How to Plan Your Own Budget Trip to Barcelona

Parc de la Ciutadella

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has been home to some very famous artists: the likes of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali. There are many art galleries, lush public spaces, and beautiful architecture to explore in Barcelona. It is a worthwhile travel destination, but travelling can be an expensive venture. We all want to save money, but you deserve that vacation, so we are going to share some tips to help plan your own budget trip to Barcelona.

Parc de la Ciutadella
Monumental waterfall at Parc de la Ciutadella

How to get there

The best way to find the best rates on airline tickets is to travel during the week, and travel on a “red eye” (late at night) flight. If you book your flight online, it’s best to use a site that compares the prices of multiple travel sites and airlines. Sometimes sites specialize in last minute deals. Airlines and hotels in Barcelona mark down their services to make sure they have people to fill their seats and their rooms. You may be able to take advantage of these deals if your departure days are somewhat flexible. It will also help if you take your vacation to Barcelona in the “off season” when the tourist traffic is not as heavy in the city.


Transportation costs can add up while on vacation because you are moving around from place to place. You definitely don’t need to rent a car to get around in Barcelona. To save money, you should consider walking or biking a majority of the time if you are physically able. With the internet, it is also very easy to see and plan routes on the public transportation system in Barcelona; this will really save you money. Of course, there is also the option of a taxi when you really need it.


You don’t have to stay in five star hotels to have a great time on your trip to Barcelona. If you have no problem sharing a room with other people, using hostels can be a great way to save money while travelling. It’s also a great idea to choose accommodations that include a free breakfast with your stay. Just remember to take the time to shop around and compare prices and amenities to get the best value.

What to do while you’re there

Local restaurants will often provide more reasonable prices than restaurants that are located in tourist areas and cater to travelers. Find establishments that are a bit off the beaten path and you should save money. Many Barcelona tours can cost money and do not move at the pace that you want. You could save a lot of money and time by getting your hands on a detailed map of Barcelona and going on a walking tour. Doing a tour this way will enable you to see all of the famous sites at a very low cost. You may also be able to find coupons and money saving deals at various major tourist attractions in Barcelona if you go in the “off season.”

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