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

There is no such thing as a set Camino price range, the fee is dependent upon you. You may walk 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 is dependent upon how a lot you possibly can spend, how a lot consolation you want, and so forth. 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 suggestions. 

It’s necessary to do not forget that the fee could range 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 have 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 possibly can afford to stroll the Camino on these budgets, it doesn’t imply it’s important to stick and keep solely at public albergues 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 primary bills on the Camino. Laundry and baggage supply service are two different bills many pilgrims have however each are non-obligatory. 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 so forth.

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

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 – 2-3 Euro; grocery buying – 5-8 Euro.

Should you can spend 40+ Euro per individual per day

  • Lodging – a non-public room in a lodge, from 15 Euro per individual (in case you’re two folks sharing a double room), from 25 for a single room.
  • Meals – Menu del Día – 10-12 Euro; breakfast – 2-3 Euro; dinner – 12-15 Euro.

Extras

  • Laundry – 2-3 Euro per load for laundry, 2-3 Euro per load for drying.
  • Baggage supply service – 4-5 Euro per backpack per stage.

I’m going to elaborate on every subject 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 public and private albergues to hostels and inns/guesthouses. Albergues are hostels for pilgrims.

Public (municipal) albergues

It’s the most cost effective 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 common worth is between 5 and eight Euros per individual per mattress. Public albergues are normally fairly huge with one or two rooms with a number of bunk-beds and shared amenities (showers, bathrooms, a kitchen).

On extra well-liked Camino routes like the Camino Francés or the Camino Portuguese from Porto, you possibly can plan your itinerary the way in which 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 visitors are normally pilgrims. They price 10-12 Euro per mattress. Non-public albergues normally have higher amenities and are fairly a bit smaller than public albergues. Some non-public albergues have non-public rooms as properly.

Generally you could find albergues (normally non-public) for donation. How a lot to pay is dependent 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 of discover one on the finish of daily. 

Accommodations/guesthouses (pensions)

These are the most costly and comfy 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 may be fairly powerful in your price range however I’d positively suggest having a non-public room each from time to time. It’s so good to have a superb relaxation and a few privateness. We normally keep in non-public at the least as soon as per week or much more usually if we will discover a well-priced non-public room.

Evaluating private and non-private albergues and inns

Options Public albergues Non-public albergues Accommodations
Worth 5-8 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
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 cost effective approach is to purchase meals at supermarkets/retailers 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 primary. 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 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 are cheaper than consuming at eating places. We normally spend between 8 and 14 Euro for grocery looking for two folks. Relying on what you purchase and for what number of meals I’d suggest budgeting 6-10 Euro per individual per day to purchase sufficient meals for two meals.

Breakfast

The Spanish should not very huge on breakfast, most of them simply drink a cup of espresso with a small pastry. Many cafes on the Camino supply 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 elements of some Caminos, you could find an English (eggs & bacon) or an American (sausages, eggs, cereal, and so forth.) breakfast as properly certainly one of these prices 8 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 in every single 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.

Should you’re on a particular weight-reduction 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. 

Dinner

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 mean of 2 Euro it might embrace a easy tapa. Many bars in Asturias and Galicia supply a free tapa with each drink you order. It may be a small portion of tortilla, peanuts, a small cheese or ham sandwich, and so forth. 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 along with your drink, it’s important to pay additional for them. A pintxo prices 2-3 Euro and it’s normally completely scrumptious stuff. Should you occur to stroll one of many routes by means of Northern Spain e.g. the French Camino or the Northern Approach ensure that to attempt pintxos in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Bilbao, or Pamplona.  

Should 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 whole Camino price range. 

Further 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 firms supply backpack supply service. A mean worth is 5 Euro per backpack per stage; it would range relying on the space, route recognition, and so forth. You should utilize 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 may determine whether or not you want it or not on the way in which. Attempt to stroll along with your backpack and if it’s too heavy or too tough you possibly can all the time begin utilizing the supply service. It’s necessary to do not forget 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 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 huge; you possibly can share one load between 3 or 4 folks. It’s 2-3 Euro per load for laundry and about the identical for drying. If it’s a sunny day we grasp our garments outdoors, 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 strains.

