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The price of strolling the Camino de Santiago – an in depth breakdown

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There isn’t any set Camino price range, the associated fee depends upon you. You’ll be able to stroll the Camino de Santiago on lower than 20 Euro a day or spend over 50 Euro per day. I’ve had days once I spent 16 Euro in addition to 50-Euro days as nicely on the identical Camino. All of it depends upon how a lot you may spend, how a lot consolation you want, and many others. On this submit, I’m discussing what you may get on 20, 30, and 40+ Euro per individual per day on the Camino, give an in depth breakdown of my Camino price range and provides some money-saving ideas. 

It’s vital to do not forget that the associated fee could differ relying on the chosen Camino some routes work out cheaper than the others. We’ve walked 7 totally different Camino de Santiago routes and we did discover the distinction particularly in lodging costs. I’m going to match these seven routes and clarify why a few of them had been dearer to stroll.

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Strolling the Camino with 20, 30 and 40+ Euro per day

I’m giving an outline of what you may afford to stroll the Camino on these budgets, it doesn’t imply it’s important to stick and keep solely at public albergues if in case you have 20 Euro per day it simply reveals that more often than not it’ll be your finest lodging choice. Lodging and meals are the principle bills on the Camino. Laundry and baggage supply service are two different bills many pilgrims have however each are non-compulsory. You are able to do hand-washing and carry your personal backpack. Some days you may need some additional bills resembling museum entrance charges, and many others.

The video that I filmed on the Camino Frances that reveals what precisely you may get on the Camino if in case you have 20, 30 and 40+ Euro per individual per day

In case your price range is 20 Euro per individual per day

  • Lodging – public albergues, between 6 and eight Euro
  • Meals – grocery buying – 8-12 Euro

In case your price range is 30 Euro per individual per day

  • Lodging – non-public albergues, 10-12 Euro.
  • Meals – Menu del Día – 10-12 Euro; breakfast – 2-Three Euro; grocery buying – 5-Eight Euro.

When you can spend 40+ Euro per individual per day

  • Lodging – a personal room in a lodge, from 15 Euro per individual (should you’re two individuals sharing a double room), from 25 for a single room.
  • Meals – Menu del Día – 10-12 Euro; breakfast – 2-Three Euro; dinner – 12-15 Euro.


  • Laundry – 2-Three Euro per load for laundry, 2-Three Euro per load for drying.
  • Baggage supply service – 4-5 Euro per backpack per stage.

I’m going to elaborate on every matter beneath evaluating totally different choices.

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A easy breakdown of what one can get on the Camino spending 20, 30 and 40 Euro a day

The price of lodging on the Camino de Santiago

Your lodging choices on the Camino are fairly numerous (particularly on the favored Camino routes) from private and non-private albergues to hostels and motels/guesthouses. Albergues are particular hostels for pilgrims.

Public (municipal) albergues

It’s the most affordable lodging choice on the Camino. They’re run by municipalities and are completely for pilgrims strolling or biking the Camino. You want a Credential (a pilgrim’s passport) with stamps to have the ability to keep at public albergues. The typical value is between 5 and eight Euro per individual per mattress. Public albergues are normally fairly massive with one or two rooms with a number of bunk-beds and shared services (showers, bathrooms, a kitchen). On extra in style Camino routes just like the Camino Francés or the Camino Portuguese from Porto, you may plan your itinerary the best way that you simply keep virtually each night time at a public albergue and pay 5-7 Euro per mattress. Much less busy routes have fewer public albergues every so often you’ll haven’t any choice however to remain at non-public albergues.

Non-public albergues

The second most cost-effective lodging on the Camino. Non-public albergues belong to an individual or an organization anyone can keep there however many of the friends are normally pilgrims. They price 10-12 Euro per mattress. Non-public albergues normally have higher services and are fairly a bit smaller than public albergues. Some non-public albergues have non-public rooms as nicely. Generally you will discover albergues (normally non-public) for donation. How a lot to pay depends upon you. We normally go away as a lot as we might pay for a public albergue or extra if we actually just like the place. There are extra non-public than public albergues on the Camino, you’ll be capable to discover one on the finish of day-after-day. 

