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How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Spain? I´m sure it costs less than you imagine and a little more than you want to spend! So let´s talk about money and how to make the most of your travels without going bankrupt. Welcome to the Spanish edition of “How Much does it cost to Travel ”, where we breakdown our costs and share some of our travel secrets.
Last editions we broke down our expenses and proved that Portugal is one of the cheapest destination in Europe and also that Philippines is an affordable paradise. Now the task is a little bit more complicated. Spain is not as cheap as Portugal and has a disadvantage of having lots of good parties. What is really tempting to us and also a money drainer!
Before we started talking about how much does it cost to travel in Spain, let me explain that our travel plan is to stick to a budget of $50 usd per day per person. If you are not familiar with our travel budget plan, have a look on this awesome book: How to Travel the Word for $50 per day by Nomadic Matt! You will understand how is easy and possible to travel on a shoestring.
Spain was the second country we explored in our Love and Road Project. We have already travelled there before, as tourists, not as nomads and travel bloggers. And that´s a completely different way to approach the cities and collect information. Travel to Spain on a budget was a huge experiment for us, there we had the opportunity to try many different ways to save money, travel wisely and have fun. We are pretty happy with the result and proud to share our details of how much does it cost to travel in Spain!
How much does it Cost to travel in Spain?
» Spain in Figures:[the values are in Euros, by the end of the article we’ll converted the totals to US dollars. All the prices are for two people.]
Cities: Madrid / Toledo / Barcelona / Valência / Elche / Murcia / Almería / Mojacar-Cabo de Gata / Málaga / La Linea de La Concepcion.
Inbound: São Paulo (Brazil) » Madrid by flight
Outbound: Málaga » Marseille (France) by flight
» Transport Cost in Spain = € 431.65[not included our inbound and outbound flights]
Intercity: € 320.55
Local transport: € 111.10
We saved a lot in Spain by travelling with BlaBlaCar. Never heard about it? It´s a website based on shared economy that connects drivers and travellers. You pay less than a bus or train ticket and you can make new friends. With BlaBlacar we traveled to 5 different destinations in Spain. The cost of 5 shared rides for two people was € 76,00. Just to compare, look how much we spent on the other modals:
1 train trip = €43.60
3 bus trips = €66.95
1 car rental for 3 days = €134.00
» Accommodation in Spain = € 419.00
Hotel – 4 nights = 109.00
Airbnb – 16 nights = 310.00
Friends house – 4 nights = 0.00
House sitting – 12 nights = 0.00
Great isn’t it?
During our Spanish tour we practiced some tricks and hacks to stay for free and minimize our expenses. Apart from having a bed for free in friend`s house there are other ways to find cheap accommodation in Spain.
If you like hotels and hostels, you will find plenty of them around Spain. You can choose by the rates, prices or locations. On the coastal cities, most of the hotels have studios with kitchenette, what can be a great deal. When we visited Cabo de Gata, a secret and beautiful destination on the Spanish coast, we got a studio room for a really cheap price on Hotels.com.
For cheap and comfortable accommodation in Spain we found Airbnb to be the another good solution. We got amazing places, awesome hosts and spend such small amount of money. Be part of the Airbnb community, we are giving you $20 usd off on your first booking, just need to sign up here! Start your trip to Spain saving some bucks!
Now the best advice for free accommodation in Spain [and everywhere around the world]: Become a House Sitter. There are many house owners seeking for trustworthy and reliable people to look after their house and pets. This is such a cool way of traveling that we even wrote a post about house & pet sitting. It´s one of our top 10 articles.
If money is not a problem check these hotels out. They are the crème de la crème!
» Food in Spain = € 762.63
Groceries: € 334.44
Here is everything we bought in a supermarket or street markets. At the places we stayed through Airbnb or house sitting we had a kitchen, so our breakfast and sometimes lunch/dinner were prepared at home. This was a great way to keep the budget low and eat well. On the market costs are also included the toiletries and cleaning product we bought on the way.
