A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Palma de Mallorca vs. Alicante for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Palma de Mallorca or Alicante?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Palma de Mallorca or Alicante, 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.

Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is a resort city and capital of the Spanish island, Mallorca, in the western Mediterranean. It is home to landmarks like Gothic cathedrals and medieval fortresses, but is also host to sandy beaches where the city meets the sea in a backdrop of surrounding mountains. Amidst the city itself you will find it easy to get lost in the charm of cobbled lanes, busy markets, boutiques, and historic courtyards.

Alicante

Alicante is a gorgeous coastal city in the Costa Blanca region, on the east coast of Spain. The region is famous for its white sandy beaches, the party-haven of Benidorm and the stunning palm tree-lined boulevard in the city of Alicante. I have been visiting Alicante for close to 20 years, so, it has become almost a second home to me. Here are my top tips to have the best vacation in Alicante.

Which city is cheaper, Alicante or Palma de Mallorca?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Palma de Mallorca is €111, while the average daily cost in Alicante is €102. 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 Palma de Mallorca and Alicante in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Palma de Mallorca can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €56, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €112.

Alicante's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €68. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €34.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Palma de Mallorca 56
    Alicante 34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Palma de Mallorca 112
    Alicante 68

Food

Palma de Mallorca food costs typically run travelers around €36 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Alicante costs travelers about €57 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Palma de Mallorca 36
    Alicante 57
Typical Food prices in Palma de Mallorca

For Palma de Mallorca, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Soda
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Palma de Mallorca

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

  • Show Cooking Paella: $124

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Alicante

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

  • Alicante Paella Experience with Market Visit and Cooking Class: $72
  • Spanish Italian fusion dinner in Mutxamel: $73

Local Transportation

To get around in Palma de Mallorca, the average visitor spends €20 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Palma de Mallorca 20
    Alicante -
Typical Local Transportation prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    6.80
  • Bus Ride
    1.25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Palma de Mallorca

Also for Palma de Mallorca, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Business Car: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Business Van: $110
  • Arrival Private Transfer Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma by Luxury Car: $101
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Business Car: $84
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Car: $160
  • Arrival Private Transfers : Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Luxury Van: $141
  • Arrival Transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Private Car: $69
  • Arrival Transfer from Palma de Mallorca Airport PMI to Palma in Private Van: $73
  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Cala Ratjada): $161
  • Majorca Airport (PMI) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Pollensa Hotel or Address): $132
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to Formentor: $149
  • Mallorca Airport Transfers to or from Ca'n Picafort: $116

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Alicante

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Alicante:

  • Transfer from Alicante city to Alicante airport with private Sedan max. 3 passengers: $40
  • Transfer from Alicante city to Alicante airport in private Minivan max. 6 passengers: $61
  • Private Transfer: Alicante to Alicante Airport (ALC): $622
  • Private Transfer from Alicante Ciudad to Alicante–Elche (ALC) Airport: $62
  • Private Transfer From/To Alicante Airport: $42
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC) to Alicante: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Alicante to Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC): $25
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Barcelona International Airport to Vilafranca City - One Way: $98
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Barcelona International Airport to Sitges City - One Way: $168
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Alicante International Airport to Valencia City - One Way: $336
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Alicante International Airport to Murcia City - One Way: $208
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Alicante International Airport to Benidorm City - One Way: $102

Is it cheaper to fly into Palma de Mallorca or Alicante?

Prices for flights to both Alicante and Palma de Mallorca 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

In Palma de Mallorca, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €27 per person, per day.

Alicante's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €42 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Palma de Mallorca 27
    Alicante 42

Tours and Activities in Palma de Mallorca

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

  • Alcudia Open Bus City Tour in Mallorca: $21
  • Palma de Mallorca Sightseeing Day Tour: $24
  • Palma de Mallorca Segway Ninebot Tour: $56
  • Express Tour to Drach Caves and Portocristo: $60
  • Segway Old Town Tour in Alcudia: $77
  • Segway Lake Tour in Alcudia: $77
  • Santa Ponsa: 3-Hour Scuba Diving Tour: $77
  • Mallorca Coasteering Adventure: $79
  • Small-Group Serra de Tramuntana Canyoning Experience in Mallorca: $100
  • Classic Tour of Mallorca on Convertible Car: $118
  • Bellver Castle Private Tour and Surrounding Highlights: $158
  • Palma: Shopping Tour Experience w/ your Personal Shopper: $194

Typical Entertainment prices in Alicante

Here are a few typical costs in Alicante for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Food and Tapas Tour (for 2)
    54
  • Catamaran Cruise (for 2)
    67
  • Wine Tasting Tour (for 2)
    120
  • Walking Tour (for 2)
    60

Tours and Activities in Alicante

Here are a few actual costs in Alicante for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 5-Hour Private Tour from Alicante to Villena: $585
  • Alicante Virtual Guided Tour: $93
  • Day Trip to Cartagena including Harbour Tour: $47
  • Discover the highlights of the Alicante city on a private full day tour: $934
  • Enduro / Trail / All Mountain Mini Experience Package: $622
  • Enduro / Trail / All mountain Experience Package: $1,369
  • Experience the World Heritage City of Elche private tour: $1,334
  • Explore the old city center of Alicante private walking tour: $534
  • Guadalest Valley and Benidorm Private Tour from Alicante: $585
  • Private 4-hour City Tour of Alicante (Cruise port or hotel pick up): $434
  • Tour en bicicleta alrededor de Alicante: $38
  • Xc Mountain Bike Experience Package: $1,369

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Palma de Mallorca spend on average €24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Palma de Mallorca 24
    Alicante -
Typical Alcohol prices in Palma de Mallorca

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Palma de Mallorca are as follows:


  • Coffee
    3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Palma de Mallorca

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Palma de Mallorca:

  • Wine Tasting Tour: $111

Sample the Local Flavors in Alicante

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

  • Alicante Wine Tour with Wine Tasting and Hotel Pickup: $81


When comparing the travel costs between Palma de Mallorca and Alicante, we can see that Palma de Mallorca 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.

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