How much is the tourist tax in Spain?

Are you planning to travel to Spain during your summer holidays? First of all, you must know some questions that may influence your destiny.

In some cities of Spain has begun to apply what is known as tourist tax. And, although it’s true that it hasn’t been approved in all the communities, if you travel to Catalonia or the Balearic Islands it will affect you.

Don’t you know what we’re talking about? In this article, we explain what the tourist tax is, if you have the obligation to pay it and how much you have to pay depending on the city in which you stay.

What is the tourist tax?

It is a tax that affects visitors, which must be paid when visiting this place and when staying at a hotel there.

As we have said before, now, this tax is only applied in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, although in many other Spanish cities the debate is on whether to apply it or not.

How much should you pay for this tourist tax?

In Catalonia there are differences depending on whether you are going to stay, in Barcelona or in the rest of the localities of this community. If you stay in Barcelona you will have to pay a cost between: 0.65 and 2.25 € per night.

What does this depend on? Well, if you stay in a 5-star hotel, you will have to pay the higher cost, while the cheapest hostels are hostels, camping… etc.

In the rest of the cities, the lowest price you will have to pay for this tourist tax will be 0.45 € approximately.

On the other hand, in the Balearic Islands, this tourist tax is called Sustainable Tourism Tax, since the collection from it will be used to maintain tourist attractions.

As happens in Catalonia, this Sustainable Tourism Tax will affect those travelers who choose to stay in any accommodation in this community, and the price will vary between: 0.50 and 2 €.

But this not only happens in Spain, there are many other European cities such as Rome, Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels, where this tourist tax also applies.

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