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

Should you visit Lagos or Costa Vicentina?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Lagos and Costa Vicentina. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Lagos or Costa Vicentina?


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.

Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Portugal, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Portugal, and The Best Bicycle Tours in Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Costa Vicentina or Lagos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lagos is €118, while the average daily cost in Costa Vicentina is €125. 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 Lagos and Costa Vicentina in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 61
    Costa Vicentina 66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 122
    Costa Vicentina 132
Compare Hotels in Lagos and Costa Vicentina

Looking for a hotel in Lagos or Costa Vicentina? 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 Lagos

Hotels in Costa Vicentina

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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: Lagos Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 31
    Costa Vicentina 40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Faro Airport to/from Lagos/Private Transfer max 4 passengers: $119
  • Faro Airport: Private Transfer With Options To or From Lagos: $130
  • Faro Airport: Private Transfer to/from Monchique or Lagos: $124
  • Private Transfer from Faro Airport Up to 8 passengers: $133
  • Private Transfer from Lisbon Airport Up to 8 pax: $492
  • Private Transfer to Faro Airport (60 min): $108
  • Private Transfer From Lagos to Lisbon, Local English Speaking Driver: $270
  • Private Transfer from Gil Eannes Square to Faro (FAO) Airport: $103
  • Private Transfer from Praia da Luz to Faro (FAO) Airport: $103
  • Private Transfer from Sagres to Faro (FAO) Airport: $149
  • Private Transfer from Santa Maria (Lagos) to Faro (FAO) Airport: $103
  • Private Transfer from Sao Sebastiao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Costa Vicentina?

Prices for flights to both Costa Vicentina 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Lagos 34
    Costa Vicentina 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

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

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $54
  • Lagos Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $61
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $98
  • Full-Day West Coast Adventure with Hiking, Sunset, Dinner & Wine : $109

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 26
    Costa Vicentina 17

Tours and Activities in Lagos

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

  • Lagos Scavenger Hunt and Sights Private Self-Guided Tour: $8.01
  • Guided Walking Tour with Brodie from Australia: $16
  • Ponta da Piedade Rock Formations Guided Boat Tour: $19
  • In-App Adventure Hunt: $22
  • Lagos Street Art: In-App Adventure Hunt: $22
  • Ponta da Piedade:Express grotto tours: $22
  • Boat Tours: $22
  • Boat tour Ponta da Piedade with local guides: $22
  • Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos: $24
  • Ponta da Piedade Grotto Tour in Lagos, Algarve: $28
  • Coast Cruise Trip to Ponta da Piedade from Lagos: $30
  • TUK TUK Tour Lagos Old& New Town& Beaches- Best way to know: $31

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 6.79
    Costa Vicentina 8.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Lagos Wine Tasting and Tapas: $44
  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Lagos: $66
  • Wine Tasting - Wines of Portugal at The Kitchen Lagos: $73
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $87
  • Benagil Secrets: Jeep and Boat Tour with Wine Tasting: $104

When comparing the travel costs between Lagos and Costa Vicentina, we can see that Costa Vicentina 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 Lagos Expensive? and Is Costa Vicentina Expensive?.