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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: €20–30
  • Double room in hostal (budget hotel): €50–65 (€60–75 in Madrid, Barcelona and Balearics)
  • Self-catering and lunch menú del día (set menu): €10–15
  • Double room in midrange hotel: €65–140 (€75–200 in Madrid, Barcelona and Balearics)
  • 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: €140–200 and up
  • Fine dining for lunch and dinner: €150–250
  • Double room in parador: €120–200


Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days per 180 days (visas are not required at all for members of EU or Schengen countries). Some nationalities need a Schengen visa.

Get the latest visa advice for Spain from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Spain

Spain is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations and is well linked to other European countries by air, rail and road. Regular car ferries and hydrofoils run to and from Morocco, and there are ferry links to the UK, Italy, the Canary Islands and Algeria.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Spain

Spain’s public transport system is one of the best in Europe, with a fast and super-modern train system, extensive domestic air network, an impressive and well-maintained road network, and buses that connect villages in the country’s remotest corners.

Train Extremely efficient rail network, from slow intercity regional trains to some of the fastest trains on the planet. More routes are added to the network every year.

Car Vast network of motorways radiating out from Madrid to all corners of the country, shadowed by smaller but often more picturesque minor roads.

Bus The workhorses of the Spanish roads, from slick express services to stop-everywhere village-to-village buses.

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