How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Camino de Santiago?

hey y'all Dixie here today I want to

address the question of how much does it

cost to walk the Camino de Santiago the

easy answer to this question is it

depends it depends on several

contributing factors one of which is

which Camino are you walking there are

several in Europe and in Spain so I

assume that the prices of the different

Caminos in Spain are pretty similar but

I know that the French way is the most

popular way and has the most traffic on

it with more traffic there are more

businesses trying to serve the pilgrims

more competition means lower prices

often so with that extra infrastructure

serving the pilgrims I've heard that it

is cheaper on the French way than some

of the other routes so if you are on a

real tight budget then that might be

something to think about next you have

to consider what amount of luxury is

required for you to be comfortable some

people are okay with more minimal

lodging and then others want more

comfortable and private lodging so your

lodging and food options especially will

affect how much your Camino costs you

total and finally what I consider the

biggest contributing factor to how much

the communal cost you is how many days

it takes you to complete it a lot of

folks take about 30 to 35 days that's

the average time to walk from st. John

pa to pour all the way to Santiago now

with that said it took me in Montana 48

days to walk that distance and we took

our sweet time we nearly had a little

over two months for our whole experience

which included going to Paris before we

started the Camino and then going to

Italy once we finished the Camino so we

knew we didn't want to get in a big rush

we wanted to explore the larger towns so

that's really gonna play into your

budget how much time you want to spend

out there so most people tend to talk

about the price tag of their Camino in a

daily average amount I would say that

most people spend between 25 euro to 50

euro per day with all of those factors

considered so let's talk about those

daily costs one of the biggest things

being food for breakfast it's common to

see things like toast pastries

and tortilla which was one of my

favorite things that I ate in Spain it's

kind of like a quiche type thing but

anyway if you eat something like that

with a cafe con leche which is just

coffee with milk you can expect to pay

somewhere between 350 and 5 euro for

lunch sometimes I would eat at a bar

along the way and then sometimes I just

grab snacks and keep walking and eat as

I went

so I expected to spend anywhere from 3

to 7 euro on lunch or eating during the

day for dinner me and Martina usually

opted to go with the pilgrims menus

those are offered at the el bair gays if

they have a bar attached to them or if

where you're saying doesn't have food

then there are usually bars nearby that

you can go get a dinner and they'll have

what's called the Peregrino menu and

with that they serve a three-course meal

that has a starter so usually a salad or

some kind of pasta and then you have

your main course which is commonly a

meat with a side and then a dessert and

with that you get water or wine to drink

or sometimes both that usually runs

about 10 to 12 euro and at the beginning

if you don't really have that hiker

hunger going yet then it's probably a

little cheaper and more reasonable to

just get something ala carte from the

bar but as you go along you're probably

going to find that your hunger increases

and those pilgrims menus are really a

good deal now some tips if you're

looking to save a little bit of money on

food first of all shop at the

marketplace it's not all of the towns or

villages that you'll stay and we'll have

a market but usually once a day or every

other day you're gonna pass through an

area that has some sort of market so if

you get some foods from there some

snacks or things that you could eat for

breakfast and lunch and then only eat

dinner out you're probably gonna save

some money second aim to stay at all

bear gays that have kitchens because

then you can get food from the

marketplace and cook dinner which is

often the most expensive meal of the day

at that kitchen and even if they'll bear

gays don't have a kitchen like a full-on

kitchen a lot of times they'll have a

microwave or toaster oven some way that

you could heat food several times I saw

folks even pull together and they'd get

pasta one person might get pasta one

person might get some stuff to make a

salad and

they'd all sit down and eat together and

have a shared meal that was pretty

inexpensive between several people and

you can even do that yourself and then

tote some of that with you especially if

it's cooler temperatures lettuce is

gonna be okay in your pack from one day

to the next another way to save a little

bit of money is when you're walking

during the day instead of buying drinks

or bottles of water every place you stop

there are fountains everywhere so you

can just fill up a water bottle or water

bladder and then I got to where I got

tired of paying for water at dinnertime

and I mean I I usually just wanted one

but I also wanted water and didn't want

to pay that extra so I just bring my

bottle of water in with me and I know

that some places that might be a

health-code issue but I never had

anybody telling me excuse me you have to

you know leave or go dump out your water

or anything like that the next big daily

cost that you'll have is lodging there

are several types of albergue aids like

you've got the municipal all bare gays

and the private all bare gays the

municipal may not have all of the extra

comforts but they are gonna be a little

bit cheaper usually than the private


there are also doughnut Evo's so those

are donation based and often times they

have a communal meal now a lot of people

think that this means that you can just

crash there for free but that really

isn't fair because the food that you're

eating the night that you stay there

came from the folks who donated the

night before so it's kind of a pay it

forward type thing so if you don't put

in your fair share you're really kind of

shorting somebody that stay in there the

next night so just keep that in mind and

