Camino Starting Points

There are numerous routes to Santiago and you can start walking at any point along them (remember the minimum 100 km distance). On this page you will find suggestions of how to travel to various places on these routes to start your pilgrimage.  Just click on the route name below to see transport details, or browse down the page to see what towns and cities are on camino routes:

Camino Francés

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

  • By air to Biarritz with Ryanair or Easyjet, take the Chronoplus no 14 airport bus to Bayonne station (they run roughly every 30 minutes from early morning until late evening, and take 40 minutes), then the branch line train (up to 5 per day in summer) to St Jean (SNCF), takes roughly 1 hr 20 minutes.
  • By air to Pau Pyrénées airport.  Take an Idelis shuttle bus (Mon – Fri, early morning to early evening, Saturday days only, does not run Sundays or public holidays) to Pau train station.  From there take a train to Bayonne (journey times vary between 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes).  Then branch line to St Jean as above.
  • By rail via Eurostar to Lille, then change onto the TGV which skirts Paris to Bayonne.  Or Eurostar to Paris, take the metro to Gare Montparnasse and catch a TGV to Bayonne. Please see the Man in Seat 61 website France page for details.

Roncesvalles

  • Fly to Bilbao, from Bilbao Termibus bus station take the bus (Autobuses La Union) to Pamplona (5 or 6 per day, journey time 2 hours or 2 hours 20 minutes). Then take either:Autocares Artiedabus (2 per day excluding Sundays and festivals,  journey time 1 hour 10 minutes) or a taxi to Roncesvalles (see various options under links).

Pamplona

  • Fly to Bilbao, from Bilbao Termibus bus station take the bus (Autobuses La Union) to Pamplona (5 or 6 per day, they take 2 hours or 2 hours 20 minutes).
  • Fly to Madrid, take a 55 minute internal flight to Pamplona (Iberia/Air Nostrum), taxi to Pamplona city centre.
  • Fly to Madrid, take a train from Atocha station to Pamplona (some require a change at Zaragoza, rail journey time 3 – 4 hours).
  • Fly to Biarritz, take an Edsa or Conda bus to Pamplona (bus takes just over 3 hours). Details here.
  • By rail from UK, please see The Man in Seat 61 Spain page.

Logroño

  • Fly to Bilbao, from Bilbao Termibus bus station take the direct bus (Autobuses La Union).   There are about 6 buses per day, these take 1 hour 45 minutes – 2 hours.
  • Fly to Bilbao, take train from Bilbao Abando Indalecio Prieto station (train takes 2 hours 20 minutes).
  • Fly to Madrid, take 50 minute Iberia / Air Nostrum flight to Logroño – Agoncillo. One flight every evening excluding Saturdays.
  • Fly to Madrid, take PLM Autocares bus from Avenida de Americas bus station (bus takes about 4 hours).
  • Fly to Santander, take Alsa bus (bus journey about 3.5 hours).
  • By Eurolines coach from UK (London – Zaragoza route).

Burgos 

  • Fly to Bilbao, from Bilbao Termibus bus station take the direct Alsa bus (bus journey varies between 1 hour 45 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes).
  • Fly to Bilbao, take train from Bilbao Abando Indalecio Prieto station (train takes 2.5 – 3 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid, take Alsa bus direct from Terminal 4 at Barajas airport or from Avenida de Americas bus station (bus takes 2 hours 45 minutes)
  • Fly to Madrid, take train from Chamartín station, rail journey takes between 2.5 – 4.5 hours.
  • Fly to Santander, take Alsa bus from Santander bus station, bus journey takes between 2.5 hours – 3 hours 15 minutes.

León

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take Alsa bus to León from Oviedo bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen (bus takes 1 hour 45 minutes). There are also trains from Oviedo to León.
  • Fly to Madrid, take train from Chamartín. Fastest direct trains just under 3 hours, others may take more than 5 hours and involve changing at Palencia.
  • Fly to Madrid, take Alsa bus direct from Terminal 4 or from the bus station at Méndez Álvaro (bus journey 3.5 – 5 hours).
  • Fly to Barcelona, fly to León (Air Nostrum / Iberia), flight tales 1 hour 25 minutes.  Airport is at Virgen del Camino so you can start from there.
  • It is possible to reach León from Bilbao, Santander and Santiago by Alsa bus, but there are no direct routes and bus journeys can take 5 – 6 hours.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – London to Vigo route.

Astorga

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take Alsa bus to Astorga from Oviedo bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen (takes 2 hour 20 minutes). There are also trains from Oviedo to Astorga via León.
  • Fly to Santiago, take Alsa bus to Astorga from the bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño (takes 3 hours 45 minutes to 5 hours 40 minutes).
  • Fly to Santiago, take train from the station at Rúa do Hórreo, off Avenida de Lugo (takes around 4 – 4.5 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid, take Alsa bus direct from Terminal 4 or from the bus station at Méndez Álvaro (journey times vary from 3 hours 40 minutes to 6 hours 15 minutes).
  • Fly to Madrid, take train from Chamartín. Fastest direct trains 3.5 hours, others may take 6 hours and involve changing at Palencia.
  • It is possible to reach Astorga from Bilbao, Santander and Santiago by Alsa bus but services are infrequent and/or lengthy.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – London to Vigo route.

