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

Should you visit Sintra or Faro?

Should I visit Sintra or Faro? 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.

Sintra

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.

Faro

Faro (or sometimes Faros) is the capital city of the scenic Algarve Region of Portugal, located at the edge of the Ria Formosa National Park. This is a fantastic place to experience the beauty, culture, and traditions of Portugal in laid back atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities. Faro offers everything from ancient architecture to beautiful beaches all while being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Algarve Region.

Which city is cheaper, Faro or Sintra?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Sintra is €92, while the average daily cost in Faro is €130. 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 Sintra and Faro in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €45. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Sintra the cost is €90 on average.

The prices for places to stay in Faro can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €59, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €118.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sintra 45
    Faro 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sintra 90
    Faro 118

Food

The average traveler spends about €34 per day in Sintra for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

Faro food costs typically run travelers around €41 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Sintra 34
    Faro 41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sintra

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

  • Sintra Walking Food Tour: $60

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Sintra is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Sintra.

To get around in Faro, the average visitor spends €6.90 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sintra 17
    Faro 6.90

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sintra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sintra:

  • Private Transfer from Sintra City Center to Lisbon City Center: $30
  • Private Transfer To or From Lisbon Airport: $25
  • Lisbon Private Transfer to or from Sintra: $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Faro Airport Transfer Service: $3.72
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Faro Airport to Algarve Hotels: $8.62
  • Faro Shared Transfer to Vilamoura: $11
  • Faro Private Transfer: To or From the Airport: $11
  • Private Arrival Transfer Faro Airport to Faro City: $11
  • Private Departure Transfer from Faro City to Faro Airport: $11
  • Faro Shared Arrival Transfer to Albufeira: $14
  • Faro Private Transfer to Vilamoura: $15
  • Faro Private Transfer to Albufeira: $16
  • Faro Shared Arrival Transfer to Armação de Pêra: $16
  • Private Airport Transfer: Faro Airport (FAO) to Faro: $17
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Faro to Faro Airport (FAO): $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Sintra or Faro?

Prices for flights to both Faro 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Sintra typically cost an average of €18 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

In Faro, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €56 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sintra 18
    Faro 56

Tours and Activities in Sintra

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

  • 2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To ALGARVE Day 2 From LISBON To SINTRA: $485
  • 2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To FÁTIMA Day 2 From LISBON To SINTRA: $373
  • 2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To SINTRA Day 2 LISBON: $261
  • 2 Tours Private/Day 1 From LISBON To FÁTIMA Day 2 LISBON: $373
  • 2H Sintra Tour by Tuk Tuk: $149
  • 3 Tours Private/Day 1 LISBON To SINTRA Day 2 LISBON to FÁTIMA Day 3 LISBON: $498
  • Archaeological Sintra Tour in a Classical car: $56
  • Cabo da Roca and Praia da Ursa Half Day Tour - IncrediblePortugal Private Tours: $92
  • Cascais & Sintra Tour in electric car: $224
  • Discover SINTRA`s hidden gems on our walking tour: $30
  • ECO FRIENDLY TOUR - The Unknown Side of Sintra: $71
  • Economic Tour - Pena Palace (2-4pax): $27

Tours and Activities in Faro

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

  • Horse Experience For Children: Lead Rein Riding: $3.72
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Algarve: Animaris Desert Island & Ria Formosa Day Tour: $36
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45
  • Stand Up Paddle tour, Ria Formosa: $46
  • Amoreira River Kayak Tour: $50
  • Amoreira River Stand Up Paddle Tour: $50
  • Ingrina to Barranco Grottos Kayak Tour: $50

Alcohol

The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Sintra per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sintra 14
    Faro -

Sample the Local Flavors in Sintra

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sintra:

  • Ericeira & Mafra’s Wonders - Rural Beach & Wine Tour: $117
  • Sintra Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting Experience: $121

Sample the Local Flavors in Faro

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:

  • Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting: $21


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

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