if you do stay at a donut EVO make sure

that you are contributing just as much

as you would at least for a municipal

out bear game so depending on what type

of albear gay you stay at you can expect

to pay anywhere from five euro per night

all the way up to 20 euro per night but

the most common range is really between

10 and 12 euro of course there are

private rooms at the albear gays or even

other places that just offer private

lodging and those usually run anywhere

from 20 to 40 euro per night so some

tips to help you with lodging costs one

of the things that I didn't personally

do is get up early like really before

the Sun

comes up and set out as the Sun is

coming up that way you start your day

early and you get to where you're going

rather early before the lodging fills up

the municipal and donut EVO albear gays

tend to fill up the fastest because they

are the more budget-friendly options and

you might think well I'll just make a

reservation but a lot of times municipal

albear gays and the donut Evo's do first

come first serve so there really isn't

an option for booking ahead now the

private ones you could call and book

ahead and just pick the cheapest one if

there are several options also if you're

gonna splurge a little bit and you want

something more private but maybe you

don't want to pay for a whole private

room alone you could get a double room

and split with one other person that

you've become fond of and maybe doesn't

snore as loudly as some of the others

and so when you're feeling that you need

a little bit more privacy you can split

a room with somebody and even certain

places like especially when you get to

the end of the Camino and you're getting

closer to Santiago a lot of places are

more expensive for a single bunk and in

el bair gay so it ends up being a little

bit more cost friendly to split a double

room with somebody else another daily

expense that is really kind of optional

is laundry for me it didn't cost me

anything every single day but about once

a week to once every one and a half

weeks or so Montana and I would do a

load of laundry just so we could get a

good washing and a good drying and have

everything kind of freshened up because

we often did it by hand we started off

doing our laundry by hand every single

night and after a while we were like

this is this is just too much to have to

do so we did laundry about every other

day by hand and then allowed things to

air dry for a complete washing and

drying you can expect to pay anywhere

from 3 euro to 10 euro some albear gays

even take your dirty clothes for you and

deliver them after they're clean you'll

see all sorts of variety along the way

and somehow bear gays have no option for

washing clothes but this is just

something to think about if you are

gonna want to do laundry make sure you

include a little bit extra for that in

your budget and you could always wash

with the washer every once in a blue


only have half of that cost and then air

dry or wash by hand and if you just want

a good fluffing and drying because you

got to the albergue a late and you don't

want wet clothes in the morning then

make sure you budget them out to use the

dryer every so often another daily cost

that you could encounter if you want to

go full on luxury or if you're not

physically able to carry your gear from

place to place they do have services

where you can send your bag ahead and

just carry a little day pack with some

snacks and water or whatever you might

need along the way but that usually

costs about five to ten euro from what

I've seen on flyers and such I never did

the service because I was never for sure

where I was gonna end up at night but

that's something that you could do if

you're not capable of having the weight

on your back or you just don't want the

weight on your back that's pretty much

it for daily costs I would say budget in

an extra euro or two per day for things

that you might not even think that

you'll need like band-aids or cold

medicine advil etc just little expenses

that you might not foresee but would

need along the way and again a lot of

people spend between twenty five euro on

the low end all the way up to fifty euro

per day as their budget I think it's a

good idea to ahead of time to kind of

sit down and go okay where do I fall in

this category and what am I willing to

spend and then each day you know kind of

look at that for me in Montana we were

about in the 35 to 40 euro range per

person per day and that's really because

we couldn't take advantage of the

staying at the albergue a's where you

can cook because when i got to town I

had to start uploading videos and

answering emails etc or doing live Q&A

with my patrons when we were in the

bigger towns I would have to take zero

day so again it took us a little bit

longer so I would say our daily average

was a little bit on the higher end and

also we were the late to rise late to

town kind of folks so we ended up having

to stay sometimes in private rooms

because that's all that was available

when we got there or the more

inexpensive options were already taken

now that we've got the daily costs taken

care of let's talk about other

cost associated with your Camino like

gear your will vary wildly depending on

the individual if you want to check out

my gear list and what I carried you can

even click on the links for the items if

you want to see what they cost but my

gear list is in the video description


I saw folks carry everything from a tiny

little day pack where it looks like they

had snacks and some water in there and

then I saw folks carry huge expedition

packs and they probably had several

changes of clothing and a mini kitchen

in there so some people will bounce

things ahead

some people will carry everything on

them I carried my gear every day from

place to place and took just the bare

minimum of what I felt like I needed of

course my pack is a little bit heavier

because I carry a lot of extra camera

equipment then other people probably

don't but for this if I had to just go

out on a limb and throw a number and say

for this amount I think that you could

probably take what you needed I would

say five hundred dollars or less you

could probably get what you needed now

the gear that I had personally does cost

