14 February, 2018
Travelling to Barcelona on a Budget
You need a city break but you are on a budget. Don’t worry, because you are in Spain, one of the more cheaper countries in Europe! You would be surprised what Barcelona has to offer in terms of price. Let’s take a look!
Travelling to and within Barcelona on a Budget
Flights are as cheap as €26 from England or Ireland which take you directly to Barcelona with low-fare airlines like Ryanair. There are a majority of different flight times you can choose to lower your price even more, and airlines that offer deals depending on their sales.
When already in Barcelona, my advice to you would be to never go anywhere by taxi. Not only are they are run on meters and can be very expensive depending on your destination, there is a risk of getting scammed. Fortunately, Barcelona offers a wide range of variety on transport including bikes, buses, metros and trains that are all well connected. These methods of transportation are luckily very inexpensive and of course, walking is completely free. On the bright side, you will find that trains that lead to out of Barcelona are also relatively affordable.
Things to do
Bring some snacks and take a stroll to the beach in Barcelona and go for a dip in the warm Mediterranean sea. At the beach there is no money needed to be spent in order to have a good time!
Go for a walk on the 1.2km street of La Rambla where you will find locals selling various goods at their stalls. A perfect place to go shopping! Keep your chin up and take in the magnificent architecture that La Rambla has to offer.
The Gothic Quarter
Take a walk around the Gothic Quarter and see the fascinating alley ways that lead to different shops, restaurants and cafes. Again the Gothic Quarter has amazing architecture as well as being fairly budget-friendly.
Catedral de Barcelona
Get the zip line for only €3 to the top of the mountain to Catedral de Barcelona. Here the exquisite city will surround you while looking down from a mountain.
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
You are on a budget in Barcelona but you want to visit the spectacular landmarks just like Gaudi’s temple in Barcelona which is the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world, right? Instead of paying, you could take the view in from the outside instead of going inside. Barcelona offers so many architectural spectacles so you can leave the sight-seeing for when you have a bigger budget, if needed.
In the mood to go to a museum? Barcelona has many art and culture museums. Many museums are free entry every Sunday, so that would be a perfect day to put your walking shoes on! Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya for example has entry is free every Saturday after 3pm and on the first Sunday of every month http://www.museunacional.cat/en
Do pay attention to these ‘last day of the month’ deals as they are common in Spain and good for your budget.
Release the child inside you and take a trip to the Magic Fountain. You will be amazed of what you see and you will see the impossible! Show times vary in terms of season. For more information on times visit: http://www.barcelona.cat/en/what-to-do-in-bcn/magic-fountain/magic-fountains-show-times
Places to Stay
When you are travelling to Barcelona on a budget, there are many options of places to stay in the big city. My favourite website would be Airbnb where you can share an apartment with other people. You will have your own private room in the apartment. Prices vary depending on the type of property. Prices can be as low as 11 euro per night. Visit https://www.airbnb.com/s/Barcelona–Spain?listing_types=1
Another cheap option would be a hostel prices are as low as €35 per night. In the high season, where the degree of tourism is high, of course, prices will be more expensive.
Remember to have a blast in Barcelona!