Here is my travel expenses breakdown for my 3-day trip in Madrid, Spain in my 3-month summer eurotrip adventure. I hope the information helps in budgetting your trip to Madrid! I also keep a record of my actual travel costs in various European cities. Click the link below to see all the other reports.

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How much does it cost to travel in Madrid for 3 days? Mine came down to 65.85 euros or 21.95 euros per day. The detailed explanation follows:


Madrid Food Cost

Most of my cost of food in Madrid was spent in the supermarket where I bought most of the stuff I ate in Madrid. I was visiting my Brazilian friend, Fabio, who is based in Madrid so he prepared dinner for me and I’ve also prepared dinner for him. My travel partner, Michael, came to Madrid to meet me before we headed to Norway. Sharing the cost of food definitely lowered down this part of my travel expenses. Eating out in Madrid would cost you around 10 euros. Menu del dia (menu of the day) is a cheaper, popular option at lunch in restaurants and would save you significant amount of money.


Madrid Transportation Cost

This cost includes the cost of going from Madrid Barajas Airport to the center of Madrid (4.50 euros), bus tickets from Albacete to Madrid (17.85 euros) and all the single metro tickets I used in the city which cost 1.50 euros each. I walked alot in Madrid so I didn’t spend much on transportation cost in the city.


Madrid Accommodation Cost

I was visiting my friend Fabio who hosted us in Madrid so I didn’t really spend anything for accommodation. But I don’t have friends in Madrid, you say. You can compare prices and find cheap hotels in Madrid instead. There are many accommodation options to choose from. You can budget between 20-100 euros per day for your accommodation cost depending on where you stay.


Madrid Party Cost

We watched Spain versus France in Marca sports bar in the city center and paid 5 euros for the entrance. The cost also includes our beers and our expenses when we were out having botellon (Spanish culture wherein people drink outside in groups) in the park which was actually forbidden or something. Fabio was saying that we should hide our beer every time we see police coming. It was funny because it was so obvious that 90% of the people in the park where drinking and all the cans and bottles disappear once a policeman was in sight. Haha. Fun times!


Madrid Miscellaneous Cost

This is mostly the prepaid cost of my cellphone which I used to communicate with Michael and Fabio. I didn’t spend money when we went to the amazing Musel del Prado because students are free (although I’m not a student anymore haha but it worked when I showed my student ID).

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Next budgeting post will be my total travel expenses from my one-week trip in Spain. Watch out for that!

Want to know how much your backpacking trip in Europe would cost? Use the free online EuroTrip calculator found at the sidebar.

Have questions? Feel free to post a comment or email me.

Happy travels!


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14 Responses to “How much does it cost to travel in Madrid, Spain for 3 days?” Subscribe

  1. Peninggi Badan February 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    Nice info DJ, I have planning to go to Madrid this year, I can manage the cost from now

    Thank you for this info

    • DJ Yabis February 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM #

      You’re welcome!

  2. Stephen S. February 4, 2013 at 6:24 AM #

    I’m actually spending three days in Madrid so this info in extremely helpful. Your the man DJ.

    P.s. I already booked my hostels, and it was only 21 euros, so Madrid is looking like it will be cheap as chips.

    • DJ Yabis February 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM #

      Cool. You seem to have planned much of your trip already, including booking hostels! When will you be there?

  3. Elle January 17, 2013 at 3:20 AM #

    Extremely useful tips, I have traveled Europe a few times, but will still find the above useful. Thanks for sharing

    • DJ Yabis January 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM #

      You’re welcome Elle! I’m happy you found it useful ;D

  4. Jherson Jaya December 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM #

    Of all the cities in Europe… Madrid is on the top of my list =)

    • DJ Yabis December 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM #

      I’m not surprised. It’s a beautiful city with lots of amazing things to see do eat and meet! ;D

  5. brandy November 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM #

    Hey DJ, Sweet breakdown on Madrid 🙂 Glad you got to experience some real Spanish culture like a futbol match and botellon in the park — our cops are quite laid back when it comes to drinking outdoors, unless it’s riot time, then better to run with your beer instead of hide it! 🙂

    • DJ Yabis November 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM #

      HAHA true. I’ll totally run with my beer on hand! Would love to spend more time in Madrid next time. Are you based there right now?

  6. The Guy November 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM #

    Whilst I could never get accommodation that cheap! You’ve certainly found a very reasonable cost way to appreciate Spain.
    I like the way you’ve managed your costs.

    • DJ Yabis November 27, 2012 at 3:54 AM #

      Thanks. How do you manage yours? After traveling the last 5 years, I dont really like splurging too much like I’m on a holiday.

      • The Guy November 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM #

        Hey DJ,

        I tend to book my accommodation in advance. At least that way I know what the main costs are. I’m now more a business traveller than a full time leisure traveller so there are a few perks with my job 🙂 (free flights and accommodation) although it may not be to the location of my choosing and I still have work to do!

        • DJ Yabis December 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM #

          Always loved those business trips ;D