A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Setubal vs. Madeira Islands for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Setubal or Madeira Islands?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Setubal and Madeira Islands can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Setubal or Madeira Islands?


Setubal is a busy working port and major commercial fishing center. Setubal is a city that has always had a close connection to the seas, and this is celebrated along the newly rejuvenated waterfront, which encompasses the colorful fishing harbor, the popular urban park and the Troia Peninsula ferry terminal. Within the charming historic center is a maze of narrow alleys, hidden plazas, and family-owned shops, along with Portugal's largest fish market. Setubal is primarily an industrial city, but is situated in a region of immense beauty; to the east is the stunning Serra da Arrabida, to the north is historic Palmela, while to the south are the paradise beaches of the Troia Peninsula. Setubal may not be a conventional holiday destination, but there is a surprising amount to see and do within the city and the surrounding region.

Madeira Islands

Madeira, Portugal is an archipelago consisting of four islands, each covered with lush vegetation and mountainous landscapes. Madeira is famous for its fresh fish and namesake Madeira wine, which can be found throughout the main island. This area is the perfect blend of relaxing beaches and thrill-inducing activities such as paragliding and mountain biking. Portuguese is the main language here, although English is spoken widely by those in the tourism industry.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Portugal, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Portugal, and The Best Bicycle Tours in Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Madeira Islands or Setubal?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Setubal is €123, while the average daily cost in Madeira Islands is €0.00. 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 Setubal and Madeira Islands in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Setubal 59
    Madeira Islands -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Setubal 118
    Madeira Islands 0.00
Compare Hotels in Setubal and Madeira Islands

Looking for a hotel in Setubal or Madeira Islands? 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 Setubal

Hotels in Madeira Islands

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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: Setubal Hotel Prices and Madeira Islands Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Setubal 54
    Madeira Islands -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Setubal

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

  • Paragliding experience near Lisbon with transfers from Lisbon: $147

Is it cheaper to fly into Setubal or Madeira Islands?

Prices for flights to both Madeira Islands and Setubal 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 Meals for one day
    Setubal 35
    Madeira Islands -

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Setubal 12
    Madeira Islands -

Tours and Activities in Setubal

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

  • Horse Carriage Tour on the Mountain in Palmela: $164
  • Évora Catholic History Tour: $85
  • Évora Cork and Castle Tour: $131
  • Évora Jewish History Tour: $78
  • Évora Private Walking Tour, By Local Guide: $37
  • Évora Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.05
  • Évora Tales and Legends Walking Tour from Évora: $55
  • Évora With Love Walking Tours: $55
  • Évora: Private Walking Tour: $71
  • 4x4 Tour to the Wonders of Cabo Espichel : $49
  • 4x4 and Boat Tour in Arrabida Natural Park: $98
  • Arrábida National Park Rock Climbing Experience: $128

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Setubal 10
    Madeira Islands -

Sample the Local Flavors in Setubal

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Setubal:

  • Jeep Tour through Arrábida Azeitão and Wine Tasting: $59
  • Workshop - Wine Tasting 101: $66
  • Monsaraz and Wine Tasting Tour from Évora: $71
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from Évora: $76
  • Sesimbra: Half-Day Tour to Arrabida with Wine Tasting: $106
  • Private Half Day Arrabida Tour with Wine Tasting in Sesimbra: $108
  • Wine Tour, discovering the famous Setúbal Moscatel: $137
  • Lisbon To Sesimbra: Boat Tour Caves & Wine Tasting: $160
  • Private Wine Tour from Lisbon to Arrábida: Wine & Cheese Tasting: $170
  • Private Full Day Evora & Alentejo Wine Tour from Lisbon : $174

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Setubal Expensive? and Is Madeira Islands Expensive?.

Which has a larger population, Setubal or Madeira Islands?

Madeira Islands has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Setubal. When comparing the sizes of Setubal and Madeira Islands, 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.