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

Should you visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca?

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca? 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.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a resort city and capital of the Spanish island, Mallorca, in the western Mediterranean. It is home to landmarks like Gothic cathedrals and medieval fortresses, but is also host to sandy beaches where the city meets the sea in a backdrop of surrounding mountains. Amidst the city itself you will find it easy to get lost in the charm of cobbled lanes, busy markets, boutiques, and historic courtyards.

Which city is cheaper, Palma de Mallorca 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 Palma de Mallorca is €111. 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 Palma de Mallorca 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 Palma de Mallorca can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 41
    Palma de Mallorca 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 82
    Palma de Mallorca 112

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.

Palma de Mallorca food costs typically run travelers around €36 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
    Palma de Mallorca 36
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 Palma de Mallorca

For Palma de Mallorca, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Soda
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Palma de Mallorca

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

  • Show Cooking Paella: $124

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 Palma de Mallorca, the average visitor spends €20 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
    Palma de Mallorca 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Private Service Airport Transfer: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC): $19
  • 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
  • Madeira: Funchal Shared Transfer to or from Airport: $11
  • Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport: $18
  • Madeira Private Arrival Transfer: $32
  • Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car: $34
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service: $19
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services: $34
  • Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal: $21

Typical Local Transportation prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    6.80
  • Bus Ride
    1.25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Palma de Mallorca

Also for Palma de Mallorca, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Cala Ratjada): $161
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Car: $160
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to Formentor: $149
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to or from Cala Lliteras: $149
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to or from Cala Mesquida: $149
  • Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI Round-Trip Transfer in Private Van: $147
  • Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI Round-Trip Transfer in Private Car: $144
  • Private Transfers from Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Van: $141
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Van: $141
  • Private Departure Transfer from Palma de Mallorca City Center to Port d'Alcudia: $133
  • Private Transfer From Mallorca airport to Alcúdia: $133
  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Pollensa Hotel or Address): $132

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Palma de Mallorca?

Prices for flights to both Palma de Mallorca 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.

In Palma de Mallorca, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €27 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 12
    Palma de Mallorca 27

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 Palma de Mallorca

For Palma de Mallorca, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Alcudia Open Bus City Tour in Mallorca: $21
  • Bellver Castle Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights: $158
  • Classic Mallorca, Self drive tour: $932
  • Classic Tour of Mallorca on Convertible Car: $118
  • Discover the major cultural attractions of Palma De Mallorca on a Private Tour: $574
  • Express Tour to Drach Caves and Portocristo: $60
  • Helicopter & Wellness Experience: $618
  • Mallorca Coasteering Adventure: $79
  • Mental Voice Training and Caving Tour in Mallorca: $422
  • Palma de Mallorca Segway Ninebot Tour: $56
  • Palma de Mallorca Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Valldemossa, Soller and Serra de Tramuntana: $345
  • Palma de Mallorca Sightseeing Day Tour: $24

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.

Typically, people visiting Palma de Mallorca spend on average €24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 13
    Palma de Mallorca 24

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Coffee
    3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Palma de Mallorca

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Palma de Mallorca:

  • Wine Tasting Tour: $111


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

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