How to get there and back

Here you will find information on various possible ways to access popular starting points on a variety of camino routes.

This page gives general details to help you plan air, coach and train travel to France and Spain.

Visit our Camino Starting Points page for suggested ways to get to various places along the routes.  This includes nearest airports and rail and bus connections.

See our Airport and Ferry Transfers page for more in-depth information to help you get from various airport or ferry terminals into town and to local bus or train stations to pick up onwards connections.

Use the information on the above two pages to work out how to get home again.

Important points to note:

  • The information here generally assumes you are travelling from UK or Ireland, but may assist pilgrims travelling from further afield arriving at French or Spanish airports.
  • We do our best to give accurate information but we cannot guarantee to be up-to-date with all timetables, services and exact destinations. Some services may only run once a day, and not every day. Some services vary according to season. Train/bus stations may vary from those indicated, always be sure you know exactly where you are travelling to and from, especially if you need to make speedy connections. For these reasons, always check the websites of transport providers before booking any part of your journey or travelling – see our Getting there and back page under Links for full details of airlines, coach companies, taxis etc.

Just to start you with some ideas:

Ryanair from UK and Ireland:

  • French destinations: Bergerac, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brive, La Rochelle, Limoges, Montpellier, Nîmes, Paris Beauvais, Poitiers, Rodez, Tours.
  • Spanish destinations: Girona Barcelona, Jerez, Madrid, Málaga, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Zaragoza, Valencia.
  • Portuguese destinations: Lisbon, Porto.

Easyjet from UK and Ireland:

  • French destinations:  Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Lyon, Montpellier, Paris CDG,Toulouse
  • Spanish destinations:  Asturias Oviedo, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Seville,Valencia.
  • Portuguese destinations: Lisbon, Porto.

Flybe  from UK and Ireland:

  • French destinations: AvignonBergerac, Bordeaux, Biarritz, Paris (Orly & CDG), Limoges, Lyon, Rennes,Toulouse
  • Spanish destinations:  Madrid, Málaga.
  • Portuguese destinations: None

Vueling  from UK and Ireland. Please note Vueling flies to many Spanish, French and Portuguese destinations via Barcelona, please check their website for details.

  • French destinations: Paris.
  • Spanish destinations:  A Coruña, Barcelona.
  • Portuguese destinations: None direct.

Iberia Various flights from UK to Spain, plus internal flights, please see their website for details.

And don’t forget BA who operate various flights to Spain.

If you prefer to go by train, check out The Man in Seat 61 website for details of how to get from UK and London to various locations in Spain, Portugal and France by train.

If you prefer taking a coach, look at Eurolines, their routes include: 

  • London to La Coruna via Santiago 
  • London to Oviedo via San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Llanes 
  • London to Algeciras via Madrid, Almeria, Seville, Granada, Malaga and Marbella 
  • London to Salamanca via Valladolid 
  • London to Benidorm and Alicante

If you want to transport a bike by coach look at European Bike Express.

If you decide to drive to your starting point (or to leave your vehicle at a strategically-chosen point from which you can reach both the beginning and the end of your planned stage), remember that French campsites will generally look after a parked car or camper en garage mort for a greatly-reduced fee. This ensures peace of mind while you walk. You may be asked to leave your carte grise (registration document) as a security.

Returning home

You have several options.

If you have strict time limits, or a very strict budget, then it is best to pre-book your return journey to ensure you can return when you want at an affordable price.

If your time and budget are more flexible then you can wait until you reach Santiago to book your return journey.  This can be done in an internet café although many people prefer not to use their credit cards on a public pc or network.  Alternatively ask a local travel agent to book for you, there are various agencies in Santiago and we list some of them in Getting There and Back links.  Cyclists are recommended to book return transport as soon as they reach Santiago, given that there are certain restrictions in transporting bicycles and options are more limited.  Please also remember at busy times of the year – July/August, public holidays etc – public transport is likely to be booked up well in advance so you may have to wait to leave Santiago.

Some people book a return leg once they are close enough to Santiago to be certain of their arrival date in the city.

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