Entrance charges

Strolling is the primary 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 house from Santiago de Compostela. Should you’re coming from Europe your transport bills gained’t be very excessive in case you purchase your aircraft tickets a few months upfront. You should utilize one of many price range 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 possibly can take native transport to Madrid, Porto, and so forth. and from there fly again house. Should you come from abroad e.g. US, Australia, Canada, and so forth. your worldwide flight shall be certainly one of your largest bills. I’d add 60-70 Euro to your price range for native transport bills

Totally different Camino routes begin at totally different locations, a few of them are straightforward to achieve like Lisbon or Porto, the start of the Portuguese Approach, some require extra time like Oviedo, the start of the Original Way, or Irún, the start line of the Northern Camino. Right here is the typical price of attending to the beginning factors of the key 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 so forth. Should you purchase your ticket a few months upfront you may get a extremely whole lot e.g. a flight to the UK for 20 Euro.

Journey insurance coverage

An necessary factor to have in case 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 but it surely’s all the time really helpful to have travel insurance that may cowl your medical bills (in case you want any), gear loss, or journey cancellation. Observe, 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 so forth. 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 will suggest utilizing our associate World Nomads.

My detailed price range breakdown for the Camino Francés

The French Way is the most well-liked Camino route. Strolling it I wrote down all the pieces I spent. I didn’t attempt to do it the most cost effective approach; 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 additional 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 keep on with 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 possibly can fully exclude consuming out out of your price range.

Grocery buying – 214 Euro or 6,5 Euro per day common. Should you don’t eat out and principally make your personal meals your grocery price range 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 generally 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 price, laundry, and so forth.) – 45 Euro or 1,4 Euro per day common.

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

How a lot to price range for getting new gear?

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

A mean price of the important Camino gear

That is the checklist of important gadgets 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 could find in our Camino de Santiago packing list submit.

Evaluating the price of totally different Camino routes

As I discussed above to this point 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 completed all the key routes in Spain and Portugal. Portugal total is a bit cheaper than Spain; issues like transport (native trains), inns, and consuming out. 

The routes that may be comparatively simply completed 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 possibly can’t stroll different routes on 20 Euro per day but it surely’ll be tougher because of the increased price of lodging and/or lack of public albergues.

Camino Francés, Camino Portuguese, and Camino Primitivo

The most well-liked Camino routes are the most cost effective 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 forth. 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 may plan your stroll the way in which 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 essentially the most lodging choices 

Vía de la Plata & Portuguese Camino from Lisbon

On much less well-liked Camino routes 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 inexpensive.

Camino Finisterre-Muxía and Camino Inglés

Each routes are very quick, 3-5 days even in case you keep at inns on a regular basis it gained’t destroy your price range. Each the Camino Finisterre and the English Way have sufficient public albergues and lots of non-public albergues you’ll positively be capable of stroll it for 20 Euro a day. The one downside on each routes there should not many supermarkets however many of the cities have at the 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 means 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 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 a lot of them are open solely throughout 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 good price range you’ll should 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 all the pieces prices greater than in a giant grocery store.

Camino de Santiago cash saving suggestions

To begin 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 plenty of money simply sufficient to pay lodging, meals, and so forth. for a few days. On most routes, you’ll get an ATM daily. We normally draw 300 Euro directly and when we’ve got 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 would like to save cash cooking your personal meals is the way in which 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 publication to be sure to gained’t miss their particular affords. Use websites like Skyscanner to seek for the most cost effective flights. E-book your native flights upfront as properly. Many price range airways usually have nice early reserving offers, you may get a flight for 20-30 Euro.

Tip 3. From our expertise, it’s cheaper to stroll the Camino in case you’re two or extra folks. A double or a triple room works out cheaper per individual than a single room. Should you’re going to stroll alongside you possibly can all the time workforce 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 could find an condominium for hire that may accommodate 2-4 folks in case you’re a gaggle strolling collectively you possibly can all the time hire one. These flats usually have a well-equipped kitchen, a washer, and so forth.

Tip 4. Cooking collectively is one other approach to save cash in case you’re a number of folks cooking collectively you possibly can 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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