It should be noted that the life experience that the Camino de Santiago provides is priceless. However, no matter how beautiful the landscapes and the new experiences that we live in it, it is clear that we can not censure the desire to know how much it can cost to do the Camino. We all have to pay bills and the economic aspect is always fundamental when choosing between one destination or another.

However, the enormous luck that we pilgrims have is that doing the Camino is very cheap compared to other types of holidays such as visiting foreign cities or going to the beach in Spain. Therefore, as you will see below, this tour is, in economic terms, one of the most competitive options that exist in the tourist market today. Surely you are interested: Which Camino de Santiago to choose?

Camino de Santiago: Basic budget, what to take into account?

When calculating how much it is going to cost to make the journey there are many factors to take into account, however, we could say that there are three main ones:

The number of days: as in all types of holidays, the number of days is essential to know how much we are going to spend. The more days we want to spend the more the trip will cost us.
The quality of the food: this is perhaps the least known aspect, but it is one of the most important. A good diet is essential to endure well the route. It’s not good for you to pull snacks every day.

A sign of the Camino de Santiago in the floor
The type of establishment you want to stay in: obviously, a hostel or hostel will always be cheaper than a hotel. However, it should be borne in mind that the quality of the hotels as well as a good rest are usually more expensive.

Now we will analyze how much it  can cost and we will explain what is best for you depending on your budget.

All the routes of the Camino de Santiago

If you are a student/young person

If you are a person in your twenties, the most important thing for you is (unless you are lucky and have more money than a young person usually manages) to save as much as you can, but without losing quality in the experience. Therefore, it is best to use the existing network of hostels. It should be noted that there are both public and private shelters.

Both types are very cheap, so for less than 10 euros a night you can find accommodation. Therefore, if you want to make the French Way you will only spend on accommodation between 250 and 300 euros. If you look, that’s what you pay for 4 days in a half decent apartment on the beach.

A female pilgrim at sunset on the Camino
With regard to food, it should be noted that we should not skimp on expenses, as we consume a lot of energy on the route. However, for about 15 euros you can spend the day. Of course, it will always depend on the area where you are moving and the price level of the same.

Regarding the duration of the trip, if you are young we bet on the long distances, since it is most likely that if you want to repeat it when you are older you are not for so many trots (for example, if you do the Camino de Santiago with your children they can not walk so long a day).

If you are an adult without children

If you don’t have children in your care, you have greater mobility and a wider scope of decision making than if you do. For this reason, you can choose to go “young” or with more comfort. The main difference between these styles is usually the accommodation.

As an adult you probably don’t want to go to a hostel (or maybe you do, age is just a number) and you prefer to go to the comfort of a hotel or guesthouse. The problem is that this option is a bit more expensive. Therefore, if you are looking for comfort and savings we recommend that you make use of our hotel packs.

Public pilgrims hostel
Regarding food, the best option is a light breakfast (so that the body does not feel too heavy) and a real meal, i.e. a set menu. Dinner can be perfectly spent with a snack. This will cost you approximately 20 euros per person per day.

For a person who moves in this age group, with the possibility of opting later to enjoy another type of holiday, you can afford to do the Camino and then still have money for more exotic destinations. The duration of the trip we recommend would be between 1/3 or ½ of the total number of days you have available for vacation at work. This way you can choose to have the best of the Camino without giving up anything.

A sign of the Camino in the street

If you are a person with children

If you have children in your care the options are more limited. We recommend that you opt for child-friendly and child-friendly accommodation. In addition, the feeding of the little ones also has to be taken care of with some care. Therefore, it is best that the route is short and comfortable for them.

We don’t think it’s advisable to go for more than 7 days, the optimum being 5 days. In addition, this way you will prevent them from getting bored, something quite normal in young children.

A pilgrim walking along the street

In total, how much will I spend on the Camino?

It all depends, again, on the first three factors that we have indicated, but just to give you an idea:
The first group (young people) will spend about 600-750 euros per person for 30 days.
The second group (adults without children) will spend a total of 1100 euros per person for 30 days.
The third group will spend about 1300-1350 euros for 30 days.
As you can see, this makes a week’s vacation:
About 150 euros for group 1.
About 260 for group 2.
About 325 for group 3.


The Camino de Santiago is a very cheap alternative when it comes to spending a unique and entertaining holiday. To this we must add that it is a tremendously cheap alternative, which makes it an even more attractive option if possible. If you want to continue reading about the cost of the Camino de Santiago you can do so

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