A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Vigo vs. Madrid for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Vigo or Madrid?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Vigo and Madrid. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Vigo or Madrid?


Originally a small fishing town, Vigo has grown to become the most populated municipality in the region of Galicia in northwestern Spain. Remnants of the old world still exist in its historic center architecture and plazas, while the commodities of a modern city have blended into its boundaries. The old center remains the hub of activity with plenty to see and do, shopping and dining included.


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 G Adventures Tours to Spain, The Best 3-Day Tours from Madrid, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Barcelona.

Which place is cheaper, Madrid or Vigo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Vigo is €99, 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 Vigo and Madrid in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vigo 43
    Madrid 77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vigo 86
    Madrid 154
Compare Hotels in Vigo and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Vigo 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 Vigo

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: Vigo Hotel Prices and Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vigo 37
    Madrid 18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vigo

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vigo:

  • One-Way Private Transfer From/To Vigo Airport: $55
  • Private Transfer from Vigo Cruise Port to Porto Hotels: $43
  • Private Transfer from Vigo Cruise Port to Porto Airport (OPO): $43

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

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

  • Madrid Barajas Airport: Transfer to/from Atocha Bus Station: $7.61
  • Private One-way Airport Transfer Madrid To Madrid Airport: $11
  • Madrid Barajas International Airport - Private Arrival Transfer: $22
  • Private transfer from Atocha Station to Madrid city center: $25
  • Alcobendas Private Transfer To Madrid Barajas Airport: $27
  • Airport Transfer: $30
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Madrid City - Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD): $39
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Barajas Airport: $40
  • Private Transfer: Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD) to Madrid: $43
  • Madrid Airport Private Departure Transfer: $43
  • Madrid Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $46
  • Transfers Madrid Airport to Madrid Center in Vans up to 7 Passengers: $48

Is it cheaper to fly into Vigo or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid and Vigo 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
    Vigo 35
    Madrid 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vigo

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

  • Gourmet Hands on Cooking Class in Galicia with the Chef: $165

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

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

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream
  • Kebabs (for 2)
  • Croissant
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)

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
  • Flamenco Show with dinner, drinks and optional class: $38
  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show, Dinner and Workshop Madrid Ticket: $53
  • Corral de la Moreria Madrid Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner: $56
  • The Authentic Morning Food Tour!: $58
  • Opera and Zarzuela Show and Dinner: $62
  • Tapas Crawl in Madrid Historical Quarter for Lunch or Dinner: $64
  • San Miguel Market and Street Food Tour: $64
  • Madrid San Miguel Market and City Center Street Food Tour: $65
  • Madrid Old Town Tour & Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner: $66
  • Paella and Tapas Cooking Workshop in Madrid: $67
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Experience: $70

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vigo 10
    Madrid 33

Tours and Activities in Vigo

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

  • Afternoon Walking Tour in Pontevedra: $18
  • Discovering Vigo Quest Experience: $11
  • Essential Walking Tour through the Emblematic Places of Vigo: $32
  • Full Day Santiago de Compostela Private Tour from Vigo, Shore Excursion: $172
  • Full-Day Excursion to Santiago from Vigo for Cruisers Only: $77
  • GROUP walking tour in Vigo: $1.11
  • Monumental Morning Walking Tour in Pontevedra: $18
  • New 2-hour Electric Bike Tour through Vigo: $39
  • Night Walking Tour of Pontevedra: $21
  • Oceanographic Adventure in the Cíes Islands: $141
  • Pontevedra Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $9.20
  • Private Tour in Ourense: $83

Tours and Activities in Madrid

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

  • Modern Walking Tour (Golden age): $0.87
  • Madrid Essential: Free Walking City Tour: $1.09
  • Old Town Guided Walking Tour: $1.09
  • Tour Retiro Park - Madrid self-guided tour app: $2.18
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.26
  • Self Guided Tours Madrid With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.33
  • Madrid Historical Walking Tour : $3.33
  • App self-guided: Tour Madrid Spain: $4.35
  • Escape Game and Tour: $4.35
  • Madrid Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.46
  • Madrid (Historical Centre) Self-Guided Tour and Sights: $4.50
  • History & Culture Guided Walking Tour: $5.44

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vigo 5.71
    Madrid 19

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

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

  • Beer
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub Crawl Madrid Erasmus & International Meet and Party(New): $6.09
  • Original Pub Crawl With VIP Club Entry: $11
  • Visit to the Winery with Wine Tasting and Appetizers in Navarra: $12
  • Pub Crawl Madrid's Night time: $15
  • Pub Crawl Madrid Running since 2005 Bar Exploration: $16
  • Guided Pub Crawl Madrid Experience and Club Entry: $16
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Drinks and Nightclub Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $19
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $22
  • Wine Tasting near Plaza Mayor: $22
  • Wine Tasting Experience with 4 Spanish Wines: $33
  • Wine Tour with tasting in the Natural Park of La Mata: $38

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

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

Which is Bigger, Vigo or Madrid?

Madrid has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Vigo. When comparing the sizes of Vigo 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.