How much does the Camino de Santiago cost?

The question was:

I am looking to the camino frances this summer, not sure when exactly. i was just wondering what kind of cost am i looking at in general. how much would i be spending on accomodation and how much on food. is it possible to camp in places along the way?

This is a very common question, that many have. Read the more than 40 replies on this question here.

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  • Øyvind Anthonsen

    I read it before somewhere, and I think it is right…aprox 1 Euro each km, except the tickets to get there…but of course, anyone can spend as much as they want, or as little as they want!:o)

  • Eric Berman

    At least in 2005 when we walked the Camino from St. Jean Pied de Porte to Santiago de Compostela, about half the albergues charged what you could afford–from as little as nothing to as much as a fist full of euros. Otherwise, expect to pay between 4 to 10 euros per person and to spend about as much for food for all three meals–but a little planning can reduce the food costs considerably. Think of eating local bread and cheese, canned tuna, half a container of juice, some fruit at breakfast and again at lunch. It never gets boring because the cheeses change, the fruits and vegetables are wonderful in Spain, and the main thing is sitting under a tree along the way and just being there. Consume and go on. For supper share pasta with other pilgrims, split a bread and some wine, take advantage if the “kitty” of surplus food at the albergue and don’t shrink from charity and pilgrim discounts.
    And I would think that to camp–and we love camping–would be to miss the experience of staying in church-supported or other fraternal organization-related albergues and especially the chance to meet other pilgrims. Camp some other time–this is too good to miss–the expanding and contracting on-the-road communities of walkers, the shared meals, the pilgrim masses, and admiration from the locals for many of whom the customs associated with the pilgrimage are important.

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  • Lawrence DeVore

    I spent freely on food and drink and stayed at albergues. I got by for 25-30 euros per day. I met a pilgrim who was frugal and was getting by for 8 euros per day–5 for the albergue and three for food.

  • Joanna

    I went Camino Frances up to Fisterra and had only about 200 euro. Half of the nights under the sky, buying food in supermarkets and preaparing food myself in albergue..

    • Marie

      Hi Joanna, I’m heading over May 2014 to walk Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) and plan to walk to Fisterra also. You mention you camped out under the stars, I’m keen to do this also. Did you do this on your own? Was it safe? And is it generally OK with the locals for pilgrims to do this?
      Many thanks, Marie

      • Joanna

        Hey, i did it with a friend twice. It was safe but we always tried to sleep not close to tourist places so not in centres of big cities or in a place where others can easily see us. Once we were sleeping next to abandonet house and locals saw us but the didnt pay any attention.. In mountains it is quite cold but mostly it is ok:)

        From Santiago to Fisterra we had tent because one guy in santiago gave it to us. The weather wasnt nice from Santiago to Fisterra so i cant imagine how would it be if we didnt have a tent… You have to have money for albergue in case of some difficult situations or bad weather. Sleeping every day under the sky could be very very very tiring so it is good to sleep in albergue sometimes. Try to catch ‘donativo’ then You can leave as much money as you wish and have + almost all of them has breakfast for pilgrims or sometimes even a dinner.

        • Marie

          Hi Joanna,
          Thank you so much for your response.

          We enjoy camping out under the stars in Australia so I was keen to try that along the Camino but yes am all prepared for the Albergues. Hopefully I will find some like minded pilgrims who will want to give this a go :)
          Cheers,
          Marie

          • Joanna

            in most albergue if You ask, they will let you take a shower for free and sometimes also to use a kitchen to preapare Your meal:)

          • Jennifer

            Hi Marie – I am planning to start at beginning of April – but will be moving really slowly – so perhaps you’ll catch up with me in June. I’d love to try sleeping under the stars too!

          • Marie

            Hi Jennifer, that’s brilliant! I reckon you’ll be way ahead as I’m setting off from SJPDP mid May. Hopefully we get to catch up, if not, I hope we both meet like minded individuals also keen to sleep out under the stars.
            I reckon I’ll try it out even if I can’t find anyone else to join me… depending on how brave I feel or how tired I am! ;) hehehe
            Buen Camino!

          • James

            Hey Marie. I’m going to spend most nights in a tent. I’m walking from Pamplona in May. I’m sure you’ve read, but it can get pretty cold so make sure you have a decent sleeping bag.

          • Marie

            Hi James, thanks so much for your advice – I’m definitely taking thermals and will look into acquiring a decent sleeping bag that won’t weight too much to carry. Nothing worse than trying to sleep after a long days walk and feeling too cold to have a good rest. Woohoo! Only 3 more months to go!
            Buen Camino! :)

      • Onemom Movingon

        I am also walking in May 2014. Where are you from?

        • Marie

          Hey Onemom Movingon, I’m heading out from Australia to walk El Camino :) Woohoo! Only 10 more weeks to go!

  • tita sanz

    Just coming back from the 900 kms of the Camino Frances, going mostly to municipal or parrochial albergues eating a menu once a day and other food expenses added up to 30 euros per day.

  • Dale

    We just finished CF – if coming from the USA, I would sayyou culd do it for about $1500-$1700 which includes your flight and cheaper if you cook your own dinners

    • MLF

      Hi Dale, I a thinking of walking the CF next year in may. I will be also coming from USA. I do have few questions such as: where should I go first in order to start the path (CF)?, How dangerous is it to go alone? Where I can find people who is going at the same time? Any info that you can give to me is a plus. Thank you

      • Heather

        Hi! I’m also going in May, starting from the us, and going alone! I have heard mixed opinions about how safe it is to do alone, but most opinions seem to be positive. I’m still a little apprehensive but we’ll see! Have you found any answers to your other questions, because like you said, any info is a plus! Thanks

  • tita sanz

    Just coming back from el Camino Frances, all the way from SJPP to Finisterre. The average was 30 euros per day, including albergues, 1 menu per day, two breakfasts , drinks and some supermarket shopping. Some days you have extras like laundry or tickets to visit cathedrals, but all in all I couldn’t spend less than that. You must think also on money for buses or transportation at the beginning to reach the starting point and once the camino is over.

  • tita sanz

    I walked this year from August 14th to September 18th, I was alone so there was no point in cooking, I ate one menu daily, two breakfasts, one before starting walking, another one 10 km after starting, to these I added cokes, coffees, some days laundry and I tried to go to municipal or parroquial albergues as often as possible. The final average was 30 euros a day, and that didin’t include, the airfare from Barcelona to Pamplona, the taxi from Pamplona Airport to the bus Station, the bus from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port, the bus from Finisterre to Santiago de Compostela and the train back to Barcelona which all added to 205 euros.


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