Ponferrada

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take Alsa bus to Ponferrada from Oviedo bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen (bus takes around 3 hours).  There are also trains from Oviedo to Ponferrada via León.
  • Fly to Santiago, take train from the station at Rúa do Hórreo, off Avenida de Lugo (rail journey takes between 3 – 3.5 hours).
  • Fly to Santiago, take Alsa bus to Ponferrada from the bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño (bus takes between 3 and 4.5 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid take Alsa bus direct from Terminal 4 or from the bus station at Méndez Álvaro (bus journey times vary from around 4 – 6 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid, take train from Chamartín. Fastest direct trains 4.5 hours, others may take 7 hours and involve changing at Palencia.
  • It is possible to reach Ponferrada by Alsa bus from Bilbao and Santander but journey times are lengthy.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – London to Vigo route.

Sarria

  • Fly to Santiago and then take an Empresa Freire bus from the airport to Lugo bus station (bus journey takes just under 2 hours), change to a Monbus service for Sarria (regular services, takes 35 minutes).

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Camino del Norte

Irún / Hendaye

Irún is on Spanish side of border, Hendaye is on French side.

  • Fly to Biarritz, take a Transports 64 bus line 816 from airport to Hendaye (takes just over 1 hour). Timetable here.
  • Fly to Biarritz, take a PESA bus from airport to Irún (takes 1 hour, runs twice daily).
  • By air (or ferry) to Bilbao, take Alsa bus to Irún from Termibus bus station, most bus journeys are under 2 hours.
  • By air (or ferry) to Santander, take evening/night Alsa bus to Irún from Santander bus station, bus journey is about 3 hours.
  • By rail. Eurostar to Lille, change to TGV, usually change at Bordeaux to get to Hendaye.  Some trains travel onwards to Irún.  Or there are more frequent services from Eurostar to Paris, take metro to Gare Montparnasse and TGV to Hendaye and Irún.
  • By Eurolines coach to Irún (London to A Coruña route).
  • By air to Santiago, 2 buses per day to Irún, take 13 to 14 hours, may require change at Oviedo.
  • There are also trains to Irún and Hendaye from Madrid, take between 6 – 8 hours.

San Sebastián / Donostia

  • By air or ferry to Bilbao, take Alsa bus from Termibus bus station to San Sebastián, bus journey takes 2 hours or less.
  • By air or ferry to Santander, take Alsa bus from Santander bus station to San Sebastián, most bus journeys take less than 3 hours.
  • Fly to Biarritz, take an PESA or Conda bus to San Sebastián (bus takes just about an hour or a little more). Details here.
  • By Eurolines coach (London to A Coruña route).
  • By rail from UK, please see The Man in Seat 61 Spain page.
  • There are also trains and Alsa buses from Madrid to San Sebastián.

Bilbao

  • By air (Easyjet fly direct) or ferry (Brittany Ferries) to Bilbao.
  • By air (Ryanair fly direct) or ferry (Brittany Ferries) to Santander, then an Alsa bus to Bilbao (bus takes 1 hour 45 minutes).
  • By air to Madrid, then by air to Bilbao with Iberia, internal flight takes just over 1 hour.
  • By air to Madrid, then Alsa bus (either direct from Terminal 4 at airport or from Avenida de Americas bus station), bus journey takes 5 hours or less.  There are also trains from Madrid to Bilbao.
  • Fly to Biarritz, take a PESA bus from airport to Bilbao (takes just under 3 hours).
  • By Eurolines coach (London to A Coruña route).
  • By rail from UK – see The Man in Seat 61 Spain page

Santander

  • Fly to Santander direct with Ryanair
  • Take the ferry to Santander from Plymouth.
  • Fly to Bilbao and take the Alsa bus from Termibus bus station to Santander (most bus journeys less than 2 hours).
  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo and take the Alsa bus to Santander (most bus journeys less than 3 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid and take an internal flight.
  • Fly to Madrid and take a train from Chamartín station (direct journeys just over 4.5 hours)
  • Fly to Madrid and take an Alsa bus from Terminal 4 at the airport or Avenida de Americas station (bus journeys 4.5 – 6 hours)
  • By Eurolines coach (London to A Coruña route).

Gijón / Avilés

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take airport bus to Avilés (20 minute journey) or Gijón (45 minute journey).
  • Fly to Santander, Alsa bus from airport or from bus station at Calle Navas de Tolosa to Gijón (bus journey between 2 – 4 hours).  Bus journey from Santander airport to Avilés involves changing at Oviedo and takes between 4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours 20 minutes.
  • Fly to Santiago, Alsa bus from bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño to Avilés (bus journey 4 – 6 hours) and to Gijón (bus journey 5 – 6 hours 15 minutes).
  • Fly to Madrid, get connecting flight to Asturias Oviedo.  Or, for Gijón, take train from Chamartín station (rail journey 5.5 – 8 hours), for Avilés trains leave from both Chamartín and Atocha and involve a change at Oviedo (rail journey 6 – 7 hours). Or take Alsa bus from Terminal 4 at Barajas airport, Calle Méndez Álvaro bus station or the Moncloa Intercambiador at Calle de la Princesa (bus journeys vary 5.5 hours – 7 hours 15 minutes for Gijón and 6 hours to 7 hours 15 minutes for Avilés).

