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

Should you visit Funchal or Malaga?

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga? 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.

Malaga

Malaga is a port city in the southern part of Spain. It is the 6th largest city in Spain and the southernmost large city in Europe. Malaga lies on the Mediterranean on the Costa del Sol, only 62 miles east of the Strait of Gibraltar, and 80 miles north of Africa. Malaga's history dates back about 2,800 years, which makes it one of the oldest cities in the world. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its history of more than 3,000 years. Because of its important cultural infrastructure and the artistic heritage, Malaga has been nominated for the European Capital of Culture. Malaga's most important economic contributors include tourism, technology, and construction, but transportation and logistics are becoming increasingly important factors as well.

Which city is cheaper, Malaga 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 Malaga is €106. 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 Malaga 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €108 for a double occupancy room in Malaga.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 41
    Malaga 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 82
    Malaga 108

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.

Malaga food costs typically run travelers around €27 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
    Malaga 27
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 Malaga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Malaga are as follows:


  • Breakfast for 2
    8.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Malaga

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Malaga.

  • Sardines Espetos Cooking Workshop: $73
  • Typical Andalusian Dinner with Wine Pairing in Málaga: $79
  • Malaga Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $86
  • Sardines On Skewers Cooking Class in Malaga: $111
  • Malaga Sunset Cruise and Restaurant Dinner: $112
  • Málaga Swim Cruise with Tapas Dinner and Flamenco Show: $128
  • Malaga Catamaran Cruise with BBQ Lunch and Port Restaurant Dinner: $146
  • Malaga Market Visit and Cooking Class in Malaga Countryside House: $149

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.

The average price of local transportation around Malaga is €25 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 7.95
    Malaga 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Madeira: Funchal Shared Transfer to or from Airport: $11
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Madeira Airport to Funchal or Monte: $14
  • Madeira: Private Transfer to or from Palheiro Golf or Choupana: $15
  • Madeira: Private Transfer to or from Camara de Lobos: $15
  • Funchal Shared Departure Transfer: $18
  • Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport: $18
  • Funchal Shared Arrival Transfer: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC): $19
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service: $19
  • Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal: $21
  • Funchal Private Transfers Service to Madeira Airport: $22
  • Private Service Airport Transfer: $25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malaga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Malaga:

  • Private 5 days in Malaga - Private tours and arrival and departure transfer: $1,695
  • Private Transfer from Málaga to Faro (FAO) Airport: $909
  • Departure Private Transfer Malaga Airport AGP to Seville Airport by Luxury Van: $742
  • Private Transfer: Malaga Airport (AGP) to Malaga: $622
  • Private Transfer: Malaga to Malaga Airport (AGP): $622
  • Malaga Airport: Cadiz, Jerez, Chiclana & Rota private arrival transfer: $614
  • Departure Private Transfer Malaga Airport AGP to Seville SVQ by Business Car: $611
  • Private Transfer from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Huelva: $552
  • Private Transfer from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Sanlúcar la Mayor: $486
  • Private Transfer from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Cádiz: $475
  • Private Transfer from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Novo Sancti Petri: $464
  • Private Transfer from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Retamar: $443

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Malaga?

Prices for flights to both Malaga 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.

Malaga's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €25 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 12
    Malaga 25

Tours and Activities in Funchal

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

  • Funchal Jesuits' College Tour: $6.38
  • 3d Fun Art Museum Ticket: $11
  • Wine and Sugar Walking Tour: $16
  • The Mysteries of Funchal Walking Tour: $16
  • Old Funchal Walking Tour: $16
  • Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: $17
  • Câmara de Lobos Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: $17
  • Camara de Lobos and Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $19
  • São Tiago fortress tour: $20
  • Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour: $21
  • Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 3 in 1: $21
  • Madeira: Best of Madeira Shuttle Tour Half Day: $22

Typical Entertainment prices in Malaga

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Malaga are as follows:


  • Entrance to Castillos
    7.10
  • Concert
    31

Tours and Activities in Malaga

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

  • 1 Hour Malaga Panoramic Segway Tour: $39
  • 1-hour Segway Tour in Malaga: $28
  • 1.5-Hour Roman Theater and Alcazaba Castle Walking Tour: $16
  • 2-day Granada, Toledo & Madrid Tour from Costa del Sol: $311
  • 2-hour E-bike Tour of Malaga: $30
  • 3 Hours Malaga Tapas Crawl Tour: $83
  • 4-Day Morocco Tour: Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Tangier: $671
  • 5-Day Morocco Tour: Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, Fez and Rabat from Malaga: $677
  • 6-Night Morocco Tour from Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier: $899
  • 7-Day Morocco Tour from Costa del Sol: Fez, Meknes, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier: $899
  • 8 Days Morocco Tour From Spain: $1,460
  • 90min Segway Small Group Tour in Malaga: $34

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.

The average person spends about €18 on alcoholic beverages in Malaga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 13
    Malaga 18

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 Malaga

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

  • Malaga Nightlife - Pub Crawl Tour with Skip-the-line Club Access: $26
  • Frigiliana Small-Group Hike and Wine Tasting Tour from Malaga: $49
  • Muscatel Winery Tour and Wine Tastings from Malaga: $75
  • Malaga Tapas and Wine Tour: $81
  • Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour: BEST OF Málaga in one evening!: $108
  • Private Ronda Wine Tour with Tapas Including a Visit to Ronda: $404
  • Ronda Private Full Day Wine Tour with Tapas: $406
  • Malaga Shore Excursion: Panoramic Buggy Tour with Wine Tasting in a Historical Cellar: $481


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Funchal and Malaga, we can see that Malaga 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 Malaga would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Malaga than you might in Funchal.

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