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

Should you visit Funchal or Malaga?

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

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga? 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 Malaga?

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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Funchal and Malaga in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Funchal or Malaga? 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 Malaga


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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 and Malaga Hotel Prices.

Local 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.





Food
  • 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
  • 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

Entertainment
  • 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
  • Historical Walking Tour: $15
  • 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
  • Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 3 in 1: $21
  • Madeira Valley of the Nuns Tour: $21

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
  • 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.


When is the best time to visit Funchal or Malaga?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga in the Summer?

Both Malaga and Funchal during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Malaga because of the beaches, snorkeling, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Funchal is cooler than Malaga in the summer. The temperature in Funchal is usually 22°C (72°F) in July, and Malaga stays around 25°C (77°F).

In Malaga, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Funchal. In the summer, Funchal often gets less sunshine than Malaga. Funchal gets 227 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Malaga receives 348 hours of full sun.

Funchal usually gets more rain in July than Malaga. Funchal gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Malaga receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Funchal 22°C (72°F) 
    Malaga 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Funchal and Malaga. Furthermore, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Malaga this time of year.

In the autumn, Funchal is around the same temperature as Malaga. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Funchal in October are around 21°C (70°F), and Malaga is about 19°C (67°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Malaga this time of the year. Funchal usually receives less sunshine than Malaga during autumn. Funchal gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Malaga receives 213 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Funchal gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Funchal usually receives more rain than Malaga. Funchal gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Malaga receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Funchal 21°C (70°F) 
    Malaga 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Funchal as well as Malaga. Additionally, many travelers come to Malaga for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Funchal is generally a little warmer than Malaga. Temperatures in Funchal average around 16°C (61°F), and Malaga stays around 12°C (54°F).

In the winter, Funchal often gets less sunshine than Malaga. Funchal gets 141 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Malaga receives 171 hours of full sun.

Funchal receives a lot of rain in the winter. Funchal usually gets more rain in January than Malaga. Funchal gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Malaga receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Funchal 16°C (61°F) 
    Malaga 12°C (54°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Malaga in the Spring?

Both Malaga and Funchal are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many visitors come to Malaga in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

Funchal is around the same temperature as Malaga in the spring. The temperature in Funchal is usually 17°C (63°F) in April, and Malaga stays around 16°C (60°F).

It's quite sunny in Malaga. Funchal usually receives less sunshine than Malaga during spring. Funchal gets 182 hours of sunny skies, while Malaga receives 220 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Funchal usually receives more rain than Malaga. Funchal gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Malaga receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Funchal 17°C (63°F) 
    Malaga 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Malaga and Funchal

Funchal Malaga
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (61°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Jul 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (78°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 23°C (74°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 19°C (67°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 15°C (60°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 102 mm (4 in)


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