How Much Does It Cost to Spend a Month in Biarritz, France?

Dec 11, 2014    /    budgeting + saving

As you know, this November, Luna and I spent a month recovering from a difficult October on the beaches of southwestern France. We based ourselves in Biarritz, which is a glitzy, beautiful resort town with a reputation for surfing and it’s history as a luxury getaway for European royalty.

It was a much-needed break and the perfect place to take that break (seriously, we were even the warmest city in Europe for a day or two).

Today, I thought I would share my final figures from that trip–yet again busting the mythology that travel has to be cost prohibitive.

In case you’re new around here, I should also add that I’m a very middle-of-the-road type traveler. I rent apartments. I travel slowly. I eat out, but not every day. I love to walk. I rarely take public transport. So it would be very easy to spend more than I do in any given place and it would also be relatively easy to spend less (couchsurfing or housesitting, for example, could help you cut my budget in half). I’m not a super budget traveler, but I’m also definitely not on a luxury tour around the world. Instead, I live on the same budget that I would live on in the US.

But enough about me. Here’s that budget breakdown:

 Euro  Dollars
Accommodations 800.14 $1002
Transportation 247.70 $308.89
Groceries and supplies 328.33 $408.91
Eating/drinking out 221.95 $276.42
Other (printing, post office, etc.) 18.90 $33.57 (incl. atm fees)
Dog food, supplies, & vet bills 0 $0
Health + wellness 0 $0
Totals 1,617.02 $2,029.79

Notes on my spending:

:: Due to an accommodation disaster, I went a little over budget for housing this month. I hope to make up the difference by choosing lower-cost places in December.

:: My transportation costs are also a little above average. In part, this is because I already had my heart set on Biarritz when I discovered that the low-cost plane ticket I found online was with an airline that didn’t accept dogs. So I decided to devote a little more budget than I’d planned and take the train. Transportation also includes a pricey taxi ride when I first arrived and several day trips down the coast.

:: My grocery cost also rose, but you’ll notice a corresponding drop in the dog food costs. This is because when Luna’s food ran out this month, due to her really bad allergies, the vet and I decided it would be best for me to make her food. So now her food cost is all rolled in with mine.

:: It would be easy to spend more on a month in Biarritz, in part because the things I spend my time doing are often cheap or free. Luna loves the beach, so we spent a lot of time playing fetch in the surf or taking long walks along the shore. I also ate a lot of crepes, had drinks with new friends, and spent a good deal of time just wandering around Biarritz, Bayonne (two hours away by foot), Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and Hendaye taking photos, listening to books on tape, and simply taking in the scenery.

:: Finally, as usual, there are a few costs I haven’t included in the above breakdown (just because they are very specific to me and aren’t really useful when thinking about a budget for traveling here). They are things like my Audible subscription, a few books, a new camera, and the renewal fee for Luna’s microchip.

Interested in seeing more travel budgets? You’ll find them all here.


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3 Comments
  • lee
    December 11, 2014

    thanks for this info
    i keep working on my yearly budget to try to keep my plan to $100 a day…….and it is always helpful to keep a file on places to visit and more important, where to stay that might work into my budget.

    LL
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    • gigigriffis
      December 11, 2014

      No problem!

      I find there are very few places (Paris, some parts of Switzerland, Biarritz) that I’ve spent more than $2,000 a month when renting monthly.

  • Alex
    January 25, 2016

    Thanks so much for this! Planning to go to Biarritz in July and this is super helpful :).

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