more than that so it's just cheaper for

me to just go ahead and take what I

already had for wilderness backpacking

trips and use it on the Camino but I

don't think that that gear is necessary

and the basics of what you really need

are a pack to carry your stuff a couple

of changes of clothes a couple of pairs

of socks something to sleep with some

people carry just a silk liner I would

if I was gonna carry a sleeping bag

liner would at least need a fleece liner

because I'm cold natured and I'm still

not sure that that would be enough that

all bear gays do have blankets but I'm

not sure how often they're washed if at

all and not all of them have blankets

but you're not gonna die you're gonna be

inside out of the elements you just

might be a little bit uncomfortable

you'll need something to carry water in

some sort of water receptacle and then I

like having trekking poles and some good

Footwear so I think those items are

really the necessities of what you need

and for five hundred dollars or less and

in my mind you could probably get some

pretty decent stuff for that price but

again it'll vary a lot on the individual

and to show this if you've done the

Camino and you're watching this I would

love for you to share

the pieces of gear that you carried with

you in a comment and then what that gear

costs you before you went out there just

so folks can see the different variety

of things that people take with them

depending on where you're coming from

another large chunk of change will

probably be spent getting to and coming

back home from the Camino for me in

Montana we flew into Paris and then rode

a train from Paris down to st. John

because well we just really wanted to

see Paris we had never been there we

were willing to take a flight that was

gonna have a long layover in Boston but

we just looked at it as an opportunity

to enjoy seeing something different I

had been to Boston Montana had not we

had what was supposed to be a 12 hour

layover in Boston I booked the flight

not quite two months in advance and

because I was willing to have a cheaper

Airlines with not all the bells and

whistles and also that long layover it

only cost us a little over $700 total

for the two of us one way to Paris when

we were done with the Camino we returned

to Santiago because we walked from

Santiago to the coast by bus from

fusteria to Santiago then we took a taxi

cab to the airport flew into Rome spent

some time in Italy and I think our

ticket to Rome for both of us one way

was a little over $300 and then from

Rome back to Atlanta we had to lay overs

one in Portugal and one in Miami that

was about seven hours long I believe so

again we were willing to have those lay

overs and fly budget airlines and that

ended up costing us about 650 dollars

for the two of us so usually yes it does

help to buy an advance especially if you

want the most direct flight and you want

to get there quickly but even if you

schedule at the last minute because I

really hate having return flights at the

beginning of such a long journey because

you just never know what's gonna happen

and I hate having that specific date

that I have to finish by in my mind and

and feeling the pressure of that so I

was willing to kind of take the hit in

the end and have a little bit more of an

expensive flight but it actually worked

out because we were willing to not have

the most

primetime of flight hours and have those

lay overs and be a little bit more

uncomfortable on that if you do fly on

an inexpensive airline be sure to check

their policy ahead of time for luggage

and checking bags because sometimes they

do charge you for carry-on items

sometimes they don't sometimes carry-on

might be more expensive or just the same

as checking a bag so you really want to

look into that ahead of time because

those budget airlines do seem to nickel

and dime you to desk and you know it

could end up not being as cost-effective

if you don't do it the smart way so we

tried to make sure that we didn't have

to check anything on the way back and

that we could just carry our packs as

carry-on but just something to look into

because you might think like hey my

flight ended up being pretty cheap and

and you don't budget for much more and

then they gouge in other areas so be

mindful of that one more thing I want to

talk about because it's relevant to

money and cost is the use of ATMs and

carrying cash on the Camino a lot of the

businesses on the Camino are cash based

especially the albear gaze so you want

to make sure you have enough cash on

hand for at least a few days you're not

going to find an ATM every single day

but every few days or so you should find

one and to save on transaction fees at

the ATMs I often carry three to four

hundred euro at a time that way I didn't

have to stop at every ATM and then keep

having those transaction fees so you

could take out the max amount of cash if

you feel comfortable with that and then

you're good you know until you start

running low again but just keep in mind

that the more you visit those ATMs the

more cost you're gonna have overall

because of the transaction fees there

are areas where you can use cards

especially in some of the bigger towns

and cities so you can have a credit card

or a debit card with you make sure that

you talk to your bank about your debit

cards so you don't get over there and

then get them cut off because they're

wondering hey why is your money suddenly

being spent in Spain for a couple of

months and if you are gonna use a credit

card make sure you talk to the credit

card company ahead of time and find out

if you're gonna have foreign transaction

fees because some credit cards do you

have those and some of them do not so

that's another way to

Koslow REO that is all i have for you

today on what it costs to walk the

Camino de Santiago if you're watching

this and you have already done a Camino

you've got any other tips for saving

money or a cost that I didn't think

about and you want to include that

please feel free to do that in the

comments below so that way other people

can learn from multiple people and not

just me I'm just one person with one

experience I'm always happy to hear the

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