Ribadeo

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take an Alsa bus from Avilés bus station to Ribadeo, bus journey takes between 2 – 3 hours.
  • Fly to Santiago, catch an Alsa bus from the bus station to Ribadeo, bus journey takes about 3 – 4 hours.

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Vía de la Plata

Seville

By air:

  • BA, Easyjet and Ryanair fly direct to Seville San Pablo airport.
  • Get connecting flights from Madrid or Barcelona to Seville San Pablo airport.  Also note that trains from Madrid Atocha station takes as little as 2 hours 20 minutes to reach Seville.  2 Socibus coaches run overnight to Seville from Barajas airport, take about 7 hours.
  • Fly to Málaga and take a bus (one a day direct from airport), takes 3 hours 15 minutes.

By coach:

  • Eurolines London to Algeciras route

By rail:

  • The Man in Seat 61 Spain page gives details of UK to Seville by rail.

Mérida

Fly to Seville. Take a bus from Plaza de Armas bus station to Mérida, bus takes between 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes.

Fly to Madrid, option are:

  • Train to Mérida, takes between 4 hours 50 minutes and 8 hours 35 minutes
  • Take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Mérida. This service takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and must be prebooked through Air Europa as part of purchasing an online air ticket.

Fly to Barcelona, take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Mérida, details as above.

Cáceres

Fly to Seville, take an Alsa bus to Cáceres from Plaza de Armas (bus journey takes between 3 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours 40 minutes)

Fly to Madrid, options are:

  • Take a train to Cáceres, train journey takes about 4 hours.
  • Take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Cáceres. This service takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and must be prebooked through Air Europa as part of purchasing an online air ticket

From Barcelona options are:

  • Take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Cáceres . This service takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and must be prebooked through Air Europa as part of purchasing an online air ticket.
  • Take a train via Madrid, train journey time about 8 hours.

Salamanca

Fly to Madrid, options are:

  • Take a train from Chamartín to Salamanca (train journey takes 2.5 – 3 hours).
  • Take an Avanza bus from Estación Sur at Avenida Méndez Álvaro to Salamance bus station at  Avenida Filiberto Villalobos, Express bus service takes 2.5 hours.

You can fly or take the ferry to Bilbao or Santander and take an Alsa bus, be prepared for bus journeys between 5 – 7.5 hours.

If you prefer not to fly:

  • By rail from the UK – please see the Man in Seat 61 website Spain page
  • By Eurolines coach from the UK (London to Algeciras route)

Zamora

  • Fly to Madrid, take a train from Chamartín station to Zamora. Train journeys usually about 2 hours.  Avanza bus journeys from Estación Sur at Calle de Méndez Álvaro take 3 hours 15 minutes.
  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo and take an Alsa bus from the bus station at Avenida Pepe Cosmen. Journey time 3.5 – 4 hours.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – London to Algeciras service.

Ourense

  • Fly to Santiago, take a train to Ourense.  Train journeys usually take around 40 minutes.  Alternatively Monbus runs a service from Santiago to Ourense, takes 2 hours or just under.
  • From Madrid’s Chamartín station the fastest train to Ourense is 4 hours 40 minutes.
  • For those who prefer not to fly, Ourense can be reached by Eurolines coach from the UK (London to Vigo route).

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Camino Mozárabe (both branches)

Málaga

  • By air – Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe all fly direct to Málaga.  Connecting flights are possible from Madrid and Barcelona.  Rail journey from Madrid Atocha between 2 hours 20 minutes – 3 hours 45 minutes, Alsa bus from Estación Sur at Calle Méndez Álvaro takes between 6 hours and 7 hours 15 minutes.
  • By rail from UK – please see The Man in Seat 61 Spain page for details.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – service from London to Málaga.

Granada

By air –

  • Fly direct to Granada from London City Airport (British Airways). There is an airport bus service, takes about 40 minutes into central Granada.
  • Fly to Madrid or Barcelona and take an internal flight to Granada.  Rail journey to Granada from Madrid Atocha c 4.5 hours. Alsa bus journey to Granada from Madrid (including some services direct from airport) are 4.5 hours to 5 hours 45 minutes.
  • Fly to Málaga and take an Alsa bus (some services run direct from Terminal 3 of the airport, some from the bus station). Bus journey time 1.5 – 2.5 hours.
  • Fly to Seville and take train from Santa Justa station to Granada (train journey around 3 hours 15 minutes).

By Coach or Rail:

  • By Eurolines coach from UK – service from London to Málaga.
  • By rail from UK – please see The Man in Seat 61 Spain page for details.

The bus station is at Calle Minerva, the train station is in Avenida de Andaluces.

Camino starts at Real Monasterio de las Madres Comendadoras de Santiago where Calle Santiago crosses Calle Comendadoras de Santiago.

See Getting there and Back under links for specific Granada information.

Córdoba

  • Fly to Seville. Many trains from Santa Justa station take less than an hour to Córdoba, Alsa bus from Plaza de Armas bus station takes about 2 hours.
  • Fly to Madrid, many trains from Atocha take less than 2 hours to reach Córdoba. Socibus coach runs direct from airport once a day, takes 5 hours 30 minutes.
  • By rail from the UK – please see the Man in Seat 61 website Spain page
  • By Eurolines coach from the UK (London to Málaga route)

Mérida

Fly to Seville. Take a bus from Plaza de Armas bus station to Mérida, bus takes between 2 hours 10 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes.

