A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Faro vs. Toulon for Nightlife, Food, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, and Beaches

Should you visit Faro or Toulon?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Faro

Faro is a popular, busy, and active resort town. It's also known for nightlife, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Toulon

Toulon is a industrial, authentic, and off-the-beaten-path port city. It's a gorgeous place to visit. Other reasons to visit include museums, nightlife, and food.

Faro and Toulon: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less family-friendly
Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Not as popular for scuba diving and snorkeling


How is Faro different from Toulon?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Toulon and Faro. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Food?

Faro
Toulon

Both Faro and Toulon offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Faro offers some easy restaurants to choose from. It has become a major tourist town, so you have to get a bit creative to find a more traditional restaurant. Look for fresh seafood like cod, monkfish, or shellfish if you want some local flavors.

Visitors will find a budding food and restaurant scene in Toulon. There are a variety of cafes and restaurants that are found along the harbor or in the old town. Whether you want waterfront views or a charming street front cafe, there are great options available. Many restaurants offer local seafood but you'll also find pastries, traditional local food, a several Italian restaurants.


Is Faro or Toulon Better for Nightlife?

Faro
Toulon

The vibe at night is comparable in Faro and Toulon.

Many people head to Faro for the nightlife scene. The city's bustling party scene thrives along Rua de São Pedro, Rua Conselheiro Bívar, and Rua do Prior.

There's a variety of activities in the evening in Toulon. It's a relatively large city and traditionally a sailor's town, so the city has a long running tradition of partying into the night. While it doesn't have the party-hard reputation of some places, you likely won't be bored at night. Head to the harbor area or the beaches around Mourillon for the most lively bars and cafes.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Faro
Toulon

You'll find snorkeling or scuba diving in both Faro and Toulon.

Faro has a few areas where visitors often go scuba diving or snorkeling. There are both snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in the area. It's possible to snorkel off of several beaches or arrange a scuba diving excursion with a local dive shop.

Snorkeling is an option in Toulon. There are a few beaches in the area that are worth checking out with a mask and snorkel. You'll likely see some underwater life hanging out by the rocks in the quieter areas.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Beaches?

Faro
Toulon

Both Faro and Toulon have beaches worth visiting.

Faro has a beach worth visiting. The most popular beach in the area is Faro Beach. It can get crowded during the summer months but if you walk a bit you can often get away from the crowds. To reach the beach you'll need a car or you can take the bus as the beach is about 10 km away.

Plenty of visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach in Toulon. The beaches are sandy and less crowded than some of the more popular areas. The most accessible beach is Mourillon Beach which has public facilities and restaurants. If you're willing to venture a little farther from the center of town you'll find to Mitre Beach which has some snorkeling. Battere Basse Beach is a bit quieter and also has snorkeling. Anse de Méjean is a popular spot with the locals.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for its Old Town?

Faro
Toulon

Faro and Toulon both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

Faro is a good destination for visiting its old town. You'll find historic buildings and cobblestone streets in the old town. It's a nice place to explore, grab a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.

You can check out the historic old town in Toulon. The old town has plazas, terraced cafes, and plenty of outdoor shopping opportunities that visitors can enjoy.


Is Faro or Toulon Better for Shopping?

Faro
Toulon

If you're looking to go shopping, Faro and Toulon both offer plenty of spots.

Plenty of visitors enjoy shopping while in Faro. The town isn't as big as some others, so it's shopping scene isn't as comprehensive, but you will find the major brands as well as souvenir shops to peruse when you need a break from the beach.

Toulon is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. If you're looking for traditional local shopping opportunities then this is your place. There are a number of traditional Provençal markets around town but the most famous is Cours Lafayette. You can shop with the locals looking for produce or flowers. There's also a weekend farmers market, Petit Cours, that is fun to explore.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Families?

Faro
Toulon

Faro and Toulon are both fun destinations for the whole family.

For families, Faro is not always the best place to visit. There are some nice nature reserves in the area so kids who love wildlife will enjoy a visit.

Toulon is a family-friendly place to visit. The city may be known as a hub for the French navy, but there are also activities that kids and adults alike can enjoy. There are several military themed museums, a few good beaches, and local shopping. There's also the enjoyable cable car ride that you can take to the top of Mont Faron as well as several nice seaside walks in the area.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Couples?

Faro
Toulon

Faro and Toulon are both fun to visit as a couple.

Faro is a nice destination for couples. With the beautiful natural areas and historic old town, this seaport makes a nice couples vacation.

Toulon makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Couples will appreciate the walks along the coast or through the harbor. There are also nice restaurants, interesting art galleries, and a few good hotels around town that make for a nice couple's weekend.

Is Faro or Toulon Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Faro
Toulon

For backpackers, both Faro and Toulon are fairly comparable places to visit.

It's common for backpackers to visit Faro. The are some good hostels in the area, but it's a bit tricky to get around without a car.

Toulon is a good resort town to visit for backpackers. It doesn't have the reputation of many nearby towns along the French Riviera, so you can still find some affordable hostels and cafes in the area. You also won't find the crowds so you can enjoy a touch of the authentic local culture.


Is Faro or Toulon Better for Public Transit?

Faro
Toulon

Faro and Toulon both offer public transit to get you around.

