A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Funchal vs. Essaouira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Funchal or Essaouira?

Should I visit Funchal or Essaouira? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Funchal

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.

Essaouira

Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Which city is cheaper, Essaouira or Funchal?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Funchal is €75, while the average daily cost in Essaouira is €35. 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 Funchal and Essaouira in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €82 in Funchal For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €40 in Essaouira For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 41
    Essaouira 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 82
    Essaouira 40

Food

In Funchal travelers spend around €25 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

Essaouira food costs typically run travelers around €10 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Funchal 25
    Essaouira 10
Typical Food prices in Funchal

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


  • Coffee
    1.40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal

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

  • Madeira Evening Tour with Dinner and Performance: $44
  • Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show: $45
  • “Petiscos” cooking experience & Market Tour: $70
  • Madeira Sunset by 4x4 with Dinner from Funchal: $70

Typical Food prices in Essaouira

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


  • Baklava
    1.34
  • Breakfast Crepes
    0.48
  • Fish for Lunch
    14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Cous Cous party and Show Cooking: $37
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $50
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $109

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Funchal than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €7.95 on transportation in Funchal on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Essaouira than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.53 on transportation in Essaouira on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 7.95
    Essaouira 1.53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Madeira Airport (FNC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Funchal Hotels or Address): $41
  • Madeira Airport (FNC) Departure Transfer (Funchal Hotels to Madeira Airport): $41
  • Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car: $34
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services: $34
  • Madeira Private Arrival Transfer: $32
  • Private Service Airport Transfer: $25
  • Funchal Private Transfers Service to Madeira Airport: $22
  • Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal: $21
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service: $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC): $19
  • Funchal Shared Arrival Transfer: $18
  • Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport: $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Private Transfer from Essaouira to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $581
  • Essaouira to Casablanca: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $459
  • Airport Transfer Essaouira - Marrakech: $398
  • Private Transfer from Essaouira to Casablanca (CMN) Airport: $342
  • One-Way Transfer from Essaouira Fez: $337
  • Private Transfer Essaouira - Rabat: $299
  • Private Transfer Essaouira-Taroudant: $250
  • Private Transfer Essaouira-Casablanca: $208
  • Essaouira to Agadir airport transfer: $202
  • Essaouira to Marrakesh airport transfer: $202
  • Transfer from Essaouira to your Riad or Hotel in Marrakech: $187
  • Private Transfer from Essaouira Center to Marrakech Center per Car: $186

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Funchal, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €12 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Essaouira, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €9.24 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 12
    Essaouira 9.24

Tours and Activities in Funchal

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

  • 3-Hour Madeira Scenic Island Tour (Price per Sidecar - 1 or 2 passengers): $143
  • 3d Fun Art Museum Ticket: $11
  • 4x4 Full-Day Tour to Explore Portugal's Scents and Flavors: $51
  • Amazing Skywalk and more... Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4: $40
  • Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in Open Roof 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching: $81
  • Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4: $40
  • Ariero Peak, Santana "Biosphere Reserve" & more...Full day Tour in Open Roof 4x4: $49
  • Best of Funchal Private Tour: $243
  • Best of Funchal private walking tour with local specialities tasting: $467
  • Best of Madeira Private Tour Half Day: $54
  • Boat and Open Roof 4x4 Tour: $1,595
  • Botanic Garden Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • 2 Day tour from Marrakech to Essaouira: $239
  • 3 days Desert Tour from Essaouira to Sahara in Morocco camel trip: $761
  • ATV Quad biking in Essaouira Beach, Big Dunes & Atlantic Coast tour: $64
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $51
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market: $64
  • Essaouira discovery -Private Day Tour: $192
  • Experience Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts: $51
  • Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances: $80
  • Full-Day Quad bike Adventure from Essaouira to Sidi Kaouki: $114
  • Full-Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech with Hotel Pick Up: $27
  • Kite Surfing and Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $31

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Funchal, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €13.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Essaouira, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €7.03.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 13
    Essaouira 7.03

Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal

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

  • Funchal City Tour with Madeira Wine Tasting: $15
  • Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys - Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting: $49
  • Skywalk & Professional Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour in Open Roof 4x4: $60
  • Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting: $94
  • Cabo Girão Skywalk+Vineyards+Wine Tasting Tour in Open Roof 4x4+Dolphin Watching: $98
  • Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $166
  • Madeira wine tasting and sightseeing private tour from Funchal: $534


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Funchal and Essaouira, we can see that Funchal is more expensive. And not only is Essaouira much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Funchal is in Europe and Essaouira is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Essaouira would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Essaouira 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 Essaouira.

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