How to get there

Before walking the Camino, you must first arrive to it. Here you will find instructions to reach to some of the most common places from which pilgrims start their routes.

Remember that, besides the transport means mentioned here, we also offer a TAXI SERVICE that covers most of the places in the Camino. Contact us for further details.

Saint Jean pied-de-Port

SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT:

From Madrid:
  • Travel to Pamplona (see corresponding section).
  • CONDA (subsidiary of ALSA, the biggest bus operator in Spain) operates a bus from Pamplona to Saint-Jean between the months of March and October. This bus makes also a stop at Roncesvalles. The exact operation dates are announced on ALSA's website around 2-3 months before the beginning of the scheduled route: we recommend that you search for the exact date of your trip.
From París:
  • Take an airplane to Biarritz, which is the closest airport. HOP!, Easyjet and Air France operate daily flights.
  • From Biarritz, take a regional TER train to Saint-Jean. Please note: the train to Saint-Jean departs from the station of Bayonne, which is 10km. from Biarritz. The traveller can take the train in Biarritz and change trains at Bayonne, or take a taxi/bus to the Bayonne station and take the train from there. The Bayonne-Saint-Jean trip lasts about 1 hour.
Pamplona

PAMPLONA:

From Madrid:
  • By train. RENFE (Spain's train operator) has several daily trains from Madrid to Pamplona, both AVE's (high speed) and conventional trains. The trip duration is usually around 4 hours.
  • By bus. ALSA operates buses in this route, and they depart both from Madrid's Barajas airport (from Terminal 4) and from the bus station ("intercambiador") in Avenida de América, in the center of Madrid. The duration of the trip is usually around 5-6 hours, and includes one transfer.
León

LEÓN:

From Madrid:
  • By train. Just like Pamplona, León is a city well communicated from Madrid. RENFE (Spain's train operator) has several daily trains departing from Madrid, both AVE's (high speed) and conventional trains. The trip duration is usually around 2 hours.
  • By bus. ALSA operates direct buses that depart from Madrid's Barajas airport (from Terminal 4). The duration of the trip is usually around 4-5 hours.
Sarria

SARRIA:

From Madrid:
  • By train. RENFE operates a daily Alvia train from Madrid to Lugo which stops at Sarriá. The duration of the trip is about 6 hours.
  • RENFE also operates a night train from Madrid to Coruña which makes a stop at Sarriá, and which functions every day except Saturdays.
From Santiago:
  • Monbus (www.monbus.es) operates, from Monday to Friday, a direct bus to Sarriá. The trip lasts about 2:45, and departs from Santiago's bus station, in downtown Santiago.
  • If you arrive to Santiago by plane, Empresa Freire (www.empresafreire.com) operates a bus that departs from the airport and goes to Lugo. From Lugo, the traveller can take another Monbus bus to Sarriá.

TUI:

From Santiago:

There isn't a direct connection. You have to reach Vigo first (see below) and take another transport medium to Tui.

The most convenient way to go from Santiago to Vigo is by train. RENFE operates several regional trains that connect both cities. The trip lasts around 90 min. WARNING: Vigo has two train stations (Guixar and Urzáiz); we advise you take a train that arrives at the first of them, since the train to Tui departs from it too.

From Vigo:
  • By train. RENFE operates two trains every day that reach Tui, in the morning and in the afternoon. They depart from Guixar station, and the trip lasts around 45 min.
  • By bus. ATSA company (not to be confused with ALSA) operates several buses in the Vigo - A Guarda route, which stop at Tui. You must go to Vigo's bus station and look for buses that go in the "A Guarda" direction.

(Sources: Camino de Santiago Forum and own work. We are grateful to the members of Camino de Santiago Forum).