Costs

My 6 weeks walking Le Puy in 2016 cost CAD$2,500 + airfare. Walking El Camino is an extremely cheap option for extended travel in Europe. 

My Cost Breakdown

Round-trip flight to Paris: CAD$450-$800

I booked round-trip from Vancouver to Paris (2016), though I ended up extending my trip and purchasing a separate ticket home for 35,000 aeroplan points and $105 in taxes (yikes!)

Flying out of Montréal for my second Camino in 2019 cut that cost nearly in half: $450 round-trip.

Transport to Le Puy-en-Velay: €47.60-€100

I took a Ouibus bus from Paris to Lyon (2016) for €29 (book in advance for fares down to €15), then a SNCF train to Le Puy for €18.60.

For my second Camino, I took the train directly to Le Puy from CDG: about €100 one-way

Daily living expenses: €18-€38

Chambre-d’hôtes (B&Bs) are €30 to €33 a night for dinner, breakfast and a bed. I would buy snacks and a sandwich every day for €3 to €5. My daily spending on the Le Puy route was higher than the minimum you can do. I considered authentic French cuisine an essential part of my Camino experience so stayed mostly at B&Bs in 2016.

Gîtes (hostels) are €8 to €15 a night for a shared room, with personal groceries for three meals costing €10 to €15. I stayed in hostels almost exclusively in 2019.

Unclaimed medical expenses: €80

Blister covers and creams were an unforeseen expense of the Camino and unfortunately not covered under my insurance. I also caved and bought walking poles in Moissac for €37 (there are cheaper options). My claimed medical expenses totalled €1380!

Cell phone SIM: €12-€35

I bought a Free Mobile SIM card in Paris (2016) with unlimited international phone calls and data. It was €20 a month and €15 for the physical SIM card. Unlocking your phone (necessary if you have a contract with your current provider) would have cost about CAD$50. 

I went with Bouygues for my second Camino (2019). The SIM card came with unlimited calls and 50GB of data for €12. A much better option if you want to use Whatsapp or Messenger to call home.

More info on phone plans here.

Wine, Souvenirs, Extras: €100

I didn’t buy many souvenirs but there were plenty of chats over wine and snacks that I didn’t foresee. I would now consider these social expenses necessary for a fun trip.