Fly to Madrid, option are:

  • Train to Mérida, takes between 4 hours 50 minutes and 8 hours 35 minutes
  • Take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Mérida. This service takes about 1 hour 45 minutes and must be prebooked through Air Europa as part of purchasing an online air ticket.

Fly to Barcelona, take a connecting flight to Badajoz and take the airport bus to Mérida, details as above.

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Camino del Sur & Vía Augusta

Huelva (Camino del Sur)

Fly to Seville

  • Take a train from Santa Justa station to Huelva (train takes about 1 hour 30 minutes).
  • Take a Damas bus from Plaza de Armas bus station to Huelva, takes between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours.

Fly to Madrid and take a train, quickest direct journey 3 hours 40 minutes.  Socibus run 2 overnight buses to Huelva from Terminal 1 at Barajas airport, takes just over 8 hours.

Zafra (where the Camino del Sur joins the Vía de la Plata from Seville)

Fly to Seville, take a train from Santa Justa station to Zafra (journey 2 hours 40 minutes).

Fly to Madrid

  • Take a train, 1 per day from Atocha station, takes 5 hours 40 minutes.
  • Take an Avanza bus from Estación Sur at Avenida Méndez Álvaro, 3 per day, takes 5 hours 30 minutes.

Cádiz / Jerez de la Frontera (Vía Augusta)

  • Fly to Jerez airport, take a bus or the Renfe Cercanías train from the airport into either Jerez or Cádiz.  Please note that the train does not serve the airport after early evening, likewise bus services may also be infrequent.  See Bahía de Cádiz transport for details.   Or use a taxi or private shuttle service.
  • Fly to Seville, take a train from Santa Justa station to Jerez (train takes roughly 1 hour to Jerez, 1 hour 45 minutes to Cádiz).
  • Fly to Madrid, take a train to Jerez ( fastest journey 3 hours 20 minutes ) or Cádiz (fastest service just under 4 hours).  Socibus run 1 afternoon service from Terminal 1 at Barajas, takes about 8 hours to Jerez and 8.5 hours to Cádiz.
  • By train from the UK, please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

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Camino Portugués

Don’t forget the time difference between Portugal and Spain, Spanish time is one hour in advance of Portugal.

Lisbon

  • Fly to Lisbon Portela (Easyjet and Ryanair fly direct).
  • Fly to Madrid.  Alsa international service Madrid to Lisbon 12 hours 15 minutes (shorter travel times overnight)
  • Fly to Santiago. Alsa international service Santiago to Lisbon by, it is a 10 hour journey.
  • If you prefer to go by train from the UK, click here for some suggestions for going to Lisbon by rail.

Coimbra

– Air/Rail

All long-distance trains to Coimbra stop at Coimbra B station outside the city centre.  It is about 5 minutes from Coimbra B (Estação Nova – new station) to Coimbra A (Estação Velha – old station) in the city centre, this transfer is included in the long-distance ticket if you book to Coimbra rather than Coimbra B.  Camino route passes right by Coimbra A station.

  • Fly to Lisbon, take train from Oriente station to Coimbra B station.  Train journey time around 1 hour 45 minutes. Seat reservations are essential.
  • Fly to Porto, take train from Porto Campanhã station to Coimbra B station.  Train journey time about 1 hour. Seat reservations are essential.

– Air/Bus

Bus station in Coimbra is Terminal Rodoviário at Av. Fernão de Magalhães, less than 1 km from the camino route which enters Coimbra via the Ponte de Santa Clara.

  • Fly to Lisbon, take a Redes Expressos bus from Sete Rios bus station (bus journey takes about 2 hours 30 minutes).
  • Fly to Porto, take a Redes Expressos bus from Batalha bus terminal at Ruá Alexandre Herculano (bus journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes).
  • Fly to Santiago, take international Alsa bus from Santiago bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño.  Bus journey takes 6 hours 45 minutes.

– Rail only

  • If you prefer not to fly you can take train from UK – see here for details 

Click here for more Coimbra transport information.

Porto

  • Fly to Porto direct with Easyjet, Ryanair or Flybe.
  • Fly to Lisbon and take Redes Expressos bus from Sete Rios station (3 hours 30 minutes by bus) or take a train from either Oriente or Santa Apolónia stations (train journeys vary between 2 hours 35 minutes and 3 hours 9 minutes).
  • Fly to Santiago and take an international Alsa bus from Santiago bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño.  Bus journey takes between 3 hour 30 minutes  to 4 hours 15 minutes.  Autna are another bus company with routes from Santiago to Porto.
  • If you prefer not to fly, it is possible to go by train from the UK to Porto.  Suggestions for this journey can be found here.

Tui

By air to Santiago:

  • Get airport bus to bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño (c. 30 minute journey), take Monbus service to Vigo (1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hour journey), change for an ATSA or Autna bus to Tui. It may be possible to book an Autna bus all the way through from Santiago.
  • Get airport bus to train station at Rúa do Hórreo (c. 30 minute journey), take Renfe train to Vigo (frequent service, takes between 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 hour 45 minutes) and then from Vigo to Tui  (infrequent service, takes around 45 minutes),  Probably easier to get a bus from Vigo to Tui.
  • It may be possible to get to Tui on the bus via Pontevedra, unfortunately we are unable to confirm details of this.

