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Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

How much does it cost to travel to Santiago de Compostela?

You should plan to spend around $98 (€91) per day on your vacation in Santiago de Compostela. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $21 (€19) on meals
  • $41 (€38) on local transportation
  • $80 (€74) on hotels

A one week trip to Santiago de Compostela for two people costs, on average, $1,373 (€1,274). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $98
    91
  • One Week Per person
    $686
    637
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $1,373
    1,274
  • One Month Per person
    $2,942
    2,729
  • One Week For a couple
    $1,373
    1,274
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $2,746
    2,547
  • One Month For a couple
    $5,884
    5,459
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Santiago de Compostela cost?

A one week trip to Santiago de Compostela usually costs around $686 (€637) for one person and $1,373 (€1,274) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Santiago de Compostela on average costs around $1,373 (€1,274) for one person and $2,746 (€2,547) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Santiago de Compostela will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Santiago de Compostela on average costs around $2,942 (€2,729) for one person and $5,884 (€5,459) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Santiago de Compostela has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Santiago de Compostela expensive to visit?

Prices in Santiago de Compostela are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Santiago de Compostela is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Europe for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Novi Sad, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Avignon.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Santiago de Compostela Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Santiago de Compostela?

The average Santiago de Compostela trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Santiago de Compostela travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 74 ($80)
Local Transportation 1 38 ($41)
Food 2 19 ($21)
Entertainment 1 39 ($42)
Tips and Handouts 1 1 - 2 ($1 - 2)
Alcohol 2 11 - 34 ($12 - 36)
Accommodation Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Santiago de Compostela is $40 (€37). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Santiago de Compostela is $80 (€74). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $40
    37
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $80
    74

Hotel Prices in Santiago de Compostela

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Santiago de Compostela based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $83. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Santiago de Compostela is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $41 (€38) per person, per day, on local transportation in Santiago de Compostela.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $41
    38

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Food Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Santiago de Compostela can vary, the average cost of food in Santiago de Compostela is $21 (€19) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Santiago de Compostela should cost around $8.38 (€7.78) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Santiago de Compostela is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $21
    19

What did other people spend on Food in Santiago de Compostela?

Typical prices for Food in Santiago de Compostela are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Santiago de Compostela, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • 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


Entertainment Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Santiago de Compostela typically cost an average of $42 (€39) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $42
    39

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Santiago de Compostela is $1.08 (€1.00) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Santiago de Compostela is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $1.08
    1.00


Alcohol Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $24 (€23) on alcoholic beverages in Santiago de Compostela per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $24
    23

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Santiago de Compostela?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Santiago de Compostela are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Santiago de Compostela, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • 1 Pint Beer
    2.00


Water Budget in Santiago de Compostela
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $4.94 (€4.58) on bottled water in Santiago de Compostela per day. The public water in Santiago de Compostela is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $4.94
    4.58


Santiago de Compostela On a Budget
Santiago de Compostela The Cathendral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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.

The Old Town of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many narrow winding streets full of historic buildings. The cathedral is the city's treasure, an architectural wonder both inside and out.
Sights
The Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela is, of course, the centerpiece of the city. Its baroque facade sculpted in Galician granite dates back to the 12th century and is laid out on a basilica plan. The towers of the cathedral exist just as grand with an interior decked with elaborate archways and columns to match. Each piece of art sculpted into the design of the cathedral tells a story, biblical tributes, that have drawn pilgrims to the site for centuries.

The square in front of the cathedral, called the Praza do Obradoiro, is surrounded by more architectural gems. Though the cathedral is outstanding by far, there are other historic structures significant to the city, like the Pazo de Xelmirez with its vaulted medieval interior, the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos built by Ferdinand and Isabella, the medieval Colexio de San Xerome, and the Renaissance college Colexio de Fonseca. The surrounding area also has beautiful courtyards, and a famous ornate fountain of four horses with webbed feet called the Fuente de los Caballos.
Neighborhoods
Old Town of Santiago de Compostela is the heart of the city. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, virtually all of the old town's streets are pedestrianized and many are cobbled. Most of the buildings are crafted of a grey-brown granite native to the area with terra cotta roof tiles, giving the streets a charm of a different time and place. With many shops, tapas bars, and bustling crowds, plus the grand cathedral with public squares and decorative architecture everywhere you go, it is sometimes hard to know where to look first. The squares and narrow streets of the Old Town contain Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicist buildings, and since the streets are fairly level it is very easy to see the city on foot. All in all, it is a very well-preserved historical city and one very rooted in faith.

Activities
Beyond the endless opportunities for wandering old town streets and taking in grandiose architectural wonders, the city has a history that cannot be better told than by visiting some of the local museums. The Cathedral Museum, for example, shows the main Cathedral's history and artistic testimonies, from the first basilicas and archaeological remains to the present. Museum of the Galician People, housed in the former Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, displays different aspects of costal life, traditional trades, the country, traditional costumes, and architecture. The Pilgrimage Museum also exhibits important history highlighting the significance, for European culture and Hispanic America, of the pilgrimage and worship of St. James. And as far as the art culture goes, Galician Centre of Contemporary Art has been holding a stable program in Old Town since 1995.

The city also is home to various monasteries, being deeply rooted in religion. The outlying Santa Maria de Conxo Monastery is one such example important to Santiago de Compostela history.

Other activities include guided tours, shopping, and dining.
Food and Dining
Like in many parts of Spain, tapas, raciones (literally "portions") and pinchos (tapas on bread) are staples in cuisine of Santiago de Compostela. These can be found on San Clemente and Carretas streets, as well as in the Ensanche area and in the outskirts of the city. Specialties of the Galician region, however, also include things like "Pulpo" or cooked octopus, seafood, many local cheeses, and cakes like the "Tarta de Santiago" (ground almond cake with powdered sugar). Churrasquería are also popular especially for meat enthusiasts, serving flame-grilled meats, T-bone steaks, chorizo sausage, and barbecued steaks. While Franco and Raíña streets, in the heart of the old quarter, are hubs for some of the best food around, dining houses, bars, taverns, and shellfish houses can be found in other areas as well like the San Pedro neighbourhood, Rúa Travesa street, or the Ensanche (new part of the city). The Old Town is, by far, the most popular hub for pilgrims and tourists, so expect a bustling atmosphere when it comes to meal times.

Transportation
Due to the famous pilgrimage route, the most popular way of getting to Santiago is by walking. The "Way of St. James" pilgrimage route is also more popularly known as the Camino de Santiago, which is a very long trek through northern Spain.

The next most popular way of arriving or departing here is by bus. The bus station is located in the outskirts of the city, but you can get a public bus or a taxi to get to the city center. Long distance buses are provided by Arriva, Monbus, or Alsa.

The train station is operated by RENFE and is located near the city center.

The closest airport is Santiago de Compostela Airport, located about 20 minutes from the city center in the parish of Lavacolla. It is an international airport, the second busiest in Spain after Bilbao. Airlines include Aer Lingus, Air Europa, Easy Jet, Iberia, Ryanair, Swiss International, Turkish, and Vueling.

The city itself can be easily navigated on foot.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.