Barcelona, situated on the Mediterranean coast, has a lot going for it, so it’s no surprise it’s at the top of many travelers’ itineraries. It has a vibrant food scene, a plethora of unique historic architecture, and some of the best nightlife in Europe. As far as price is concerned, Barcelona isn’t cheap, but it isn’t too terribly expensive either.
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Average Daily Cost For Barcelona
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Barcelona: €60 ($70 USD)
- Attractions: €15 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €20.50
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €5
- Dinner: €10
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2.50
- Transportation: €2.15
- Accommodation (hostel): €22
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Barcelona: €30 ($36 USD)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €10
- Breakfast: $0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €4 (ethnic street food, takeaway shop fare, or similar)
- Dinner: €5 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (explore by foot)
- Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): €15
Barcelona Attraction and Museum Prices
Barcelona has a lot of wonderful neighborhoods and parks to check out for free, but going to museums and other attractions is going to cost you.
- Casa Batlló: €21.50
- Church of the Sacred Family (La Sagrada Família): €15-€24
- Picasso Museum: €11-€16
- Palace of Catalan Music: €18 (guided tour)
- Barcelona History Museum: €7
- Harbour Cable Car: Round-trip – €12.50 or one-way- €9.00
- Walking tour: Free (but you should tip the guides) or €17-€25 (for paid tours)
- Bike tour: €22-€24
Barcelona Food Prices
Barcelona has food options for just about any budget but, as always, you’ll want to avoid the tourist areas as they’re filled with overpriced and low quality restaurants. Do a bit of research online before you head out to ensure you get a quality meal at a good price. It’s important to know that lunch is generally the biggest meal of the day, so that’s the best time to fill up. Most people don’t eat dinner until around 10pm, so you may need to do some snacking in the late afternoon if you’re accustomed to eating earlier.
Budget Breakfast: Free-€6
- Many hostels will offer a free, simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice.
- A typical Barcelona breakfast consists of an espresso with milk and a croissant or doughnut. For something more savory, you can get a toasted ham & cheese sandwich. Expect to pay €3-€6.
- You can also find plenty of budget friendly options at the bakery or grocery store.
Budget Lunch: €3-€10
Lunch tends to be the largest meal of the day in Barcelona, but you can still find budget-friendly options.
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few Euros.
- Pans & Company is a chain “fast-food” restaurant that offers fresh sandwiches and salads. Think of it as the nicer, Spanish version of Subway. You can get a sandwich, drink, and side for €4-€7.
- A cheap takeaway meal (like a kebab with fries) will cost about €4.
- A typical lunch at a restaurant/café will cost about €8-€12.
- A combo meal at McDonalds (or similar) will cost about €7.
- A takeaway pizza will set you back about €4-€5.
Budget Dinner: €10-€20
- For budget travelers, you’ll want to look at the many ethnic restaurants. You can find something filling for about €8-€14.
- Spanish people tend to eat dinner later in the evening at about 9-11pm. A great way to bridge the hunger gap between lunch and dinner (or eat earlier) is tapas. You can also sample a few and make a meal out of it. Expect to pay €4-€5/tapas or about €15 for dinner.
- You should also be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for around €15. If you want to try paella, it’ll be more like €20.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Drinks and Alcohol
- A pint of standard beer out: €2.50
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €.80
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from grocery store: €4.50
- Espresso: €1.80
Barcelona Transportation Prices
Barcelona has a good public transportation network. Most people use the subway (Metro), and it’s air conditioned, which offers a much-needed reprieve in the steamy summers. The city is fairly compact, so many visitors walk everywhere.
Single one-way ticket: €2.15
T10 ticket (10 one-way journeys): €9.95
2-day pass: €14
3-day pass: €20.50
4-day pass: €26.50
5-day pass: €32
Barcelona Tourist Card (free unlimited public transit, including to/from airport, entry to some museums & other benefits):
- 2-day pass: €34
- 3-day pass: €44
- 4-day pass: €52
- 5-day pass: €58
Bus from airport to city: €5.90
Train (RENFE) from airport to city: €4.10 + €2.15 (to switch to subway)
Taxi from airport to city: €25-€30
Barcelona Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Barcelona does have a number of cheap hostels and hotels, but the prices do increase considerably in the summer — you’ll want to book as early as possible to ensure you get the best options. Rental apartments are a great option if you want a little added comfort to your stay.
Hostels: €15-€35 (bed in a shared dorm room)
A well-rated hostel will cost about €22-€26, but you can find beds as cheap as €14, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €30-€70.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: €55-€135
At the low end you shouldn’t expect much, but once you get around €70/night, the hotels get a bit better (think Super 8 or Motel 6). A room with a private bathroom and twin bed will be around €55-€90; a double bed will be €80-€135.
Rental Apartment: €90-€120+
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb ) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
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