What were our costs for a weekend in Barcelona?
We spend 4 days, 3 nights in Barcelona, Spain. We arrived in early morning on Friday and left Monday in the afternoon. We were a couple, traveling together and splitting the costs. We tried to keep things low budget and made a careful selection of the things we wanted to do. Our costs for a weekend in Barcelona can be divided as following.
Costs to fly to Barcelona
I received an offer for 2 return tickets from the Netherlands to Barcelona. The tickets were free for us and that’s the reason why we went to Barcelona. Barcelona has 3 airports. El Prat Barcelona airport is situatied a few miles outside Barcelona. Reus and Girona are serviced by low budget airlines, but are over 120 km from the city.
Total cost €0,00/ per person round trip €0,00
Costs for staying in Barcelona
I looked for a cheap place to stay in Barcelona. Last time I was there, I stayed in a €7,00 per night 6-bed dorm room in a hostel. As me and my boyfriend wanted a little bit more time for ourselves, we booked via Airbnb.* We stayed near Plaça d’Espanya which is located a bit out of centre, but only 3 stops on the metro. We had a private room with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. We paid €117 euro for 3 nights.
Total cost 3 nights € 117/ per person € 58,50/ room per night € 39
Costs for food in Barcelona
The food costs for a weekend in Barcelona can be divided in the 3 main categories.
Costs for breakfast
We wanted to spend as little money as possible so we had breakfast in our apartment every morning. We went to a local supermarket and picked up some cheese and meat for breakfast. Each morning, my boyfriend (bless him) went out to get fresh bread.
As we also bought other supplies from the supermarket for snacks, drinks and lunch, it’s difficult to tell you exactly what we paid for only breakfast. From the amount mentioned below, we had 3x breakfast and 2x lunch. Some Cola and 8 liters of water and some crips and yoghurt.
We paid €1,50 for a french bread and 2 mini chocolate croissants daily.
Total costs for 3x breakfast + 2x lunch: € 30/ per person € 15 / average per person per day € 5,00
Costs for lunches out and drinks
In the afternoon, we didn’t really eat or drink that much. While we were hiking in Montserrat Mountains, we bought 3l water and a pack of cookies for €6,55. I thought this was rather expenses, it was one of the mistakes to avoid when going to Montserrat.
On Sunday, we had lunch in a small café. Some delicious bread with local ham and a few drinks. Ice cream was €2,20 for 2 scoops. We also purchased some pastries for €3,20 and had coffee and a smoothie while waiting for the bus to the airport.
Total costs for lunch, drinks and snacks for 4 days: € 32,15/ per person € 16,08/ average per person per day €4,20
Costs for diners
We went out for diner every night. We kept things low budget and stayed near the Plaça d’Espanya and didn’t go into the more touristic areas. We had Tapas one night, a pizza the next and we had a good experience eating Tacos in a Mexican Taco place. At each diner, we ordered a beer. Beers and margaritas were included in the set pack price from Tacos Tacs.
Total diner and drink costs for 3 nights: €87,80/ per person €43,90/ average per person per day €14,63
Costs for a weekend in Barcelona sightseeing
My experiences with Barcelona is: sites are expensive. The Gaudí houses* look amazing, but you need to wait in line and spend a lot of euros to get in. To me, it is just not worth it. Also the Sagrada Familia charges a hefty fee. For this reason, we choose 2 things we wanted to do which would costs money. The other things were free.
What we did in Barcelona and how much we paid
On the first day, we walked over to Plaça d’Espanya as we were very close. We walked to the fountains and climbed the steps to Montjuic. We explored the Olympic Stadium and the parks around it.
The second day, we went to Montserrat Monastery and the Montserrat Mountains. Walking around there is free, but getting there is not. We went by train from Barcelona and took the rack railway up to the monastary. There, we took a funicular up the mountain so we could walk around there.
The price for 2 return tickets are: €62,60
Read my post about Montserrat near Barcelona
The third day, we walked around town some more. Owh my poor feet! We walked from the Ramblas all the way to the end of Passeig de Gracía and then wandered off to see the Sagrada Familía. We started walking to Park Guell but took a bus after a while.
We spend some time in Park Guell, which is free. You only need to pay to enter the famous place with the coloured curved benches. The tickets are €8,00 for adults. If you buy them online, you pay €7,00.
Total costs for 4 days of siteseeing: €76,60/ per person €38,30/ average per person per day €9,58
Costs of getting around Barcelona
I got really excited when I found out about the T10 transport card. I even wrote a whole post about it: How to travel from Barcelona Airport to the city centre under 1 euro.
The T10 card gives you 10 single journeys on any of the transport systems in the city of Barcelona. It doesn’t matter if you take the bus, metro or train. The ticket was valid on the city bus 46 from the airport and all across town. We could use 1 card for the both of us, we just had to validate it twice when entering the bus.
Total transport costs 4 days: €9,95/ per person €4,98/ per person per journey €0,95
Other miscellaneous expenses
When budgeting the costs for your trip you need to keep in mind some extra hidden costs. They might not be specific costs for a weekend in Barcelona but I want to be complete so I sum them up too.
Costs for getting to and from the airport at home.
We had to drive 60 km to get to the airport and back. This costs about €8,50 for gas money. We also parked the car at the airport. This was due to the fact we had to be at the airport around 6 am and no busses or public transport would get us there in time. We paid €40 to park the car for 4 days.
Total costs for getting to the airport at home: € 48,50/ per person €24,25/ per day €12,13.
Costs of souvenirs
We don’t really buy souvenirs, but I always send 1 postcard to my parents. We bought a couple of postcards and 2 stamps.
Total cost: €3,20/ per person €1,60
Costs of tipping
At diner, we rounded off the price for diner to the nearest number. I hope this was okey.
Total costs for tips: € 4,60
Recap of the costs for a weekend in Barcelona
I kept detailed track of my costs for a weekend in Barcelona. You can see what the different parts of a trip to Barcelona will cost you, if you do the same things.
The total costs for a weekend in Barcelona for 2 persons consist of
- Round trip Eindhoven-Barcelona: €0/ per person €0
- 3 nights Airbnb: € 117/ per person € 58,50/ room per night € 39
- Total food & drinks: €149,95/ per person €74,98/ per person per day €18,74
- Total costs siteseeing: €76,60/ per person €38,30/ per person per day €9,58
- Total transport costs: €9,95/ per person €4,98/ per person per day €1,25
- Miscellaneous: €56,30/ per person €28,15/ per person per day €7,04
€409,80 for 4 days makes €204,90 per person
€51,23 per person per day
For a little over €50 per person per day, I think we did well. I do feel city trips are for some reasons so much more expensive than normal stays. Looking back, we could have maybe saved some money if we didn’t purchase the train tickets to Montserrat, but it was an amazing experience.
Below you will find a breakdown from Excel. Before we left, I made an estimation of our costs. As you can see, I was not very far off and it helped us stay on budget.
Percentage breakdown of our costs
As you can see from the below image, both our accommodation and our food and drinks, make up for a third of our expenses each. We might have saved some money if we would have stayed at a hostel, but we did have the comfort of having our own place. In case you want to know more about my travel expenses, please check out my Cologne expense report, my costs for a weekend in Alicante or Dublin.
What do you think? Did we spent too much? Did you ever go to Barcelona and kept track of your travel expenses? Please share your experiences of the costs for a weekend in Barcelona below. Looking for more budget saving tips? Check these 99 ways to save money for travel by happytowander.