- Past OR future Camino
- April 2020
Any thoughts on the best way to get from Barcelona to SPJDP...?
If you have time and can get in, spend the night at Orisson, it is a great start to your CaminoI am taking a 3:30pm train Barcelona Sants to Pamplona, staying overnight, then either finding another peregrino/a to share a taxi with or taking the afternoon ALSA bus to St. Jean. Overnight there, then start walking the next day. Buen Camino!
Davidmm has it right-book a place at Orisson. That first day out is one marked by great amounts of excitement, great amounts of second thoughts, lots of new people to meet and talk with, all making it very difficult to hit your usual pace as you face a long tiring ascent and worse just when you are really tired a steep descent down to Roncesvalles. A stop at Orisson will allow you to work the kinks out of your boots, rearrange your backpack (poring don cats and dogs and your rain gear is at the bottom-you're wearing way too much and boiling or not enough at all, a chance to sit, drink, eat, and begin to develop the camaraderie you will form with the same people with whom you will meet again and rejoin again all along the Camino. Nothing to worry about, but speaking for myself, I like to start off slow and sure, giving myself several days to acclimatize, to build up steam and to hit my comfortable walking speed. In my opinion, going all out from day one is a recipe for trouble later on.I am taking a 3:30pm train Barcelona Sants to Pamplona, staying overnight, then either finding another peregrino/a to share a taxi with or taking the afternoon ALSA bus to St. Jean. Overnight there, then start walking the next day. Buen Camino!
My wife and I have twice caught the 9.30 train from Barcelona to Pamplona, then a taxi to the bus depot before the bus to St Jean. We find it fine. Plenty of time to make your connections and you can book both the train and bus before you depart.We are flying into Barcelona in June 2022 and then trying to get to SJPDP in one day after a couple of days of sightseeing. Is it still reasonable to get to SJPDP in one day from Barcelona?
Two tricks here.I was looking for the bus schedule and could not find it. I believe it is ALSA that we take but SJPDP does not seem to be listed. Tried a few variations of spelling. Any tips? I am likely missing the obvious.
Thank you. That is very helpful.Two tricks here.
1) You do have to spell St as Saint.
2) ALSA puts its schedule up three months (or so) in advance. Since it does not run in the winter months you will not see a schedule for awhile even if you used their online tool perfectly. Keep trying; maybe make it a Sunday thing.
By the way, the service is/was by CONDA but ALSA now owns CONDA in full or in partnership with another company and online booking is through the ALSA website. I'm mentioning this to keep you from trying to book from CONDA if you happen to see online that it also services SJPdP.
MaryLynn,A few years ago, I wanted to start in SJPdP but I don’t like riding buses in the mountains so didn’t want to take a bus from Pamplona to Saint Jean. I flew from Toronto overnight to Paris, then I took a train from the airport to Dax, stayed overnight at a nice little hotel close to the train station, then the next morning I took a bus a short distance to a little town where the French Camino passed through and started my two-day walk to SJPdP. It was a good warmup and a beautiful walk.
This may sound complicated, but it was very easy and it was the best solution for me to get to the Camino Frances in Saint Jean.