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

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There is no such thing as a set Camino finances, the fee depends upon you. You possibly can stroll the Camino de Santiago on lower than 20 Euro a day or spend over 50 Euro per day. I’ve had days after I spent 16 Euro in addition to 50-Euro days as properly on the identical Camino. All of it depends upon how a lot you’ll be able to spend, how a lot consolation you want, and so on. On this publish, I’m discussing what you will get on 20, 30, and 40+ Euro per individual per day on the Camino, give an in depth breakdown of my Camino finances, and provides some money-saving ideas. 

It’s essential to keep in mind that the fee could fluctuate 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 check 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 summary of what you’ll be able to afford to stroll the Camino on these budgets, it doesn’t imply it’s a must to stick and keep solely at public albergues when you’ve got 20 Euro per day it simply exhibits 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 individual backpack. Some days you might need some further bills resembling museum entrance charges, and so on.

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My detailed video on the price of strolling the Camino filmed on the French Approach

In case your finances is 20 Euro per individual per day

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

In case your finances 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.

Should you can spend 40+ Euro per individual per day

  • Lodging – a non-public 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.

Extras

  • 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 various (particularly on the favored Camino routes) from private and non-private albergues to hostels and inns/guesthouses. Albergues are hostels for pilgrims.

Public (municipal) albergues

It’s the most affordable lodging choice on the Camino. They’re run by municipalities and are solely 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 common worth is between 5 and eight Euros 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 well-liked Camino routes just like the Camino Francés or the Camino Portuguese from Porto, you’ll be able to plan your itinerary the best way that you just keep virtually each night time at a public albergue and pay 5-7 Euro per mattress. Much less busy routes have fewer public albergues once in a while you’ll haven’t any choice however to remain at non-public albergues.

Personal albergues

The second most cost-effective lodging on the Camino. Personal albergues belong to an individual or an organization anyone can keep there however many of the visitors are normally pilgrims. They price 10-12 Euro per mattress. Personal albergues normally have higher services and are fairly a bit smaller than public albergues. Some non-public albergues have non-public rooms as properly.

Typically you’ll find albergues (normally non-public) for donation. How a lot to pay depends upon you. We normally go away as a lot as we’d 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 of discover one on the finish of daily. 

Lodges/guesthouses (pensions)

These are the most costly and cozy lodging choices on the Camino. Costs for a non-public room begin at 25 Euro for a single room and 30 Euro for a double room. Staying at inns each night time particularly on longer Camino routes is likely to be fairly powerful in your finances however I’d undoubtedly advocate having a non-public room each now and again. It’s so good to have a superb relaxation and a few privateness. We normally keep in non-public a minimum of as soon as every week or much more typically if we are able to discover a well-priced non-public room.

Evaluating private and non-private albergues and inns

Options Public albergues Personal albergues Lodges
Worth 5-Eight Euro 10-14 Euro from 25 Euro
Just for pilgrims sure no no
Want a Credential to remain sure no no
Will be booked no sure sure
Can keep greater than 1 night time no sure sure
Permit 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 at all times earlier than you buy groceries is to take a look at the kitchen.

A lot of the locations alongside the Camino routes have a minimum of a small grocery retailer the place you will get bread, pasta, cheese, yogurt, fruit, and greens. Greater cities and cities have supermarkets the place you will get just about something together with takeaway meals which are cheaper than consuming at eating places. We normally spend between Eight and 14 Euro for grocery searching 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.

Breakfast

The Spanish aren’t very massive on breakfast, most of them simply drink a cup of espresso with a small pastry. Many cafes on the Camino supply breakfasts that normally embody 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 elements of some Caminos, you’ll find an English (eggs & bacon) or an American (sausages, eggs, cereal, and so on.) breakfast as properly certainly one 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 principal, a drink (wine, beer, water, soda), bread, and dessert or espresso is a highly regarded 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 superb 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’re virtually as hungry as earlier than.

Should you’re on a particular eating regimen e.g. vegetarian or vegan in small cities/villages it is likely to be troublesome to discover a appropriate menu. In cities and greater cities, it’s not an issue many eating places have vegetarian/vegan menu choices. 

