A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Madeira Islands vs. Braga for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Madeira Islands or Braga?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Madeira Islands and Braga can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Madeira Islands or Braga?

Madeira Islands

Madeira, Portugal is an archipelago consisting of four islands, each covered with lush vegetation and mountainous landscapes. Madeira is famous for its fresh fish and namesake Madeira wine, which can be found throughout the main island. This area is the perfect blend of relaxing beaches and thrill-inducing activities such as paragliding and mountain biking. Portuguese is the main language here, although English is spoken widely by those in the tourism industry.


Located in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal, Braga is a medium sized city with both historical and modern characteristics. There is a university in town, known as Universidade do Minho, which gives the city a young feel with a lot of life. There are also many bars, clubs, and activities around to keep you entertained.

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

Which place is cheaper, Braga or Madeira Islands?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Madeira Islands is €0.00, while the average daily cost in Braga is €112. 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 Madeira Islands and Braga in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Madeira Islands -
    Braga 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Madeira Islands 0.00
    Braga 108
Compare Hotels in Madeira Islands and Braga

Looking for a hotel in Madeira Islands or Braga? 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 Madeira Islands

Hotels in Braga

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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: Madeira Islands Hotel Prices and Braga Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Madeira Islands -
    Braga 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Esposende Private Transfer to Porto: $41
  • Braga Private Transfer:To/From the Oporto Airport: $102
  • Braga Private Transfer to Porto: $55
  • Airport Transfer Porto> Viana do Castelo: $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Madeira Islands or Braga?

Prices for flights to both Braga and Madeira Islands 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
    Madeira Islands -
    Braga 40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Small-Group Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $85

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Madeira Islands -
    Braga 16

Tours and Activities in Braga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Braga are as follows:

  • 1h Buggy Tour • Arcos de Valdevez • Peneda Gerês: $87
  • 2h Buggy Tour • Arcos de Valdevez • Peneda Gerês: $142
  • 4X4 Tour – Minho Litoral - Beaches and Mountains between Viana do Castelo and Caminha: $83
  • 4X4 Tour – Mountain - Viana do Castelo - Serra Sta. Lucia, Serra D'Arga: $83
  • 4X4 Tour - Discovering Serra d´ Arga: $175
  • 4h Buggy Tour • Arcos de Valdevez • Peneda Gerês: $219
  • Arcos de Valdevez Tour 1 Day: $242
  • Barcelos, Braga & Guimarães Tour: $110
  • Braga & Guimarães: Premium Day Tour: $289
  • Braga Private Walking Tour: $254
  • Braga Private Walking Tour with a Professional Guide: $217

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Madeira Islands -
    Braga 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Braga

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

  • Wine Tasting & Lunch | Quinta de Santa Cristina Vinho Verde: $51
  • Douro Valley - Régua-Pinhão - with wine tasting: $148
  • Private Culture and Wine Tourism Tour: $225

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

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

Which has a larger population, Madeira Islands or Braga?

Madeira Islands has a larger population, and is about 97% larger than the population of Braga. When comparing the sizes of Madeira Islands and Braga, 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.