Spain travel costs in top destinations

Spain is one of the most affordable travel destinations in Western Europe. Though accommodation prices are high in Barcelona and Madrid, its two most popular cities, the rest of Spain is a budget traveler’s paradise. One can discover the country’s rich history by day and try to keep up to the local nightlife by night.

After all that, you’ll probably need some time to relax on one of the beautiful beaches on the Spanish coast. That’s when it’s time to enjoy the low Spain travel costs in regions like Andalucía or Asturias.



Alhambra in Granada, from the Andalucia Region in Spain, Western Europe
The Alhambra in Granada, Andalucía

Andalucía

Andalucía is a region in the south of Spain which is a perfect destination for budget travelers. It has great museums, delicious tapas, cheap beer, and friendly locals.

Top cities to visit in Andalucía include Córdoba, Granada (where free tapas offered with beer became a Spanish tradition), Jerez, Málaga (birthplace of Picasso), Seville, and Marbella.

From Andalucía it’s easy to take a ferry and go to Morocco, should you wish to continue your travel adventures in Africa.


How much does it cost to visit Andalucía?

A budget traveler visiting the Andalucía region in Spain should plan to spend around € 32 per day, without taking into account accommodation. Look below for detailed Spain daily travel costs in Andalucía.


Andalucía accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 16 – 116
Typical double room€ 32 – 231

Andalucía food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 8 – 10
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 10 – 18
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1.50 – 3
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.75 – 2

* Tap water is safe to drink in most cities of Andalucía, but it seems that one should be cautious about its taste sometimes. Most of the advice on Google tells travelers to buy bottled water.


Andalucía fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 1.40
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.82 – 2
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.22 – 1.50

Andalucía visiting costs

Top attractions in Andalucía
Real Alcazar (Seville)€ 16
Alcazaba (Málaga)€ 3.50
Plaza de Espana (Seville)Free
The Alhambra (Granada)€ 14
Old Town (Marbella)Free
City pass *
24h Andalusia Day Pass to Córdoba€ 54.40
24h Andalusia Day Pass to Málaga€ 28
24h Andalusia Day Pass to Seville€ 47

* The Andalusia Day Pass offers skip the line access to the best attractions in Córdoba, Málaga, and Seville, plus access to hop-on-hop-off buses in all these cities. And, if you’re going by car, you can park in the city center for free.

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Cudillero in the Asturias region of Spain, Western Europe
Cudillero in the Asturias region of Spain

Asturias

Located near the Bay of Biscay, the Asturias covers over 45 kilometers of coast in the north of Spain. UNESCO recognizes six biosphere reserves in this region, and a third of its territory is environmentally protected.

The most popular cities to visit in the Asturias region of Spain are Oviedo (capital), Gijón, and Avilés.

El Camino
If you are leaving from Oviedo and heading to Santiago de Compostela, you will be taking the Camino Primitivo.


How much does it cost to visit Asturias?

If you’re planning to travel to Asturias on a budget, you will probably spend around € 35 per day, without taking accommodation costs into account. Check below for detailed Spain travel costs in Asturias.


Asturias accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 23 – 116
Typical double room€ 46 – 231

Asturias food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 8 – 12
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 10 – 20
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 1.50 – 2.50
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)€ 1 – 1.50

* Tap water is safe to drink in most cities of the Asturias region, but it seems that one should sometimes be cautious about its taste. Most of the advice on Google tells travelers to buy bottled water.


Asturias fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 1.20
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 0.50 – 1.50
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1 – 1.35

Asturias visiting costs

Top attractions in Asturias
Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura€ 5
Picos de EuropaFree
Playa de San Lorenzo (Gijon)Free
Santa Maria del Naranco (Oviedo)€ 3
Bufones de Pria (Llanes)Free



Barcelona skyline with Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, in Spain, Western Europe
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia on Barcelona’s skyline

Barcelona

Barcelona is among most travelers’ favorite cities to visit in Europe. Its animated nightlife makes it a popular destination with younger travelers. However, Gaudi’s wonders make it a fascinating city for visitors of all ages.

In Barcelona, accommodation can a bit expensive at times, especially in the city center. It can also be kind of difficult to find, especially if you’re used to booking Airbnbs. Due to over-tourism, the locals have protested not only against tourists but also against services like Airbnb. That is because the latter keep apartments blocked for renting them to tourists, causing apartments for locals interested in long-term renting to be available at higher prices and/or in inconvenient locations.


How much does it cost to visit Barcelona?

Bercelona is one of Europe’s big cities, so expect bigger prices. Therefore, on your visit to Barcelona, expect to spend around € 44 on your daily travel expenses. This cost does not include accommodation, though.

You can look below to discover more information on Spain travel costs in Barcelona.


Barcelona accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 26 – 229
Typical double room€ 52 – 457 😐

Barcelona food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 25
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 2 – 3
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.80 – 2

* Tap water is safe to drink in Barcelona.


Barcelona fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.10
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1 – 1.40
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.20 – 1.40

Barcelona visiting costs

Top attractions in Barcelona
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia€ 17
Casa Batllo€ 25
Palau de la Musica Catalana€ 20
Barrio Gotico districtFree
Mercat de la BoqueriaFree
City pass *
72h Barcelona Card€ 46
96h Barcelona Card€ 56

* The Barcelona Card provides unlimited access on public transport (including airport transfer by train), plus free skip the line admission to Barcelona’s best museums and attractions. The shortest period of time you can buy it for is 72 hours.




Puerta de Alcala from Madrid, in Spain, Western Europe
Puerta de Alcala in Madrid

Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s capital city, is a very popular destination with budget travelers. Even if it has become more crowded in recent years because of its low prices, it still has some good bargains to offer. Accommodation is affordable, and restaurant meals are conveniently-priced. In addition, traditional places still serve free tapas when you order a beer!


How much does it cost to visit Madrid?

If you’re visiting Madrid on a budget, you will spend around € 38 daily to cover food, drinks, and visiting costs. Take a look below to learn more about Spain travel costs in Madrid.


Madrid accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 21 – 151
Typical double room€ 43 – 302

Madrid food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 10 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 25
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 2 – 3
Water (0.33 liter, bottle) *€ 0.80 – 2

* Tap water is safe to drink in Madrid.


Madrid fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.10
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1 – 1.40
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.20 – 1.40

Madrid visiting costs

Top attractions in Madrid
Parque del RetiroFree
Prado National Museum€ 15
Stadio Santiago Bernabeu€ 25
Royal Palace of Madrid€ 13
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza€ 13




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Spain travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available.
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.