Should you visit Funchal or Tangier?
Should I visit Funchal or Tangier? 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 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.
Welcome to the gateway to Africa. Sitting on the coast of the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier, Morocco has historically served as the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Africa.
After World War II, this city became a destination for eccentric foreigners, artists, spies and hippies. After that, the city was neglected and gained a horrible reputation for the hustlers cheating visitors left and right.
In 1999 Morocco saw the beginning of a new monarch who was more progressive with his vision for tourism. This message lit a fire under Tangier, helping the people see the amazing potential in their great city. They built a new port, a new business district and revamped the airport. The beaches and streets have been cleaned up of trash and hustlers and there's a sudden surge in cultural activities.
Which city is cheaper, Tangier 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 Tangier is €46. 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 Tangier in more detail.
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.
Travelers usually pay around €34 for a double occupancy room in Tangier If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Tangier food costs typically run travelers around €15 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Funchal
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Funchal:
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:
Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show:
“Petiscos” cooking experience & Market Tour:
Madeira Sunset by 4x4 with Dinner from Funchal:
Typical Food prices in Tangier
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tangier:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tangier
For Tangier, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech:
Tangier Food Tour | Tangier Food Cultural Tour:
Tangier Cooking Lesson:
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 Tangier, the average visitor spends €18 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.
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):
Madeira Airport (FNC) Departure Transfer (Funchal Hotels to Madeira Airport):
Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services:
Madeira Private Arrival Transfer:
Private Service Airport Transfer:
Funchal Private Transfers Service to Madeira Airport:
Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service:
Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC):
Funchal Shared Arrival Transfer:
Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tangier
Also for Tangier, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
5-days Tour package from Tangier to Fes via Chefchaouen & Private transfers:
Tanger to Agadir airport transfer:
Private transfer: Tangier to Tangier Airport (TNG):
Transfer from Tanger to Marrakesh:
Private transfer from Tangier to Marrakech:
Private Transfer from Tanger to Casablanca (CMN) Airport:
Private Transfer from Tangier to Marrakech / or vice versa:
Transfer from Tanger to Casablanca:
Airport transfer from Tanger to Agadir:
Transfers From Tangier To Fes:
Tangier to Casablanca: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver):
Private Transfer from Tanger to Rabat (RBA) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Funchal or Tangier?
Prices for flights to both Tangier 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.
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 Tangier, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €15 per person, per day.
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):
3d Fun Art Museum Ticket:
4x4 Full-Day Tour to Explore Portugal's Scents and Flavors:
Amazing Skywalk and more... Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in Open Roof 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching:
Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Ariero Peak, Santana "Biosphere Reserve" & more...Full day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Best of Funchal Private Tour:
Best of Funchal private walking tour with local specialities tasting:
Best of Madeira Private Tour Half Day:
Boat and Open Roof 4x4 Tour:
Botanic Garden Tour:
Tours and Activities in Tangier
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tangier.
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07 D /06 N north-imperial-desert tours from Tanger to Marrakech:
10Days Imperial Cities of Morocco Tour package from Tangier to Marrakech:
14 Days New Year Eve Morocco tour 2019 from Tangier:
14 Days private Tour from Tangier in Morocco adventure travel:
15-Days Private Tour Highlights of Morocco from Tangier:
2 Days Marrakech tour from Tangier:
2 Days Tour of Tangier & Chefchaouen:
2 Hours Tour Cap spartel & Hercules caves with a Camel ride:
2 hours Tangier Sightseeing tour:
2-days Private Tour from Tangier to Chefchaouen via Asilah:
3 Days Desert Tour from Tangier:
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 Tangier, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €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:
Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys - Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting:
Skywalk & Professional Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting:
Cabo Girão Skywalk+Vineyards+Wine Tasting Tour in Open Roof 4x4+Dolphin Watching:
Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch:
Madeira wine tasting and sightseeing private tour from Funchal:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Funchal and Tangier, we can see that Funchal is more expensive. And not only is Tangier much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Funchal is in Europe and Tangier is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Tangier would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tangier 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 Tangier.
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