A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Lagos vs. Albufeira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lagos or Albufeira?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Lagos and Albufeira. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Lagos

A coastal town in the south of Portugal, Lagos is known for its old world charm, plummeting cliffs, and Atlantic beaches. Many come to enjoy a full range of activities from beach-going and watersports to exploring cobbled streets lined with options for shopping and dining. Historic churches and castles add to the charm, as well as a clifftop lighthouse showing the way to Lagos for ships at sea.

Albufeira

Located in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Albufeira was once a small fishing village which has since evolved into a popular destination for tourists attracted by the area's beaches, pleasant climate, and fresh seafood.

Which city is cheaper, Albufeira or Lagos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lagos is €94, while the average daily cost in Albufeira is €118. 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 Lagos and Albufeira in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €98 for a double occupancy room in Lagos.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €59. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Albufeira the cost is €118 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 49
    Albufeira 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 98
    Albufeira 118

Food

Lagos food costs typically run travelers around €27 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.

The average traveler spends about €38 per day in Albufeira for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Lagos 27
    Albufeira 38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Lagos.

  • Dinner + Jazz At The Metaphor in Lagos: $80
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $93

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Lagos is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €25 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lagos.

The average price of local transportation around Albufeira is €27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 25
    Albufeira 27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Airport Transfer One Way: $53
  • Airport Transfer Service One way: $69
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Lagos: $51
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Lagos: $45
  • Lagos Private Transfer to Faro: $68
  • Lagos Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $26
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer to Lagos(5 to 8 passangers): $118
  • Private Transfer Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island to Lagos Airport LOG - Business Car: $58
  • Private Transfer Lagos - Faro Airport: $114
  • Private Transfer Lagos Airport LOG to Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island - Business Car: $58
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Western Algarve: $460
  • Private Transfer Western Algarve - Lisbon: $460

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro: $16
  • Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $14
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure): $22
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to Albufeira: $58
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira: $22
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Albufeira: $58
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Lagos: $114
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $56
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Albufeira?

Prices for flights to both Albufeira and Lagos 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

Entertainment and activities in Lagos typically cost an average of €21 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Albufeira's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 21
    Albufeira 31

Tours and Activities in Lagos

Here are a few actual costs in Lagos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Hour Lagos Historical Tour: $14
  • Brodie's Historical and Fun Lagos Walking Tour: $19
  • Grotto tour Ponta da Piedade Lagos: $19
  • Lagos Walking Tour with Local Historian: $19
  • Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos: $22
  • Lagos Zoo Admission Ticket: $22
  • Ponta da Piedade Cruise to Caves and Beaches with Local Guide: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade Grotto Tour in Lagos, Algarve: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade Sunset Tour in Lagos, Algarve: $31
  • Coast Cruise Trip to Ponta da Piedade from Lagos: $31
  • Sailing cave tour Ponta da Piedade Lagos: $31
  • Fast Adventure to the Benagil Caves on a Speedboat - Starting at Lagos: $37

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour: $25
  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira: $33
  • Coast Tour & Chapel of Bones: $35
  • Dolphins and Caves Albufeira Marina Tour: $37
  • Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira: $37
  • Silves & Monchique Guided Bus Tour with Lunch: $39
  • Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $40
  • Stand Up Paddle Tour: $44
  • Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira: $44

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Lagos may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €5.43 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Albufeira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 5.43
    Albufeira 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $69

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira: $61
  • sunset wine tasting from Albufeira: $87
  • Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira: $93
  • Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve: $156
  • From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $319
  • Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira: $653


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lagos and Albufeira, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Lagos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lagos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lagos 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 Albufeira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Albufeira than you might in Lagos.

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Lagos vs. Albufeira Travel Comparison

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