A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Lagos vs. Faro for Resorts, Beaches, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Lagos or Faro?

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 Faro. 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.

Lagos

Lagos is a adventure-filled, dramatic, and vibrant resort town. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. Other reasons to visit include beaches, hiking, and shopping.

Faro

Faro is a popular, busy, and active resort town. It's also known for beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Lagos and Faro: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Lagos different from Faro?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Faro and Lagos. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Food?

Lagos
Faro

Lagos has a longer list of notable local restaurants than Faro.

With its innovative style combined with traditional elements, Lagos makes for a great culinary experience. The city offers some of the best food in the Algarve. The old town has plenty of restaurants that are both affordable and high quality. Seafood is the obvious choice, but you'll also find tapas, paellas, and local dishes such as cataplana (a seafood and chorizo stew). Most restaurants serve up a local fish of the day as well as prawns and other seafood items.

You'll find the standard options when it comes to food in Faro. It has become a major tourist town, so you have to get a bit creative to find a more traditional restaurant. Look for fresh seafood like cod, monkfish, or shellfish if you want some local flavors.


Is Lagos or Faro Better for Nightlife?

Lagos
Faro

Party-goers will find similar levels of energy in Lagos and Faro.

Lagos is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The city has a mellow vibe, even at night, but that's not to say there aren't good parties going on, particularly during the peak of the travel season. There's a local charm to the nightlife scene here and you'll likely start to recognize other party-goers. Many of the bars are housed in character-filled old buildings which can feel a bit cramped, but that's all part of the charm.

Many people head to Faro for the nightlife scene. The city's bustling party scene thrives along Rua de São Pedro, Rua Conselheiro Bívar, and Rua do Prior.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Resorts?

Lagos
Faro

There are resorts to choose from in both Lagos and Faro.

Vacationers flock to Lagos for its luxury resorts. As a resort town, you'll find no shortage of places to stay in the area. If you don't have a car, your best options are in the historic center. If transportation isn't a concern, then you'll find plenty of great resorts in the Marina, Meia Praia, Dona Ana Beach, Camilo Beach, and Porto de Mós Beach.

For the ultimate resort vacation, Faro is a great choice. Popular resorts include Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa, Conrad Algarve, and Tivoli Carvoeiro.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Lagos
Faro

You'll find places where you can go scuba diving or snorkeling in Lagos and Faro.

There are many scuba diving and snorkeling spots near Lagos. With its unique rock formations and caves, there are many spots where you can snorkel or scuba dive nearby. There's also sparkling blue waters and plenty of marine life including lobster, shrimp, anemones, octopuses, and brightly colored fish.

Faro has a few good snorkeling spots. There are both snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in the area. It's possible to snorkel off of several beaches or arrange a scuba diving excursion with a local dive shop.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Beaches?

Lagos
Faro

Lagos provides a better beach experience than Faro.

Lagos offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. The beaches are long, flat and sandy with beautifully dramatic rock formations. The largest beach in the area is Meia Praia and arguably one of the best beaches is Praia Dona Ana. For convenience, Praia da Batata is the closest beach to town. Praia de Porto de Mós is one of the more quiet beaches, but it's still along a bus line. For beautiful nature head to either Praia dos Estudantes or Praia dos Pinheiros.

Faro is a good option for a beach vacation. The most popular beach in the area is Faro Beach. It can get crowded during the summer months but if you walk a bit you can often get away from the crowds. To reach the beach you'll need a car or you can take the bus as the beach is about 10 km away.


Is Lagos or Faro Better for Shopping?

Lagos
Faro

Shopping is a popular activity in both Faro and Lagos.

Lagos is a great destination for shopping. The town has a long history of local artisan crafts. You can head to the seafront promenade and find local traditional items such as ceramics, leather goods, and jewelry.

Shopping is a popular activity when visiting Faro. The town isn't as big as some others, so it's shopping scene isn't as comprehensive, but you will find the major brands as well as souvenir shops to peruse when you need a break from the beach.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Families?

