5 Easy Ways to Save Money in Barcelona


Menu del Dia
Order off a restaurant's "Menu del Dia" to get the best deal. Photos by Regina W. Bryan

You’ve just got to go into La Sagrada Familia so that’s €12, and then you think you might do the bus tour of Barcelona, which is another €30, not to mention the tour fee to see Palau de la Musica for €10. Before you know it you’ve spent €50 and it’s only day two of your vacation!

Yikers. The euro bucks disappear faster than you can say adéu in Barcelona. Here are a few tips to make your dinero go a bit further.

1. Eat the Menú del Día.

It’s a set lunch special Monday – Friday for around €10. Your Menú del Día will include, normally, a starter, main dish, a drink, bread and a dessert. This is a stellar deal. Note that this special is not often available on weekends. If a restaurant doesn’t offer a Menú del Día, go somewhere else.

Save some euros using these savvy tips!

Save some euros using these savvy tips!

2. Buy your own wine.

A glass of wine in a bar = €3.50. A bottle of wine from your local shop = €6. Glasses of wine per bottle = 5. ‘Nuff said.

3. Get the T10.

This is a metro card that lets you take 10 rides and costs just under €10. A single bus ticket is €2, so the savings are clear. If you have a few days in Barcelona, you’ll surely use up your T10.

FYI: The new Hola BCN! metro cards aren’t a very good bargain. You’re better off with the old T10.

4. Get a kitchen.

Stay in a hostal or hotel or apartment with a kitchen and save big bucks on food. Having a kitchen means you can eat breakfast and dinner in, and just have lunch out.

5. Check discount websites.

Websites such as Atrapalo.es (in Spanish) offer deep discounts on theater and concert tickets in Barcelona and Madrid.

About the author

Regina W Bryan

About the author: Regina W.Bryan is a Barcelona-based freelance writer and photographer. When not eating tapas and exploring Europe, she is tending her balcony veggie garden and practicing Catalan. For more of her thoughts on Spain, check: www.regwb.com and www.thespainscoop.com.

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