By air to Porto:

  • Take the Alsa international bus direct from Porto airport to Tui (bus journey 1 hour 20 minutes).

It is possible to travel by train to Guillarei (about 5 km from Tui) from Madrid ( times vary between 6 and 11 hours) or from Barcelona (takes 13 – 15 hours).

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Camino Primitivo

Oviedo

  • By air to Asturias Oviedo. Take the hourly airport bus into the city (bus journey 45 minutes).
  • By air or ferry to Santander. Various Alsa buses from bus station at Calle Navas De Tolosa (bus journey tales between 2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes).
  • By air or ferry to Bilbao. Various Alsa buses from Termibus bus station (bus journey tales between 3 hours 35 minutes to 5 hours 15 minutes).
  • By air to Santiago. Alsa bus from Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño bus station takes between 4 hours 30 minutes – 6 hours 45 minutes.
  • By air to Madrid. Trains take between 5 hours and 7.5 hours.  Alsa buses, from Estación Sur at Méndez Álvaro, Moncloa Intercambiador or Terminal 4 at Barajas, take between 5 -7 hours.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK (listed under alternative spelling as London to La Coruna route).

Lugo

  • By air to A Coruña, then take Arriva bus to Lugo (bus journey between 1 – 2 hours).
  • By air to Santiago. Take an Empresa Freire bus to Lugo (bus journey between 2 and 2 hours 35 minutes).
  • By air to Madrid. Take an Alsa bus from Estación Sur at Méndez Álvaro or direct from Barajas airport. Bus journey times vary between 5 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours 10 minutes.  There are also one or two trains to Lugo from Madrid but all take more than 6 hours.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK (listed under alternative spelling as London to La Coruna route).

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Camino de Invierno

Ponferrada

  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take Alsa bus to Ponferrada from Oviedo bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen (bus takes around 3 hours).  There are also trains from Oviedo to Ponferrada via León.
  • Fly to Santiago, take train from the station at Rúa do Hórreo, off Avenida de Lugo (rail journey takes between 3 – 3.5 hours).
  • Fly to Santiago, take Alsa bus to Ponferrada from the bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño (bus takes between 3 and 4.5 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid take Alsa bus direct from Terminal 4 or from the bus station at Méndez Álvaro (bus journey times vary from around 4 – 6 hours).
  • Fly to Madrid, take train from Chamartín. Fastest direct trains 4.5 hours, others may take 7 hours and involve changing at Palencia.
  • It is possible to reach Ponferrada by Alsa bus from Bilbao and Santander but journey times are lengthy.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK – London to Vigo route.

Monforte de Lemos

  • Fly to Santiago, take Monbus Monforte bus to Monforte de Lemos from Santiago bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Baliño (bus takes around 2 hours 15 minutes).
  • Fly to A Coruña, take RENFE train to Monforte de Lemos (takes between 2 and 3 hours).
  • Fly to Asturias Oviedo, take Alsa bus to León from Oviedo bus station on Avenida Pepe Cosmen (bus takes 1 hour 45 minutes). There are also trains from Oviedo rail station (on Calle Uria, very close to bus station) to León (most take around 2 hours).  Then take train to Monforte de Lemos (this leg of the journey varies between 3 and 4 hours).
  • It is possible to get to Monforte de Lemos by train from Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona, however these are very lengthy journeys.

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Camino Inglés

Ferrol

  • By air to A Coruña, then Arriva bus to Ferrol, bus journey takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes depending on whether Linea1 or Linea 2 route.  You can walk from A Coruña but the distance is less than 100 kms so you will not qualify for a compostela.
  • By air to Santiago, Monbus bus service to Ferrol from Santiago bus station.  Also 1 evening train service from Santiago to Ferrol, takes just under 2 hours.
  • If you prefer not to fly it is also possible to reach A Coruña from UK by train or Eurolines coach (listed under alternative spelling as London to La Coruna route).

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Madrid to Sahagún route

Madrid

Fly, or take the Eurolines coach from the UK, or take a train (please see the Man in Seat 61 website for details)

Segovia

  • Fly to Madrid.
    • Take a train to Segovia, journey time around 30 minutes from Chamartín station.
    • Take a La Sepulvedana bus from Moncloa to Segovia, takes about 55 minutes.
  • Take a train to Segovia from the UK, see the Man in Seat 61 website for details.

Valladolid

  • Fly to Madrid
    • Take a train from Chamartín station, fastest time just over an hour.
    • Take an Alsa bus, take between 2 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes. Some run direct from Barajas airport.
  • Take the Eurolines coach from UK (London to Algeciras route).

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El Camino de Levante

Valencia

  • Fly to Valencia Manises airport (various services from London and East Midlands).  Take metro line 3 or 5 into central Valencia (€3.90 for a 4 zone one-way trip, takes 25 minutes, Colón is the nearest station to the cathedral starting point).  There is also a bus from the airport into central Valencia. Please see Valencia public transport website here.
  • Fly to Madrid. There are services between Atocha station and Joaquin Sorolla station in Valencia that take less than 2 hours.
  • Fly to Barcelona. Fastest trains to Valencia take about 3 hours.
  • By rail from UK see Man in Seat 61 website.

