A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Peniche vs. Funchal for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Peniche or Funchal?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Peniche and Funchal can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Peniche or Funchal?


Peniche is a beach destination with many attractions for travelers. First, the raging sea and the lay of the land make this a popular surfing destination. The best of many supreme beaches is Praia dos Supertubos, which has a tubular wave fit for big time international events. Peniche has also been a port since the Early Modern Age, when a fort was constructed to defend it. This monument has an absorbing history, first as a maritime defense and then a prison during the Estado Novo regime in the 20th century. The walled historic center makes for pleasant strolling, and the seaside fort where Salazar's regime detained political prisoners is a must-see for anyone interested in Portuguese history. Artisan lovers will enjoy Peniche's specialty, handmade lace, and it is even possible to see the lace-work in action. And on top of everything, Peniche also has the Berlingas Islands, a natural reserve off the coast, which are well worth a visit.


Funchal is the capital city of the autonomous region of Madeira on the island of Madeira. The city is located to the south between the cities of Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos. It is actually named for the fennel plant which grows liberally on the island. The city was most significant as a shipping center between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it has a population of over 100,000 people and is, arguably, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. It's appeal as a tourist destination has made it the leading Portuguese port for cruise line dockings.

Which place is cheaper, Funchal or Peniche?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Peniche is €122, while the average daily cost in Funchal is €93. 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 Peniche and Funchal in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Peniche 50
    Funchal 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Peniche 100
    Funchal 104
Compare Hotels in Peniche and Funchal

Looking for a hotel in Peniche or Funchal? 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 Peniche

Hotels in Funchal

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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: Peniche Hotel Prices and Funchal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Peniche 53
    Funchal 9.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Peniche

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

  • Lisbon: Transfer from/to Peniche (Wave Capital): $130

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal

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

  • Private Transfer from Funchal Airport to Madeira Island: $125
  • Funchal Airport(FNC)to Madeira Island-Round-Trip Private Transfer: $104
  • Private Transfer from Madeira North area resorts to Madeira Funchal airport: $90
  • Transfers Wheelchair Scooter Transfers Airport / Funchal: $88
  • Transfer and Hiking PR8 Sao Lourenço : $83
  • Madeira: Private Monte Tour By Cable Car with Transfer: $77
  • Private Transfer from Cristiano Ronaldo Airport to Funchal Hotels: $69
  • Madeira Airport Transfers Round Trip (FNC): $66
  • Private Transfer to Levada do Alecrim - Rosemary Levada (easy): $61
  • Transfer to Hiking Achada Teixeira - Pico Ruivo: $61
  • Private Transfer from Funchal airport to Madeira south area: $60
  • Madeira Airport Business Van Transfers: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Peniche or Funchal?

Prices for flights to both Funchal and Peniche 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
    Peniche 41
    Funchal 31

Typical Food Prices in Funchal

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Funchal:

  • Coffee

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal

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

  • Private Walking Food Tour Around Funchal: $31
  • Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show: $42
  • Sunset Tour to Pico do Arieiro with Dinner and Drinks included: $77
  • Funchal Walking Food Tour: $83
  • Madeiran Traditional Dinner: $88
  • Cooking Experience & Market Tour: $92
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $114
  • Gourmet Wine & Food Tour: $114
  • Flavors of Madeira: Wine & Dine - Tasting and Dinner: $162

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Peniche 19
    Funchal 15

Tours and Activities in Peniche

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

  • From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour: $135
  • From 1-Hour Cabo Carvoeiro Boat Tour: $16
  • From Round-Trip Boat Tour of Berlengas Archipelago: $24
  • Lisbon: Private Full Day Tour to Berlengas Island: $238
  • Berlenga Island and Cave Tour: $34
  • Berlengas Island Caves Tour and Snorkeling: $44
  • Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour: $37
  • Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour: $34
  • Mountain Bike Tour: $54
  • Private Jeep Tour + Tasting Offer: $54
  • Private Walking Tour - Footsteps of Our People: $22
  • Surfing Lessons with Experienced Instructors: $32

