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Bathrooms on buses

Tali

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Are there bathrooms on city to city buses? Specifically, Ribadeo to Santiago?
 
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Quite enjoy the different terminologies on here especially UK and North American folks! ‘Pants’ alway makes me smile, but even as a UK person I always say ‘bathroom’ even in UK (which I know is ridiculous) after a few looks j got in USA a few times when I used the word toilet!

OP could I assume have asked if there were any restrooms on the buses!
 
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Are there bathrooms on city to city buses? Specifically, Ribadeo to Santiago?
As others have said already, not necessarily. Some Alsa buses have them. Alsa is a large company with many affiliates. They cover numerous city to city connections. On the Alsa website, the facility is called aseos or baño in Spanish, and they've chosen WC or bathroom for the English translation.

See these links in ES and EN:
  • ¿Todos los autobuses tienen baño?

  • Do all buses have a WC?
    On national routes of more than 100 km, more than 50% of the Alsa Comfort class buses and all the Supra and Premium class buses have a bathroom. On international routes, all buses have a WC and access will cost € 1 for each use.
 

Luther

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Are there bathrooms on city to city buses? Specifically, Ribadeo to Santiago?
Ha! Reminds me of taking a bus from Santiago to Madrid May 23, 2016. There was a tiny bathroom just forward of the stairs for entry in the middle of the bus. As it was a 9 hour bus ride, I decided to use it. (The bus made a couple stops along the way for drivers and riders, also). When I got in the tiny bathroom, there was a tiny sink that was plugged up, half full of vomit. Below it were two unlabeled buttons. One put water in the sink and the other flushed the toilet. I had to guess which one flushed. Of course, I guessed wrong and the sink started filling up. I pushed the same button and the water quit, just in time for the vomit to not overflow. :). The bus ride was a nice decompression, but it was supposed to go directly to terminal 4. Instead, we got into Madrid just in time for morning rush hour and the driver instead drove to the downtown bus station and everyone was ordered off, to fend for ourselves. I was fortunate enough to find my way to a train that took me to the airport in time for my flight. Others were not so lucky. Never a dull moment on the Camino!
 

Walton

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We took a bus from Finisterre to Santiago in 2017

The bus had a toilet but the driver said it was closed. No reason given.

So a bus having a toilet doesn't necessarily mean that one can use it.
 
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Ha! Reminds me of taking a bus from Santiago to Madrid May 23, 2016. There was a tiny bathroom just forward of the stairs for entry in the middle of the bus. As it was a 9 hour bus ride, I decided to use it. (The bus made a couple stops along the way for drivers and riders, also). When I got in the tiny bathroom, there was a tiny sink that was plugged up, half full of vomit. Below it were two unlabeled buttons. One put water in the sink and the other flushed the toilet. I had to guess which one flushed. Of course, I guessed wrong and the sink started filling up. I pushed the same button and the water quit, just in time for the vomit to not overflow. :). The bus ride was a nice decompression, but it was supposed to go directly to terminal 4. Instead, we got into Madrid just in time for morning rush hour and the driver instead drove to the downtown bus station and everyone was ordered off, to fend for ourselves. I was fortunate enough to find my way to a train that took me to the airport in time for my flight. Others were not so lucky. Never a dull moment on the Camino!
Sounds like a memorable journey! Bus toilets don't seem to fare well, especially on longer journeys. Not unusual to find them out of use with a sink full of vomit or the floor swimming in piss. This isn't unique to Spain, by any means.

On a journey of 3 hours or more, there's usually an intermediate stop or two, usually 15 minutes. Ask, before you board at the desk in the bus station, they should be able to advise.
 
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Ha! Reminds me of taking a bus from Santiago to Madrid May 23, 2016. There was a tiny bathroom just forward of the stairs for entry in the middle of the bus. As it was a 9 hour bus ride, I decided to use it. (The bus made a couple stops along the way for drivers and riders, also). When I got in the tiny bathroom, there was a tiny sink that was plugged up, half full of vomit. Below it were two unlabeled buttons. One put water in the sink and the other flushed the toilet. I had to guess which one flushed. Of course, I guessed wrong and the sink started filling up. I pushed the same button and the water quit, just in time for the vomit to not overflow. :). The bus ride was a nice decompression, but it was supposed to go directly to terminal 4. Instead, we got into Madrid just in time for morning rush hour and the driver instead drove to the downtown bus station and everyone was ordered off, to fend for ourselves. I was fortunate enough to find my way to a train that took me to the airport in time for my flight. Others were not so lucky. Never a dull moment on the Camino!
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Anamiri

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I was debating Logrono-Madrid by bus or train. This just sealed it. Train, it is!
I travelled by train from Madrid to Burgos. The toilet door wouldn't shut properly and we were troubled by a lurking man in the toilet area, that some of the other women would chase away from time to time.
All in all, I held on until Burgos.

The Alsa bus I took the next time, was luxurious, and it was a wonderful trip. They handed out free nuts and water, and the toilets' were clean. The seating was much nicer than the train, it was a faster trip.

It can go either way, I think its more about the passengers treatment of the facilities than the mode of
transport.

I image that cleaning toilets on planes, buses, trains and portaloos must be one of the worst jobs going.
 

Lurch

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I was debating Logrono-Madrid by bus or train. This just sealed it. Train, it is!
Good decision, that. Just make your reservations early! I got the last seat from Santiago to Madrid last year. Also found out there was no open seating, your ticket had the assigned sear number on it…Buen Camino
 
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