Albacete

  • Fly to Valencia Manises airport (various services from London and East Midlands).  Take metro line 3 or 5 into central Valencia (€3.90 for a 4 zone one-way trip), alight at Xàtiva station for Estación del Nord. Take a train to Albacete Los Llanos station, takes about 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Fly to Madrid. Take a train to Albacete, takes between 1 hour 30 minutes and 3 hours.

Toledo

  • Fly to Madrid, take a train from Atocha to Toledo, takes about 33 minutes.  There are many Alsa buses to Toledo too, usually run from Plaza Eliptica but also direct from Barajas airport, bus journey varies between 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • By rail from UK see Man in Seat 61 website.

Ávila

  • Fly to Madrid, take a train from Chamartín to Ávila, takes about 1 hour 30  minutes.  There are various Avanza buses to Toledo from Estación Sur at Méndez Álvaro.

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Catalan camino routes

There are various routes in Catalunya, please refer to the page for more information.

El Port de la Selva / Figueres / Girona / Barcelona

EITHER Take a Sagalés bus (these buses run every hour from early morning and to late evening and take about 25 minutes) to Girona bus station in central Girona

Girona bus station is next to train station. From here you can take a train to Figueres.

Please note there are 2 stations in Figueres – Figueres and Figueres Vilafant.  Trains to Figueres are infrequent and take about 30 – 40 minutes. Trains to Figueres Vilafant are more frequent and take about 15 minutes.  The bus station in Figueres is nest to Figueres rail station.

If you want to travel onto El Port de la Selva you can get a Teisa bus between stations in Figueres – timetable here.

At Figueres bus station take a Sarfa bus to El Port de la Selva (4 per day, takes around 40 minutes).

OR Take a Barcelona Bus or Sarfa service to Figueres (however there are only 2 per day).  If travelling onto El Port de la Selva  change to a Sarfa bus (4 per day, takes around 40 minutes).

Here is a handy travel guide from Girona airport website and from El Port de la Selva site.

Take R2 Nord train (light green line) to Barcelona Sants station (takes just under 20 minutes), trains to Girona take just under 40 minutes, Figueres Vilafant take 55 minutes.  Connections to El Port de la Selva as above. Rodalies de Catalunya website here (Barcelona surbuban railways)

  • Fly to Madrid, there are plenty of trains to Barcelona, some taking as little as 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK, London to Murcia service calls at Figueres, Girona and Barcelona.
  • By rail from UK to Figueres, Girona and Barcelona, see the Man in Seat 61 website.

Montserrat

  • From Barcelona there are various train and bus options to get to the monastery at Monserrat, please see here for details.

Lleida/Lérida

  • Fly to Girona-Costa Brava.  Take a Teisa bus direct from airport to Lleida, takes 3 hours 20 minutes.  Details here.
  • Fly to Barcelona El Prat airport and take R2 Nord train (light green line) to Barcelona Sants station (takes just under 20 minutes)   Journey times to Lleida vary between 57 minutes and 1 hour 12 minutes.

Zaragoza

  • Fly to Zaragoza (Ryanair from Stansted). Take bus (line 501) from airport to Zaragoza city centre.  You can also reach Tudela by Alsa bus direct from the airport, takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Fly to Barcelona El Prat airport and take R2 Nord train (light green line) to Barcelona Sants station (takes just under 20 minutes)   Journey times to Zaragoza can be as fast as 1 hour 23 minutes.
  • Fly to Madrid and take a train, train times can be as fast as 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK, London to Zaragoza service.
  • By rail from UK to Tarragona, see the Man in Seat 61 website.

Huesca

  • Fly to Zaragoza (Ryanair from Stansted). Take bus (line 501) from airport to Zaragoza Intermodal Delicias (train and bus station side by side).  Take a train to Huesca, fastest train is 44 minutes.
  • Fly to Madrid and take a train, fastest direct train 2 hours 13 minutes.

Tarragona

  • Fly to Barcelona El Prat airport and  take a Bus Plana bus direct from the airport  to Tarragona, takes 1 hour 10 minutes. Or take a train to Tarragona.  Depending on what station your train departs from, take R2 Nord train (light green line) to Barcelona Sants station (takes just under 20 minutes) or change at Sants to R2 Sud train (dark green line) and alight at Estació de França.  Journey times to Tarragona vary between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • By Eurolines coach from UK, London to Murcia service calls at Tarragona.
  • By rail from UK to Tarragona, see the Man in Seat 61 website.

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Arles / Aragonés route

Arles

  • Fly to Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes airport (Ryanair from Luton and Liverpool) take the shuttle bus to Nîmes station . Train to Arles takes about 30 minutes.
  • Fly to Marseille Provence airport (Ryanair from Stansted, Easyjet from Bristol and Edinburgh). Take shuttle bus to Vitrolles train station and catch a direct train to Arles ( train journey about 40 minutes).
  • Fly to Montpellier–Méditerranée airport (Ryanair seasonal from Leeds, Easyjet from Gatwick and Luton). Take shuttle bus (line 120) to Place d’Europe tram station, take a tram (line 1) to St Roch rail station. Train to Arles takes 1 hour 20 minutes).

Montpellier

  • Fly to Montpellier–Méditerranée airport, take shuttle bus into city, connect with tram service if needed for hotels etc.
  • If you prefer not to fly you can take a Eurolines coach (London to South of France route) or go by rail – see The Man in Seat 61 website for details.

