how much does it cost to walk the camino
The cost of walking the Camino de Santiago will depend on what level of comfort you choose to travel on. The Camino can be traveled by those on a shoestring or on an unlimited budget as there is something for everyone.
Your daily food and accommodation costs will be fairly consistent if you stay within your desired travel style and budget barring any unforeseen emergencies. Having said that if you choose to travel on a limited budget but opt to stay in a private room once in a while, then you should work that into your budget.
Travel expenses could be a big part of your costs if you live in North America, as well as any new gear you would need to purchase specifically for the Camino. Additional costs, but less expensive are your toiletries, first aid, and other sundries.
Additional Costs on The Camino de Santiago
and Factor into Your Budget.
Taxi, bus, train and airfare costs from your home to the start of your Camino.
Any new gear or equipment you need to purchase specifically for your Camino. Backpack, boots, hydration system, rain gear etc…
Hotels en Route
Hotel accommodations before and after your Camino. This is highly likely if you are coming from North America and flight and train schedules are not convenient for you.
Admission to museums, events, pilgrim credentials, guidebook, patches, pilgrim shell and Camino souvenir.
Excursions you might take after the Camino. Many people walk or bus to the end of the earth, Finisterre or Muxia. The ocean marks the end of the earth where your journey truly ends.
Daily Costs On A Shoestring
- Breakfast- 4 euro: food purchased from a grocery store the night before, fruit, yogurt, eggs. Juice.
- Snack-2 euro: nuts, fruit, yogurt.
- Lunch-4 euro: food bought along the way. Fruits, nuts, cheese, dried meats, bread.
- Dinner-6 euro: food purchased at grocery stores and prepared in the albergues. Pasta is inexpensive and the carbs are burnt off in the walking.
- 8-10 euro: Staying in donativo convents, and municipal and albergues will be dormitory-style with up to 100 beds per floor, usually bunks.
- Camping can be difficult as private landowners might not allow it but if they do please be generous and leave behind NO mess. Camping on public property is NOT allowed in Spain so take heed as you might be rushed off by authorities.
- Laundry washed by hand and hung to dry.
Daily Costs On A Restricted Budget
- Breakfast- 6 euro: food from albergues or local resto/bar consisting of bread, spanish tortilla, juice and coffee.
- Snack-2 euro: nuts, fruit, yogurt.
- Lunch-6 euro: food from restaurants or local pubs, bocadilla, Spanish tortilla or food purchased along the way of cheese, dried meats, bread. Beverage.
- Dinner-10 to 12 € : Pilgrim meal consisting of three courses, bread and glass of wine.
- 8 – 12 €: Private or association albergues, generally in bunks and rooms of 4 to 20. Dormitory style bathrooms.
- 6 €: Laundry washed by hand and hung to dry most days. Washing machine and dryer once a week.
Daily Costs On A Generous Budget
- Breakfast- 10 – 15 €: food from albergues or local restaurants consisting of eggs, bacon, fruits, croissants, sweet buns and various breakfast items, juice and coffee.
- Snack-10 €: nuts, fruit, marinated olives and mushrooms, yogurt, sweet pastries, ice cream, beverage.
- Lunch- 15- 20 euro: food from restaurants or local pubs, tapas, beverage.
- Dinner-15 – 30 € : menu al a carte.
- 30 + €: Private hostels, hotels, casa rurals, or Paradors. More luxury accommodations generally found closer to major cities.
- 6 €: Laundry machine washed and dryed per load.
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