Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips

After being in Spain for 8 months, it was finally time for a proper trip away together in December. We had a few days off work so it was the perfect opportunity to pack our bags and head to Barcelona. We got there on Thursday afternoon and left on Sunday afternoon, so we had 3 full days to wander the wide tree-lined streets and take in the beautiful architecture. There is obviously an endless list of things to do in Barcelona, some things that cost a fortune, but also lots of budget friendly options. Here are our costs for 3 days in Barcelona, as well as some great budget tips.


We spent 3 nights at Pars Tailor’s Hostel, a cute vintage style hostel located in El Raval, a 15 minute walk from the famous La Rambla. We paid €17 per night each to stay in a 10 bed dorm. There are cheaper hostels, but we were happy with our choice as the hostel was really chilled and had a great kitchen to prepare meals in, and a cosy area to relax in.

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips

*Budget tip: Get £15 off at with my referral link

*Budget tip: You can get a private room at an Airbnb for the same price as we paid. Sign up to Airbnb with my link and get €28 credit


We bought a T10 transport card, which has 10 journeys for €10. This covers all modes of transport in Barcelona; bus, metro, tram and some train lines. One card can be shared by multiple people.

Food & Drink

We love going to cafes, so we had 2 lunches and several coffees around the city in various nice cafes. We paid €3 on average for a coffee or beer at cafes. We also enjoyed a couple of nice dinners at El Tianguis and Veggie Garden. The best value meal we had was at the Veggie Garden, a vegan Nepalese restaurant, where we had a delicious 3 course meal and drink for only €9 each. We bought breakfast food, snacks and dinner ingredients (we cooked one night) at a supermarket for €20.

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips
Vegan Nepalese food at the Veggie Garden

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips


There are so many free and budget friendly things to do in Barcelona so we didn’t spend much on activities. We paid €7 to enter the Monumental Core at Park Guell. It was beautiful to see but we were a bit overwhelmed with the amount of people. There is a limit though, with 400 people being allowed in every half an hour. *Budget tip: Book your ticket online here for a discounted price of €7 (normal price is €8) OR walk around the rest of Park Guell for free. 

We visited Cosmo Caixa, an awesome science centre, filled with hundreds of interactive science exhibits and a rainforest with many creatures including a capybara and lots of fish. It was great value for money at only €4, and if you are a Caixa bank customer it is free! *Budget tip: Lots of museums are free on Sundays, check out this post for information on lots of museums and when to get in for free.

The only other activity we paid for was entrance to a club, because you have to go out in Barcelona, right? We paid €10 each for entrance to Jamboree, but if you are more organised, you can get on the guestlist for free.

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips

Summary of our Barcelona Costs

Barcelona Costs Total Total per person Total per day (2 people) Total per day (per person)
Accommodation €100 €50 €33.33 €16.66
Transport €10 €5 €3.33 €1.66
Food & Drink €130 €65 €43.33 €21.66
Activities €42 €21 €14 €7
Total €282 €141 €94 €47

Have you been to Barcelona? What budget friendly things did you do? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about your experience! 

Pin it for later!

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips

20171207_180023-1024x577 Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips

2 Replies to “Barcelona Costs & Budget Tips”

  1. This is a cool post! I have been to Barcelona once but we stayed an hour outside of the city. I really want to go back one day and I will keep your budget tips in mind!

  2. Barcelona is one of my favorite cities! Not the cheapest place to travel to but budget travel is still possible.

Leave a Reply