A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Marbella vs. Costa de Prata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Marbella or Costa de Prata?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Marbella or Costa de Prata, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Marbella

Marbella is a city in southern Spain in the province of Malaga. It is part of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is located on the Mediterranean Sea between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar. It is one of the most important tourist cities in the area and receives many national and international tourists year round due to its climate and tourism structures. Marbella is a bit of a glamorous city due to its beauty and resort-type environment. The old town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with shops and art galleries selling boutique clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. The city has significant archaeological and historical heritage and many events and performances throughout the year.

Costa de Prata

Costa de Prata is a region located on the Silver Coast of Portugal, an hour north of Lisbon. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and relaxed, welcoming, atmosphere. The area experiences gorgeous weather nearly all year round, with temperatures in the high 70's and 80's Fahrenheit from May-September. June-August sees the warmest ocean temperatures, making these the best months for swimming. Even during their winter, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F, although ocean temperatures drop, making swimming a bit colder.

Which city is cheaper, Costa de Prata or Marbella?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Marbella is €93, while the average daily cost in Costa de Prata is €121. 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 Marbella and Costa de Prata in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Marbella can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €49, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €98.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €124 in Costa de Prata For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Marbella 49
    Costa de Prata 62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Marbella 98
    Costa de Prata 124

Food

While meal prices in Marbella can vary, the average travelers spends about €31 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Marbella should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Marbella is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The average traveler spends about €35 per day in Costa de Prata for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Marbella 31
    Costa de Prata 35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marbella

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

  • Cooking courses at home & online: $75
  • Tapas & Paella Cooking Course: $80

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Marbella than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €19 on transportation in Marbella on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Costa de Prata than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €42 on transportation in Costa de Prata on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Marbella 19
    Costa de Prata 42

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella

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

  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to PUERTO BANUS-PRICE ALL INCUSIVE: $106
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $106
  • Private Transfer from Nueva AndalucĂ­a to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $144
  • Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Marbella to Malaga (AGP) airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $122
  • Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from La Quinta Golf Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Sedan: $568

Is it cheaper to fly into Marbella or Costa de Prata?

Prices for flights to both Costa de Prata and Marbella 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Marbella, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €15 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Costa de Prata, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €10 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Marbella 15
    Costa de Prata 10

Tours and Activities in Marbella

For Marbella, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Alhambra Private Tour from with Transport and skip-the-line tickets: $386
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Can-am Route Experience: $77
  • Casares private half-day Tour from Marbella or Malaga: $299
  • E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella: $93
  • From Blue to Blue - Hiking tour in the Rif Mountains of Morocco: $1,151
  • Granada and Alhambra from Marbella and Costa del Sol: Vip Private Tour: $862
  • Half-day White Villages E-Mountain Bike Tour: $148
  • Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $88
  • Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41
  • Marbella Sailing Experience: $124
  • Marbella group walking tour: $32

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Marbella spend on average €4.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Costa de Prata spend on average €6.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Marbella 4.57
    Costa de Prata 6.50

Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella

Also in Marbella, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca: $123
  • Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol: $160
  • Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella: $210
  • VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit: $360
  • Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella: $406
  • VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker: $778


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

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