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Money and costs

Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 06, 2015 3:40PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €18–25
  • Double room in hostal: €55–65 (more in Madrid and Barcelona)
  • Self-catering and lunch menú del día: €9–14
  • Use museum and gallery 'free admission' afternoons
  • Double room in midrange hotel: €65–140
  • Lunch and/or dinner in local restaurant: €20–40
  • Car rental: per day from €25
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in top-end hotel: €140 and up (€200 in Madrid, Barcelona and the Balearics)
  • Fine dining for lunch and dinner: €150–250
  • Regularly stay in paradores (luxurious state-owned hotels)

The most convenient way to bring your money is in the form of a debit or credit card, with some extra cash for use in case of an emergency.


  • When to Tip Tipping is almost always optional.

  • Restaurants Many Spaniards leave small change, others up to 5%, which is considered generous.

  • Taxis Optional, but most locals round up to the nearest euro.

  • Bars It's rare to leave a tip in bars (even if they give you your change on a small dish).