A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Faro vs. Valletta for Food, Old Town, Couples, and Nightlife

Should you visit Faro or Valletta?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Faro or Valletta, 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 active, popular, and busy resort town. It's also popular because of the scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and shopping.

Valletta

Valletta is a waterfront, historic, and charming town. Other reasons to visit include museums, nightlife, and food.

Faro and Valletta: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less popular old town
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Scenic old town
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Less attractive beach


How is Faro different from Valletta?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Food?

Faro
Valletta

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Valletta a bit more than Faro.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Valletta is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The town's culinary scene has a long history with many traditional flavors. You really must experience a meal in one of the traditional stone cellar restaurants, which often serve local meze. Head to Republic Street for a stretch of longstanding restaurants in town. Local dishes include stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew), bragioli (rolled meat covered in sauce), and lampuki pie (fish pie).

You'll find the standard options when it comes to food in Faro. 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.


Is Faro or Valletta Better for Nightlife?

Faro
Valletta

The vibe at night is comparable in Faro and Valletta.

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 Valletta. It wasn't long ago that the town went quiet in the evenings, but recent years have brought a surge in bars and clubs around town. You'll find the liveliest nightlife in areas around Strait Street and the Valletta Waterfront. If you're looking for a true clubbing scene, you'll want to head north out of town to Paceville.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Beaches?

Faro
Valletta

Both Faro and Valletta 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.

You can check out the beach in Valletta. There aren't any beaches in town, but if you head north to St. George’s Bay you'll find some nice beaches with a variety of resorts to choose from.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for its Old Town?

Faro
Valletta

The historic old town of Valletta is more notable.

The rich history of Valletta can be explored in its historical center. The old town is laid out with a uniform grid and the streets are lined with hundreds of historic buildings. At the heart of old town is Republic Street, which divides the area in half and is where you'll find a large concentration of restaurants.

Many people head to Faro to see the 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.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Shopping?

Faro
Valletta

If you're looking to go shopping, Faro and Valletta 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.

Valletta is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. For the best shopping head to Republic Street and Merchants Street where you'll find craft shops, boutiques, and other local souvenirs. Many visitors enjoy picking up blown glass, a locally made miniature, or cactus liquor. Lace is also a common local item that you'll find around town.


Is Faro or Valletta Better for Families?

Faro
Valletta

Faro and Valletta 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.

Valletta is a family-friendly place to visit. This charming town has nearby beaches as well as a few museums that kids will enjoy, including a toy museum. There are also several multi-media shows that educate visitors on the area's history. Make sure you check out Malta 5D and the Malta Experience.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Couples?

Faro
Valletta

Couples will find a longer list of romantic activities in Valletta than Faro.

Valletta has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. The town offers beautiful walks, luxury spa experiences, and evening sunset cruises that are seeped in romance. During the evening you can enjoy a cocktail hour and then dine in one of the town's many unique restaurants.

Faro makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. With the beautiful natural areas and historic old town, this seaport makes a nice couples vacation.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Faro
Valletta

For backpackers, both Faro and Valletta 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.

Valletta is a great resort town to visit for backpackers. The island has grown in popularity with backpackers, particularly those coming from Europe, as there are affordable flights and easy accessibility. You'll also find some nice hostels around town where you can stay on a budget.

Is Faro or Valletta Better for Public Transit?

Faro
Valletta

Faro and Valletta 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.

Valletta has a few public transit options. If you're not up for walking up and down the hills, there are some buses around town.


Is Faro or Valletta a more walkable city?

Faro
Valletta

Valletta is generally more walkable than Faro.

Valletta is a very easy town to get around on foot. The town is compact and easy to walk around with many sights within a short distance of each other. There's also very little street traffic.

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

Should I spend more time in Valletta or Faro?

How long in Faro or Valletta?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Faro and Valletta. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Faro than Valletta.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Faro is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Valletta is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Faro or Valletta? Ideal Length of Stay
    Faro 2-5 
    Valletta 1-3

One day in Faro or Valletta?

The resort town of Faro offers nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling. It's also a relaxing resort destination. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Visitors enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the destination of Valletta. Visiting the old town is also a must. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One day is usually enough time to experience most activities.

A weekend in Faro or Valletta?

Faro is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this resort town makes for a great vacation. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Faro, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

Valletta is a fun place to experience. If you have a weekend, this is a great place to go. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. 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 Valletta?

Faro is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Faro, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

You'll find museums and nightlife around the charming destination of Valletta. This town offers something for everyone. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.