Tours and Activities in Funchal

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

  • Arieiro Peak with Santana and Machico Golden Beach Experience: $76
  • Low Cost Wheelchair Handicap Half Day Tour, Fully Accessible Tour : $77
  • Low Cost Wheelchair Santana Half Day Tour : $110
  • Wheelchair Full Day Tour Porto Moniz E Sao Vicente : $193
  • Wheelchair Handicap Full Day East Tour Santana Tour : $193
  • Wheelchair Porto Moniz Handicap Tour: $154
  •  Magnificent East Tour: $33
  • 4 Hours Adventure Jeep Tour in Central Madeira Portugal: $47
  • 4 hours Unique Classic Jeep Tour to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira: $63
  • 4-Hour Private Outdoor Tour in Madeira: $176
  • 4x4 Full-Day Tour to Explore Portugal's Scents and Flavors: $64
  • 4x4 Jeep Safari Porto Moniz - the "Farowest" tour - Full Day Small Groups : $72

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Peniche 12
    Funchal 16

Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal

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

  • 4x4 Vineyard Expedition, Wine Tasting, & Cabo Girão seacliff: $49
  • Skywalk and 4x4 Adventure with Amazing Views and Wine Tasting: $50
  • Wine tasting and Jeep Adventure in Madeira's Majestic Countryside: $50
  • Bestselling Wine Tour, Tasting Experience & Skywalk 4x4 Adventure: $54
  • Madeira: Private Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour: $61
  • Half-Day Wine Tour in Madeira: $77
  • Amazing Skywalk, Wine Tasting & 4x4 Adventure + Dolphin Watching: $87
  • Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting: $88
  • Guided Toboggan Ride and Madeira Wine Tasting Tour: $99
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting in the Wine Region of Boaventura: $105
  • Weekends Madeira Wine Tasting São Vicente: $110
  • Full Day Private Madeira Wine Tour from Funchal: $173

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

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

Which is Bigger, Peniche or Funchal?

Funchal has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Peniche. When comparing the sizes of Peniche and Funchal, 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.

When is the best time to visit Peniche or Funchal?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Peniche or Funchal in the Summer?

Both Funchal and Peniche are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Peniche is around the same temperature as Funchal in the summer. The daily temperature in Peniche averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Funchal fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).

It's quite sunny in Funchal. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Peniche. Peniche usually receives more sunshine than Funchal during summer. Peniche gets 352 hours of sunny skies, while Funchal receives 227 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Peniche usually receives less rain than Funchal. Peniche gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Funchal receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Peniche 23°C (73°F) 
    Funchal 22°C (72°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Funchal in the Autumn?

Both Funchal and Peniche during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In the autumn, Peniche is around the same temperature as Funchal. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Peniche in October average around 19°C (66°F), and Funchal averages at about 21°C (70°F).

It's quite sunny in Peniche. In the autumn, Peniche often gets more sunshine than Funchal. Peniche gets 213 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Funchal receives 183 hours of full sun.

Funchal gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Peniche usually gets less rain in October than Funchal. Peniche gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Funchal receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Peniche 19°C (66°F) 
    Funchal 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Funchal in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Peniche and Funchal.

In January, Peniche is generally cooler than Funchal. Daily temperatures in Peniche average around 12°C (53°F), and Funchal fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

Peniche usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Funchal during winter. Peniche gets 144 hours of sunny skies, while Funchal receives 141 hours of full sun in the winter.

Funchal receives a lot of rain in the winter. Peniche gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Peniche usually receives around the same amount of rain as Funchal. Peniche gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Funchal receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Peniche 12°C (53°F) 
    Funchal 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Funchal in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Peniche as well as Funchal.

Peniche is around the same temperature as Funchal in the spring. The daily temperature in Peniche averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Funchal fluctuates around 17°C (63°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Peniche this time of the year. In the spring, Peniche often gets more sunshine than Funchal. Peniche gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Funchal receives 182 hours of full sun.

Peniche usually gets less rain in April than Funchal. Peniche gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Funchal receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Peniche 16°C (60°F) 
    Funchal 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Funchal and Peniche

Peniche Funchal
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 16°C (61°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 16°C (61°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 23°C (73°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)