A Travel Price Comparison for Italy Portofino vs. Amalfi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Portofino or Amalfi?

Should I visit Portofino or Amalfi? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Portofino

Located on the Italian Riviera coastline just southeast of Genoa, Portofino is known first and foremost as a resort town and popular yachting destination. The half-moon village sits in pastels, curving into a beautiful harbor of fishing boats and luxury yachts. A castle on a hill overlooks it all, while shops, restaurants, cafes, and luxury hotels make up the spread down below. Portofino also has opportunities for hiking, diving, and boating.

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 Portofino?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Portofino is €261, 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 Portofino and Amalfi in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €152. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Portofino the cost is €304 on average.

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
    Portofino 152
    Amalfi 79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portofino 304
    Amalfi 158

Food

In Portofino travelers spend around €94 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.

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
    Portofino 94
    Amalfi 50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portofino

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

  • Private cooking class at the old mill in Portofino: $261

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

The average price of local transportation around Portofino is €18 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.

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.
    Portofino 18
    Amalfi 53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portofino

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portofino:

  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $56
  • Portofino - Genoa Airport (GOA) / Private Departure Car Transfer: $100
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Car Transfer: $100
  • Portofino – Genoa / Private Van Transfer: $56
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Firenze (FLR) Airport: $952
  • Private Transfer from Portofino to Rimini (RMI) Airport: $1,512

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 Portofino or Amalfi?

Prices for flights to both Amalfi and Portofino 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

Portofino's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €22 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.

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.
    Portofino 22
    Amalfi 21

Tours and Activities in Portofino

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

  • 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino: $39
  • Snorkel Tour in Paraggi Bay: $44
  • Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino: $51
  • Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience: $51
  • Portofino Kayak Tour: $60
  • Paddle Boarding Experience in Portofino: $61
  • SUP Adventure in Portofino, Stand Up Paddling in the Park: $86
  • Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks: $86
  • Portofino Private Walking Tour: $230
  • Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure Small Group Tour with Local Dirver: $235
  • Half-Day Private Hike Adventure to Portofino and San Fruttuoso: $235
  • Portofino private boat tour: $1,058

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 €13 on alcoholic beverages in Portofino 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
    Portofino 13
    Amalfi 16

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

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