A week in Faro or Valletta?

Faro is a great place to explore. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This resort town offers something for everyone.

The charming town of Valletta offers nightlife and food. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. 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, Valletta 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 Valletta is €114. 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 Valletta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Faro 60
    Valletta 64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Faro 120
    Valletta 128
Compare Hotels in Faro and Valletta

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Hotels in Faro


Hotels in Valletta


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Faro 7.62
    Valletta 19

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 Valletta

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta: $68
  • Private Transfer from Malta Luqa Airport to Cirkewwa Ferry: $47
  • Airport transfers to all locations in Malta (Private Groups or Families): $40
  • Malta Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Saint Julian's Hotels or Address): $37
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Malta Airport to Valletta City Center: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to St. Paul's Bay: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian to Malta Int. Airport (MLA): $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta Int. Airport (MLA) to Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian: $14
  • Private Departure Transfer from Valletta City Center to Malta Airport: $13
  • Round-trip Shuttle Bus Transfers from Malta Airport to Your Hotel in Malta: $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Faro or Valletta?

Prices for flights to both Valletta 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
    Valletta 35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valletta

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

  • The Valletta Food Tour Experience: $156

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Faro 7.53
    Valletta 21

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
  • Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket: $11
  • 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: 2-Hour Ria Formosa Kayak Tour from Faro: $57
  • Amoreira River Kayak Tour: $50
  • Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Valletta

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

  • 4-hr day tour around Malta: $212
  • 5 days Malta highlights guided tour: $373
  • 6-hour Private Tour around Malta: $283
  • 8 days best of Malta guided tour: $572
  • Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Tour: $35
  • Combination Tour of Powerboat & Jeep - Gozo & Comino: $106
  • Eco marine Malta marine life spotting experience to Filfla: $114
  • Exclusive Combination Tour – Cabin Cruiser & Jeep: $118
  • Family Tour - The Building of Valletta: $112
  • Full-Day Cruise to Comino & Blue Lagoon with Food & Drinks: $34
  • GAILY TOUR in MALTA & VALLETTA - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $218
  • Gozo Full-Day Jeep Tour w/ Private Boat to Gozo & return (to avoid queuing): $87

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Faro 2.50
    Valletta 18

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


When comparing the travel costs between Faro and Valletta, we can see that Valletta 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 Valletta?

Faro has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Valletta experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Faro or Valletta in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Faro and Valletta. The beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Faro this time of year. Valletta attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Faro is generally around the same temperature as Valletta. Temperatures in Faro average around 25°C (78°F), and Valletta stays around 26°C (79°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Valletta this time of the year. In Faro, it's very sunny this time of the year. Faro usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Valletta during summer. Faro gets 374 hours of sunny skies, while Valletta receives 365 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Faro usually receives less rain than Valletta. Faro gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Faro 25°C (78°F) 
    Valletta 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Faro or Valletta in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Faro as well as Valletta. Many travelers come to Faro for the shopping scene. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Valletta throughout the year.

Faro is around the same temperature as Valletta in the autumn. The temperature in Faro is usually 20°C (68°F) in October, and Valletta stays around 21°C (70°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Valletta. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Faro this time of the year. In the autumn, Faro often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Valletta. Faro gets 222 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Valletta receives 221 hours of full sun.

Faro usually gets less rain in October than Valletta. Faro gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Faro 20°C (68°F) 
    Valletta 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Faro or Valletta in the Winter?

Both Valletta and Faro are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Faro in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine. Plenty of visitors come to Valletta because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the winter, Faro is around the same temperature as Valletta. Typically, the winter temperatures in Faro in January are around 12°C (54°F), and Valletta is about 13°C (55°F).

Faro usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Valletta during winter. Faro gets 161 hours of sunny skies, while Valletta receives 159 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Faro usually receives less rain than Valletta. Faro gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Faro 12°C (54°F) 
    Valletta 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Faro or Valletta in the Spring?

Both Valletta and Faro during the spring are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Faro for the beaches during these months. Valletta attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In April, Faro is generally around the same temperature as Valletta. Temperatures in Faro average around 17°C (62°F), and Valletta stays around 16°C (61°F).

In Valletta, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Faro. In the spring, Faro often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Valletta. Faro gets 248 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Valletta receives 247 hours of full sun.

Faro usually gets more rain in April than Valletta. Faro gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Faro 17°C (62°F) 
    Valletta 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Valletta and Faro

Faro Valletta
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 13°C (56°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 15°C (58°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
May 19°C (67°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)


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