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

Should you visit Madeira Islands or Porto?

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 Porto 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 Porto?

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.


Porto is the second largest city in Portugal. It is also the capital of the Northern Region and a hub for commercial and industrial activity. The city is not as large as you might expect, with a population of only about 300,000 residents, but the metropolitan area has a population of about 2.5 million. This includes nearby cities such as Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia and Gondomar.

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, Porto or Madeira Islands?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Madeira Islands is €95, while the average daily cost in Porto is €126. 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 Porto in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Madeira Islands 52
    Porto 65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Madeira Islands 104
    Porto 130
Compare Hotels in Madeira Islands and Porto

Looking for a hotel in Madeira Islands or Porto? 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 Porto

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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 Porto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Madeira Islands 9.87
    Porto 21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Porto HTL-APT (OPO): $33
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Porto APT-HTL (OPO): $33
  • Transfer from Porto to the Douro Valley : $222
  • Transfer from Porto to Coimbra visiting Aveiro, half day: $155
  • Transfer from Porto Airport to / from Gerês: $139
  • Transfer between Porto airport and city center: $27
  • Transfer Porto to Lisbon including 3 stops: $815
  • Transfer Porto Centro to Airport (OPO): $39
  • Transfer Porto: $33
  • Transfer Oporto - Aeroport / Up to 4 passengers: $28
  • Transfer From Porto To Lisbon: $285
  • Transfer Airport (OPO) - Porto Centro: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Madeira Islands or Porto?

Prices for flights to both Porto 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 33
    Porto 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

For Porto, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class in Downtown Porto: $38
  • Bolhão Market and Codfish Tasting Guided Food Tour: $53
  • Christmas All Inclusive Dinner River Cruise with DJ on Board : $55
  • Porto Food Tour: Full Meal & Drinks: $57
  • Matosinhos: “From the sea to your plate” Food Tour: $69
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $70
  • 3-Hour Food Tour: $70
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour: $75
  • Portuguese Craft Beer and Food Tour: $75
  • Semi - Private Oporto Food Tour : $76
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour in Porto: $77
  • Secret Food Tour: $79

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Madeira Islands 15
    Porto 25

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • 4 Hour Blissful Wave Experience at Maceda Haven: $78
  • Ultimate Ribeira Walking Tour: $3.28
  • 1 Day Tour to Douro Valley from Porto: $211
  • 1.5-Hour Private Electric Tuk Tuk Sightseeing Tour Historic Porto: $27
  • 19th Century metal portrait an unique experience Porto-Portugal : $60
  • 1h Private Boat Tour between Afurada and Ribeira: $155
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto Douro to Left bank: $64
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $80
  • 2 Hour Private Tuktuk Tour in Porto to Monastery and Cellars: $81
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour in Two Banks of Porto: $33
  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $59
  • 2-hour Private Tour (1 to 6 people) on the Douro River with a local: $198

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Madeira Islands 16
    Porto 19

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket and Wine Tasting: $8.70
  • Museu do Vitral Entry Ticket with Wine Tasting: $8.88
  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $15
  • Mysterious Pub Crawl Interactive City Discovery Game: $20
  • Pub Crawl with 5 Drinks: $20
  • Guided City Pub Crawl with Club Entry: $20
  • Porto Pub Crawl With Unlimited Beer: $20
  • Douro and Port Wine Tasting: $20
  • Pub Crawl Porto Live night: $21
  • Poças: Guided Tour & Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21
  • Poças Guided Visit and Port Wine Tasting with Pastel de Nata: $21
  • Pub Crawl with Shots and Drinking Games: $21

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Madeira Islands and Porto, we can see that Porto 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 Porto would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Porto 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 Porto Expensive?.

Which has a larger population, Madeira Islands or Porto?

Porto has a larger population, and is about 4% larger than the population of Madeira Islands. When comparing the sizes of Madeira Islands and Porto, 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.