Castres

  • Fly to Toulouse Blagnac airport (flights from all over UK, and from Ireland).  Take AERO bus (towards Gare Routière Toulouse) to Toulouse Matabiau station and a train to Castres (some direct train journeys, these take just over 1 hour).
  • There is an airport Castres Mazamet which has domestic flights to and from Paris.

Toulouse

  • Fly to Toulouse Blagnac (flights from all over UK, and from Ireland).  Take the AERO bus into centre of town, or use other buses or metro to get to your desired destination.  See the Tisséo website for details.
  • If you prefer not to fly you can go by rail – see The Man in Seat 61 website for details.

Auch

  • Fly to Toulouse Blagnac airport (flights from all over UK, and from Ireland).  Take AERO bus (towards Gare Routière Toulouse) to Toulouse Matabiau station and a train to Auch (train journey 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours 30 minutes, some journeys require changes).

Pau

  • Fly to Pau Pyrénées airport.  Take an Idelis shuttle bus (Mon – Fri, early morning to early evening, Saturday days only, not public holidays) to Pau town centre.

Jaca

  • Fly to Pau Pyrénées. Take an Idelis shuttle bus (Mon – Fri, early morning to early evening, Saturday days only, not public holidays) to Pau train station.  Otherwise book a taxi.  Take a train to Oloron Ste Marie (this journey takes about 35 minutes). Then get a bus from the station to Canfranc station (it takes about 1 hour 10 minutes, timetable here) and then change to a bus to Jaca (takes about 30 minutes, details here).  There are also some infrequent Renfe trains.
  • Fly to Zaragoza (Ryanair from Stansted). Take bus (line 501) from airport to Zaragoza Intermodal Delicias (train and bus station side by side).  Take an Alosa bus to Jaca (journey time 2 hours 30 minutes).
  • Fly to Madrid, get a train to Zaragoza (many rail services take just 1 hour 15 minutes), change to a bus to Jaca as above.
  • Fly to Barcelona, get a train to Zaragoza (many rail services take under 2 hours), change to a bus to Jaca as above.

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Le Puy route

Le-Puy-en-Velay 

  • Fly to Lyon Saint Exupéry airport (Flybe, Easyjet, BA direct from UK, Air France if connecting from Paris).  Take the Rhônexpress tram from the airport (runs 365 days a year, from 04.25 to 00.00) to Lyon Part Dieu station (takes less than 30 minutes). Take a connecting train to St Étienne Châteaucreux station (takes about 50 minutes) and then to Le-Puy-en-Velay (takes about 1 hour 25 minutes).
  • Fly to Paris, take train to Lyons from Gare de Lyon, then to St Étienne Châteaucreux , then to Le Puy.
  • Take train from UK to Lyon – see suggestions for going either via Lille or via Paris in Man in Seat 61 website and then onto Le Puy as set out above.

Figeac

  • Fly to Rodez Aveyron airport – also known as Rodez Marcillac. Ryanair fly direct from Stansted and Dublin, use Hop if connecting from Paris. Take taxi from airport to Gare de Rodez train station for trains to Figeac (train journey just under 1 hour 30 minutes).

Conques

  • If anyone can give concrete information from personal experience about getting to Conques we would be delighted to hear from you.  There is one bus per day that we can find from Conques to Rodez (town not airport). timetable here. This is primarily a school bus,  There is no rail station at Conques.

Cahors

  • Fly to Brive Souillac airport (Ryanair from Stansted, Cityjet from London City, Hop from Paris) take a taxi to the station (Gare Brive-la-Gaillarde) and take a train to Cahors (train journey takes just over an hour).
  • Fly to Rodez Aveyron airport. Take taxi from airport to Gare de Rodez train station for trains to Figeac (train journey just under 1 hour 30 minutes). Then  take a train from Figeac to Cahors (this journey about 1 hour and 45 minutes).
  • Take train from UK to Cahors – see times in Man in Seat 61 website.

Moissac

  • Fly to Toulouse Blagnac airport (flights from all over UK, and from Ireland).  Take AERO bus (towards Gare Routière Toulouse) to Toulouse Matabiau station and a train to Moissac (direct train journey just under 1 hour, most journeys involves changing and can take up to 3 hours).

Aire sur l’Adour

  • Fly to Pau Pyrénées. Take an Idelis shuttle bus (Mon – Fri, early morning to early evening, Saturday days only, not public holidays) to Pau train station.  Otherwise book a taxi.  From Pau station take a bus to Aire sur l’Adour (Pau – Agen service, only one a day)  See Keolis website for details.

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Vézelay route

Vézelay

There are no nearby airports with international services, this is not an easy place to get to.

  • Take the train all the way from the UK, or fly to Paris.   From Paris Gare de Lyon train journey to Sermizelles Vézelay is just under 4 hours 30 minutes, with a change at Laroche Migennes.  Then take shuttle or taxi or walk to Vézelay. Details on Vézelay tourism website.

Bourges

  • Take the train all the way from the UK, or fly to Paris.  From Paris Austerlitz train journey to Bourges is between 2 and 3 hours with a change at Vierzon Ville.  Please also see transport information on the Bourges town website.

