This page outlines the estimated cost of travel in Spain. We have included suggested shoestring and more comfortable backpacking budgets for the popular Iberian destination, home to iconic cities such as Barcelona and some of Europe’s best beaches. We also have some typical prices across the country.
Is Spain expensive to Visit?
Spain Travel Costs on a Shoestring Budget
US$50/day | 45 Euros
Spain is cheap by Western European standards and considerably cheaper when compared to our United Kingdom backpacking budget for example while it is roughly the same as its neighbour to the West, Portugal. There is a good deal of regional variation though with the Southern part of the country certainly the cheapest, particularly Andalusia. Prices are a bit higher in Barcelona and Madrid than in the smaller towns but not considerably so and the same is true of some of the more tourist-orientated resorts, which line the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava.
Backpacker accommodation is plentiful and pretty good value but it is a good idea to book in advance during peak times and certainly national holidays and festivals of which there are many. Eating and drinking out is cheap if you are a bit savvy and head away from the tourist areas but a night out anywhere can still set you back close to our suggested Spain backpacking budget of 45 Euros with entry to clubs alone typically 10-20 Euros including a drink or perhaps two. On the plus side, drinking in squares and parks is generally tolerated and you can get a litre of beer or cheap plastic bottle of Sangria for little over a Euro in the supermarkets.
Getting around Spain is fairly straight forward with plenty of budget flights around the country for longer trips. Meanwhile an excellent if quite expensive high-speed rail network that links the main cities. On a shoestring budget though you are probably best to stick to the inter-city buses which are almost always the cheapest way to get from A to B.
More Comfortable Spain Backpacking Budget
US$75/day | 65 Euros
If partying is likely to be a big part of your trip or you are restricted on time and want to fit a lot in then you might want to consider stretching out to a 65 Euro daily budget. This will allow you to go out regularly and perhaps take the odd flight or train for those longer trips whilst doing more daytime activities and excursions.
Save on Travel in Spain
One way to cut travel costs in Spain is to work and travel. Worldpackers is a platform which allows travellers to search for work exchanges which can be both a rewarding thing to do and also a great way to cut your travel costs.
At the time of writing, there are 174 opportunities for these kind of exchanges in Spain. These vary from hostel work to teaching and camp roles in some stunning locations. Be sure to use our Worldpackers promo if you opt to register!
How much are things in Spain?
Flight from Madrid to Barcelona (1 hour) – €35 + baggage fees (more at weekends)
Bus from Sevilla to Granada (3 hours) – €23 with Alsa
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant – €8-10
‘Jarra’ (large beer) in a Cerveceria Montaditos – €1.50
Dorm bed in Barcelona – from €15/night
Dorm bed in Madrid – from €12/night
Budget private Double or Twin Room – from €25/night (more during peak times)
Entrance fee for Granada’s Alhambra – €14
Compare that to the cost of travel in Italy.
Note, these prices were last checked in 2017. Everything else on this page was updated in early 2019.
Currency – Euros
£1 = €1.13
US$1 = €0.87
(All exchange rates are correct as of February 2019)
In Barcelona, stay at Factory Gardens, a good value hostel close to Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.
Read our full guide to seeing Barcelona on a budget.
street art in Madrid, Spain
This page was last updated in February 2019.