Is Barcelona expensive to visit?

Is Barcelona expensive to visit?

Updated June 2024

Barcelona is quite expensive to visit but still affordable and it is definately possible to visit Barcelona and keep costs low. Like all cities Barcelona has cheap options and good deals. Barcelona is not generally considered expensive in comparison to other top city destinations in Europe like London, Paris and Rome. Like any vacation Barcelona is as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

Barcelona has plenty of choice and you get good value for money. There are a number of free things to do like walking around the gothic area, visiting the beaches and parks. There is a wide range of accommodation from the many hostals, pensions, B&B's ranging up to the luxurious five star hotels. The large number of hotels means that there are many offers in off season periods and many hotels include breakfast and perks like free water or snacks.

The top sights are quite expensive with ticket prices around €20 to €25 but there is also plenty to see and do for free like walking around the old parts of the city. The metro and buses are cheap, reliable and good value for money.

Cost saving Barcelona

A good way to keep costs down is to stay in an apartment or aparthotel so that you save on snacks and some meals. If you choose apartments a little bit off center then you will also be more local and find cheaper meals and shops around you.

Examples of Barcelona prices for visitors:

Top tourist sights and museums:

Tickets are €20 to €25   
Top 10 sights Barcelona


Coffee with croissant - €1.75 to €3

Churros for breakfast
Brunch restaurants


Menu del dia is a 3 course meal at local restaurant from €14 to €17 euro
Restaurant guide


from €20 to €30 per person at local restaurant with wine and coffee 
From €50 to €100 at top restaurants 
Prices vary and depend on choices
Restaurant guide

Where to eat:

As in many cities we recommend avoiding big meals very close to big tourist attractions which can be overpriced and sometimes low quality. Ask about prices and portion sizes before ordering and check their online reviews if possible. Remember meal times are different in Spain and that lunch and dinner is eaten late in comparison to northern Europe

Drinks prices:

Beer in bar: 

€2.50 to €5 euro
Barcelona beer
Craft beer

Drink in bar: 

€5 to €8 euro

Drink in night club:

€10 to €15 euro (often a drink or two in included in a €15 euro cover charge)
Nightlife Barcelona

Metro ticket: 2.40
Public transport is cheap, safe and efficient
Metro information

Hop-on-hop-off bus:
€33 euro full day - This is quite expensive compared to other European cities.
Hop-on-hop-off buses

Around €35 per night in dorms
Hostals Barcelona

3 star hotels:
€90 to €130 euro a night
3 star hotels
Where to stay in Barcelona?

Walking tours big groups:
€15 to €25 euros
Walking tours - there are some free walking tous and you tip guide if you want

Bus tours in large groups:
around €55 euros
Ways to see Barcelona
Planning a 3 day visit
Things to know when planning Barcelona visit

Day tours in small groups: 

€75to €125 euros depending on destination and company
What to see outside Barcelona

Bike tours -

€25 euros
Bike tours
Bike rentals

Taxi ride

20 minutes in center €25 euro
Taxi prices

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2024 11:14