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

Should you visit Portimao or Rabat?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Portimao and Rabat. 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.

Rabat

While not high on the tourist destination list, Rabat is a quiet gem of a city with stunning colonial architecture and palm-lined streets. This political capital is a laid-back, pleasant alternative to the more cosmopolitan Casablanca.

Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, Rabat plus the city of Temera are home to a combined metropolitan population of 2.6 million.

Which city is cheaper, Rabat 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 Rabat is €33. 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 Rabat 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.

Travelers usually pay around €42 for a double occupancy room in Rabat If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Rabat 21
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Rabat 42

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.

In Rabat travelers spend around €9.42 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Rabat 9.42

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rabat

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

  • Best Moroccan Cooking Class with Chef Khadija ( Over 35 years Experience ): $25
  • Rabat Family Cooking Class: $50
  • Rabat Food Tour in the Old Town: $56
  • Rabat Food Tour Like a Local: $56
  • Rabat Restaurant Cooking Class: $56
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Food Tour in Rabat: $103

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Rabat than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.60 on transportation in Rabat on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Rabat 1.60

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Private Transfer from Portimao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Private Transfer from Hotel da Rocha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Airport Transfer: $94
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rabat

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


  • Taxi to Sale
    3.33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rabat

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Rabat to Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA): $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Rabat-Sale Airport (RBA) to Rabat: $18
  • Rabat Airport Transfer: $18
  • Transfer Rabat to Rabat Airport: $24
  • Transfer Rabat to Salé: $24
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat Sale Airport: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer Rabat Sale Airport to Rabat City: $28
  • Private Transfer from Rabat City to Rabat (RBA) Airport: $50
  • Rabat Airport (RBA) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer: $54
  • Transfer Rabat to Kenitra: $55
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer between Rabat Sale Airport and Rabat City: $55
  • Rabat Hotels to Casablanca Airport : Private Transfer: $59

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Rabat?

Prices for flights to both Rabat 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Rabat, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €2.16 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Rabat 2.16

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • 2h30min Private Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeing & Cliff-jumping with Lots of fun!: $373
  • Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao: $44
  • Algarve Coastline Tour from Portimao jeep and boat tour: $75
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38
  • Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour: $44
  • Benagil - Private Tour with Captain - Algarve Cave Captain: $348
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeling & Cliff-jumping - lots of fun and adventure: $50

Tours and Activities in Rabat

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

  • Rabat Shopping Tour: $56
  • Travel consultant ,scam protector and Tour guide: $60
  • Best of Rabat Tour (half-day): $63
  • Rabat Half Day City Tour: $104
  • Rabat Private Photography Tour: $149
  • Full-Day Private Photography Tour in Rabat: $149
  • Rabat Private Walking Tour: $168
  • Rabat & Casablanca Tour from Casablanca: $218
  • Fes Full Day Private Tour from Rabat: $250
  • Private Day tour from Rabat to Chefchaouen in Rif mountains: $280
  • The best of Rabat walking tour: $399
  • Romantic tour in Rabat: $399

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Rabat -

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Portimao and Rabat, we can see that Portimao is more expensive. And not only is Rabat much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Portimao is in Europe and Rabat is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Rabat would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rabat 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 Portimao would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Portimao than you might in Rabat.

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