A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Playa Blanca vs. Madrid for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Playa Blanca or Madrid?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Playa Blanca and Madrid 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: Playa Blanca or Madrid?

Playa Blanca

Located on the southern tip of the Canary Island of Lanzarote, Playa Blanca is a resort area popular with families and couples seeking a quieter vacation alternative to the lively neighbor resort of Puerto del Carmen. The resort's white sandy beaches are peaceful and sheltered from the higher winds found on other parts of the island. Timanfaya National Park is also nearby, as well as a number of other spectacular volcanic features.


Madrid, the capital of Spain, overs visitors countless opportunities to experience Spain's culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife. It is the largest city in Spain, and as such has much to explore. The city is situated on the Iberian Peninsula on the Spanish central Castillian plateau. If you're flying into Spain, you'll likely fly into the Madrid airport as it's one of the largest airports in Europe. Madrid is well connected to the rest of Spain with planes, trains and buses, making it a popular place to visit for many travelers doing a European tour.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 3-Week Tours in Spain, The Best Bicycle Tours in Spain, The Best Adventure Tours to Spain, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Spain.

Which place is cheaper, Madrid or Playa Blanca?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Playa Blanca is €155, while the average daily cost in Madrid is €136. 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 Playa Blanca and Madrid in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Playa Blanca 81
    Madrid 77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Playa Blanca 162
    Madrid 154
Compare Hotels in Playa Blanca and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Playa Blanca or Madrid? 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 Playa Blanca

Hotels in Madrid

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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: Playa Blanca Hotel Prices and Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Playa Blanca 49
    Madrid 19

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Madrid are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

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

  • Vehicle transfer with driver included in Madrid: $144
  • Transfer to Madrid, travel calmly and comfortably: $145
  • Transfer in private minivan from Madrid City - Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD): $75
  • Transfer in private minivan from Madrid Airport (MAD) - Madrid City: $75
  • Transfer from the Airport to Madrid: $111
  • Transfer from Barajas Airport to Madrid: $97
  • Segovia: Full-Day Tour with Transfer to and from Madrid: $452
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Madrid Airport (MAD) - Madrid city: $121
  • Round Trip Transfer from Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid by Sedan: $79
  • Private transfer: Barajas Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Center: $29
  • Private transfer from Madrid city/airport to Segovia: $92
  • Private transfer from Atocha Station to Madrid city center: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Playa Blanca or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid and Playa Blanca 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
    Playa Blanca 45
    Madrid 34

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

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

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream
  • Kebabs (for 2)
  • Croissant
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show and Dinner: $27
  • Paella and Sangria Workshop with Dinner and Drinks: $43
  • Madrid Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $48
  • Tapas Crawl Food Tour with 6 Tapas and 4 Drinks: $48
  • Tapas Dinner Party Food Tour with Guide: $48
  • Drunken Tapas Food Tour with Dinner in Madrid: $48
  • Tipsy Tapas Food Tour with Drinks and Food: $50
  • Madrid Tapas Dinner Party with Guide: $54
  • The Authentic Morning Madrid's Food Tour: $59
  • Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid: $61
  • Opera and Zarzuela Show and Dinner: $61
  • Tapas Crawl in Madrid Historical Quarter for Lunch or Dinner: $64

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Playa Blanca 20
    Madrid 34

Tours and Activities in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Photo Tour with Pro Photographer Lifestyle and Portrait: $94
  • Madrid Tour and Guided Visit Royal Palace: $78
  • Prado Museum and Madrid Royal Palace Morning Guided Tour: $72
  • Private Combo Tour Prado Museum and Reina Sofia: $225
  • Ávila & Segovia Day Tour from Madrid: $165
  • 1-Hour Private Flamenco Class in Madrid Experience: $45
  • 2-Hour Patisserie Experience for Dessert Lovers: $61
  • 2-Hour Tour of the Madrid of Mysteries: $14
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour on the History of Islamic Medieval the origins: $39
  • 2.5-Hour Evening Tapas Tour through Madrid: $38
  • 3 Hours Walking Tour in Madrid: $269
  • 3-Hour Tapas Walking Tour of Madrid Food and Drink Included: $94

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Playa Blanca 9.29
    Madrid 20

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Madrid are as follows:

  • Beer
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub Crawl with Tapas and VIP Club Entry: $9.70
  • Madrid Pub Crawl with VIP Club Entrance: $11
  • Visit to the Winery with Wine Tasting and Appetizers in Navarra: $12
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Drinks and Nightclub Entry: $14
  • Pub Crawl Madrid Running since 2005 Bar Exploration: $16
  • Guided Pub Crawl Madrid Experience and Club Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid & Party: $17
  • Pub Crawl Madrid-The Original since 2005-Shots-Fun-Clubs-Dance: $17
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $19
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $22
  • Wine Tasting Experience with 4 Spanish Wines: $26
  • Wine Tour with tasting in the Natural Park of La Mata: $38

When comparing the travel costs between Playa Blanca and Madrid, we can see that Playa Blanca 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.

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

Which is Bigger, Playa Blanca or Madrid?

Madrid has a larger population, and is about 310 times larger than the population of Playa Blanca. When comparing the sizes of Playa Blanca and Madrid, 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.