Nevers

  • Take the train all the way from the UK, or fly to Paris. From Paris-Bercy train journey to Nevers takes between 2 and 2 hours 30 minutes.

Limoges

  • Fly to Limoges (Ryanair from multiple airports in UK, Flybe from Southampton).  Take a taxi into Limoges.
  • Take the train all the way from the UK – see Man in Seat 61 for details , or fly to Paris and then get a train.  Journey from Paris is about 3 hours.

Périgueux

  • Fly to Brive Souillac airport (Ryanair from Stansted, Cityjet from London City, Hop from Paris) take a taxi to the station (Gare Brive-la-Gaillarde) and take a train to Périgueux (train journey takes just under an hour).
  • Fly to Limoges, take a taxi to Limoges-Bénédictins station. Train journey to Périgueux about 1 hour 20 minutes.

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Paris / Chartres route

Paris

  • Fly, or take Eurolines coach from London, or go by Eurostar.

Chartres

  • To Paris by air, coach or Eurostar.  Take a train to Chartres from Paris Montparnasse, some direct trains take just over an hour to Chartres.

Orléans

  • To Paris by air, coach or Eurostar.  Take a train to Orléans from Paris Austerlitz, direct trains take just over 1 hour to 1.5 hours to Orléans.

Tours

  • Fly to Tours Val de Loire (Ryanair from Stansted and Dublin). There is a shuttle bus from airport to Tours station.
  • To Paris by air, coach or Eurostar.  Take a train to Tours.  The fastest services seem to run from Montparnasse station, taking about 1 hour 10 minutes, although you can also travel to Tours from Austerlitz.

Poitiers

  • Fly to Poitiers Biard airport (Ryanair from Stanstead, Shannon and Edinburgh).  Take a taxi to the city centre.
  • Fly to Paris, or take coach. Take a train to Poitiers from Montparnasse station, takes about 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • By rail from UK – please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

Saintes

  • Fly to La Rochelle Île de Ré (various flights from UK). Take a no. 7 bus to Place de Verdun. You can change for a no.1 bus to La Rochelle-Ville station.  Take a train to Saintes, journey times vary between 45 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes. Details of La Rochelle public transport here.
  • Fly to Poitiers Biard airport (Ryanair from Stanstead, Shannon and Edinburgh).  Take a taxi to the station and take a train to Saintes (takes about 2 – 2.5 hours with one change).

Bordeaux

  • Fly to Bordeaux (various flights from UK and Ireland).  Take a shuttle bus into town centre (runs every day early morning until late evening – all details here) stops at Bordeaux St Jean railway station. There are also other buses into Bordeaux, see the infotbc website for details of Bordeaux transport.
  • Fly to Paris, or take coach. Take a train to Bordeaux from Montparnasse station, takes minimum of 3 hours 15 minutes.
  • By rail from UK – please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

Dax

  • Fly to Biarritz, get Chronoplus line C bus to Biarritz station or Chronoplus no 14 bus to Bayonne station.  Take train from either station to Dax.
  • Fly to Bordeaux.  Take a shuttle bus to St Jean railway station. A direct train to Dax takes about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Fly to Pau Pyrénées, get an Idelis shuttle bus to Pau station.  Direct trains to Dax take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • By rail from UK – please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

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Mont St Michel to St Jean d’Angély

Mont St Michel 

  • Fly to Rennes- Bretagne airport (various services from all over UK and Ireland)  Take no. 57 bus (bus stop 300 m from airport terminal) to centre of Rennes.  Take metro from République to Gares (Rennes SNCF and bus stations are adjacent).  Take a bus to Mont St Michel, this takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.  For further details please see Star – Rennes public transport network and Keolis Emeraude – bus service between Rennes and Mont St Michel.
  • Fly to Paris, take a train to Rennes and, if desired, a bus to Mont St Michel as above.
  • By train or train/bus from the UK, please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

Rennes

  • Fly to Rennes- Bretagne airport (various services from all over UK and Ireland)  Take no. 57 bus (bus stop 300 m from airport terminal) to centre of Rennes. For further details please see Star – Rennes public transport network.
  • Fly to Paris, take a train to Rennes.
  • By train from the UK, please see the Man in Seat 61 website.

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La Voie Littorale

Pointe de Grave

  • Le Verdon-sur-Mer is the closest station.  Fly to Bordeaux Mérignac airport (various flights from UK and Ireland). Take a shuttle bus to St Jean railway station – details here.  A direct train to Le Verdon-sur-Mer (the nearest station) takes just about 2 hours, journeys with changes take closer to 3 hours.

Soulac-sur-Mer

  • Fly to Bordeaux Mérignac airport (various flights from UK and Ireland). Take a shuttle bus to St Jean railway station – details here.  A direct train to Soulac-sur-Mer takes just under 2 hours, journeys with changes take 3 hours plus).

Biganos

  • Fly to Bordeaux Mérignac airport (various flights from UK and Ireland). Take a shuttle bus to St Jean railway station – details here.  A direct train to Facture-Biganos takes just under 30 minutes.

Mimizan

  • Here’s a helpful guide to local transport links – Mimizan Plage

Bayonne

  • By air to Biarritz with Ryanair or Easyjet, take the Chronoplus no 14 airport bus to Bayonne station (they run roughly every 30 minutes from early morning until late evening, and take 40 minutes).

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