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

Should you visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Santiago de Compostela?

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 Santiago de Compostela, 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 Santiago de Compostela?

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.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of northwest Spain's Galicia region. Its famous cathedral marks the culmination of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and is the alleged burial site of the apostle himself. The pilgrimage route begins in the Pyrenees, 500 miles away, though travelers can decide to join the journey at certain points in between, depending on how far they want to walk and how much they want to see.

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, Santiago de Compostela 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 Santiago de Compostela is €91. 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 Santiago de Compostela in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 48
    Santiago de Compostela 37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 96
    Santiago de Compostela 74
Compare Hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Santiago de Compostela

Looking for a hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Santiago de Compostela? 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 Santiago de Compostela


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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 Santiago de Compostela Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 64
    Santiago de Compostela 38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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

  • Mount Teide Tour with Transfer and Optional Cable Car Ticket: $53
  • Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port: Transfer to Tenerife hotels: $253
  • Tenerife South Airport Departure Transfer (Costa Adeje Hotels to Airport): $98
  • Tenerife South Airport Departure Transfer (Playa de las américas to Airport): $59
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Catamaran with Transfer and Buffet : $64

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago de Compostela

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago de Compostela:

  • Airport transfer Santiago de Compostela: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from SCQ Airport to City centre: $51
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $51
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $51

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

Prices for flights to both Santiago de Compostela 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
    Santiago de Compostela 19

Typical Food Prices in Santiago de Compostela

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santiago de Compostela:


  • Raspberries
    3.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.00
  • Cookie
    1.00
  • Kebab
    7.25
  • Dinner & Tapas (for 2)
    28
  • Tuna Empanada
    3.50
  • Fruit Shake
    3.50
  • Crepe
    4.00

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 25
    Santiago de Compostela 39

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:

  • Volcano Teide National Park Shared Tour from Costa Adeje Los Cristianos Tenerife: $64
  • Teide National Park Quad Bike Tour: $70
  • Private Paragliding Flight Experience in Tenerife: $109
  • Taucho Flight Experience: $118
  • Tenerife: Introductory Dive for Cruise Ship Passengers: $128
  • Private VIP Tour Tenerife Magic Circle: $258

Tours and Activities in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour: $1.09
  • Stroll Through History in Santiago: Quest Experience: $7.10
  • Santiago de Compostela a Self-Guided Audio Tour in English: $8.00
  • Old town walking tour with an Official Guide: $9.63
  • Secrets of A Self-Guided Tour: $9.99
  • Secrets of Private Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.99
  • Guided Tour of the Old Town with an Official Guide: $11
  • Hostal de los Reyes Católicos Tour: $13
  • Land of Legends & Meigas Night Tour: $13
  • Night Tour Land of Legends and Meigas: $13
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour: $16
  • Santiago: Cathedral & Museum Tour & Pórtico of Glory Option: $16

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife 7.50
    Santiago de Compostela 23

Sample the Local Flavors in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife:

  • Tenerife: Teide 4-seat Buggy Tour with Wine Tasting & Tapas: $268

Typical Alcohol Prices in Santiago de Compostela

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


  • 1 Pint Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago de Compostela

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

  • Cheese and Wine Tasting Experience: $31
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting Experience: $32
  • Premium Porto Santiago Compostela tour lunch & wine tasting: $209


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

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 Santiago de Compostela Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Santiago de Compostela?

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Santiago de Compostela. When comparing the sizes of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Santiago de Compostela, 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.