While Faro offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses that connect the city to the beach, the airport, and other outlying areas.

Toulon has a few public transit options. There are buses as well as petits trains (little tourist trains) that you can take around town.

Is Faro or Toulon a more walkable city?

Faro
Toulon

Faro and Toulon are similar when it comes to walkability.

Faro is somewhat walkable. The city's old town is particularly walkable.

Toulon is a very walkable resort town. You can walk around the old town and harbor area where many of the sights are concentrated.

Should I spend more time in Toulon or Faro?

How long in Faro or Toulon?

You'll be able to find lots of things to do in Faro or Toulon to fill your time. Many people usually spend more of their time in Faro than Toulon.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Faro is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Toulon is 1-2 days.


  • How many days in Faro or Toulon? Ideal Length of Stay
    Faro 2-5 
    Toulon 1-2

One day in Faro or Toulon?

Many travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the destination of Faro. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

Visitors enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the destination of Toulon. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One day is usually enough time to experience most activities.

A weekend in Faro or Toulon?

Faro is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Toulon is a fun place to experience. If you have a weekend, this is a great place to go. A weekend is often enough time to do most activities. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.


Five days in Faro or Toulon?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Faro. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

You'll find museums and nightlife around the real world destination of Toulon. This port city offers something for everyone. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

A week in Faro or Toulon?

Travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the popular destination of Faro. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

The authentic port city of Toulon offers nightlife and food. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips.

Which city is cheaper, Toulon or Faro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Faro is €107, while the average daily cost in Toulon is €95. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Faro and Toulon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Faro 60
    Toulon 63
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 120
    Toulon 126
Compare Hotels in Faro and Toulon

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Hotels in Faro


Hotels in Toulon


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 7.62
    Toulon 5.71

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 Shared Arrival Transfer to Armação de Pêra: $16
  • Faro Private Transfer to Albufeira: $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 Toulon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Toulon:

  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Mandelieu La Napoule: $340
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Saint-Raphael: $274
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Antibes: $220
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Le Trayas: $191
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Le Cannet: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Theoule: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Seillans: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Mougins: $178
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Fayence: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Tourrettes: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Callian: $166
  • Private Transfer from Toulon Hyeres Airport to Montauroux: $166

Is it cheaper to fly into Faro or Toulon?

Prices for flights to both Toulon 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Faro 29
    Toulon 24

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 7.53
    Toulon 11

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
  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train: $6.84
  • Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket: $11
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour: $34
  • From 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $34
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • From 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45

Tours and Activities in Toulon

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

  • Full-Day VIP Village Tour of Provence: $498
  • Guided Tour in Port & Old City: $50
  • Provence Villages Private Day Tour including Cassis Toulon Shore Excursion: $998

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro 2.50
    Toulon 11

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 Toulon

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toulon:

  • Toulon Shore Excursion - Private Full Day Wine Tour in Provence: $349


When comparing the travel costs between Faro and Toulon, we can see that Faro is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Faro or Toulon?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Faro or Toulon in the Summer?

Both Toulon and Faro during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Faro for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Toulon because of the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences.

Faro is around the same temperature as Toulon in the summer. The temperature in Faro is usually 25°C (78°F) in July, and Toulon stays around 24°C (75°F).

In Toulon, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Faro. In the summer, Faro often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Toulon. Faro gets 374 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Toulon receives 366 hours of full sun.

Faro usually gets less rain in July than Toulon. Faro gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Faro 25°C (78°F) 
    Toulon 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Faro or Toulon in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Faro and Toulon. The autumn months attract visitors to Faro because of the shopping scene. Furthermore, the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Toulon this time of year.

In the autumn, Faro is a little warmer than Toulon. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Faro in October are around 20°C (68°F), and Toulon is about 16°C (61°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Toulon this time of the year. In Faro, it's very sunny this time of the year. Faro usually receives more sunshine than Toulon during autumn. Faro gets 222 hours of sunny skies, while Toulon receives 205 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Faro usually receives less rain than Toulon. Faro gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Faro 20°C (68°F) 
    Toulon 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Faro or Toulon in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Faro as well as Toulon. The shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Faro this time of year. Additionally, many travelers come to Toulon for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Faro is generally much warmer than Toulon. Temperatures in Faro average around 12°C (54°F), and Toulon stays around 7°C (44°F).

In the winter, Faro often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Toulon. Faro gets 161 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Toulon receives 150 hours of full sun.

Faro usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Toulon. Faro gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 73 mm (2.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Faro 12°C (54°F) 
    Toulon 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Faro or Toulon in the Spring?

Both Toulon and Faro are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Faro for the beaches. Also, many visitors come to Toulon in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

Faro is a little warmer than Toulon in the spring. The temperature in Faro is usually 17°C (62°F) in April, and Toulon stays around 13°C (56°F).

It's quite sunny in Toulon. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Faro. Faro usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Toulon during spring. Faro gets 248 hours of sunny skies, while Toulon receives 245 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Faro usually receives less rain than Toulon. Faro gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Toulon receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Faro 17°C (62°F) 
    Toulon 13°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Toulon and Faro

Faro Toulon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 7°C (44°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Feb 13°C (56°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
Mar 15°C (58°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 10°C (50°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (56°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (74°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (69°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 16°C (61°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)


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