Things to do in Barcelona

Experience the best of Barcelona on a budget

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Barcelona is notorious for its steep prices especially when it comes to indulging in the works of Antoni Gaudí, such as Park Güell and Casa Batlló. Yes, visiting Sagrada Familia can strain your wallet, but believe me it's worth it! I have been recommended up to €100/day and upwards to fully experience Barcelona. There are still ways to offset expenses and explore Barcelona on a budget. Essentially it comes down to making the right choices. With city passes available and the extensive public transport, I’ll share some workarounds that will help you save money on your next trip to Barcelona!

Top budget-friendly things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a super walkable city. You can join walking tours of the city that provide a local perspective and sometimes operate on a 'pay what you wish' basis. While there are plenty of attractions to visit, I am listing down some of the underrated gems that give a lot of value for the money you’ll pay:

Budget shopping in Barcelona

In the midst of Barcelona's costly living standards, shopping on a budget may seem daunting. However, there's a plethora of options for the frugal traveler. From charming flea markets to affordable local brands, you don't have to break the bank to take a piece of Barcelona home with you.

  • El Born

  • Zara Outlets

  • El Raval

  • Mercat dels Encants

  • Fnac

El Born is an eclectic neighborhood that's home to a mix of indie boutiques, artisan workshops, and vintage stores. It is here that you can find unique yet budget-friendly clothing and gifts. Stroll through the Passeig del Born and you’ll find small shops offering a variety of handcrafted goods and one-of-a-kind finds without the hefty price tag.

Budget-friendly dining in Barcelona

I can vouch for it when I say do not make the mistake of eating anywhere near the Las Ramblas if you are traveling on a budget. The prices are ridiculously high and although you may find some of the best restaurants in Barcelona here, I would recommend eating in the small alley’s in the old city (Ciutat Vella). Or head to 100 Montaditos on Sunday/Wednesday when their entire menu is discounted, offering small Spanish sandwiches for just 1 euro. Save these outlets for a quick and budget-friendly meal while you spend your day exploring.

eating in Barcelona on a budget

This Italian restaurant located on C. de Teodor Llorente offers a variety of delicious pizzas and pastas at very affordable prices. Their lunch specials are particularly wallet-friendly and it's a great spot to refuel after a morning of sightseeing.

eating in Barcelona on a budget
La Cala

If you're craving fresh seafood, La Cala is the place to go. Despite its high quality, the prices are reasonable, and you can enjoy traditional Spanish dishes. The atmosphere is casual, making it a comfortable spot for a leisurely meal. Don't miss their famous calamari rings and paella, which come highly recommended by locals and visitors alike.

eating in Barcelona on a budget
El Dorado Chicken

For an inexpensive yet tasty option, El Dorado Chicken offers mouth-watering chicken dishes with a variety of sides. It's a fantastic choice for a quick lunch or dinner, with generous portions that won't leave you hungry.

eating in Barcelona on a budget
La Terraza Miro

La Terraza Miro is an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy panoramic views of the city while dining. They serve a selection of tapas and local dishes along with vegan options. The terrace setting is particularly enchanting at sunset, offering a magical backdrop to your meal.

Cheapest areas for long term rentals in Barcelona

Affordable accommodation in Barcelona

1. St Christopher's Inn
A popular hostel chain with a vibrant atmosphere, St Christopher's Inn offers travelers a cost-effective and social lodging option. Located near La Rambla, it provides easy access to many of Barcelona's attractions.
Starting from €20 per night.

2. Wow Hostel Barcelona
This budget-friendly hostel, located in the Eixample district, is known for its clean facilities, friendly staff, and comfortable common areas, making it an ideal base for both short-term and longer stays.
Starting from €30 per night.

3. Safestay Barcelona Passeig de Gràcia
Located on one of the city's most prestigious streets, this hostel offers guests a safe and stylish place to stay without the high-end price tag. With a range of dormitories and private rooms, it's suitable for backpackers and families alike. The rooftop terrace provides an excellent spot to meet fellow travelers and enjoy the views of Barcelona.
Starting from €37 per night.

4. The Loft Hostel Barcelona
Tucked away in the neighborhood of l'Eixample, The Loft Hostel offers a modern, minimalist design combined with a cozy and welcoming environment. It's within walking distance to many of the city's main attractions, and the staff is known for going out of their way to ensure you have a memorable stay.
Starting from €37 per night.

Hacks for exploring Barcelona on a budget

  1. Grab a Citypass: The Barcelona Card offers great value for money if you are looking to explore the city's attractions while saving money. It provides free entry to many museums and discounts on various activities, as well as unlimited public transport use.
  2. Aerobus always! The Barcelona Aerobus is the best option when it comes to commuting from the Airport to city-center. This express bus service runs frequently and provides a comfortable ride with Wi-Fi and charging ports onboard and ample space for luggage.
  3. Rent a scooter: Renting an e-scooter can be a fun and cost-effective way to zip around Barcelona. With many rental companies offering competitive rates, it allows you to avoid public transport costs and see the city at your own pace.
  4. Visit the free attractions: Many of Barcelona's museums offer free entry on certain days of the month. Be sure to check their schedules online to take advantage of these days and visit for free.
  5. Travel during the off-season: Traveling to Barcelona during the off-season can also result in significant savings. Not only will you benefit from cheaper accommodation rates and flight tickets, but you'll also encounter fewer tourists.

Check out our complete Barcelona Travel Guide to plan your visit better

Budget your Barcelona trip

Planning ahead is key to keeping expenses low. As per BudgetYourTrip on an average you’ll spend about €156 daily. Here’s an average breakdown:

- The average daily price for traveling in Barcelona is €19
- The average price of food for one day is €33
- The average price of a hotel is €120

On the whole, the average daily cost per person, per day on a budget should cost you €150

Barcelona on a Budget