A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife vs. Madrid for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Madrid?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Madrid, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Madrid?

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Not everyone traveling to Spain is looking to collapse on a beach somewhere. If you're in search of a bustling, vibrant and colorful Spanish capital city without the crowds of Barcelona, you might want to book a few days in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Located on the eastern tip of the island of Tenerife on the Canary Island chain, Santa Cruz's bright buildings, charming shops and rich, green scenery are there to greet visitors from all over the world - including you.

Madrid

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 One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Barcelona, The Best 10-Day Tours from Madrid, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Barcelona.


Which place is cheaper, Madrid or Santa Cruz de Tenerife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is €126, 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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Madrid in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 48
    Madrid 77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 96
    Madrid 154
Compare Hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife


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: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Hotel Prices and Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 64
    Madrid 19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santa Cruz de Tenerife:

  • Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port: Transfer to Tenerife hotels: $257
  • Tenerife South Airport Departure Transfer (Costa Adeje Hotels to Airport): $99
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Catamaran with Transfer and Buffet : $65
  • Tenerife South Airport Departure Transfer (Playa de las américas to Airport): $60
  • Mount Teide Tour with Transfer and Optional Cable Car Ticket: $54

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

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


  • Taxi Ride
    26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Airport MAD Round-Trip Transfer in Private Van: $176
  • Alcobendas Private Transfer To Madrid Barajas Airport: $27
  • Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car from MAD Airport to Madrid: $54
  • Arrival Transfer Madrid Airport MAD to Avila City by Sedan: $233
  • Arrival Transfer from Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Private Car: $82
  • Arrival Transfer from Madrid MAD Airport to Madrid by Luxury Car: $82
  • Arrival Transfer: Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Business Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Van: $89
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Business Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Luxury Van: $89
  • From Madrid Airport: 1-Way Private Hotel Transfer: $82

Is it cheaper to fly into Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 40
    Madrid 34

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

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


  • Coffee
    2.00
  • Ice Cream
    3.00
  • Kebabs (for 2)
    16
  • Croissant
    1.50
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)
    16

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: $51
  • Madrid Tapas Dinner Party with Guide: $54
  • The Authentic Morning Madrid's Food Tour: $60
  • Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid: $61
  • Opera and Zarzuela Show and Dinner: $62
  • Tapas Crawl in Madrid Historical Quarter for Lunch or Dinner: $64

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 25
    Madrid 34

Tours and Activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Here are a few actual costs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Private Paragliding Flight Experience in Tenerife: $111
  • Private VIP Tour Tenerife Magic Circle: $261
  • Taucho Flight Experience: $120
  • Tenerife: Introductory Dive for Cruise Ship Passengers: $130
  • Volcano Teide National Park Shared Tour from Costa Adeje Los Cristianos Tenerife: $65

Tours and Activities in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Essential: Free Walking City Tour: $1.09
  • OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR: $1.09
  • Tour Retiro Park - Madrid self-guided tour app: $2.17
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.26
  • Self Guided Tours Madrid With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.32
  • Guided tour of the Madrid of spies: $3.33
  • Madrid Mountains Free Walking Tour: $3.33
  • Escape Game and Tour: $4.35
  • App self-guided: Tour Madrid Spain: $4.35
  • Wonders of Madrid Walking Tour: $5.44
  • Marvels of Madrid Walking Tour: $5.44
  • Wonders of Madrid City Walking Tour: $5.44

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 7.50
    Madrid 20

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

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


  • Beer
    5.00
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)
    13

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub Crawl with Tapas and VIP Club Entry: $9.78
  • 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: $16
  • 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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Madrid, we can see that Madrid 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 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Expensive? and Is Madrid Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Madrid?

Madrid has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. When comparing the sizes of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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.