Lagos
Faro

Families may find more to do in Lagos than Faro.

With a huge array of activities for kids, Lagos is very family-friendly. You can spend days hanging out on the beautiful beaches, but there are so many other activities that the whole family will enjoy. Explore the caves in kayaks, take surfing lessons, head for the zoo, or go dolphin watching. There are also plenty of playgrounds and kid-friendly restaurants around town.

For families, Faro is not always the best place to visit. There are some nice nature reserves in the area so kids who love wildlife will enjoy a visit.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Couples?

Lagos
Faro

Lagos offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Faro.

Lagos is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. The beaches and hotels in the area offer a truly romantic setting for couples, whether you're on a honeymoon or a couple's weekend getaway. Spend some time on the beach or go kayaking through the caves. Get a spa treatment at a luxury hotel or go wine tasting through the countryside. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunsets on a sunset boat cruise while sipping a glass of local wine.

Faro makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. With the beautiful natural areas and historic old town, this seaport makes a nice couples vacation.

Is Lagos or Faro Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Lagos
Faro

Most people consider Lagos to be better for backpackers than Faro.

Lagos is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. The area is a favorite for backpackers who come to hang out on the beaches during the day or party late into the night after the sun goes down. There are plenty of hostels around town and many offer a social vibe where it's easy to meet other travelers.

It's common for backpackers to visit Faro. The are some good hostels in the area, but it's a bit tricky to get around without a car.


Is Lagos or Faro Better for Public Transit?

Lagos
Faro

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Lagos and Faro.

Public transit is generally limited in Lagos. The area has buses, but they are limited in where they go. There is also reduced service on weekends and holidays.

While Faro offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses that connect the city to the beach, the airport, and other outlying areas.

Is Lagos or Faro a more walkable city?

Lagos
Faro

Faro is generally more walkable than Lagos.

Faro is somewhat walkable. The city's old town is particularly walkable.

Lagos is not a very walkable resort town. Most people prefer to have a car as some areas are very hilly and many resorts are outside of town. Depending on your fitness level and motivation, you may be able to get by without a vehicle, but it is generally not recommended.

Should I spend more time in Faro or Lagos?

How long in Lagos or Faro?

In either Lagos or Faro, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. You can fill a similar amount of time in either place.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Lagos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Faro is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Lagos or Faro? Ideal Length of Stay
    Lagos 3-5 
    Faro 2-5

One day in Lagos or Faro?

Visitors enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the destination of Lagos. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

In Faro, many people enjoy the nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling that this popular destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

A weekend in Lagos or Faro?

Lagos is a fun place to experience. Most people visit for the beaches. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Faro. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.


Five days in Lagos or Faro?

Visitors enjoy the shopping and nightlife when visiting the adventure-filled destination of Lagos. This resort town offers something for everyone. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

Faro is a fun place to experience. In Faro, many people enjoy the shopping and nightlife that this destination offers. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A week in Lagos or Faro?

The dramatic resort town of Lagos offers nightlife and food. Make sure you spend some time hiking while you're in the area. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips.

You'll find nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling around the active destination of Faro. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Which city is cheaper, Faro 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 Faro is €107. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Lagos and Faro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 49
    Faro 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 98
    Faro 120
Compare Hotels in Lagos and Faro

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Hotels in Lagos


Hotels in Faro


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 25
    Faro 7.62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Private Transfer: Lagos to Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS): $622
  • Private Transfer: Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) to Lagos: $622
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Western Algarve: $460
  • Private Transfer Western Algarve - Lisbon: $460
  • Transfer From Lagos Algarve To Lisboa: $249
  • Private Transfer from Murtala Muhammed Airport-Lagos (LOS) to Lagos City: $133
  • Private Transfer from Lagos City to Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos (LOS): $133
  • Private Faro Airport Transfer to Lagos(5 to 8 passangers): $118
  • Private Transfer from Lagos to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer from Gil Eannes Square to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer from Santa Maria (Lagos) to Faro (FAO) Airport: $117
  • Private Transfer Lagos - Faro Airport: $114

