A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Funchal vs. Azores for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Funchal or Azores?

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

Should I visit Funchal or Azores? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Funchal or Azores?


Funchal is the capital city of the autonomous region of Madeira on the island of Madeira. The city is located to the south between the cities of Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos. It is actually named for the fennel plant which grows liberally on the island. The city was most significant as a shipping center between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it has a population of over 100,000 people and is, arguably, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. It's appeal as a tourist destination has made it the leading Portuguese port for cruise line dockings.


The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Portugal, The Best G Adventures Tours to Portugal, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lisbon, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Lisbon.

Which place is cheaper, Azores or Funchal?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Funchal is €93, while the average daily cost in Azores is €0.00. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Funchal and Azores in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 52
    Azores -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 104
    Azores 0.00
Compare Hotels in Funchal and Azores

Looking for a hotel in Funchal or Azores? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Funchal

Hotels in Azores

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Funchal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 9.94
    Azores -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Transfers Wheelchair Scooter Transfers Airport / Funchal: $88
  • Transfer and Hiking PR8 Sao Lourenço : $44
  • Transfer Madeira Airport - Funchal: $35
  • Sunrise Transfer to Hike Pico Areeiro to Pico Ruivo: $83
  • Self-Guided Hike to Pico do Areeiro, with transfers.: $39
  • Private Transfer from Madeira Airport(FNC) to Madeira Cruise Port: $27
  • Private Sunrise Transfer to Pico Areeiro: $73
  • Premium Transfer Funchal - Madeira Airport: $44
  • PR18 Levada do Rei Private transfer: $72
  • Morning Self-Guided Hike Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo w/ Transfers: $35
  • Minibus Transfer: Funchal - Madeira Airport: $39
  • Madeira: Private Monte Tour By Cable Car with Transfer: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Azores?

Prices for flights to both Azores and Funchal 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 Meals for one day
    Funchal 31
    Azores -
Typical Food Prices in Funchal

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Funchal:

  • Coffee

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal

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

  • Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show: $42
  • Madeira TypicalShowFolklore Evening.included.Dinner transpt: $47
  • Madeiran Traditional Dinner: $88
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $114
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $114

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 15
    Azores -

Tours and Activities in Funchal

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Funchal.

  • Low Cost Wheelchair Santana Half Day Tour : $111
  • Wheelchair Full Day Tour Porto Moniz E Sao Vicente : $193
  • “Le tour de Churchill” - From Funchal to Câmara de Lobos: $50
  •  Magnificent East Tour: $33
  • 4 Hours Adventure Jeep Tour in Central Madeira Portugal: $48
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari Porto Moniz - the "Farowest" tour - Full Day Small Groups : $72
  • 4x4 tour Porto Moniz & Cabo Girão 7 hours: $77
  • Accessible Half Day Tour Cabo Girão: $136
  • Adventure Trikes Private Tour in Madeira : $160
  • Amazing East Tour : $31
  • Amazing West - Jeep Safari Tour - Full Day: $61
  • Arieiro Peak, Santo da Serra and Cristo Rei 4x4 Experience: $50

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 16
    Azores -

Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal

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

  • Pub Crawl: $60
  • Madeira: Private Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $61
  • Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting: $88
  • Amazing Skywalk, Wine Tasting & 4x4 Adventure + Dolphin Watching: $98
  • Guided Toboggan Ride and Madeira Wine Tasting Tour: $99
  • Tuk Tuk Wine Tour - Madeira Island: $103
  • Weekends Madeira Wine Tasting São Vicente: $111
  • Wine Tour by Overland Madeira: $152
  • Visiting local Vineyard With Wine Tasting & Lunch included: $182
  • Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $193

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Funchal Expensive? and Is Azores Expensive?.

Which has a larger population, Funchal or Azores?

Azores has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Funchal. When comparing the sizes of Funchal and Azores, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.