A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Portimao vs. Amalfi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Portimao or Amalfi?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Portimao and Amalfi. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Portimao

The second biggest city in the Alrgarve region of Portugal, Portimao sits on the coast where the Arade River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is renowned for its fresh fish restaurants and is also a popular destination for beachgoers at the Praia da Rocha to the south of the city.

Amalfi

The town of Amalfi is at the heart of the Amalfi Coast, a region of Italy known for dramatic coastline, ritzy hotels, delicious food, and warm weather. Amalfi was the capital of a small republic in the middle ages known as the Duchy of Amalfi, when it dominated the seas by trade and power. Later, in the early 20th century, the town and the region became known as a place where wealthy travelers would spend their vacations.

Which city is cheaper, Amalfi or Portimao?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Portimao is €121, while the average daily cost in Amalfi is €161. 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 Portimao and Amalfi in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €124 for a double occupancy room in Portimao.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Amalfi is €158. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Amalfi 79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Amalfi 158

Food

The price of a meal in Portimao can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €36 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Amalfi cost around €50 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Amalfi 50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Portimão - Food Tour: $96

Typical Food prices in Amalfi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Amalfi:


  • Dinner
    35
  • Snacks
    4.00
  • Bread
    1.00
  • Dinner
    41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amalfi

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

  • Lunch or dinner with an Italian family with cooking demo and wines - Amalfi: $106
  • Private cooking class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Amalfi: $180
  • Amalfi Coast Cooking Class in Organic Farm: $193
  • Market visit and cooking class with lunch or dinner at a local's home in Amalfi: $235
  • Cooking Class Plus Wine Tasting Experience: $597

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €30 per day to get around in Portimao.

The average price of local transportation around Amalfi is €53 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.
    Portimao 30
    Amalfi 53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Airport Transfer: $94
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Private Transfer from Hotel da Rocha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Private Transfer from Portimao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Amalfi

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amalfi:


  • Bus
    4.00
  • Train to Naples
    14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amalfi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amalfi:

  • Private Transfer: From Amalfi to Naples: $22
  • Private Transfer: From Amalfi to Sorrento with hotel pick-up and drop-off: $57
  • Amalfi - Napoli Airport (NAP) / Private Departure Van Transfer: $61
  • Private Transfer from Amalfi to Naples: $75
  • Private Transfers Amalfi Coast or viceversa: $75
  • From Private transfer to Naples train station airport or city center: $81
  • Private Transfer from Amalfi to Sorrento: Door-to-Door, English-speaking driver: $83
  • Private Transfer: From Amalfi (hotel) to Naples (hotel-airport-train station): $83
  • Private Transfer from Amalfi to Naples: Door-to-Door, English-speaking driver: $105
  • Private transfer Amalfi to Naples: $108
  • Private transfer from Amalfi to Naples: $112
  • Amalfi - Napoli Airport (NAP) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $112

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Amalfi?

Prices for flights to both Amalfi and Portimao 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

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €33 per person, per day in Portimao. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Amalfi's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €21 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.
    Portimao 33
    Amalfi 21

Tours and Activities in Portimao

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Portimao are as follows:

  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • Benagil Caves Tours: $25
  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • Tour to Benagil caves and others: $31
  • Morning Caves Expedition Tour from Portimao: $35
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Sunset Benagil Tour - relax your vacations: $37
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • Magical Benagil Cave Cruise: $38
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38

Tours and Activities in Amalfi

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

  • Running tour: $40
  • Amalfi lemon tour: $44
  • Private Valley of the Mills Nature Reserve Tour: $50
  • Amalfi Lemon Tour Experience: $59
  • Swim and Explore Half-Day Tour: $62
  • Pompeii and Villa Dei Misteri Ruin Tour from Amalfi Coast Towns: $66
  • Amalfi Coast Kayak Tour along Arches, Beaches and Sea Caves: $73
  • Amalfi Drive: Private Tour of Amalfi Coast: $84
  • Day Cruise to Capri from the Amalfi Coast: $91
  • Amalfi Coast Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group | Half-day: $98
  • Half-Day Private Bike Tour of Agerola from Amalfi: $105
  • Guided Private Bike Tour through Chiunzi Pass from Amalfi: $105

Alcohol

The average person spends about €24 on alcoholic beverages in Portimao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Amalfi may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €16 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Amalfi 16

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Portimao:

  • Portimão & Carvoeiro: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $72
  • Algarve wine tour of two wine estates and lunch at hystorical town of Silves: $112
  • Algarve Wine Tour and Mountain Discovery With Lunch at Mountain Top: $144
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from the Algarve: $207

Typical Alcohol prices in Amalfi

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


  • Wine
    6.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Amalfi

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

  • From Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Vesuvius and Wine Tour: $157
  • Mount Vesuvius & Wine Tasting with Lunch Private Tour: $287
  • Mount Vesuvius & Wine Tasting with Lunch Private Tour from Amalfi Coast: $287
  • Pompei Archeological site and Wine tasting Experience: $303
  • Wine Tour Experience for Family or friend's group: $311
  • 6-Hour Private Pompeii & Wine Tasting Tour: $653


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

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