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Backpacks on Train and Bus

HarleyQ

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2022
Hello, right now we are in the planning stages of walking the CF. Are backpacks allowed to stay with us on the train as carry on?

How about the bus? ex: Finisterre to Santiago
Thanks.
 
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Hello, right now we are in the planning stages of walking the CF. Are backpacks allowed to stay with us on the train as carry on?

How about the bus? ex: Finisterre to Santiago
Thanks.
Taking backpacks on the train is allowed but space may be in short supply for larger packs. On buses you can usually take a day pack on board but larger packs are generally stowed in a hold area under the seats.
 

HarleyQ

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2022
Taking backpacks on the train is allowed but space may be in short supply for larger packs. On buses you can usually take a day pack on board but larger packs are generally stowed in a hold area under the seats.
I've never been on a train before, so do the packs have to be checked in or is there a storage compartment on each cabin.
Thanks.
 

jeanineonthecamino

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Camino Frances 2021, 2022
Hello, right now we are in the planning stages of walking the CF. Are backpacks allowed to stay with us on the train as carry on?

How about the bus? ex: Finisterre to Santiago
Thanks.
Train, yes. Bus - depends on the bus - but I think I had to put mine underneat for Finisterre to Santiago - not 100% sure though.
 
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jeanineonthecamino

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Camino Frances 2021, 2022
I've never been on a train before, so do the packs have to be checked in or is there a storage compartment on each cabin.
Thanks.
Over the head rack for smaller packs. Storage space in the front/rare of the train car for bigger packs. Sometimes a space in the car between some of the seats - not always though. My 30L usually fit overhead on trains. If I had a window seat - I could also keep it on the floor between my legs and the window as long as it was 30L or smaller. Aisle seat - not good to keep on the floor as it blocks the person at the window seat from accessing the aisle.
 

HarleyQ

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2022
Over the head rack for smaller packs. Storage space in the front/rare of the train car for bigger packs. Sometimes a space in the car between some of the seats - not always though. My 30L usually fit overhead on trains. If I had a window seat - I could also keep it on the floor between my legs and the window as long as it was 30L or smaller. Aisle seat - not good to keep on the floor as it blocks the person at the window seat from accessing the aisle.
Thank you!
 

Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
We usually take the train. The comfort class train coaches will handle your backpacks right above where you sit. There are racks at the front/rear of most coaches but these fill up quickly.

 

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Last year we took the bus from Bilbao to Logrono (to join the CF) and had to stow in the hold (33l). Same with a bus we used to miss the walk into Leon.

On the train, I agree with the advice above.
 
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HarleyQ

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2022
We usually take the train. The comfort class train coaches will handle your backpacks right above where you sit. There are racks at the front/rear of most coaches but these fill up quickly.

Thank you for sharing the pics and article.
 
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Bert45

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If you use a local bus to get around, just remember to take your rucksack off and carry it as soon as (or before) you get on, especially if it's "standing room only".
 

J Willhaus

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2016
If you use a local bus to get around, just remember to take your rucksack off and carry it as soon as (or before) you get on, especially if it's "standing room only".
My husband has bowled me over more than once with his backpack standing in a line and he'd be more dangerous on a bus! Do take off your backpack and carry it in front of you on buses, trains, and planes!
 

FourSeasons

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Hello, right now we are in the planning stages of walking the CF. Are backpacks allowed to stay with us on the train as carry on?

How about the bus? ex: Finisterre to Santiago
Thanks.
I’ve always taken my Camino backpack on with me on all trains or buses I used.
 
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HarleyQ

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2022
You have never been on a train!!! I hope you really enjoy it as a child would. I am fascinated with trains and planes. They never stop to amaze me. The rest of me has grown to 62 but the part that uses trains and planes is still stuck at 8.
Yep, I've never been on a train. I am really excited and looking forward to this new experience.
 

HarleyQ

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Past OR future Camino
2022
My husband has bowled me over more than once with his backpack standing in a line and he'd be more dangerous on a bus! Do take off your backpack and carry it in front of you on buses, trains, and planes!
Lol, I will remember to take the backpack off and carry it, thanks.
 

Sixwheeler

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2013
You have your answer plus good advice already but if I may just add what is probably obvious but if using overhead luggage racks PLEASE make sure that your bag is safely stowed.
 
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Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Hello, right now we are in the planning stages of walking the CF. Are backpacks allowed to stay with us on the train as carry on?

How about the bus? ex: Finisterre to Santiago
Thanks.
Some of the larger stations make you go through an airport style security check.

When I travelled from SdC to Ferrol a group of us wandered onto the platform only to be turfed off again and made to go through security.

A young woman had a Swiss Army Knife and was told to bury it deep in the middle of her pack if she wanted to take it with her.
 

Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
I've never been on a train before, so do the packs have to be checked in or is there a storage compartment on each cabin.
Thanks.
If you've never been on a train before then this is what you can expect ;)

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