Accommodations/guesthouses (pensions)

These are the costliest and comfy lodging choices on the Camino. Costs for a personal room begin at 25 Euro for a single room and 30 Euro for a double room. Staying at motels each night time particularly on longer Camino routes may be fairly powerful in your price range however I’d positively advocate having a personal room each from time to time. It’s so good to have relaxation and a few privateness. We normally keep in non-public at the very least as soon as per week or much more typically if we are able to discover a well-priced non-public room.

Evaluating private and non-private albergues and motels

Options Public albergues Non-public albergues Accommodations
Value 5-Eight Euro 10-14 Euro from 25 Euro
Just for pilgrims sure no no
Want a Credential to remain sure no no
May be booked no sure sure
Can keep greater than 1 night time no sure sure
Enable baggage supply no sure sure
Settle for bank cards no normally normally
Evaluating totally different lodging choices on the Camino de Santiago

The price of meals on the Camino

Grocery buying and cooking

The most affordable means is to purchase meals at supermarkets/outlets and cook dinner for your self. Most albergues have a communal kitchen that pilgrims can use. Some kitchens are well-equipped and have all you want for cooking, some are very fundamental. My recommendation all the time earlier than you buy groceries is to take a look at the kitchen.

Many of the locations alongside the Camino routes have at the very least a small grocery retailer the place you may get bread, pasta, cheese, yogurt, fruit, and greens. Greater cities and cities have supermarkets the place you may get just about something together with takeaway meals which can be cheaper than consuming at eating places. We normally spend between Eight and 14 Euro for grocery purchasing for two individuals. Relying on what you purchase and for what number of meals I’d advocate budgeting 6-10 Euro per individual per day to purchase sufficient meals for two meals.


The Spanish will not be very massive on breakfast, most of them simply drink a cup of espresso with a small pastry. Many cafes on the Camino provide breakfasts that normally embrace a cup of espresso, a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice and a sandwich or a pastry. A breakfast like that prices between 2 and three Euro. On very busy and touristy components of some Caminos, you will discover an English (eggs & bacon) or an American (sausages, eggs, cereal, and many others.) breakfast as nicely one in every of these prices Eight to 10 Euro.

Menu del Día or a Pilgrim’s Menu

Menú del Día or a set meal that features a starter, a essential, a drink (wine, beer, water, soda), bread, and dessert or espresso is a very fashionable lunch choice all over the place in Spain not solely on the Camino. A typical menu prices between 10 and 12 Euro. The standard of the menu varies. I’ve had some wonderful menus and a few poor meals on the Camino. Normally, in cities and busy cities, menus have extra choices and are of higher high quality. The worst menus I had at albergues-restaurants in the midst of nowhere when after ending your menu you might be virtually as hungry as earlier than.

When you’re on a particular weight loss plan e.g. vegetarian or vegan in small cities/villages it may be tough to discover a appropriate menu. In cities and larger cities, it’s not an issue many eating places have vegetarian/vegan menu choices. 


The most costly meal on the Camino. We by no means exit for dinner on the Camino solely in Santiago de Compostela after ending the stroll however we do exit to drink a glass of wine or beer and to eat a few tapas/pintxos. Dinner at a restaurant with a glass of wine will price you between 14 and 18 Euro per individual relying on the place and chosen menu.

For a beer or a glass of wine on the bar, you’ll pay a median of 2 Euro it might embrace a easy tapa. Many bars in Asturias and Galicia provide a free tapa with each drink you order. It may be a small portion of tortilla, peanuts, a small cheese or ham sandwich, and many others. Be certain to attempt typical Galician dishes Pulpo a la Feira (cooked octopus) and Pimientos de Padrón (fried inexperienced peppers) each are nice with beer. In Santiago de Compostela there are a few wonderful tapas bars in Rúa de Franco and Rúa da Raiña streets.

In the Basque Nation, Cantabria and Navarra, they serve pintxos, a extra subtle model of tapas. Pintxos don’t come together with your drink, it’s important to pay additional for them. A pintxo prices 2-Three Euro and it’s normally completely scrumptious stuff. When you occur to stroll one of many routes by way of Northern Spain e.g. the French Camino or the Northern Method ensure that to attempt pintxos in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Bilbao or Pamplona.  

