BACKPACKER INDEX: US$70.55
Barcelona hotel prices
Singles from €35, doubles from €60
Those looking for a cheap and well located hotel might like these apartments with kitchens and free Wi-Fi instead.
Beds from €25/night
HelloBCN Hostel is a large place also with a central location as well as a bar, great service, and included breakfast.
Beds from €24/night
This is the cheapest and best of the hostels within walking distance of most of the stuff you want to see, with incredible review scores.
Being a beach city on the Mediterranean it’s no surprise that the peak season for hotels in Barcelona is during July and August when half the continent is on holiday. These months in particular can be crowded and steamy so if you have a choice it would be better to come in May or June or September or October.
The low season in Barcelona starts after the Christmas holidays and goes through March, and while the weather is generally mild, don’t expect to be doing much sunbathing during the winter.
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Just like elsewhere on the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is a relative bargain compared to most of the major cities in western Europe. Hotels and hostels are usually available at reasonable prices, though that might not be true during the height of the summer tourist season in July and August. Check our recommended cheap Barcelona hotels list for well located bargains.
Barcelona is a very outdoor city and most of the more notable attractions are free so visitors usually don’t need to spend a fortune to have a good time. The La Rambla area, the Gaudi architecture, Park Guell, and even the outside of the Sagrada Familia are all free to see, as is the beach area.
Food is available in pretty much every price range, so people on a tight budget will have some decent choices just as high-end travelers will have no problems finding pricey and delicious meals. If you are a drinker then you’ll find that local beer and wine tend to be very cheap, even in bars, at least by normal European standards.
Barcelona attraction prices
|Sagrada Familia cathedral||This famous still-under-construction cathedral is stunning on the outside, and you can pay to see the inside and visit a basement museum.||general||17.81|
|Picasso Museum||One of the better museums dedicated to the artist who spent time in Barcelona. There are free entry evenings and special days so research ahead.||adults||12.33|
|Harbour cable car||Take a ride to the Montjuic district for excellent views of the city from above.||roundtrip||20.68|
Barcelona Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||24.66 - 35.62|
|Aerobús from airport to city center||7.26|
|train+public bus from airport to city center||4.32|
|3km taxi ride in Barcelona||6.16 - 9.59|
|Metro ride in Barcelona||2.74|
Barcelona food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||In Spain people generally eat light in the morning. Many hotels serve a continental breakfast included with the room.||4.11 - 8.22|
|Budget lunch||There are fast-food options for a bit less, and plenty of casual dining places in this range.||6.85 - 12.33|
|Budget dinner||Restaurants come in all price ranges, and budget dining options are rarely far away.||9.59 - 20.55|
|Beer (pint)||Casual pubs are easy to find in the tourist areas. Drinks at nightclubs will cost more.||3.42 - 6.16|
|Table wine (glass)||Inexpensive local wines can be a great bargain in Spain.||1.37 - 4.11|
|Beer (bottle, retail)||Obviously it's cheaper to drink with your own supply.||1.37 - 1.78|
|McDonald's Big Mac||McDonald's in Spain don't open for breakfast, by the way.||4.66|
|Baguette from bakery or market||Self-catering meals can be cheap and tasty in Barcelona.||0.96 - 1.37|
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|Airports||Barcelona Airport (BCN)|
Avg temps & precip
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Barcelona is blessed with one of the most pleasant climates in all of Europe. Compared to Madrid, the summers aren’t as steamy and the winters aren’t as cold, on average. Even with that in mind, don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll by laying on the beach outside of the main summer season. Winters do get chilly and a light dusting of snow is common, though it’s very unlikely to cause you travel or sightseeing problems.
Summers in Barcelona are generally very nice as the sea breezes mix with the otherwise dry climate to produce an almost tropical feeling. Spring and fall also tend to be very nice, though both of those seasons are actually the rainiest, with September and October being the wettest months of the year.
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