Feeling broke but still want to walk the Camino de Santiago on a budget?
Me too. I’m always feeling broke because I spend everything I earn on these trips.
Now, you must realize that I’ve been taking these kind of adventures for quite a while. For this reason, my standards and expectations are at an all time low and luxuries go out the window when it comes to my budget.
In other words, I will happily sleep in a field instead of a hotel and food is simply fuel to me. On the other hand, sensible people will likely want to eat out and enjoy the wine, cheese and local cuisine on the Camino de Santiago.
I totally get it. It’s just not something I can afford at this time.
With this in mind, you may not want to read on because this post is for those who wish to walk the Camino de Santiago on a budget.
Short Answer: How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago on a Budget?
It should cost you approximately €200 per person per week to walk the Camino de Santiago on a budget. However, the cost of flights and getting to the Camino will vary depending on your location and the time of year.
Now, let’s take a quick look at the cost of gear and spending on the walk:
Buying Gear to Walk the Camino de Santiago
In my own experience, Tom in the shoe department of your local outdoor store will never try sell you the most economical option. Sarah won’t say “you don’t really need that” and Brian has never hiked a day in his life.
But what do I mean by this?
Just because gear is “cheap”, that does not mean this gear is any less effective. More specifically, I just wanted to point out that you do not need the most expensive gear or even a lot of gear to walk the Camino.
In fact, people will most often take more than they need. I know this from experience, not just from watching others but from making the same mistakes myself.
Anyway, there is no need to spend a fortune on gear and Google is your friend when it comes to finding the best value for money items.
Just so you know, I wrote a short post about my packing list for the Camino do Santiago.
Spending Money When You Walk the Camino do Santiago on a Budget
My simple budget below is the cost per person for one week walking the Camino de Santiago. Keep in mind, I have yet to walk the Camino on a budget but from my research, this should be fairly accurate.
Accommodation/Hostel – €7 x 7 days = €49
Shopping – €8 x 7 days = €56
Food from modest eateries – €10 x 7 days = €70
Laundry – €5
Miscellaneous – €20
Total – €200 per person/per week
Needless to say, it will take more than one week to walk the Camino and most hikers take approximately five weeks which equates to €1,000 total.
You might want to include a wine and cheese fund to this list. What’s more, you should keep in mind that eating fancy meals is not included above and this is probably something you will want to do. Either way, aside from my SIM card and many cups of coffee, I don’t see why I cannot enjoy walking the Camino de Santiago on a budget.
Getting to the Camino de Santiago on a Budget
You will need to aim for Biarritz which is the closest city to St Jean Pied du Port – the starting point for Camino Frances. If you book in advance, cheap flights to Paris are easy to find and from there, you can take the train to Biarritz.
However, you might find that flying onward to Biarritz is even cheaper because Easy Jet cover this exact route. Once in Biarritz, you can board a daily train to the starting point of the Camino de Santiago.
Want to know more? Read this > How to get to the start of the Camino de Santiago.
By the way, I have not included travel insurance or the cost of sending bags from one hostel to the next. You should have the first of these and the latter is a service that many walkers choose to use on the Camino.
I will update this post next month to ensure that these estimations are realistic for walking the Camino de Santiago on a budget. But I think we can agree; whether it’s €200 or €300 per week, the return on investment for this adventure is most definitely worth every last cent.