Want to experience all that Ibiza has to offer, but worried about how much it will cost? Do not fear, Skiddle is here to quell any fears and provide tips on tricks for doing Ibiza on a budget!
Date published: 26th May 2023
Ibiza: a name that conjures images of sparkling turquoise waters, breathtaking sunsets, and a legendary nightlife scene that attracts ravers and seekers of a boogie from across the globe. Whilst the Balearic island is oft perceived as a playground for those with more cash than most, we want to debunk this misconception right away.
In this guide, we will unveil the secrets to enjoying Ibiza on a budget, ensuring that you can revel in the island's vibrant atmosphere, dance unceremoniously until dawn, and soak up the sun on stunning beaches; all while keeping your finances intact. So, get your notepads at the ready, and prepare to unlock the art of exploring Ibiza without breaking the bank, as we reveal how to navigate cheap flights, find affordable accommodations, discover budget-friendly bars and clubs, and unveil a trove of money-saving ideas and insider tips along the way.
Ibiza is one of the very best party destinations on the planet, and to have such a thing reserved for people with more money than most doesn't sit right with us. So, without further ado, let's make some savings together, shall we?
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How will you get there?
When it comes to planning a budget-friendly trip to Ibiza, scoring affordable flights is an essential starting point. This can be done in a few ways, and with a bit of research and flexibility, you can find great deals that won't take up a big portion of your budget.
First off, the simplest thing you can do when booking your flights is to make sure to book in advance. It’s the age-old golden rule of finding cheap flights, but especially important with Ibiza, given how much prices hike the closer you get to the season. Basically, as soon as you have your travel dates in mind, get them booked, or at the very least setup trackers to start monitoring flight prices and be ready to pounce on any discounted fares.
Another way you can save a fair bit of cash is to be flexible with your travel dates. If your schedule allows for it, consider flying into the island on weekdays, as they can often result in significant savings compared to weekends. Just make sure to check multiple flight comparison websites or sign up for fare alerts to stay updated on the best dates to come.
Now you can count this one as a bit of Insider info. Instead of flying directly to Ibiza, which can be expensive at the best of times, explore flying into some of the nearby airports instead. Nearby airports such as Palma de Mallorca or Barcelona can be significantly cheaper, especially during the season, and from these, you can take advantage of affordable ferry or regional flight connections to Ibiza, which can often lead to substantial savings.
Finally, a more obvious suggestion for you to save some cash would be to travel to the island in the off-season. Ibiza's peak season typically falls between June and September when prices skyrocket. However, the months of April and May, whilst not as busy, will still have a multitude of season-long events warming up, and we can’t not mention the opening parties. Plus, even when the club nights die down (don’t worry though there are still loads happening) in the autumn and winter months, the island is still a brilliant destination for a holiday, and not only will flights be cheaper, but accommodation and other expenses are likely to be more budget-friendly as well.
If you are stuck on how long you want to fly out to Ibiza for, then you can check our comprehensive guide on the matter by clicking, or tapping - HERE
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Where should you stay?
As always, finding affordable accommodation can be a pain, especially in Ibiza during the season, but it doesn't have to be a daunting task! If you know where to look, and what to look for, there are a range of budget-friendly options available, in which you can rest easy knowing that your wallet won't be taking a heavy hit.
The first, and easiest, option is to stay in hostels or guesthouses. The Balearic Island is home to a variety of both and a plus side to these establishments is that they often provide communal spaces, shared kitchens, and social activities, making them an excellent choice for budget-conscious travellers looking to meet fellow adventurers.
However, the hostel life just isn’t for some, and that’s okay, privacy (especially when you’re coming in hammered every night) can be essential to some; that’s where Ibizas budget hotels come in. Hotels such as Hotel Orosol offer cheap accommodation that's still within walking distance of nightlife, Hotel Tropical is the best value on the island if having a pool is essential, and if you don’t fancy staying near the noise of partying then Hostal La Torre is a great pick.
Another simple way in which you can save some of your pennies on accommodation is, again, visiting the island during the Off-Peak months; just like with flights, this can result in substantial savings. Many hotels and resorts offer discounted rates outside of the peak summer months. If you don’t mind missing out on some of the more lively and chaotic scenes found in the peak months, then this is definitely something you should consider.
Boozing on the cheap (who doesn't love that sentence)
Ibiza's renowned nightlife doesn't have to be accompanied by a hefty bar tab, whilst the big and famous bars will undoubtedly catch the eye, they can also catch your wallet and not let go. But don’t worry, you don’t need to follow the crowd, the island is brimming with affordable bars where you can soak up the sensational atmosphere without breaking the bank. Plus, we’ve got a few tips for getting the most bang for your buck in the aforementioned famous bars too!
