While I don’t intend to reduce our incredible experience walking the Camino de Santiago to a bunch of numbers, I expect there are people out there who are wondering just how much it costs. And, I couldn’t resist jotting down a few extra stats along the way.
Total Spent on the Camino (for 2 people): $1548.44 CAD or about 1200 Euros
Total Spending per Day (for 2 people): $40.75 CAD or about 32 Euros
These budget numbers include: food, drinks, accommodations, cost of admission to a few churches, postage from the starting point in France to Santiago for 9 kg of stuff we didn’t want to carry on our backs, storage fees for said stuff, and all the other miscellaneous expenses that arose (like gauze and bandages for blisters, a knee brace for me, and even the little things that needed replacing like laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and contact lens solution).
In reality, you can spend as much or as little walking the Camino as you want. So these numbers don’t mean much without a few qualifiers. Here’s what our Camino looked like… We spent each night in albergues, usually the cheaper municipal albergues that come equipped with kitchens. These cost between 4 and 15 Euros per bed (5-6 Euros was probably the norm). It meant a lot of dorm rooms, but also helped keep our budget down and allowed us to hang out with our fellow pilgrims.
Roughly 99% of our meals came from the grocery store, but we definitely didn’t scrimp on food. In fact, we kind of went all out… loading up on whole grains, fresh veggies, fruits, lentils or beans, cheeses, nuts, dried fruit, and a little chocolate. If we wanted it, we bought it.
We never went out to drink at bars, though we bought ourselves a bottle of wine or cider every second day or so.
Your budget depends on your preferences. A lot of the pilgrims we were walking with easily spent double what we did each day (usually by going out for meals and splurging on the odd hotel room). We also met a few spending less… some carried a tent, camped on the side of the road and bought the cheapest groceries they could find.
Total Distance Walked: 897 km
Total Walking Days: 37
Total Non-Walking Days: 1 (in Santiago)
Rainy Days: 11
Blister Count: 14 (7 for each of us)
Church Masses Attended: 3
Hours Spent Walking (not including rests): approximately 180
Hours Spent Listening to iPods: approximately 45
1, 126, 632 for Ashley
1, 010, 919 for Mike
(Yep, that’s right… Ashley had to walk 115,713 extra steps just to keep up with Mike’s long legs)
Number of Toe Stubs:
39 or so for Ashley
5 for Mike
(One was a simultaneous toe stub where we each kicked a bit of protruding rock at the exact same time. We thought it was pretty crazy. Especially after we looked around and saw that we had kicked the only two rocks in eyesight)
Our Longest Day of Walking: 40 km in 9 hours, 10 minutes
Our Shortest Day of Walking: 7.2 km in 1 hour, 51 minutes
Our Average Day of Walking: 24.2 km in 5 hours, 38 minutes
Average Walking Speed including all breaks: 4.26 km/h
Average Walking Speed without breaks: 5 km/h (uphill, downhill, or on the plains… after the first few days, we were usually bang on this number)
Average Number of Breaks Taken Each Day: 1.4
Average Time Spent on Breaks in a Day: 24 minutes
Number of Days We Took No Breaks: 9
Most Breaks Taken in a Day: 8
Number of Coffee Stops at Cafes: 4 (once to get out of the rain, twice to answer the call of nature in the comfort of the indoors, and once just because)
Bottles of Wine Consumed: 16 (plus 2 bottles of cider and a beer)
Number of Nights with Kitchens: 29
Number of Nights without Kitchens: 8 (to the author of our guidebook… despite what you may think, a microwave ≠ a kitchen)
Meals Out: 1 (Santiago celebration pizza!)
Tapas/Snacks Out: 3
Want to read more about our Camino? Check it out…
Our Camino, Your Camino… Our Challenge to You
Camino de Santiago Week 1 – Beautiful Landscapes & Unexpected Challenges
Camino de Santiago Week 2 – Getting Past the Pain
Camino de Santiago Week 3 – Feels a Lot Like Home
Camino de Santiago Week 4 – Easy Walking
Camino de Santiago – We Made It to Santiago, But We’re Not Finished Yet!
Camino de Santiago by the Numbers – Our Budget and Stats
Guide to the Camino de Santiago