For those taking the ferry or flying into Spain, here is some information about getting from the airport or ferry terminal to the city. Please also find more information for the individual airports and ferry terminals under Getting There and Back on our links page
Arriving by air:
Roissy Charles de Gaulle
- There are free shuttle buses for some of the terminals and a metro service which links all the terminals – details here
- There are buses to Montparnasse and Gare de l’Est stations and a TGV rail service connects to Gare du Nord.
- The line 3 bus connects Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
- Please see here (airport website) and here (metro website) for full details.
- There is a bus to Montparnasse station and various buses and trams into Paris. See here (airport website) and here (metro website) for details.
- There is a shuttle bus to Porte Maillot in central Paris. There is a station here served by metro line 1 and RER C.
- There is a TER train which connects to Gare du Nord.
Arriving by Eurostar at Gare du Nord – The Man in Seat 61 gives all the information here – metro map link, tickets, routes to main stations, time needed etc…
Arriving by Eurolines coach – this stops at Charles de Gaulle airport and at the bus station at 28 Avenue Du General De Gaulle, 93541 Bagnolet nearest metro Gallieni on metro line 3.
Click here for a guide to using the metro and RER suburban trains in Paris.
Arriving by air.
- There are some direct long-distance bus services from Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport (free shuttle between terminals).
- Line C1 Renfe Cercanías train from Terminal 4 which runs every 30 minutes to Chamartin and Atocha rail stations and the bus station (Estación Sur) at Calle Méndez Álvaro. These journeys take 11, 25 and 30 minutes respectively. Please note those with AVE or long-distance rail tickets can get a free ticket on the C1 train – click here for information.
- Airport bus into central Madrid from all terminals. This is a 24 hour service with a fixed price €5. It runs about every 20 minutes in the day to and from Atocha railway station , every 35 minutes at night from Cibeles and will take 40 minutes in normal traffic conditions.
- City bus route 200 runs from all terminals at Barajas to Avenida de Americas bus station, runs every 12 -15 minutes at peak times, takes 40 minutes in normal traffic conditions.
Arriving by air:
There are a variety of buses you can take direct from Barcelona El Prat airport. Please see here for details.
To get into central Barcelona, there are a selection of buses, please see here. The fastest route is probably to take the R2 Nord train (light green line) to Passeig de Gràcia station.
Barcelona Sants station takes just under 20 minutes from the airport on the R2 Nord line. Further information on Sants station here.
Estació de França – take the R2 Nord line from the airport and change at Sants to R2 Sud train (dark green line). Further information on Estació França here.
Barcelona Nord bus station – please see here for information on how to get there plus lots of other details on services operating from here, where to buy tickets etc.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona – city buses and metro
Rodalies de Catalunya – Barcelona suburban trains
Tram – Barcelona trams
- By air (Easyjet direct), there are several airport buses per hour from early morning to late evening, it takes 30 minutes to the centre of Bilbao. For onwards train travel, alight at the 2nd stop (Moyua plaza) then 10 minute walk or take metro to Bilbao Abando Indalecio Prieto station. For onwards bus travel stay on until the 4th and final stop at Bilbao Termibus bus station.
- By ferry – see Brittany Ferries guide on getting to Bilbao from the ferry terminal.
By air (Easyjet direct). There are Alsa buses into Avilés (20 minute journey to Avenida Telares bus station), Gijón (45 minutes to Calle Ribadesella bus station) and Oviedo (45 minutes to the bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen) which run hourly from the airport from early morning until late evening.
Santiago de Compostela
By air (Ryanair or Easyjet direct). There is a bus service run by Empresa Freire between the airport and Santiago which runs every 30 minutes from early morning until late evening, on a daily basis, with stops in Santiago including the bus station (Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño) and train station (Rúa do Hórreo).
If travelling back from Santiago, the airport bus run by Empresa Freire starts at Plaza de Galicia, calling at the train and bus stations on the way.
From Plaza de Galicia you can also catch a Tralusa bus to the bus station (no. 5) and to the train station (no. 6). Both buses run every 20- 30 minutes and cost €1.
By air (Ryanair direct, internal flights from Madrid and Barcelona). Autos Sigras Carral bus from airport to A Coruña city centre (runs every 30 minutes during week, every hour at weekends, from early morning until late evening, takes 25 minutes). Stops at Avenida de Alfonso Molina which is near the main bus station at Rúa Caballeros. The train station (San Cristóbal) is quite close to the bus station.
Arriving by air:
- Take the A Express Line bus from Terminal 3 to Paseo del Parque in the city centre with the airport, it takes 15 minutes and costs €3. This is about 0.5 km from the start of the Camino at Iglesia de Santiago in Calle Granada. This service calls at the bus station if you need to pick up a connection from there.
- Take Line C1 of Renfe suburban trains from Terminal 3 to Málaga Centro-Alameda station on Alameda Principal. This takes about 12 minutes and is less than 1 km to Iglesia de Santiago. This service also calls at Maria Zambrano train station if you need to take a train to another destination.
