Should you visit Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. 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.
Picture your ultimate beach vacation. It probably consists of sand, sun and the most pristine resorts to pamper and spoil you. You've just dreamed up a place that actually exists - Los Cristianos. Located in the south of the Canary Island of Tenerife, Los Cristianos is one of the most popular tourist centers in this area, and for good reason. This area knows how to treat vacationers. The sea is a way of life in this area of the world, and that's apparent everywhere you look. Harbor tours, fishing trips and dolphin watching excursions are being advertised everywhere you look - all ready to give you the Los Cristianos experience.
Playa de las Americas
If you are looking to escape your life - to relax on a modern day pleasure island, then you need to book a trip to the Playa de las Americas resort. Located on the south coast of Tenerife, this party capital never goes to sleep. Packed with nightclubs, bars, live music, shops and restaurants, Playa de las Americas is the stuff Hollywood movies are made of.
Which city is cheaper, Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Los Cristianos is €100, while the average daily cost in Playa de las Americas is €156. 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 Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Los Cristianos, €90 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Los Cristianos, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €45, such as in a hostel.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €184 in Playa de las Americas For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Los Cristianos €45
Playa de las Americas €92
Typical double-occupancy room
Playa de las Americas
The price of a meal in Los Cristianos can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €30 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
In Playa de las Americas travelers spend around €36 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.
To get around in Los Cristianos, the average visitor spends €39 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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Playa de las Americas than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €45 on transportation in Playa de las Americas on average per day.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Los Cristianos €39
Playa de las Americas €45
Is it cheaper to fly into Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas?
Prices for flights to both Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos 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.
In Los Cristianos, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €18 per person, per day.
Sightseeing expenses in Playa de las Americas, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €24 per day, per person.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Los Cristianos €18
Playa de las Americas €24
Tours and Activities in Los Cristianos
For Los Cristianos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-day Tenerife & la Gomera Sightseeing Tour:
Full-Day Private Minibus Tour trough Tenerife Highlights:
Tenerife Adrenaline Experience, Quad, Jetski and Paragliding:
Tenerife Highlights Full Day Tour with Guide:
Tenerife Turtles by Kayak and Snorkeling Adventure 5+ groups discounts:
Viking Adventure with Lunch & Local Pickup from South Tenerife:
Tours and Activities in Playa de las Americas
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Playa de las Americas.
4-Hour Walking Tour to Masca:
4h Forest Quad Tour on Polaris 500cc Quad:
BEST BUGGY SAFARI TOUR, Super sandy off-road fun!:
Guachinche 6-hour Gastronomic Tour in Tenerife:
Skip the Line: Medieval Show Castillo de San Miguel - Ticket:
The Terraces of the North (Island Tour / Private):
The Terraces of the North (Island Tour):
Typically, people visiting Los Cristianos spend on average €5.71 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Playa de las Americas, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €6.86.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas, we can see that Playa de las Americas is more expensive. And not only is Los Cristianos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Los Cristianos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Los Cristianos 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 Playa de las Americas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Playa de las Americas than you might in Los Cristianos.
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