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Money and costs

Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 29, 2017 12:48PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €20–30
  • Double room in hostal (budget hotel): €55–65 (more in Madrid and Barcelona)
  • Self-catering and lunch menú del día (daily set menu): €10–15
  • 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
  • Double room in parador (luxurious state-owned hotel): €120–200

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

Many credit and debit cards can be used for withdrawing money from cajeros automáticos (ATMs) that display the relevant symbols such as Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus etc. There is usually a charge (around 1.5% to 2%) on ATM cash withdrawals abroad.


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 the bartender gives you your change on a small dish).