Arriving by train, coach or Alsa bus:
- Maria Zambrano train station (Explanada de la Estación) is right next door to Málaga bus station (Paseo de los Tilos). They are less than 1 km from city centre, about 1.5 km from Iglesia de Santiago.
From San Pablo airport there is a bus (Line EA) which runs 365 days a year, costs €4 and takes 35 minutes into the centre of Seville. You can buy a single ticket or a rechargeable pass (like a London Oystercard).
If you are travelling out of Seville please note that this bus calls at the train station at Santa Justa and at the main bus station at Plaza de Armas.
The Camino begins at the Cathedral at Avenida de la Constitucion. Credenciales can also be obtained from the Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Sevilla in Calle Castilia, 82.
From Lisbon Portela Airport:
- Take the metro to Saldanha, change for whatever station you need for your albergue or hotel or for the Sé where the camino begins (nearest metro is Terreiro do Paço on the blue line). The Airport Metro Station operates from 06:30 to 01:00. From the airport to Saldanha takes about 21 minutes. To use the metro you will need to buy a prepaid card (like a London oystercard) which costs €0.50. Load it with a single journey for €1.40, valid for 1 hour after first validation or load it with a day pass (valid on buses and metro) for €6. The single journey option is best if you are simply travelling to your hotel and/or start of the camino.
- Take a Carris bus into Lisbon, there are various routes, please check on the website for details. Either buy a ticket from the driver €1.80 or get one already preloaded with the fare (as for the metro journey).
- Take the Aerobus shuttle, there are 2 lines, one going to the Cais do Sodré train station (about 500m from the Sé) , the other to the financial district. They run from early morning to late evening and cost €3.50 (cheaper if you pre-book online).
- Take the airport shuttle, see website for details and booking.
- To get to Oriente station (for onwards travel to Coimbra) take the red metro line from the airport.
- To get to Sete Rios bus station (for onwards travel to Coimbra) take the red metro line from the airport to San Sebastião and change onto the blue line for Jardim Zoológico. The bus station is across the street.
From Santa Apolónia Station (if arriving on the Sud Express), it is one stop on the blue metro line to Terreiro do Paço (nearest metro stop to the start of the camino at the Sé). Metro ticket information as above.
From Sete Rios bus station if arriving by Alsa bus
To use bus, metro or train in Porto you need an Andante card. These are contactless rechargeable cards, similar to London Oyster, and can be purchased and preloaded at the airport. They can loaded for single journeys or 1 or 3 day passes.
There are 2 starting points for the camino in Porto; the official start at the Cathedral or Sé, and Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho in Maia which some pilgrims prefer to avoid walking through heavy traffic in central Porto. If you wish to pick up a credencial in Porto it is better to start at the Cathedral. Directions to both starting points are given below:
Arriving by air to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport:
- Take the violet metro line E . This runs all the way to Estádio do Dragão, change onto other lines as necessary to access hotels etc in central Porto. There are left luggage lockers at Trindade and Rossio metro stations if you want to leave your backpack and look round Porto.
- To start from the Cathedral, take violet metro line E to Trindade, switch to yellow metro line D (direction Santo Ovidio) and get off at São Bento.
- To start from the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho in Maia take violet metro line E to Fonte do Cuco, switch to green metro line C (direction Ismai) and get off at Fórum Maia.
- To get to Batalha bus station at Ruá Alexandre Herculano to get a Redes Expressos bus to Coimbra, take the violet metro line E to Trindade, switch to yellow metro line D (direction Santo Ovidio) and get off at São Bento. However this involves a difficult 7 or 8 minutes walk up a very steep hill to the bus terminal. Alternatively you can stay on metro line E for one more stop to Bolhão metro station and walk along Ruá de Santa Catarina, 8 min, to the bus terminal.
- To get to Companhã station take the violet metro line E.
- Take an STCP bus into central Porto.
- To start from the Cathedral take line 601 to Cordoaria (about 0.5 km to the Sé). Buses run daily from early morning until late evening.
- To start from the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho in Maia (to avoid walking through heavy traffic in central Porto) take line 604 to Jardim Zoológico in Maia.
- Other buses and shuttles can be found on Porto airport website.
Arriving by bus:
- Alsa bus from Santiago arrives at Intercambiador Casa da Música, from nearby metro station also called Casa da Música – lines A B C or E to Trindade and change onto yellow line D for São Bento (Cathedral), green line C to Fórum Maia for Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho in Maia.
- Bus from Lisbon arrives at Batalha bus terminal at Ruá Alexandre Herculano. This is near the Sé if you want to start there. Alternatively walk to Bolhão metro station to take the green line C to Fórum Maia to start at Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho.
Arriving by train at Companhã station:
- To start from the Cathedral, take the metro (lines A, B, C or E) to Trindade, switch to yellow metro line E (direction Santo Ovidio) and get off at São Bento.
- To start from in Maia take the green metro line C (direction Ismai) and get off at Fórum Maia.
Click here for further information from Tripadvisor about transport to and from Porto, especially about the multiple bus stations and the confusion that can arise from this.