How Much Does a Trip to Spain Cost?

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Spain is a delightful place to visit any time of the year. Its gorgeous beaches, breathtaking architecture, fun festivals, and delicious tapas and sangria attract millions of visitors yearly. And in addition to that, Spain is a safe country with a low crime rate. A vacation in Spain will leave you with lots of delightful memories.
Visiting Spain does not cost a fortune. Your travel style and accommodation preferences determine how much you'll spend on your trip to Spain. And if you're yet to visit this beautiful country because you're not sure you can afford the cost of a trip to Spain, you needn't worry. Spain has something for everyone, whether you're an ultra-budget or luxury traveler.
This guide gives a breakdown of the cost of a trip to Spain and the best time to visit Spain to save money.

How Much Does It Cost to Go to Spain?

The average daily cost for a budget Spain trip is $127 per person. You’ll typically spend about $34 on food and $25 on local transportation daily. Also, expect to pay between $55 and $65 for accommodation per night. On average, a three-day visit to Spain will cost you about $381, while a week-long trip will cost around $889.
If you’re traveling as a couple or a family, your budget will cost less than multiplied solo trips because of shared accommodation. The average price for a standard double-occupancy room in Spain is $113 per night. A one-day budget couple trip will cost around $248, while a week’s trip for two persons will cost about $1,736.
Note that the stated prices do not include flight tickets and travel insurance.

Cost of a 2-Week Trip to Spain

For a budget traveler, a two-week solo trip to Spain will cost about $1,778. It will cost less if you choose to travel ultra-budget nomad style and more if you’re looking for a mid-range or luxury trip. An ultra-budget nomad-style two-week trip will cost as low as $1,300, a mid-range trip for two weeks costs $2,400 on average, and a luxury two-week holiday in Spain will cost from $4,800 to as much as you’re willing to spend.

Cost for 1 Week Trip to Spain

How much you’ll spend on a week’s trip to Spain depends on the type of traveler you are, the location(s) you’re visiting in Spain, and the activities you want to engage in. On average, a budget traveler's cost of visiting Spain for a week is $889. If you’re on an ultra-budget, you can get by in Spain for a week with $650 on average. The average cost of a one-week mid-range trip is $1,200, while a luxury Spain trip starts from $2,500 on average.

Cost of Trip to Spain for Two

The daily cost of visiting Spain as a couple is sometimes cheaper than double solo trips because of shared accommodation costs. A budget couple's vacation in Spain costs about $1,736 a week. If you’re planning a mid-range or luxury travel, you should prepare to spend more. A one-week mid-range couple trip typically costs around $2,400, while a luxury vacation will cost $5,000 and above.
Plan to spend about $3,500 for a two-week couple trip. You should expect to spend about $4,800 if you’re planning a mid-range couple's vacation.

Spain Trip Cost: Accommodation Prices

The cost of accommodation in Spain depends on the cities you’re visiting, the time of the year, and your accommodation preferences. As in most places, accommodations in big cities are generally more expensive than those in smaller cities and towns, especially in peak season. But you’re sure to find something for you, whether traveling on an ultra, midrange, or luxury budget.
You’ll find hostel accommodations in Spain for as low as $25 per night. 2-star hotel rooms with shared bathrooms cost about $55 per night, while a standard double occupancy private room in 3 - 4 star hotels costs between $90 and $120. Some three to four-star hotels offer complimentary breakfast, and they generally have pools. And while luxury trips provide maximum comfort, the average price per night for a room in luxury hotels starts from $200.
You can save money by going the Airbnb route. In most Spanish cities, you’ll find private Airbnb rooms for between $40 and $65. If you’re traveling as a couple or family, vacation rentals are usually more convenient and affordable. You can rent an entire one-bedroom apartment for $80 to $120 per night. You'll usually have a kitchen to make your meals and cut food costs, plus free parking, but you're not likely to have a pool.
Another way to save on accommodation costs is to stay in smaller towns and take day trips to explore the major cities. You’ll also find the best deals when you book in advance.

Transportation Prices

Transport costs are an essential aspect of your Spanish travel budget because you’ll have to move around to explore this gorgeous southern European country. You’ll typically spend $25 per day on local transportation. Rental cars, taxis, buses, and trains are great local transportation options, but public transportation is the most budget-friendly option.
Bus transport is the best public transport for budget travel, and the bus network covers smaller towns that the train system does not reach. Taxi rides in Spain cost an average of $7.5, and you can get one-way metro tickets for $2.5, but bus rides are the cheapest. Intra-city bus rides cost $1.5 on average, while inter-city bus tickets go for $20 to $35, depending on the travel distance. Inter-city train tickets cost about $15 for a one-way day trip, but you can get good discounts if you book in advance.
If you want to explore Spain at your own pace and convenience, rental cars are excellent though more expensive options. The price of rental cars varies depending on the type and size of the car. On average, car rental in Spain ranges from $5 per day to $65 per day, excluding gas costs, toll fees, and parking fees. Gas costs $1.5 per liter in Spain. Also, remember that you’ll need an International Driver’s Permit to drive legally in Spain.