Eat Out: € 418.19
We always carry in our bag water, fruit and a sandwich, that helps a lot to cut the costs of eating out. Also we try to avoid the tourist restaurants, we search for local places. In Madrid we had a feast eating in some amazing local dinners. Imagine a meal and a beer for just €5, amazing isn´t it?! Don’t be jealous you can try this too, we wrote a delicious guide to eat cheaply and well at the Spanish capital. 😛
Spain is not an expensive country to eat, specially because of their Tapas Culture. Small bites of delicious food in a reasonable price that can be found everywhere. Even though the food is the biggest figure in our How Much does it cost to Travel in Spain spreadsheet, that´s why it is so important to choose an accommodation where you can cook, definitely we saved a lot by having meals at home. 😉
» Attraction in Spain = € 107.35
Spain is an open air museum with tons of attraction to visit and see. Art galleries, parks, heritage sites, a bunch of beautiful and interesting stuff. Most of them charge entrance fee, what can ruin your budget in a long-term travel. However, the solution is very simple, instead of cashing out money, do a good research about the attractions and if they have a day with free entrance.
In Málaga we had an amazing time exploring the city and its attractions without spending a penny. During the weekend most of the places are for free, and we listed all them on a great guide about Malága. Madrid is another budget paradise, two of the biggest museums in the city are open to the public for free in some days of the week.
A smart traveller knows how to find ways to save money! Barcelona is an expensive city, although our second visit there was really a budget success. That’s because we discover the real Catalan style of fun, we learnt how to enjoy Barcelona like a local, and when you do local things your money stretches a lot!
Other important tip for those who want to travel in Spain on a budget is to book the tickets for the attractions in advance. In Barcelona for example, you can save hours of your day if you buy online the ticket for Sagrada Família.
The free walking tours are a great way to get to know the city and save money too. We did walking tours in almost all the places we visited in Spain and thumbs up! You can search the tours on internet, Tripadvisor is the best place to found them and check their reviews. In Valência the walking tour was outstanding! In one day our local guide explained us about culture, history, food and drinks. Because of him we enjoyed the city a lot and I got hooked up on Agua de Valência, and Rob tried Horchata, two typical & delicious drinks.
» Night Out in Spain= € 311.00
As I already said, Spain is a paradise for party and fun. How can we ignore the summer mood in Barcelona, the beach parties at Costa del Sol, and so many festivals?? Tough to resist! We enjoyed all them, no regrets! 😉 And I think by the amount of fun we had we didn’t ruin [that much] our control of how much does it cost to travel in Spain.
» Other Costs in Spain= € 117.65
WC: € 1.20
Souvenirs: € 9.40
Internet / Print: € 3.00
Pharmacy: € 28.60
Locker: € 3.60
Clothes: € 71.85
This time we included one new categories in our how much does It cost to travel in Spain spreadsheet: clothes. I know clothes are not properly cost of travelling, but for us, full-time travellers, garments are part of our budget and in Spain was hard to ignore the nice clothes and amazing designers. A couple of t-shirts wouldn’t harm our Spanish travel budget. 😀
So, How Much does it cost to Travel In Spain?
It cost to us € 2,144.18! This amount was for two people for 36 days trip, and on June/2014 it was $ 1,468.76 usd per person.
Cost to travel in Spain per Person/per Day = $ 40.80 usd
Congratulations to us!!! We made it! Spain in summer time for less than 50 usd per day per person. We had tons of fun, we enjoyed the cities, the beaches and the amazing Spanish cuisine. You see, you don’t need to be rich to travel, either sacrifice your fun to save every penny. The key is to research a lot, check prices and find smart ways to save money.
It was possible to find out how much does it cost to travel in Spain because we took note of all our expenses. The best advice I can give to you is to keep control of everything, what you buy and pay. And never, absolutely never, give up the fun and unforgettable moments just for saving some bucks. You are in a different country with amazing culture and attractions to enjoy, do it!
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PS : Our cost does not include the inbound and outbound flight to Spain. The price of the transport will always depend on where you are coming from and where will be your next destination.
PS 2: We didn’t add the price of our travel insurance because ours is a worldwide yearly coverage and the price for this type of plan is very different from a month or weekly travel insurance. Before buying your police quote the price with World Nomads, we recommend 😉