The Camino de Santiago is considered a once in a lifetime experience, one that can’t be compared to anything else. People do it for an array of different reasons, whether it is a religious motivation, cultural aspects, and time for yourself, the list goes on and on. Despite your reason for wanting to do the Camino de Santiago, there is always going to be a common question: How much does it cost to walk the Camino de Santiago?
Budgeting for the Camino de Santiago is similar tobudgeting for any other trip- you can get an array of answers depending on what you want out of the experience. Most people on the walk are on some sort of budget, which isn’t a problem as there are lots of options for frugal pilgrims. While most people budget around thirty five to forty euros per day, let’s take a look at the costs of the Camino de Santiago.
Sure, you could go original and just look around your house for what to take, but to make your experience a little more enjoyable, it is recommended to make a few initial purchases. The first purchase would be a good backpack. You will be lugging around your clothes, snacks, shoes, book, etc. in your backpack, so it is important to have a pack that fits you well and is comfortable. Nothing is worse than walking twenty five to thirty kilometers a day with a backpack that doesn’t fit properly. You can spend what you want, but plan to budget around one hundred and fifty euros.
Same as a backpack, you want to make sure you purchase comfortable, reliable shoes for your walk. While it might be tempting to just get the cheapest ones out there, you’ll be thanking yourself later when each night isn’t ended with you caring for your blisters. Again, budget somewhere around one hundred and fifty euros.
Depending on where you live, you may need to purchase a flight or train ticket to Spain before you start your walk. This can obviously range quite a bit depending on where you are coming from.
Lastly, let’s go over day to day costs. Luckily, your day to day transportation costs will be non-existent, as you will be walking the whole way! However, you will have costs in the categories of food and accommodation. In terms of accommodation, you will likely be staying at albergues; and in most places, both private and municipal albergues are available. Municipal albergues typically range from five to seven euros per night and private albergues are nearly double in price from twelve to fifteen euros per night. They are often run by staff and can range on comfort and cleanliness. Occasionally, a free breakfast or dinner is included in the price.
When thinking about food costs, it is important to remember that costs can differ depending on what you want out of the experience. For breakfast, sticking to granola bars and fruit is common and cheap, you will be able to get breakfast for less than two euros. Lots of villages have cafes and pubs with set “pilgrim meals” for lunch and dinner, which include a starter, main, desert, bread and drink for around nine to twelve euros. This seems like the most ideal situation, as cooking for one can be just as expensive, and it is important to bear in mind that the kitchens are typically crowded and cutlery is limited. Include an occasional snack or coffee and you are looking at close to twenty euros per day.
As you can see, if you stick to a budget, you can quite comfortably do the Camino de Santiago for thirty to thirty five euros a day, aside from pre-walk costs. If you really want to play it safe, or plan on getting a lot of private accommodation, plan for fifty euros a day. Either way, despite what you spend, it is sure to be a great time!