Dinner

The costliest 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 mean of 2 Euro it might embody a easy tapa. Many bars in Asturias and Galicia supply a free tapa with each drink you order. It is likely to be a small portion of tortilla, peanuts, a small cheese or ham sandwich, and so on. Be sure 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 superb tapas bars in Rúa de Franco and Rúa da Raiña streets.

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

Should you’re planning to exit for a drink roughly commonly add 30-50 Euro (relying on how lengthy you’re going to stroll) to your whole Camino finances. 

Additional bills on the Camino

Baggage supply service on the Camino

The service is on the market on all main Camino de Santiago routes. The extra well-liked the route is the extra corporations supply backpack supply service. A median worth is 5 Euro per backpack per stage; it’d fluctuate relying on the space, route recognition, and so on. You need to use the service for the complete Camino or just for selective phases e.g. the roughest ones that contain strolling long-distances or many ascents and descents. You possibly can resolve whether or not you want it or not on the best way. Attempt to stroll along with your backpack and if it’s too heavy or too troublesome you’ll be able to at all times begin utilizing the supply service. It’s essential to keep in mind that most public albergues don’t permit baggage supply which suggests you’ll have to remain at non-public albergues or inns.

Laundry

It’s certainly one of our principal further bills on any Camino. We do machine washing roughly twice every 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’ll be able to 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 dangle our garments exterior, if it’s wet and chilly we use a dryer. Typically it’s free however it’s a must to purchase detergent. Many individuals get away with out it by doing hand washing most albergues have washing basins and drying strains.

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 recommend budgeting 20-30 Euro further 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 place to begin of your route and again dwelling from Santiago de Compostela. Should you’re coming from Europe your transport bills received’t be very excessive should you purchase your airplane tickets a few months prematurely. You need to use one of many finances airways to get to Madrid or Barcelona and from there catch a neighborhood flight, bus, or practice to your ultimate vacation spot. The identical with getting again to your nation from Santiago, you’ll be able to take native transport to Madrid, Porto, and so on. and from there fly again dwelling. Should you come from abroad e.g. US, Australia, Canada, and so on. your worldwide flight shall be certainly one of your largest bills. I’d add 60-70 Euro to your finances for native transport bills

Completely different Camino routes begin at totally different locations, a few of them are straightforward to succeed in like Lisbon or Porto, the start of the Portuguese Approach, some require extra time like Oviedo, the start of the Authentic Approach, or Irún, the place to begin of the Northern Camino. Right here is the typical price of attending to the beginning factors of the foremost 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 finances airways from Santiago to the UK, Switzerland, Eire, Italy, Malta, and so on. Should you purchase your ticket a few months prematurely you will get a extremely whole lot e.g. a flight to the UK for 20 Euro.

Journey insurance coverage

An essential factor to have should you’re going to journey overseas and planning on doing some out of doors actions. Strolling the Camino is just not a high-risk enterprise nevertheless it’s at all times beneficial to have journey insurance coverage that may cowl your medical bills (in case you want any), gear loss, or journey cancellation. Observe, when you’ve got a European Well being Insurance coverage card you don’t want any further 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 so on. The common worth vary is between 10US$ and 20US$ per individual per week for the standard plan. Should you don’t have a journey insurance coverage firm but we are able to advocate utilizing our accomplice World Nomads.

My detailed finances breakdown for the Camino Francés

The French Approach is the most well-liked Camino route. Strolling it I wrote down every little 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 price 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 contains lodging, meals, all further bills, bus tickets from Barcelona to St.Jean-Pied-de-Port, and a practice 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. Should you don’t keep in inns and follow albergues (private and non-private) your common lodging price shall be beneath 10 Euro per day.

Consuming out – 327 Euro or 10 Euro per day common. I didn’t eat Menú del Día daily however stopped for breakfast very often. This contains going out for tapas in Logroño and Santiago de Compostela. Should you cook dinner for your self or eat takeaways from supermarkets you’ll be able to utterly exclude consuming out out of your finances.

