A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Sintra vs. Azores for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Sintra or Azores?

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

Should I visit Sintra or Azores? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Sintra or Azores?


Located just 28 kilometers from Lisbon, Sintra is a town that was, for a long time, home to Portuguese royalty leading up to the 1910 revolution. In town you will find a Royal Palace and in the surrounding area there is a Moorish Castle, and the Pena Palace, which dates back to the 19th century. The town is on the Estoril Coast near the Sintra Mountains, making its setting very dramatic, beautiful and picturesque. The surrounding hills are actually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because they offer a great combination of both cultural importance and natural beauty.


The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.

Which place is cheaper, Azores or Sintra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sintra is €115, while the average daily cost in Azores is €134. 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 Sintra and Azores in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sintra 57
    Azores 67
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sintra 114
    Azores 134
Compare Hotels in Sintra and Azores

Looking for a hotel in Sintra or Azores? 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 Sintra

Hotels in Azores

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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: Sintra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sintra 21
    Azores 30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sintra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sintra:

  • Tuk Tuk Transfer With Sintra Pena Ticket From Meeting Point: $73
  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Cascais, Sintra or Estoril: $98
  • Transfer Sintra to Lisbon Airport: $72
  • Transfer Cascais to Lisbon(8pax): $110
  • Transfer Cascais to Lisbon(3pax): $99
  • Transfer Airport Lisboa - Cascais ( round trip): $132
  • Tours and Transfers: $90
  • TRANSFER Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $83
  • Private Transfer from/to Lisbon Airport: $16
  • Private Transfer Lisbon & Cascais by Executive Van or Car: $74
  • Private Guided Transfer in Sintra and Lisbon: $88
  • PRIVATE Transfer From Lisbon to PORTO (with up to 3 stops): $293

Is it cheaper to fly into Sintra or Azores?

Prices for flights to both Azores and Sintra 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
    Sintra 42
    Azores 45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sintra

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

  • Half-Day Ericeira Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Portuguese Traditional Cuisine: DINNER OR TAPAS : $94
  • Portuguese Cooking Workshop in Cascais (group of 4 min): $94
  • Private Portuguese Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Lisbon Local: $220

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sintra 23
    Azores 22

Tours and Activities in Sintra

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

  • E-Bike Rental Self Guide Tour in Sintra and Cabo da Roca : $65
  • Sintra & Cascais in one day Renault 4L Tour (Full day): $176
  • 1 Hour Private Sintra Sightseeing Tour by Renault 4L : $44
  • 1 Hour Private Tuk-Tuk Tour in Sintra: $39
  • 1 Hour Sightseeing Tour in Sintra with Tuktuk : $55
  • 19th Century Photography Experience: $33
  • 1h sight seeing - Sintra Mountain Tour (price per car) - max 4persons: $120
  • 2 Hour Private Picnic and Photoshoot Experience in Lisbon area: $165
  • 2 Hours Romantic experience for two by sailboat in Cascais: $300
  • 2 Hours Sintra Experience Renault 4L Tour : $88
  • 2 hours Private Sailing Experience in Cascais: $300
  • 3 Hour Sintra Village and Beaches Tuktuk Tour: $165

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sintra 17
    Azores 9.64

Sample the Local Flavors in Sintra

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sintra:

  • Half-Day Tour in Cascais / Sintra with Brunch and Wine Tasting: $61
  • Sintra and Cabo da Roca with Wine Tasting (Colares) Half Day: $83
  • Wine Tasting Tour: $83
  • Half day visit and wine tasting in Setubal: $93
  • Private Tour Sétubal, Palmela, Arrábida with wine tasting: $119
  • Wine Tour to Setúbal: Wines, Mountains and Beaches, full day: $127
  • Hidden Gems: Sintra & Cascais Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $183
  • From Lisbon Private Tour to Porto with Port Wine Tasting: $237
  • Ericeira & Mafra’s Wonders - Rural Beach & Wine Tour : $265

When comparing the travel costs between Sintra and Azores, we can see that Azores 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 Sintra Expensive? and Is Azores Expensive?.

Which has a larger population, Sintra or Azores?

Azores has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Sintra. When comparing the sizes of Sintra and Azores, 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.