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

Should you visit Funchal or Faro?

Should I visit Funchal or Faro? 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Faro 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 Faro is €130. 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 Faro 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.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 41
    Faro 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 82
    Faro 118


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.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Funchal 25
    Faro 41
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


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.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 7.95
    Faro 6.90

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 Faro

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

  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Braga: $1,769
  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Madrid: $1,407
  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Sierra Nevada: $1,061
  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Málaga: $909
  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Cádiz: $761
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Eastern Algarve: $460
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $440
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (1 to 4 passengers): $435
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (5 to 8 passangers): $435
  • Private Transfer from Faro (FAO) Airport to Lisbon: $424


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.

In Faro, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €56 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 12
    Faro 56

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 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


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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 13
    Faro -

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

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

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Funchal vs. Faro Travel Comparison

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