When you’re planning to exit for a drink kind of recurrently add 30-50 Euro (relying on how lengthy you’re going to stroll) to your total Camino price range. 

Further bills on the Camino

Baggage supply service on the Camino

The service is offered on all main Camino de Santiago routes. The extra in style the route is the extra firms provide backpack supply service. A median value is 5 Euro per backpack per stage; it would differ relying on the space, route reputation, and many others. You need to use the service for your complete Camino or just for selective phases e.g. the roughest ones that contain strolling long-distances or many ascents and descents. You’ll be able to resolve whether or not you want it or not on the best way. Attempt to stroll together with your backpack and if it’s too heavy or too tough you may all the time begin utilizing the supply service. It’s vital to do not forget that most public albergues don’t permit baggage supply which implies you’ll have to remain at non-public albergues or motels.


It’s one in every of our essential additional bills on any Camino. We do machine washing kind of twice per week. Many albergues (each private and non-private) have self-service washing machines and dryers that work with cash. The machines are normally fairly massive; you may share one load between Three or Four individuals. It’s 2-Three Euro per load for laundry and about the identical for drying. If it’s a sunny day we grasp our garments exterior, if it’s wet and chilly we use a dryer. Generally it’s free however it’s important to purchase detergent. Many individuals get away with out it by doing hand washing most albergues have washing basins and drying traces.

Entrance charges

Strolling is the principle exercise on the Camino. Normally, you’re too drained after a full day of strolling to do any sightseeing however some locations are simply can’t be missed. Just like the Cathedral of León on the Camino Francés or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao on the Camino del Norte. I’d counsel budgeting 20-30 Euro additional for entrance charges and tickets.

Transport bills

You’re in all probability not going to make use of any on the Camino itself however you’ll have to get to the start line of your route and again dwelling from Santiago de Compostela. When you’re coming from Europe your transport bills received’t be very excessive should you purchase your airplane tickets a few months upfront. You need to use one of many price range airways to get to Madrid or Barcelona and from there catch an area flight, bus, or prepare to your ultimate vacation spot. The identical with getting again to your nation from Santiago, you may take native transport to Madrid, Porto, and many others. and from there fly again dwelling. When you come from abroad e.g. US, Australia, Canada, and many others. your worldwide flight might be one in every of your greatest bills. I’d add 60-70 Euro to your price range for native transport bills

Completely different Camino routes begin at totally different locations, a few of them are simple to succeed in like Lisbon or Porto, the start of the Portuguese Method, some require extra time like Oviedo, the start of the Authentic Method or Irún, the start line of the Northern Camino. Right here is the typical price of attending to the beginning factors of the main Camino de Santiago routes.

The price of attending to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Camino Francés)

Route Bus Practice Flight
Madrid – Pamplona from 23€ from 30€ from 40€
Barcelona – Pamplona from 28€ from 30€
Paris – Bayonne from 23€ from 39€ from 27€
  • Bus Pamplona – St.Jean-Pied-de-Port – 22 Euro
  • Practice Bayonne – St.Jean-Pied-de-Port – 10 Euro

In whole to get to St.Jean will work out between 35 and 50 Euro relying how and from the place you’re coming from.

The price of attending to Irún (Camino del Norte)

Route Bus Practice Flight
Madrid – Irún from 40€ from 65€ from 60€
Barcelona – Irún from 40€ from 75€ from 40€

The price of attending to Oviedo (Camino Primitivo)

Route Bus Practice Flight
Madrid – Oviedo from 40€

The price of transport from Santiago de Compostela

Route Bus Practice Flight
Santiago – Madrid from 50€ from 40€ from 25€
Santiago – Barcelona from 60€ from 20€
Santiago – Porto from 30€

There are direct flights with price range airways from Santiago to the UK, Switzerland, Eire, Italy, Malta, and many others. When you purchase your ticket a few months upfront you may get a very whole lot e.g. a flight to the UK for 20 Euro.