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Algarve private transfer to Seville: $307
  • Algarve to/from Seville Transfer: $325
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport - Carvoeiro: $58
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Albufeira or Açoteias by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Meia Praia or Lagos by Private Vehicle: $78
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Vilamoura or Qta do Lago by Private Vehicle: $32
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers): $398
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (1 to 4 passengers): $435
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Vilamoura Hotels or Address): $45
  • Faro Airport FAO Transfer to Alvor, Carvoeiro or Portimão by Private Vehicle: $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Faro?

Prices for flights to both Faro 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Lagos 27
    Faro 29

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 21
    Faro 7.53

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
  • 2-Day Lagos Adventures(Nature Park,Beach,Afrika Shrine,Malls,Museum,Club,& More): $500
  • 2-Day Private Tour of the Suspended Lake of Ado Awaye from Lagos: $412
  • 2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches: $44
  • 4-Day Ikogosi Warmspring Tour from Lagos: $978
  • ALGARVE from Lisbon PRIVATE Tour - Lagos, Benagil and Marinha beach: $311
  • Abeokuta 2 Days Private Tour from Lagos: $390
  • Adventure to Olumo Rock: $154
  • Adventurous Lagos Tour By Bus: $557
  • Algarve Coastline Walking Tour: The Path of Dona Ana: $49
  • Algarve: Full-Day Coastal Tour by SUV: $64
  • Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve: $43

Tours and Activities in Faro

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

  • Horse Experience For Children: Lead Rein Riding: $3.72
  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train: $6.84
  • Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket: $11
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour: $34
  • From 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $34
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • From 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 5.43
    Faro 2.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch: $65
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $69
  • Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour: $74

Sample the Local Flavors in Faro

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:

  • Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting: $21


When comparing the travel costs between Lagos and Faro, we can see that Faro 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.


When is the best time to visit Lagos or Faro?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Lagos or Faro in the Summer?

Both Faro and Lagos during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Lagos in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Faro for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Lagos is around the same temperature as Faro in the summer. The temperature in Lagos is usually 25°C (77°F) in July, and Faro stays around 25°C (78°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Lagos. Lagos usually gets more rain in July than Faro. Lagos gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while Faro receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lagos 25°C (77°F) 
    Faro 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Faro in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Lagos and Faro. Most visitors come to Lagos for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Faro because of the shopping scene.

In the autumn, Lagos is a little warmer than Faro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Lagos in October are around 26°C (79°F), and Faro is about 20°C (68°F).

Lagos gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Lagos usually receives more rain than Faro. Lagos gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Faro receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lagos 26°C (79°F) 
    Faro 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Faro in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Lagos as well as Faro. The winter months attract visitors to Lagos because of the shopping scene and the cuisine. Also, the shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Faro this time of year.

In January, Lagos is generally much warmer than Faro. Temperatures in Lagos average around 27°C (81°F), and Faro stays around 12°C (54°F).

Lagos usually gets less rain in January than Faro. Lagos gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Faro receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lagos 27°C (81°F) 
    Faro 12°C (54°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Faro in the Spring?

Both Faro and Lagos are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Lagos this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Faro for the beaches.

Lagos is much warmer than Faro in the spring. The temperature in Lagos is usually 28°C (82°F) in April, and Faro stays around 17°C (62°F).

It's quite rainy in Lagos. In April, Lagos usually receives more rain than Faro. Lagos gets 146 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Faro receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lagos 28°C (82°F) 
    Faro 17°C (62°F)

Typical Weather for Faro and Lagos

Lagos Faro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 29°C (84°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (56°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 15°C (58°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 146 mm (5.7 in) 17°C (62°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 202 mm (8 in) 19°C (67°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 316 mm (12.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 243 mm (9.6 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)


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