Barcelona on a Budget: 4 Tips for Saving

Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 23, 2010 at 9:42:34 AM EDT | Post a Comment

Barcelona is in the same league as other major European destinations in terms of cost. And depending on where the euro is (at this writing 1 euro = about 1.23 U.S. dollars), that exchange rate can take a bite. But remember that there are such things as discounts, and if you can live like a local you save like a local.

Although your pocket might feel the pinch, greenbacks can punch above their weight with a few well-chosen tips.

Save with a Card

The T10 card, the ArticketBCN card, and the Barcelona card all offer bundled discounts for museum passes, transit, and more.

Walk and use Pubic Transportation

Barcelona is definitely a city to explore on foot. Take the opportunity to stroll through the central neighborhoods, and when your feet get tired, take the metro instead of a taxi.

Hit Museums on Free Nights

Nothing beats "free," so if you’re a culture buff on a budget, plan your visits around the various free nights offered by local museums.

Fill Up Like a Local

There are so many ways to eat well in Barcelona and still save money: tapas, wine bars, and cafés all offer terrific casual foods that satisfy your taste buds and your wallet. And don’t forget to capitalize on a big, less expensive lunch to save money at dinnertime.

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  • compvend on Jul 21, 10 at 05:09 AM

    the first sunday of the month, museums are free entrance, i think that discount cards are very useful if you plan to go to museums for example, in my situation we didnt buy it because we are not "museum" i recommend people to check this page because it was very useful for us to plan our holiday, full of local info written by a local guy

  • Jedmo68631 on Jun 24, 10 at 08:58 AM

    Barcelona is the pickpocket capital of the world. I was taken 5 minutes after I arrive downtown. The police told me that they get around 250 reports of pickpocketing each day and even more in the high season. So watch out!!!