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

Should you visit Palma de Mallorca or Santiago de Compostela?

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

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of northwest Spain's Galicia region. Its famous cathedral marks the culmination of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and is the alleged burial site of the apostle himself. The pilgrimage route begins in the Pyrenees, 500 miles away, though travelers can decide to join the journey at certain points in between, depending on how far they want to walk and how much they want to see.

Which city is cheaper, Santiago de Compostela 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 Santiago de Compostela is €73. 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 Santiago de Compostela 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €30. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Santiago de Compostela the cost is €60 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Palma de Mallorca 56
    Santiago de Compostela 30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Palma de Mallorca 112
    Santiago de Compostela 60

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 Santiago de Compostela costs travelers about €16 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
    Santiago de Compostela 16
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

Typical Food prices in Santiago de Compostela

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santiago de Compostela:


  • Raspberries
    3.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.00
  • Cookie
    1.00
  • Kebab
    7.25
  • Dinner & Tapas (for 2)
    28
  • Tuna Empanada
    3.50
  • Fruit Shake
    3.50
  • Crepe
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago de Compostela

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Santiago Market and Food Tour: $75
  • Dinner Tapas Tour of Santiago: $93

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.

The average price of local transportation around Santiago de Compostela is €30 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Palma de Mallorca 20
    Santiago de Compostela 30
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 Santiago de Compostela

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago de Compostela:

  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from SCQ Airport to City centre: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Departure Transfer: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Arrival Transfer: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Departure Private Transfer to SCQ Airport in 6 Seater Van: $78
  • Santiago de Compostela Airport Arrival Private Transfer to City Center: $60
  • Private Transfer From/To Santiago de Compostela Airport: $53
  • Private Premium Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Lisbon + 2h Sightseeing: $450
  • Private Airport Transfer: Santiago De Compostela Airport (SCQ) to Compostela: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Compostela to Santiago De Compostela Airport (SCQ): $27
  • Porto Private Transfer to or from Santiago de Compostela: $129

Is it cheaper to fly into Palma de Mallorca or Santiago de Compostela?

Prices for flights to both Santiago de Compostela 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.

Santiago de Compostela's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 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
    Santiago de Compostela 31

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

Tours and Activities in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • 5-Day Galicia Tour: Santiago de Compostela to Allariz: $1,300
  • 6-day Walking Tour from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre: $632
  • 8 Days Guided Tour from Santiago to Lisbon: $1,113
  • Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour: $41
  • Full-Day Finisterre & Muxia Guided Tour from Santiago: $41
  • Full-day Rias Baixas Guided Tour from Santiago: $56
  • Galicia 4-day Food & Wine Private Tour: $1,723
  • Galicia's Death Coast Private Day Tour: $319
  • Gourmet Lunch Tour of Santiago: $106
  • Lugo & Cathedrals Beach Private Tour: $447
  • Luxury Finisterre Saint James Way Private Tour: $558
  • Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour: $1.24

Alcohol

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

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santiago de Compostela may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Palma de Mallorca 24
    Santiago de Compostela 18
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

Typical Alcohol prices in Santiago de Compostela

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santiago de Compostela from other travelers:


  • 1 Pint Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • AlbariƱo Private Wine Tour from Santiago de Compostela: $351


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

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