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

Should you visit Portimao or Sorrento?

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

Sorrento

Sorrento is a popular travel destination in Campania, Italy. The city has nice architecture and many shops and outdoor cafes you can enjoy. Its access via the Circumvesuviana rail system make it a great base for visiting Pompeii and Ercolano.

The city has a Mediterranean climate that has mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The pleasant climate make it a popular destination year around, although you can expect crowds during the peak summer months.

You'll find no shortage of hotels and hostels in town as the city's economy is very much dependent on tourism. Hostels are generally clean and comfortable, but they may be more expensive than you expect. If you travel during the low season you're likely to save some money even if the weather isn't as nice. Mid range hotel rooms are usually smaller than their American counterparts, but they are clean and nice and often come with a complimentary breakfast. The same can generally be said for more expensive hotels.

Which city is cheaper, Sorrento 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 Sorrento is €112. 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 Sorrento 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 Sorrento is €144. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Sorrento 72
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Sorrento 144

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.

The price of a meal in Sorrento can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €30 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €12 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Sorrento 30

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 Sorrento

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


  • Pizza
    6.00
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    43
  • Casual Lunch (for Two)
    21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sorrento

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

  • Gelato Cooking Class in Sorrento: $26
  • Italian Gelato Cooking Class in Sorrento: $26
  • Private Virtual Cooking Class from Sorrento: $37
  • Pizza Show: $39
  • Handmade Neapolitan Pizza | Virtual Tour from Sorrento: $44
  • VIRTUAL LESSONS...maked Pizza, bread and fried Calzones in live!: $47
  • Pizza Show: $47
  • Small-Group Original Neapolitan Pizza Class in Sorrento: $56
  • Pizza Making Course: $62
  • Sorrento Handmade Pizza school: $62
  • Sorrento Pizza Making: $62
  • Live Streaming Italian Cooking Class: $65

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 cost of a taxi ride in Sorrento is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €6.05 per person, per day, on local transportation in Sorrento.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Sorrento 6.05

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 Sorrento

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


  • Local Bus Ticket
    4.20
  • Ferry to Capri (Round Trip)
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sorrento

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sorrento:

  • Sorrento – Positano / Private Van Transfer: $29
  • Private Transfer: From Sorrento to Positano with hotel pick-up and drop-off: $42
  • Private Transfer to and from Sorrento - Amalfi Coast: $44
  • Sorrento – Positano / Private Car Transfer: $44
  • Sorrento - Napoli Airport (NAP) / Private Departure Van Transfer: $50
  • Private Transfer from Sorrento to Positano or Vice Versa: $52
  • Private Transfer: From Sorrento to Amalfi with hotel pick-up and drop-off: $57
  • Private transfer from Sorrento to Napoli Airport with minicab: $61
  • Private Transfer: From Sorrento (hotel) to Naples (hotel-airport-train station): $63
  • Sorrento to Naples Airport Private Departure Transfer: $67
  • Private transfer Sorrento to Naples: $75
  • Path of the Gods with transfer from Sorrento: $75

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Sorrento?

Prices for flights to both Sorrento 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.

Entertainment and activities in Sorrento typically cost an average of €26 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Sorrento 26

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Sorrento

Here are a few typical costs in Sorrento for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Chair & Umbrella at Beach
    10
  • Bike Rental (24 Hours)
    20
  • Scuba Diving (Single Dive)
    45
  • Blue Mini Cruise
    22

Tours and Activities in Sorrento

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

  • 2-Hour Sorrento Walking Tour: $10
  • Sorrento Hop-on Hop-off Tour: 6-Hour Ticket: $13
  • Guided Walking Tour of Sorrento: $19
  • Cocktails & Appetizer | Virtual Tour from Sorrento: $35
  • 2-Hour Kayak Tour from Marina del Cantone: $39
  • MT. Vesuvius HD Tour from Sorrento: $41
  • Amalfi Coast Full-Day Tour from Sorrento: $43
  • Sorrento Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $43
  • From Amalfi and Ravello Coastal Driving Tour: $44
  • POSITANO EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING HD TOUR - from Sorrento: $44
  • Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train from Sorrento: $46
  • Pompeii Half-day Coach Tour from Sorrento: $47

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 Sorrento may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.97 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Sorrento 6.97

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 Sorrento

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    11

Sample the Local Flavors in Sorrento

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sorrento:

  • Sorrento Farm and Food Experience including Olive Oil, Limoncello, Wine tasting: $84
  • Wine Tasting on the Slopes of Vesuvius Including Lunch: $109
  • Sorrento Food & Wine Tour - 'Taste of Sorrento': $116
  • Full Day Small Group Pompeii Tour from Sorrento with Local Wine Tasting: $127
  • From Full-Day Pompeii & Wine Tasting Tour: $127
  • Pompeii and Wine Tasting Tour from Sorrento: $134
  • Sorrento in 3 Wines: Exclusive Wine Tasting with an Expert & Food Pairing: $136
  • Vesuvius Wine Tasting Experience Tour: $139
  • Sorrento Food and Wine Tour-Small Group: $149
  • Pompeii,Vesuvius with Lunch & wine tasting from Sorrento Coast: $210
  • Private Trasportation To Pompeii + Lunch And Wine Tasting 6 Hours Total: $236
  • Half Day Wine Tour: $249


When comparing the travel costs between Portimao and Sorrento, we can see that Portimao 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.

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