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

Should you visit Funchal or Seville?

Should I visit Funchal or Seville? 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.

Seville

The capital city of Andalucia, Seville is both the cultural and financial hub of southern Spain. It's also a popular tourist destination. The city has over 700,000 residents and 1.6 million in the metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest city in the country. It is cut in half by the Guadalquivir River, with the two halves referred to as Sevilla and Triana. Seville has continued to grow in popularity as a tourist destination since the 19th century when it was included as a stop on the Romantic "Grand Tour" of Europe. In 1992 Seville hosted the International Exposition which led to the construction of a new airport, train station, as well as other infrastructural improvements. Today Seville remains very popular with tourists for its many festivals, interesting attractions, great restaurants and nightlife scene.

Which city is cheaper, Seville 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 Seville is €99. 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 Seville 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Seville, €90 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Seville, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €45, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Funchal 41
    Seville 45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Funchal 82
    Seville 90

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.

Food in Seville costs travelers about €30 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Funchal 25
    Seville 30
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 Seville

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Seville:


  • Lunch
    9.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.30
  • Jamon (Dry Cured Ham)
    12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Seville

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

  • Flamenco Show Tickets and Optional Dinner: $39
  • Paella & Tortilla Show Cooking on a Seville Rooftop: $46
  • Seville Tapas Cooking Course: $61
  • Gastronomic dinner with a chef and artist in his Seville studio: $77
  • OFFER Dinner / Lunch on exclusive yacht, GIFT Flamenco Ticket House of Memory: $111
  • Luxury gold package: Cathedral-Alcazar visit and dinner on an exclusive yacht: $149
  • Cooking Class in Traditional Andalusian House: $169
  • Traditional cooking class in an Andalusian home: $183

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Seville than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €14 on transportation in Seville on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Funchal 7.95
    Seville 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Madeira Airport (FNC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Funchal Hotels or Address): $41
  • Madeira Airport (FNC) Departure Transfer (Funchal Hotels to Madeira Airport): $41
  • Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car: $34
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services: $34
  • Madeira Private Arrival Transfer: $32
  • Private Service Airport Transfer: $25
  • Funchal Private Transfers Service to Madeira Airport: $22
  • Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal: $21
  • Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service: $19
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC): $19
  • Funchal Shared Arrival Transfer: $18
  • Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport: $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Seville

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

  • The Best of Andalusia from Seville in 5 days with Private Tours and Transfers: $1,695
  • Private ONE WAY transfer from Seville to Madrid with private pick up & drop off: $1,182
  • Transfer Sevilla, Spain - Up to 7 People: $1,163
  • Transfer Sevilla, Spain - Up to 3 People: $995
  • Private ONE WAY transfer from Seville to Lisbon with private pick up & drop off: $908
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to LISBON (5 to 8 passengers): $871
  • Chauffeur SEVILLE Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers): $746
  • Arrival Private Transfer Seville Airport SVQ to Malaga Airport AGP by Luxury Van: $705
  • Private Transfer Seville SVQ to Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa by Minivan: $664
  • Hassle-Free transfer from Sevilha to Lisbon: $637
  • DUCA - Hassle-Free transfer from Sevilha to Vicentine Coast: $637
  • Granada Private Transfer from Seville with sightseeing in Cordoba and Antequera: $634

Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Seville?

Prices for flights to both Seville 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Seville, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €23 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Funchal 12
    Seville 23

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Seville

For Seville, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Entrance to Cathedral
    8.00

Tours and Activities in Seville

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

  • 11-Day Guided Bike Tour from Seville to Santiago de Compostela: $3,236
  • 2-Day Granada Tour from Seville Including Skip-the-Line Access to Alhambra Palace and Arabian Baths: $298
  • 2-Night Seville Experience with City Tour and Flamenco Show: $336
  • 3-day Andalucia Highlights Tour: Granada & Cordoba from Seville: $635
  • 5-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in Seville (3h city tour plus 2h tapas tour): $422
  • AIRE Ancient Baths Sevilla Thermal Baths Admission Ticket: $118
  • Adventurous 2.5-Hour Electric Bike Tour: $48
  • Alcázar of Guided Palace Tour with Priority Access: $30
  • Alcazar of Seville Skip the Line Admission Ticket: $33
  • Alcazar, Cathedral, Santa Cruz Quarter, Bullring and River Cruise Tour in Seville: $110
  • Alhambra Private Tour from Sevilla: with transport and skip-the-line-tickets: $386
  • Alhambra Private Tour from Seville: $536

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Seville, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €8.04.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Funchal 13
    Seville 8.04

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 Seville

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

  • Ronda Day Trip: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional White Villages: $98
  • Wine Tour to Sanlucar de Barrameda from Seville with Optional Horse Riding: $275
  • Private wine tour to Jerez de la Frontera: $306


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

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