour from La Spezia (3 hours max 4 people): $746
  • Cinque Terre Private Cruise Ship Guests: $1,244
  • Cinque Terre Private Guided tour by ferry-boat or train from La Spezia: $285
  • Cinque Terre Private Tour by Minivan and Ferry-Boat from La Spezia: $851
  • Cinque Terre hiking tour from La Spezia port: $68
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port: $61
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Train Station: $61
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $560
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $56

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting La Spezia spend on average €28 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro -
    La Spezia 28

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 La Spezia

Also in La Spezia, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Cinque Terre Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $83
  • Wine Tour between Liguria and Tuscany from La Spezia: $195
  • Authentic Cinque Terre Guided Tour with Wine Tasting: $198
  • Cinqueterre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia with Top Guide & Wine Tasting: $335
  • Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre from La Spezia with Local Guide and Wine Tasting: $348
  • Shore Excursion from Chocolate & Truffle Valley, Pisa & Wine Tour.: $756
  • Day trip from La Spezia pier: San Gimignano and wine tasting - private tour: $756


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Faro and La Spezia, we can see that La Spezia is more expensive. And not only is Faro much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Faro would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Faro 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 La Spezia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Spezia than you might in Faro.

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