What are the Camino de Santiago costs? Of course, it depends on many factors what the Camino will cost you. For example, how long you are on the road, sleep in an albergue or hotel and also which Camino you walk or bike. Because even during your Camino de Santiago, the more tourist there are, the more expensive. And the bigger the city, the more you have to pay to stay there.

What are the Camino de Santiago costs?

You are going to walk or bike the Camino and would like to know what it will cost you. It is difficult to say what the total cost of your pilgrimage will be. Much depends on where you spend the night, whether or not you prepare your own food, whether you visit a museum and how you travel back from Santiago, for example. I walked the Camino Frances in 2018. Based on this experience, these are the most important Camino de Santiago costs:

  • Preparation
  • Sleep
  • Eat & Drink
  • Souvenirs
  • Transport back home

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Preparation

Camino de Santiago costs for preparation. Think of things that you need to purchase before you leave for the Camino, such as a backpack, hiking boots, hiking socks or bike clothing. You may already have all of this available. That makes a difference! A good backpack during your Camino is very important. Do not hesitate to invest in it, it is well worth it. Choosing the right backpack for yourself is, after purchasing the right shoes, just about the most important decision you will make. It protects all your belongings and you carry it on your back for a long time. It must fit well, have all the functionality you need for your equipment. A good backpack costs between 150 and 200 euros. The Camino de Santiago costs for your walking shoes vary. For example, do you choose low or high walking shoes? It is also very important for your walking shoes that they fit perfect. Wear shoes that fit perfect for you. You have to walk a lot of kilometres on it. An average walking shoe costs between 150 and 250 euros.

Sleep

Where you sleep every night affects your Camino de Santiago costs. After all, these are costs are daily. You can choose between:

1. Spending the night on a campsite. This costs an average of nine euros.

2. Spending the night in a hostel or hotel costs between 35 and 50 euros per room, usually excluding breakfast. If you share the room with another pilgrim, count on 25 euros. You will then have your own toilet and shower.

3. In an albergue you pay between 8 and 12 euros for an overnight stay in a bunk bed without breakfast. You will sleep in a dormitory with several pilgrims (earplugs are recommended!). You also share the  facilities with others.

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Eat & Drink

During a pilgrimage, it is extremely important to eat and drink well. After all, you consume a lot of energy every day. The Camino de Santiago costs for food and drinks are:

  • For breakfast, you pay between 6 and 12 euros. For 6 euros you have a coffee and a sandwich with some jam. The Spanish don’t pay much attention to breakfast. Would you like nice fresh orange juice or a croissant? Then of course you pay a little more.
  • Lunch is the most important meal of the day for the Spaniards. But most pilgrims choose for a ‘boccata’ or a sandwich. For a café con leche you pay just a little more than one euro. Together with a sandwich, you are ready for 3-5 euros. If you want to have an more luxury lunch in a brasserie in the big cities, for example along the Camino del Norte, you pay at least 20 euros.
  • In most restaurants along the Camino de Santiago, you will find the pilgrim menu. You can choose from 2 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts. The wine is included. For this, you pay between 10 and 15 euros. Of course, you can choose to prepare an evening meal together with other pilgrims. This is cheaper.

Souvenirs

A pilgrim ‘travels’ light. So you can’t put too many souvenirs in your backpack. But maybe you want to give yourself a reward when you arrive in Santiago de Compostela? This also affects the Camino de Santiago costs. You can choose a small souvenir, go out for dinner or choose for one or more nights in the Parador of Santiago. Or continue your camino and walk the Camino to Finisterre.

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Transport back home

Once you arrive in Santiago de Compostela, there will come a time to go back home. The Camino de Santiago cost of your ticket varies greatly per airline. The Ryanair trip to Eindhoven costs about 100 euros, with a transfer and a waiting time at London / Stansted (5 hours). From Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña, direct and cheap flights are available twice a week via Vueling to Amsterdam / Schiphol. Iberia also flies back to Amsterdam from Santiago (with a change in Madrid). Returning your bike via Soetens costs 120 euros.

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