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?

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

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca? 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 Palma de Mallorca?

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



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

Looking for a hotel in Funchal or Palma de Mallorca? 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 Palma de Mallorca


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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 Palma de Mallorca Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • 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.





Food
  • 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:

  • Palma: Walking Food Tour: $97
  • Show Cooking Paella: $124

Entertainment
  • 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
  • El Arenal, Mallorca: Bay of Palma Boat Tour: $27
  • Express Tour to Drach Caves and Portocristo: $60
  • From 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise: $64
  • Majorca Winery Tour: $181
  • Mallorca Coasteering Adventure: $79
  • Mallorca: 2.5 or 4.5-Hour Formula Car Tour: $90
  • Mallorca: Bike Tour Off-the-Beaten-Track: $43

Alcohol
  • 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.


When is the best time to visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Funchal and Palma de Mallorca. Also, many visitors come to Palma de Mallorca in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Funchal is generally cooler than Palma de Mallorca. Temperatures in Funchal average around 22°C (72°F), and Palma de Mallorca stays around 24°C (76°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Palma de Mallorca this time of the year. In Funchal, it's very sunny this time of the year. Funchal usually receives less sunshine than Palma de Mallorca during summer. Funchal gets 227 hours of sunny skies, while Palma de Mallorca receives 334 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Funchal usually receives more rain than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Palma de Mallorca receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Funchal 22°C (72°F) 
    Palma de Mallorca 24°C (76°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Funchal as well as Palma de Mallorca. Also, most visitors come to Palma de Mallorca for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Funchal is a little warmer than Palma de Mallorca in the autumn. The temperature in Funchal is usually 21°C (70°F) in October, and Palma de Mallorca stays around 19°C (66°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Palma de Mallorca. In the autumn, Funchal often gets less sunshine than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Palma de Mallorca receives 204 hours of full sun.

Funchal receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Funchal usually gets more rain in October than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Palma de Mallorca receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Funchal 21°C (70°F) 
    Palma de Mallorca 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca in the Winter?

Both Palma de Mallorca and Funchal are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Palma de Mallorca because of the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Funchal is a little warmer than Palma de Mallorca. Typically, the winter temperatures in Funchal in January are around 16°C (61°F), and Palma de Mallorca is about 11°C (52°F).

Funchal usually receives less sunshine than Palma de Mallorca during winter. Funchal gets 141 hours of sunny skies, while Palma de Mallorca receives 164 hours of full sun in the winter.

It's quite rainy in Funchal. In January, Funchal usually receives more rain than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Palma de Mallorca receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Funchal 16°C (61°F) 
    Palma de Mallorca 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Funchal or Palma de Mallorca in the Spring?

Both Palma de Mallorca and Funchal during the spring are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Palma de Mallorca this time of year.

In April, Funchal is generally a little warmer than Palma de Mallorca. Temperatures in Funchal average around 17°C (63°F), and Palma de Mallorca stays around 14°C (57°F).

In Palma de Mallorca, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Funchal often gets less sunshine than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 182 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Palma de Mallorca receives 210 hours of full sun.

Funchal usually gets more rain in April than Palma de Mallorca. Funchal gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Palma de Mallorca receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Funchal 17°C (63°F) 
    Palma de Mallorca 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Palma de Mallorca and Funchal

Funchal Palma de Mallorca
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 16°C (61°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Feb 16°C (61°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Jun 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (71°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 24°C (76°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Aug 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 25°C (77°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 15°C (58°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 18°C (64°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)


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