How to Explore Spain on a Budget
Book Top Experiences and Tours in Tenerife:If youʻre booking your trip to Tenerife last minute, we have you covered. Below are some of the top tours and experiences!
- Tenerife: 50-Minute Submarine Dive
- Tenerife: Loro Parque & Siam Park Combined Tickets
- Spain: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan
- Tenerife: Full-Day Gastronomy and Wine Tour
- From Puerto de la Cruz: Teide and Masca VIP Tour
The first step to cheap Spain travel is booking a budget airline ticket. Carriers like Ryanair, easyJet, and Jet2 offer regular, affordable flights year-round to destinations across Spain from various UK airports. Be flexible with your dates, book early, and travel light to spend the least on airfare. Consider flying mid-week instead of weekends for lower rates too.
1. Take Advantage of Low-Cost Flights
Hostels are one of the most wallet-friendly lodging options. Spain has a vast range of high-quality hostels with beds as low as £10-15 per night. Many also have inviting common areas, organised activities, self-catering kitchens, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast. Great for solo travellers or groups, hostels let you save on accommodation without sacrificing amenities, location, or atmosphere.
2. Stay in Hostels
Buses in Spain provide an economical and scenic transportation choice for inter-city and rural journeys. Many bus companies run fast, comfortable buses with routes connecting all major cities and smaller towns. Tickets generally cost a fraction of trains, and you still get reclining seats, onboard Wi-Fi, and power outlets. Consider night buses to save on an accommodation night, too!
3. Travel by Bus
Spanish street food and markets offer seriously cheap, authentic dining. Grab some churros con chocolate for breakfast. For lunch, fill up on bites like bocadillos (sandwiches), empanadas (pasties) or raciones (large tapas servings) from street stalls for just a few Euros. Wander lively markets piles high with produce, meat, cheese, and bakery treats. Or assemble the ultimate Spanish picnic straight from Barceloneta market in Barcelona!
4. Indulge in Street Food and Market Culture
Alcohol from stores and supermarkets costs significantly less than ordering drinks at bars and restaurants. Taking advantage of happy hour deals can help lower these costs, too. Otherwise, pick up beer, wine, sherry, and cider from a store to casually drink in public areas without breaking your budget. Many hostels have bars with cheap drinks as well.
5. Drink Alcohol from Stores, Not Bars
Spain offers many free museums and cultural sights, especially on certain days. State-run sights like the Prado in Madrid have free entry in the evenings, while Barcelona municipal museums don’t charge entry on Sundays. Seville, Valencia, and Bilbao also have a regular roster of gratis museum days. Time your visits right to soak up the art, history, and culture without spending a penny.
6. Embrace Free or Low-Cost Museums and Sights
With savvy planning using these budget tips, Spain’s vibrant beauty can be experienced without the high price tag. Follow this advice to delight in Spain’s cuisine, artistic treasures, stunning landscapes, and festive culture carefree. Your wallet will thank you while you create priceless Spanish memories.