Journey insurance coverage

An vital factor to have should you’re going to journey overseas and planning on doing some outside actions. Strolling the Camino is just not a high-risk enterprise nevertheless it’s all the time really helpful to have journey insurance coverage that may cowl your medical bills (in case you want any), gear loss, or journey cancellation. Word, if in case you have a European Well being Insurance coverage card you don’t want any additional medical insurance coverage for Spain or Portugal. The price of journey insurance coverage varies relying on the corporate, the coverage, an individual’s age, and many others. The typical value vary is between 10US$ and 20US$ per individual per week for the standard plan. When you don’t have a journey insurance coverage firm but we are able to advocate utilizing our accomplice World Nomads.

My detailed price range breakdown for the Camino Francés

The French Method is the most well-liked Camino route. Strolling it I wrote down every thing I spent. I didn’t attempt to do it the most affordable means; if I felt like staying in non-public I did, if I wished to eat a menu or to exit for a drink I went. The fee is for 33 days; 31 days of strolling, 1 day in St.Jean-Pied-de-port, and 1 day in Santiago de Compostela.

In whole, I spent 1235 Euro in 33 days or 37 Euro per day. It consists of lodging, meals, all additional bills, bus tickets from Barcelona to St.Jean-Pied-de-Port, and a prepare ticket from Santiago to Madrid.

How a lot did I spend?

A colorful 6-slices pie-chart with Alya's expenses on the Camino Frances
A pie chart exhibiting my bills on the Camino Frances

Lodging500 Euro or 15 Euro per day common. I stayed 10 nights at public albergues, 14 nights at non-public albergues, and 9 nights in non-public rooms together with one night time at a spa lodge in Astorga. When you don’t keep in motels and persist with albergues (private and non-private) your common lodging price might be beneath 10 Euro per day.

Consuming out – 327 Euro or 10 Euro per day common. I didn’t eat Menú del Día day-after-day however stopped for breakfast very often. This consists of going out for tapas in Logroño and Santiago de Compostela. When you cook dinner for your self or eat takeaways from supermarkets you may fully exclude consuming out out of your price range.

Grocery buying – 214 Euro or 6,5 Euro per day common. When you don’t eat out and largely make your personal meals your grocery price range might be extra, between 350 and 400 Euro.

Drinks (espresso, wine, beer) – 68 Euro or 2 Euro per day common. I ended day-after-day for espresso and typically went out for a glass of wine or a beer. When you don’t cease for espresso it’ll prevent about 40 Euro.

Transport81 Euro. 50 Euro to get from Barcelona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port; bus Barcelona – Pamplona, 28 Euro, and bus Pamplona – St.Jean, 22 Euro. A prepare ticket Santiago de Compostela – Madrid, 31 Euro.

Extras (entrance charge, laundry, and many others.) – 45 Euro or 1,Four Euro per day common.

I didn’t use baggage switch service however should you’re going to make use of it add 5 Euro to your each day price range. For 31 strolling days, it’ll be 155 Euro additional.

How a lot to price range for purchasing new gear?

For strolling the Camino you don’t want any particular gear. There are two vital objects that need to be comfy; sneakers and a backpack. These two you’re going to make use of day-after-day strolling for hours. I’d positively advocate investing in each. You don’t want heavy mountaineering boots for strolling the Camino until you’re planning to stroll it in winter. A pair of sunshine mountaineering sneakers. As on your pack, a 35-40l backpack ought to be sufficient in case your stuff doesn’t slot in it means you’re attempting to pack an excessive amount of.

A median price of the important Camino gear

That is the listing of important objects one will want on the Camino. The given examples are for ladies, males’s gear prices kind of the identical.

Extra particulars on what to pack for the Camino for various seasons for women and men you will discover in our Camino de Santiago packing listing submit.

Evaluating the price of totally different Camino routes

As I discussed above to date we’ve walked seven Caminos: Camino Francés, Camino Portuguese from Lisbon, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, Camino Inglés, Camino Finisterre-Muxía, and By way of de la Plata. Principally, we’ve accomplished all the main routes in Spain and Portugal. Portugal total is a bit cheaper than Spain; things like transport (native trains), motels, and consuming out. 

The routes that may be comparatively simply accomplished on 20 Euro per individual per day.

