A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Gran Canaria vs. Madrid for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Gran Canaria or Madrid?

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

Should I visit Gran Canaria or Madrid? 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: Gran Canaria or Madrid?

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of Spain's Canary Islands, located just off the coast of northwestern Africa. It is the third largest of the islands, and is known for its variety of volcanic beaches. This island is sometimes called a "Miniature Continent" due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, which allow for a range of activities like hiking, biking, surfing, and scuba diving.

Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, overs visitors countless opportunities to experience Spain's culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife. It is the largest city in Spain, and as such has much to explore. The city is situated on the Iberian Peninsula on the Spanish central Castillian plateau. If you're flying into Spain, you'll likely fly into the Madrid airport as it's one of the largest airports in Europe. Madrid is well connected to the rest of Spain with planes, trains and buses, making it a popular place to visit for many travelers doing a European tour.

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Which place is cheaper, Madrid or Gran Canaria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Gran Canaria is €125, while the average daily cost in Madrid is €136. 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 Gran Canaria and Madrid in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Gran Canaria 63
    Madrid 77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Gran Canaria 126
    Madrid 154
Compare Hotels in Gran Canaria and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Gran Canaria or Madrid? 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 Gran Canaria


Hotels in Madrid


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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: Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Gran Canaria 46
    Madrid 19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gran Canaria

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

  • From Playa del Inglés: Guided Jet Ski Tour & Hotel Transfers: $162
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Golf Maspalomas to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $100
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Maspalomas to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $100
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to Tejeda: $100
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Tejeda to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $100
  • Playa Del Ingles: Discover Scuba Diving - Free Transfers: $92
  • Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to San Bartolomé de Tirajana: $91
  • Private Transfer: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) : $80
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Mogán to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $79
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Las Palmas airport (LPA) to Mogán: $79
  • Gran Canaria Private Transfer from Puerto de Mogán to Las Palmas (LPA) airport: $78
  • Gran Canaria Airport Private Transfer From or To Playa del Ingles: $77

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Madrid are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

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

  • Segovia: Full-Day Tour with Transfer to and from Madrid: $454
  • Private Transfer from Moratalla to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $273
  • Private Transfer from Madrid Airport MAD to Segovia City by Van: $272
  • From Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer: $265
  • Balloon Ride with Transfer Option from Madrid City: $265
  • Private Transfer from Bolnuevo to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $254
  • Private Transfer from La Manga strip dos Mares to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $237
  • Arrival Transfer Madrid Airport MAD to Avila City by Sedan: $233
  • Private Transfer from La Manga Club to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $227
  • Private Transfer from Corvera Golf Resort to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $218
  • Private Transfer from Cieza to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from El Verger to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $191

Is it cheaper to fly into Gran Canaria or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid and Gran Canaria 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
    Gran Canaria 34
    Madrid 34

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

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


  • Coffee
    2.00
  • Ice Cream
    3.00
  • Kebabs (for 2)
    16
  • Croissant
    1.50
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)
    16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Madrid

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

  • Flamenco Show with dinner, drinks and optional class: $38
  • Drunken Tapas Food Tour with Dinner in Madrid: $57
  • Tapas Dinner Party Food Tour with Guide: $57
  • Tapas Crawl Food Tour with 6 Tapas and 4 Drinks: $57
  • Madrid Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $57
  • Authentic Morning Food Tour: $59
  • Dinner-Show La Circa de Marta Cariño! en el centro de Madrid: $60
  • Tipsy Tapas Food Tour with Drinks and Food: $61
  • Opera and Zarzuela Show and Dinner: $62
  • Iberico Ham and Spanish Wine Small-Group Food Tour: $64
  • Tapas Crawl in Madrid Historical Quarter for Lunch or Dinner: $64
  • San Miguel Market and Street Food Tour: $64

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Gran Canaria 20
    Madrid 34

Tours and Activities in Gran Canaria

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

  • Guided Tour With Electric Moped: $83
  • The North Coast Tour - Salt, Rock Pools, Snorkeling and Sunset ツ: $108
  • 1 Day Vespa | Gran Canaria by Vespa GPS Guided Tour: $83
  • 2-H Sunset or Morning Segway experience near by Sand Dunes: $85
  • 2-Hour Afternoon Snorkeling Experience in Gran Canaria by Boat: $50
  • 3-Hour Hiking Experience in Roque Nublo: $71
  • 4 Hour Boat Tour with Snorkeling from Puerto Rico and Mogan: $83
  • Agüimes: Cocodrilo Park Zoo Entry Ticket: $11
  • Airsoft Park Ticket: $37
  • Anfi beach: Guided Buggy Tour.: $161
  • Arguineguin :Safari tour Jet Ski between 30mn to 2 hours: $162
  • BBQ, Local Wines, and Italian Cheese Experience at the Beach: $88

Tours and Activities in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Photo Tour with Pro Photographer Lifestyle and Portrait: $94
  • Private Combo Tour Prado Museum and Reina Sofia: $226
  • Ávila & Segovia and Alcazar Day Tour from Madrid lunch included: $165
  • 1 hour tour in Madrid in Tuk Tuk through the best of the city: $139
  • 2 Hours Private Tuk tuk Tour in Madrid: $166
  • 2-Hour Patisserie Experience for Dessert Lovers: $61
  • 2-Hour Tour of the Madrid of Mysteries: $14
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour on the History of Islamic Medieval the origins: $39
  • 2.5-Hour Evening Tapas Tour through Madrid: $38
  • 3 Hours Private Madrid City Tour Guide: $44
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour in Madrid: $270
  • 3-hour experience on the Redován K2 Family Via Ferrata: $49

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Gran Canaria 7.14
    Madrid 20

Sample the Local Flavors in Gran Canaria

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Gran Canaria:

  • Spanish Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour in Mogan: $53
  • Spanish Cured Meats & Wine Tasting Tour in Mogan: $61
  • Gran Canaria Picnic Experience & Wine Tasting: $103

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Madrid are as follows:


  • Beer
    5.00
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)
    13

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub Crawl Madrid Erasmus & International Meet and Party: $6.05
  • Erasmus Madrid Pub Crawl Madrid: $8.88
  • Original Pub Crawl With VIP Club Entry: $9.72
  • Visit to the Winery with Wine Tasting and Appetizers in Navarra: $12
  • Pub Crawl Madrid's Night time: $15
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Drinks and Nightclub Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid Running since 2005 Bar Exploration: $16
  • Guided Pub Crawl Madrid Experience and Club Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid & Party: $17
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $19
  • Wine Tasting Experience with 4 Spanish Wines: $32
  • Wine Tour with tasting in the Natural Park of La Mata: $38


When comparing the travel costs between Gran Canaria and Madrid, we can see that Madrid is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Gran Canaria or Madrid?

Madrid has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Gran Canaria. When comparing the sizes of Gran Canaria and Madrid, 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.