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

Should you visit Funchal or Mangualde?

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

Should I visit Funchal or Mangualde? 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 Mangualde?


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.

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, Mangualde 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 Mangualde 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 Mangualde in more detail.

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

Looking for a hotel in Funchal or Mangualde? 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 Mangualde

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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
    Mangualde -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Transfers Wheelchair Scooter Transfers Airport / Funchal: $87
  • Transfer and Hiking PR8 Sao Lourenço : $44
  • Transfer Madeira Airport - Funchal: $35
  • Sunrise Transfer to Hike Pico Areeiro to Pico Ruivo: $82
  • Private Transfer from Madeira North area resorts to Madeira Funchal airport: $88
  • Private Transfer from Madeira Airport(FNC) to Madeira Cruise Port: $26
  • Private Transfer from Funchal airport to Madeira south area: $59
  • Private Transfer from Cristiano Ronaldo Airport to Funchal Hotels: $69
  • Private One Way Transfer from Funchal to Madeira Airport : $22
  • Premium Transfer Madeira Airport - Funchal: $44
  • Premium Transfer Funchal - Madeira Airport: $44
  • PR18 Levada do Rei Private transfer: $71

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Mangualde?

Prices for flights to both Mangualde 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
    Mangualde -
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: $41
  • Sunset Tour to Pico do Arieiro with Dinner and Drinks included: $60
  • Madeira Sunset by 4x4 with Dinner from Funchal: $61
  • Madeiran Traditional Dinner: $87

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

Tours and Activities in Funchal

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

  • Low Cost Wheelchair Handicap Half Day Tour, Fully Accessible Tour : $76
  • Low Cost Wheelchair Santana Half Day Tour : $109
  • Wheelchair Full Day Tour Porto Moniz E Sao Vicente : $191
  • Wheelchair Handicap Full Day East Tour Santana Tour : $191
  • ''Taste of Madeira'' 5h Tour (Mercedes Viano/Vito): $207
  • 4 Hours Adventure Jeep Tour in Central Madeira Portugal: $47
  • 4-Hour Private Outdoor Tour in Madeira: $174
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari Porto Moniz - the "Farowest" tour - Full Day Small Groups : $71
  • Amazing East Tour : $31
  • Around The Island - Two Days Tour From 9am To 5pm (Each Day): $65
  • Around the island - Two days tour: $82
  • Bica da Cana- The Sunrise Tour Away from the Crowds : $76

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 16
    Mangualde -

Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal

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

  • Half day jeep Wine tour and tasting, & sea cliff adventure: $57
  • Amazing Skywalk, Wine Tasting & 4x4 Adventure + Dolphin Watching: $97
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting in the Wine Region of Boaventura: $104
  • Weekends Madeira Wine Tasting São Vicente: $109
  • Full Day Private Madeira Wine Tour from Funchal: $171
  • Visiting local Vineyard With Wine Tasting & Lunch included: $180
  • Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $191

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Funchal and Mangualde, we can see that Funchal is more expensive. And not only is Mangualde much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Mangualde would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Mangualde 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 Mangualde.

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

Which is Bigger, Funchal or Mangualde?

Funchal has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Mangualde. When comparing the sizes of Funchal and Mangualde, 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.