Cost of Food and Drinks

A trip to Spain is incomplete without feasting on Spain’s delicious cuisines, especially tapas and sangria. However, the amount you’ll spend on meals depends mainly on your eating habits and preferences. While you can get breakfast for as low as $7, lunch and dinner are more expensive. You’ll get lunch and dinner for about $13 each at a local restaurant.
Food prices are higher in tourist hotspots and fine restaurants than in local restaurants. A dinner for two in a restaurant will cost you $45 on average, including drinks. And remember you'll have to leave a 5% - 15% tip. Eating meals at local restaurants or making your own meals are ways to save money if you're on a tight budget.
You can make some of your meals yourself if you’re renting an Airbnb room or a vacation rental. You can visit the local markets to get groceries at cheaper rates. You will get a liter of milk for $0.7, 0.5kg of bread for $1.1, ten eggs for $2, 1kg of cheese for $11, and 500ml of beer for $1.5.
If your budget allows, you should indulge in a Spanish food tour. It’s an unforgettable culinary experience. Both group and private tours usually cost between $45 and $70.

Activity and Entertainment Prices

There’s so much to see and experience in pain, which is why you’re planning to spend your vacation here in the first place. So activities and entertainment are essential components of your budget. You’ll need to budget for admission tickets to tourist attractions and museums, sightseeing expenses, concerts, and tours.
The price of admission tickets to Spain’s historic sites and museums ranges from $5 to $15. Sightseeing tours cost around $15, while food and wine tours can cost up to $60. If you’re big on concerts and flamenco performances, then you should prepare to spend around $30 for one. Except if you're a luxury traveler, your daily activity and entertainment expenses should not exceed $25.

The Cheapest Times to Visit Spain

Like most tourist destinations, Spain buzzes with tourist activities during summer. So, summer is not the best time if you want a cheap Spanish vacation. The most affordable time to visit Spain is in the off-season - autumn to early winter and late winter to spring.
The cheapest months to visit Spain are late September to early December and January to March. But the best time for a cheap vacation is to opt for a winter in Spain, anywhere from late January to early February. During these months there are fewer tourists, accommodations are more affordable, and tickets to attractions are often cheaper too.

Average Cost of a Trip to Spain

We’ve covered the major factors that will make up your travel budget in detail. In summary, the total cost of your vacation to Spain largely depends on your preferences, but here’s the average amount you should expect to spend per day.
  • Accommodation: $25 - $120/night
  • Getting Around: $20 - 30$/day
  • Food and Drinks: $15 - $35/day
  • Activities and Entertainment: $25 - $45/day

Visiting Spain: What Kind of Travel Documents Do You Need?

The Kingdom of Spain is one of the 26 members of the Schengen zone. Before 2023, citizens of non-European countries in a bilateral agreement with Spain and the Schengen area did not need a visa to travel to Spain. However, starting in 2024, they’ll need to obtain an ETIAS to enter Spain.
The ETIAS (Electronic Travel Information and Authorization System) is a visa waiver program designed to secure European borders and enhance ease of travel. It is a digital travel authorization that admits entry for 90 days every six months. It is valid for three years.
Application for ETIAS is made online and takes less than fifteen minutes to complete. You will typically get a response within 48 hours. Foreign nationals from countries not captured in the visa waiver program will need a Schengen visa to visit Spain.

Trip to Spain Cost and Budget Breakdown - Final Thoughts

Spain is a beautiful travel destination any time of the year, and a trip to Spain does not have to be expensive. Traveling in the shoulder season is a wonderful way to explore Spain at a quieter pace and more affordable price.
If Spain happens to be your dream summer getaway location, there are still many ways to make your dream a reality without breaking the bank. You'll get reasonable discounts when you book accommodations and train tickets in advance. You can also opt for a shared Airbnb apartment. Limiting eat-outs (especially in touristy areas) and cooking your own meals is another great way to save money.
In the end, visiting Spain is only as expensive as you want it to be. And if you can afford a luxury vacation, ensure that you explore all the wonders of Spain.
Written by: Fikayomi Abisola
Abisola is an ETIAS Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience in the industry. Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling.


  • Is Spain expensive to visit?

    It depends. How cheap or expensive your visit to Spain will be is determined by the time of the year you choose to visit, the locations you're visiting in Spain, and your accommodation, transport, dining, and entertainment preferences.
  • How much does it cost to go to Spain for a week?

    Going to Spain for a week costs $889 on average for a budget trip.
  • What is the cheapest month to go to Spain?

    January (after the New Year celebrations) is the cheapest month to go to Spain.
  • Is Spain cheap or expensive?

    Spain can be cheap or expensive depending on your preferences and how much you can afford. The country has provisions for both low-budget travelers and luxury visitors.
  • How much money do you need for 7 days in Spain?

    How much money you'll need for 7 days in Spain depends on your budget and travel style. You'll need about $650 for a low-budget travel, $899 for a budget travel, $1,200 for a mid range vacation, and anywhere from $2,400 for a luxury vacation in Spain.

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