Grocery buying – 214 Euro or 6,5 Euro per day common. Should you don’t eat out and principally make your individual meals your grocery finances shall be extra, between 350 and 400 Euro.

Drinks (espresso, wine, beer) – 68 Euro or 2 Euro per day common. I finished daily for espresso and typically went out for a glass of wine or a beer. Should 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 practice ticket Santiago de Compostela – Madrid, 31 Euro.

Extras (entrance charge, laundry, and so on.) – 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 finances. For 31 strolling days, it’ll be 155 Euro further.

How a lot to finances for getting new gear?

For strolling the Camino you don’t want any particular gear. There are two essential gadgets that should be comfy; footwear and a backpack. These two you’re going to make use of daily strolling for hours. I’d undoubtedly advocate investing in each. You don’t want heavy climbing boots for strolling the Camino until you’re planning to stroll it in winter. A pair of sunshine climbing footwear. As in your pack, a 35-40l backpack needs to be sufficient in case your stuff doesn’t slot in it means you’re making an attempt to pack an excessive amount of.

A median price of the important Camino gear

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

Extra particulars on what to pack for the Camino for various seasons for women and men you’ll find in our Camino de Santiago packing listing publish.

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 Through de la Plata. Principally, we’ve accomplished all the foremost routes in Spain and Portugal. Portugal general is a bit cheaper than Spain; things like transport (native trains), inns, 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’ll be able to’t stroll different routes on 20 Euro per day nevertheless it’ll be tougher as a result of greater 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 so on. 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 possibly can plan your stroll the best way you keep 90% of the time at public albergues which suggests you’ll pay as little as 5-7 Euro per night time on common. The French route has probably the most lodging choices 

Vía de la Plata & Portuguese Camino from Lisbon

On much less well-liked Camino routes just like the Silver Route or the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon, lodging is dearer. On the Through 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 non-public albergues. Then again, consuming out on these routes was cheaper.

Camino Finisterre-Muxía and Camino Inglés

Each routes are very quick, 3-5 days even should you keep at inns on a regular basis it received’t break your finances. Each the Camino Finisterre and the English Approach have sufficient public albergues and lots of non-public albergues you’ll undoubtedly be capable of stroll it for 20 Euro a day. The one drawback on each routes there aren’t many supermarkets however many of the cities have a minimum of a small grocery retailer.

Camino del Norte

The Camino del Norte (the primary half of it) was our costliest route. The a part of the route by way of Asturias and Galicia was roughly the identical as different Camino routes. Northern Spain (the Basque Nation and Cantabria) is general dearer than the remainder of the nation. Lodging is considerably dearer within the well-liked touristy cities resembling San Sebastian and a few small coastal cities within the Basque Nation. There are public albergues within the Basque Nation however lots of them are open solely through the peak season (July and August), the remainder of the 12 months pilgrims keep in hostels or inns. Consuming out is dearer in Northern Spain if you wish to stroll the Camino del Norte on a decent finances you’ll should make your individual meals.

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

Camino de Santiago cash saving ideas

Initially, at all times make sure 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 quite a lot of money simply sufficient to pay lodging, meals, and so on. for a few days. On most routes, you’ll get an ATM daily. We normally draw 300 Euro directly and when we now have lower than 40 Euro we draw once more. Most inns, supermarkets, grocery shops, and eating places settle for playing cards.

Tip 1. Consuming out daily add fairly a bit to the fee if you need to economize cooking your individual meals is the best way to go.

Tip 2. E-book your worldwide flight a few months prematurely 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 be sure you received’t miss their particular affords. Use websites like Skyscanner to seek for the most affordable flights. E-book your native flights prematurely as properly. Many finances airways typically have nice early reserving offers, you will 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. Should you’re going to stroll alongside you’ll be able to at all times 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’ll find an condo for hire that may accommodate 2-Four individuals should you’re a bunch strolling collectively you’ll be able to at all times hire one. These flats typically have a well-equipped kitchen, a washer, and so on.

Tip 4. Cooking collectively is one other means to economize should you’re a number of individuals cooking collectively you’ll be able to cut 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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