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best time to stand in line to collect compostela

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bobdemer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
cf September 2018
hi , what is the best time of day to collect my compostela (shortest lines. thanks.
 

ksam

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese '08, Frances '11, del Norte '14, Invierno '16, Ingles '17, Primitivo October 2018
Probably early morning!

But I have to say that standing in the line last fall, we made the best of the situation!! We chatted, shared, hummed along to my music (which then got me a finger wagging!!).
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Probably early morning!

But I have to say that standing in the line last fall, we made the best of the situation!! We chatted, shared, hummed along to my music (which then got me a finger wagging!!).
That's the best thing you can do .

Whis you well , Peter .
 

Paul McAmino

Blue Ridge
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
 

Peter Fransiscus

Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud.
Camino(s) past & future
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
Late April there was sometimes a waiting time of more than one hour at 8 in the morning .
As I already stated it is a gamble .
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Last year I arrived about 20 minutes before they closed. There were three people ahead of me in line. I was in and out in five minutes!
 

bobdemer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
cf September 2018
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
THANKS PAUL.
 

katie@camino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, SJPDP-Finisterre 2016;CP (Central) Porto-SdC 2017;CP (Coastal) Porto-SdC 2018;CF Leon-SdC 2019
On the 8th July in both 2016 and 2017 I rocked up around 8:30am and didn't have to wait at all.
 

Lunchmeat337

Submariner
Camino(s) past & future
2015, Camino Frances, May
2017, Camino Frances, May
2018, Camino Portuguese, May
We just got ours and only three people ahead of us. Of course it was close to closing time and they almost didn't let us in. But I can't remember what time that was.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
In order of shortest likely queue:

1. About 19:00 (ish)
2. About 09:00

The office opens at 08:00. There are usually several dozen people waiting then. If you arrive just AFTER this ‘pig in the python,’ the wait should be moderate, < 30 minutes.

But arrive after 10:00, and the line will be > an hour.

Alternatively, come about 19:00. Most others are looking for a place to eat dinner. The last Pilgrim Mass of the day is at 19:30. So while most everyone else is in the upper old town, you go to the Pilgrim office.

Anyone who is inside the outer doors when security closes the outer doors, about 20:30 (ish) WILL be accommodated.

This will be my fifth year working as a volunteer there. The volumes have increased each year. But this pattern remains relatively the same.

Hope this helps.
 

Margaret Butterworth

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
I found it very quiet during the 12.00 mass, which I then attended the following day.
 

Maire Ni Mhuiri

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013 & 2015 Camino Frances
2018 Sept Camino Portugues
Howdy,
Go early in the morning, or even late in the day. Definitely not midday onward to about 1900. I waited over two hours (I’m not complaining about it: just the facts), because I was one of the cohort that came to town between 1200 and 1500 on our last leg. Makes a lot of sense to find a room, clean up, get a good night’s sleep and go in the morning about the time they open. I didn’t have any sense.

Regards,
Paul
What time do they open
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
NOTE: all the above advice PREDATES the change from simply standing in queue until it was your turn, to a system based on taking a numbered ticket with a QR code in it.

Post this change, the general rule is to get to the Pilgrim Office as soon as possible, to secure your QR ticket. They stop issuing numbers once the maximum number that can be processed that day is issued. If you receive a QR ticket from the queue you will be processed that day.

This said, a high number may not be called for processing until late in the day / evening.

The takeaway is that arriving pilgrims MUST plan to go directly to the Pilgrim Office to secure a place in the queue. The system is set up so that you may be able to leave the office to do other things instead of merely standing in line.

With a smartphone, you can check the progress of the queue towards your number. Just make certain that you arrive in time, Please, do not be a ‘no show!’

hope this helps.
 
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