A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Santiago de Compostela vs. Pamplona for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santiago de Compostela or Pamplona?

Should I visit Santiago de Compostela or Pamplona? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of northwest Spain's Galicia region. Its famous cathedral marks the culmination of the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and is the alleged burial site of the apostle himself. The pilgrimage route begins in the Pyrenees, 500 miles away, though travelers can decide to join the journey at certain points in between, depending on how far they want to walk and how much they want to see.

Pamplona

Pamplona is a city in northern Spain located on the snow-capped foothills of the Pyrenees Range. With the backdrop of mountains, the city is surrounded by a setting ideal for skiing, mountaineering, hiking, wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Yet Pamplona itself is a place full of lively culture and stunning architecture. With a long history, the place is embedded in tradition and perhaps most famous for its annual "running of the bulls" celebrated in July, also known as the San Fermin festival.

Which city is cheaper, Pamplona or Santiago de Compostela?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Santiago de Compostela is €73, while the average daily cost in Pamplona is €105. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Santiago de Compostela and Pamplona in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €30. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Santiago de Compostela the cost is €60 on average.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €54. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Pamplona the cost is €108 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santiago de Compostela 30
    Pamplona 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santiago de Compostela 60
    Pamplona 108

Food

Food in Santiago de Compostela costs travelers about €16 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

Food in Pamplona costs travelers about €33 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Santiago de Compostela 16
    Pamplona 33
Typical Food prices in Santiago de Compostela

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santiago de Compostela:


  • Raspberries
    3.50
  • Ice Cream
    2.00
  • Cookie
    1.00
  • Kebab
    7.25
  • Dinner & Tapas (for 2)
    28
  • Tuna Empanada
    3.50
  • Fruit Shake
    3.50
  • Crepe
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santiago de Compostela

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Santiago Market and Food Tour: $75
  • Dinner Tapas Tour of Santiago: $93

Typical Food prices in Pamplona

Some typical examples of dining costs in Pamplona are as follows:


  • Lunch for 2
    10
  • Ice Cream
    4.50
  • Coffee
    1.30

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Santiago de Compostela is €30 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

The average price of local transportation around Pamplona is €20 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santiago de Compostela 30
    Pamplona 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santiago de Compostela

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santiago de Compostela:

  • Private Airport Transfer: Santiago De Compostela Airport (SCQ) to Compostela: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Compostela to Santiago De Compostela Airport (SCQ): $27
  • Private Transfer From/To Santiago de Compostela Airport: $53
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from SCQ Airport to City centre: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Transfer from the city centre to SCQ Airport: $58
  • Santiago de Compostela Airport Arrival Private Transfer to City Center: $60
  • Departure Private Transfer Santiago de Compostela to SCQ Airport by Business Car: $60
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Departure Transfer: $71
  • Santiago de Compostela Private Arrival Transfer: $71
  • Arrival Private Transfer Santiago de Compostela Airport to City Center by Minivan: $78
  • Santiago de Compostela Departure Private Transfer to SCQ Airport in 6 Seater Van: $78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pamplona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pamplona:

  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Bilbao: $287
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Bilbao Airport: $287
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logroño: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Logroño Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to San Sebastian Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Santander: $452
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Santander Airport: $452
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Vitoria: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona city to Vitoria Airport: $205
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Biarritz city: $239
  • Private Transfer from Pamplona to Bilbao Cruise Port: $287

Is it cheaper to fly into Santiago de Compostela or Pamplona?

Prices for flights to both Pamplona and Santiago de Compostela change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Santiago de Compostela's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Pamplona's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €27 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santiago de Compostela 31
    Pamplona 27

Tours and Activities in Santiago de Compostela

Here are a few actual costs in Santiago de Compostela for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Old Town of Santiago de Compostela Walking Tour: $1.24
  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour: $23
  • Walking Tour with a Local Guide: $38
  • Full-Day Finisterre & Muxia Guided Tour from Santiago: $41
  • Finisterre, Muxía and Coast of Death: Full-Day Cultural Tour: $41
  • Full-day Rias Baixas Guided Tour from Santiago: $56
  • Santiago de Compostela Old Town Private Walking Tour: $57
  • Ribeira Sacra Full Day Guided Tour from Santiago: $75
  • Santiago de Compostela Wine, Food, History & Nature Experience.: $87
  • Gourmet Lunch Tour of Santiago: $106
  • Rías Baixas Private Tour from Santiago de Compostela: $149
  • Private Santiago de Compostela Tour with Ticket to Cathedral: $149

Tours and Activities in Pamplona

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Pamplona are as follows:

  • Pamplona historical&cultural walking small group tour: $40
  • Pamplona Tour during Running of the Bulls Festival: $62
  • Private City Tour Pamplona: $81
  • Pamplona pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines small group tour: $82
  • PRIVATE Pintxo Tour Premium: The best pintxos of Pamplona: $112
  • Visit Olite Royal Palace and Ujue medieval village in small group tour: $139
  • Navarra Wineries Tour: $140
  • Bilbao and Guggenheim Museum small group tour: $233
  • Vitoria and Añana salt valley small group tour lunch included: $246
  • San Sebastian and Basque Coast villages in small group tour, lunch included: $252
  • Olive oil and Navarre winery visit with tastings and lunch in small group tour: $252
  • La Rioja winery visit with tasting and traditional lunch in small group tour: $284

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santiago de Compostela may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.

The average person spends about €25 on alcoholic beverages in Pamplona per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santiago de Compostela 18
    Pamplona 25
Typical Alcohol prices in Santiago de Compostela

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santiago de Compostela from other travelers:


  • 1 Pint Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Santiago de Compostela

Also in Santiago de Compostela, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Albariño Private Wine Tour from Santiago de Compostela: $351

Sample the Local Flavors in Pamplona

Also in Pamplona, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Rioja Wine Tour: $195
  • La Rioja two wineries visit with wine tasting and pintxos in small group tour: $246


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santiago de Compostela and Pamplona, we can see that Pamplona is more expensive. And not only is Santiago de Compostela much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santiago de Compostela would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santiago de Compostela and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Pamplona would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pamplona than you might in Santiago de Compostela.

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