  • Camino Francés
  • Camino Portuguese from Porto
  • Camino Primitivo
  • Camino Finisterre-Muxía
  • Camino Inglés

It doesn’t imply you may’t stroll different routes on 20 Euro per day nevertheless it’ll be harder because of the increased price of lodging and/or lack of public albergues.

Camino Francés, Camino Portuguese, and Camino Primitivo

The preferred Camino routes are the most affordable ones as a result of they’ve extra infrastructure for pilgrims; many municipal and personal albergues, particular pilgrim’s menus at eating places, and many others. The Camino Frances, the Portuguese Camino from Porto (each the Central and the Coastal Route), and the Camino Primitivo have public albergues just about on the finish of each stage. You’ll be able to plan your stroll the best way you keep 90% of the time at public albergues which implies you’ll pay as little as 5-7 Euro per night time on common. The French route has essentially the most lodging choices 

Vía de la Plata & Portuguese Camino from Lisbon

On much less in style Camino routes just like the Silver Route or the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon, lodging is dearer. On the By way of de la Plata all public albergues price 10 Euro which is 3-5 Euro greater than on the Camino Frances. On the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon, there are few public albergues each different night time we stayed at a guesthouse or a personal albergues. Alternatively, consuming out on these routes was inexpensive.

Camino Finisterre-Muxía and Camino Inglés

Each routes are very brief, 3-5 days even should you keep at motels on a regular basis it received’t smash your price range. Each the Camino Finisterre and the English Method have sufficient public albergues and plenty of non-public albergues you’ll positively be capable to stroll it for 20 Euro a day. The one drawback on each routes there will not be many supermarkets however many of the cities have at the very least a small grocery retailer.

Camino del Norte

The Camino del Norte (the primary half of it) was our most costly route. The a part of the route by way of Asturias and Galicia was kind of the identical as different Camino routes. Northern Spain (the Basque Nation and Cantabria) is total dearer than the remainder of the nation. Lodging is considerably dearer within the in style touristy cities resembling San Sebastian and a few small coastal cities within the Basque Nation. There are public albergues within the Basque Nation however a lot of them are open solely through the peak season (July and August), the remainder of the 12 months pilgrims keep in hostels or motels. Consuming out is dearer in Northern Spain if you wish to stroll the Camino del Norte on a good price range you’ll need to make your personal meals.

To purchase groceries prices kind of the identical throughout Spain and Portugal. The one distinction is that at a small grocery retailer every thing prices greater than in an enormous grocery store.

Camino de Santiago cash saving ideas

To start with, all the time ensure that to have some money with you. Public albergues and a few non-public albergues don’t settle for bank cards. No want to hold lots of money simply sufficient to pay lodging, meals, and many others. for a few days. On most routes, you’ll get an ATM day-after-day. We normally draw 300 Euro without delay and when now we have lower than 40 Euro we draw once more. Most motels, supermarkets, grocery shops, and eating places settle for playing cards.

Tip 1. Consuming out day-after-day add fairly a bit to the associated fee if you would like to economize cooking your personal meals is the best way to go.

Tip 2. E-book your worldwide flight a few months upfront many airways have particular costs for early reserving. Discover out which airways fly to your vacation spot (Spain, Portugal, France relying on the Camino route) and subscribe to their e-newsletter to ensure you received’t miss their particular gives. Use websites like Skyscanner to seek for the most affordable flights. E-book your native flights upfront as nicely. Many price range airways typically have nice early reserving offers, you may get a flight for 20-30 Euro.

Tip 3. From our experience, it’s cheaper to stroll the Camino should you’re two or extra individuals. A double or a triple room works out cheaper per individual than a single room. When you’re going to stroll alongside you may all the time staff up with one other pilgrim and hire a twin room (with two single beds) it’ll be cheaper than paying for a single non-public room. In lots of locations, you will discover an house for hire that may accommodate 2-Four individuals should you’re a bunch strolling collectively you may all the time hire one. These residences typically have a well-equipped kitchen, a washer, and many others.

Tip 4. Cooking collectively is one other means to economize should you’re a number of individuals cooking collectively you may break up the price of the buying. No matter you purchase it’s normally an excessive amount of for one individual anyway and you find yourself leaving half of it within the kitchen.

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