First and foremost, one of the best ways to find yourself some frugal bevs is to do a bit of neighbourhood exploration. Grab your pals and venture beyond the popular tourist spots and head to local neighbourhoods where you'll be able to find hidden gems offering drinks for much lower prices than the tourist traps. A tip from us to find such establishments is to pluck up some courage and have a chat with some locals about their favourites, we can guarantee they aren’t drinking in Cafe Mambo every night.
However, if you are one of those people who is desperate to experience the famed bars of the island, then make sure to keep an eye out for happy hour specials. These work exactly as they do back home, and, whilst you may have to give in to just going for some early pints, and not when these bars are at their busiest, it's by far and away the best choice to still get a slice of the action without breaking the bank.
A fun way you can try and get a holistic experience of both the party side and the local culture could be to combine the two above points and curate a DIY bar crawl, exploring multiple establishments in a single night. This way, you can sample the diverse offerings of Ibiza's nightlife, alongside the unique local bars, without spending a fortune in one place. Look for bars that offer drink specials or have free entry to further stretch your budget!
Whilst we understand that you will want to prioritise the bars and tactics mentioned above, if you fancy treating yourselves one night, you can check out our list of the best bars in Ibiza for inspiration on where to go; by clicking or tapping - HERE
Get yourself some frugal boogying done
Right, we aren't silly, we know exactly why the vast majority of people, most likely you reading this included, are making the trek out to Ibiza; you want to have aq proper boogy in some of the world's best clubs; clubs like Hi Ibiza, Ushuaia, Eden, Ibiza Rocks; listening to the worlds best DJs… and we’re with you! It’s the island's main attraction! However, whilst this calibre of clubbing in Ibiza can be notoriously expensive, there are still ways to enjoy the Island's world-class nightlife on a budget:
The easiest way to still get yourself in at the big clubs is to plan in advance and book early bird tickets. This does take some prior planning and research but the fruits of your labour will be more than worth it. The tickets are often available at discounted prices and can provide significant savings, securing your entry to some of Ibiza's hottest clubs without breaking the bank.
Another way to see these huge names for a small price is to get yourself down to one of the pre-party events. Loads of the clubs host pre-party events, which are usually more affordable than the main club nights, and often feature the same massive DJs you would be paying more than double for if you were to watch them later on. Check out the schedules and lineups to make the most of these budget-friendly options. You can find a list of all the Ibiza events on sale on Skiddle to do just this by clicking, or tapping - HERE
Finally, why not ditch your inhibitions about where you should be partying; Ibiza is not just about megaclubs. Look beyond the mainstream venues and explore the multitudinous alternative way to party on the island. Smaller intimate venues, beach parties, boat parties, and underground events offer unique and often more affordable grooving sessions for you and your pals. These will often be sountracked by local talent, and rising star DJs, letting you truly immerse in the more traditional musical culture of the island, and who knows, you may even stumble on a secret night by the big DJs!
To see all of the events that Skiddle have on sale for this Ibiza season, click or tap the link - HERE
Some final insider tips for you:
Self-Catering: Try and opt for accommodations with kitchen facilities to cook most of your meals in, or prepare picnics with fresh produce from local markets to save money on dining expenses.
Utilise Public Transportation: Take advantage of Ibiza's affordable and reliable public transportation system, including buses and ferries, to explore the island and avoid expensive taxis or rental cars.
Enjoy Free and Low-Cost Activities: Take some time away from the clubs and bars to explore the island's stunning beaches, hiking trails, and scenic viewpoints that are often free or have nominal entrance fees. Also look out for art exhibitions, markets, or street performances for affordable cultural experiences.
Try Affordable Water Activities: To indulge in some nautical activities without drowning in debt, rent snorkelling gear or paddleboards instead of expensive boat tours or water sports to enjoy Ibiza's crystal-clear waters at a fraction of the cost.
Look for Group Discounts and Packages: If travelling with a group, search for group discounts or package deals for activities, tours, or club entries. Booking together can result in lower prices and exclusive offers that’ll save everyone some cash.
Seek Local Recommendations and Explore Beyond Ibiza Town: We mentioned this before, but it truly is invaluable. Make sure to interact with locals for affordable dining spots, hidden beaches, and lesser-known attractions. Plus, make sure to explore other towns and villages on the island, such as Santa Eulalia and San Antonio, for budget-friendly options than the main drag.
So there you have it, you should now have all the tips, tactics, and information you need to be able to have the best possible time in Ibiza on a limited budget. Whilst not a strict guide, if you stick to the above you'll be going home from Ibiza without the fear of the dreaded bank account check when you get home.
If it is your first time heading out to Ibiza, then these tips will be invaluable, but if you want to find out some more tips and tricks to making your first time in Ibiza the best it can be, then check out Skiddels Beginners Guide to Ibiza, by clicking, or tapping - HERE
Check out our What's On Guide to discover more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.