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Best way to travel from Santiago de Compostela to London

loumiller

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I need to go straight to London after complete the Camino Frances. Which airport is the easiest to get to. Planning to go in March/April 2017. Thanks for any ideas! Lou
 
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Have you bothered to search what flies from Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) airport?
 
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Mark Lee

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I didn't actually know that there was an airport there. I will check to see if I can get a flight from there. Thanks for that!
Ryanair flies to London from the Santiago (SDC) airport.
You can get to the airport by public bus or taxi.
 

JMarshall

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Several years ago I flew from one of the outlying London airports to SCQ in the afternoon. I think it was Ryanair. Then 6 days later, returned from A Coruna to Heathrow in the afternoon on Vueling. There was some timing issue flying in and out of Santiago, but I don't remember the exact reason.
Anyway upon arrival in Santiago there was a bus to the center of town from the airport.
To depart I took the train to A Coruna then a bus from the train station to the airport in A Coruna.
Vueling was a lot nicer airline to fly than Ryanair, but that might have changed.
 
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loumiller

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Several years ago I flew from one of the outlying London airports to SCQ in the afternoon. I think it was Ryanair. Then 6 days later, returned from A Coruna to Heathrow in the afternoon on Vueling. There was some timing issue flying in and out of Santiago, but I don't remember the exact reason.
Anyway upon arrival in Santiago there was a bus to the center of town from the airport.
To depart I took the train to A Coruna then a bus from the train station to the airport in A Coruna.
Vueling was a lot nicer airline to fly than Ryanair, but that might have changed.
I guess I will need to book ahead. Its a bit hard, not quite knowing how long I will take on the Camino. The flight would be about 2 hours I imagine. Thanks for your input!
 

Waka

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Some but not all, and other routes too.
You can go Easy Jet from Santiago to Gatwick, from Gatwick (if you are going into London) you can get the Gatwick Express into the centre.
I think Ryan Air also does this route but no sure what airport it arrives at.
 

kayagee66

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That sounds pretty simple. So glad I asked. Thanks
Ask away, people have many things going through their minds when they plan to walk, and it can seem a bit overwhelming. You will find there's often one person that will tell you to look the answer up yourself, but don't let that put you off asking. Most people are only too glad to help. Regarding your other problem of knowing when to book your flight home. A common concern. My advice would be to add 2 or 3 days to the time you think it will take you. That way you could have a break if needed or wanted. And if you arrive at your destination early you can relax until the day of your flight.
Or book the flight home when you finish walking. Not as extravagant as it sounds, say for example you arrive in Santiago 2 or 3 days before the flight, that could mean 2 or 3 days accommodation/food/drinks. Instead of doing that spend the money it would cost on a 'short notice' flight.
 
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Just an example of cost when booking at short-notice. Two weeks ago I booked a flight from Santiago to London Heathrow (via Madrid) with Iberia three days before flying. The price was 80 euro. There were cheaper flights to other London airports available that day but for timing and convenience I preferred Heathrow.
 

jony jony

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Hello Loumiller .....I just arrived home ( 1 st Nov ) and i flew from Santiago to Gatwick with Vueling . The cost of my flight was £95 plus £18 hold luggage . The flight was booked the previous day in Santiago via my phone .
I caught the airport bus from Plaza De Galicia in Santiago ( but you can also catch this bus at the railway station and the bus station ......the cost was 3 euros . These buses are about every half hour i believe .
The flight i caught was 18 40hrs landing at 19.40 local time (2 hr flight ).
I did have a flight booked with Ryan air from Santiago to Stansted but as things turned out i had to return early .....the price of this flight was £59 plus hold luggage .

Hope this bit of info helps you.

Regards......John
 

Silverbarista

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Have also a look at https://www.skyscanner.net for various options. Sometimes you can save quite a bit of money taking the bus to Vigo or Porto and flying from there. Happy researching and Buen Camino, SY

I have read your replays for sometime now
You are not only knowledgeable but tolerant and empathetic
I so hope your foot issues go away
BC SY
 

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Ryanair flies Santiago de Compostela to London Stansted
EasyJet flies SdeC to London Gatwick
Iberia/BA fly to London Heathrow via Madrid

Only Iberia/BA fly every day. EasyJet only flies Wednesday and Saturday at that time of year. Ryanair have 3 or 4 flights a week, you'll have to check which days.

Ryanair offer cheap flights, but then charge for everything else, including a hefty fine if you do not print your own boarding pass. Watch the weight of your cabin bag if flying with them.

EasyJet are more pleasant to fly with, and have a more generous cabin bag size allowance, but really it's swings and roundabouts with these two budget airlines.
 
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Mark Lee

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Ryanair flies Santiago de Compostela to London Stansted
EasyJet flies SdeC to London Gatwick
Iberia/BA fly to London Heathrow via Madrid

Only Iberia/BA fly every day. EasyJet only flies Wednesday and Saturday at that time of year. Ryanair have 3 or 4 flights a week, you'll have to check which days.

Ryanair offer cheap flights, but then charge for everything else, including a hefty fine if you do not print your own boarding pass. Watch the weight of your cabin bag if flying with them.

EasyJet are more pleasant to fly with, and have a more generous cabin bag size allowance, but really it's swings and roundabouts with these two budget airlines.
I flew Ryanair from Santiago to Madrid this past August. I only paid 40 euros for the one-way ticket, and got charged no extra fees. My pack met the carry-on standards, but they still put it in as checked luggage for free. I checked in online a few days before the flight, and had my hotel in Santiago print out the boarding pass for me (also saved it to my phone as an upload), but did see a lot of people boarding the flight just showing their phone uploaded pass to board.
During conversations with fellow pilgrims when I'd mention I was flying back to Madrid on Ryanair they'd warn me how bad it is, rude employees, extra fees, etc. Honestly, I found it to be no different than any other small, budget airline I'd flown, and for only 40 euros, and a flight under two hours? Heck, I'd be happy to sit on a milk crate in the plane to get to my destination at that price.
For that kind of budget fare I'd fly them again in a heartbeat.
 
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I was flying to Newcastle when I finished in Finesterra. Took a bus back to Santiago, stayed the night, bused to Porto... stayed a night (a crazy festival night) then flew to Newcastle from Porto. As mentioned Santiago also has a decent sized airport.
 

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I flew Ryanair from Santiago to Madrid this past August. I only paid 40 euros for the one-way ticket, and got charged no extra fees. My pack met the carry-on standards, but they still put it in as checked luggage for free. I checked in online a few days before the flight, and had my hotel in Santiago print out the boarding pass for me (also saved it to my phone as an upload), but did see a lot of people boarding the flight just showing their phone uploaded pass to board.
During conversations with fellow pilgrims when I'd mention I was flying back to Madrid on Ryanair they'd warn me how bad it is, rude employees, extra fees, etc. Honestly, I found it to be no different than any other small, budget airline I'd flown, and for only 40 euros, and a flight under two hours? Heck, I'd be happy to sit on a milk crate in the plane to get to my destination at that price.
For that kind of budget fare I'd fly them again in a heartbeat.

I flew from Santiago to London Stansted 2 weeks ago with Ryanair. I was able to download my boarding pass with the Ryanair app and use that instead of a ticket. I've never been a great fan of Ryanair but it was a newish plane with extra legroom and cost only 70 euros booking a week before I flew so my experience was positive.
 

loumiller

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You can go Easy Jet from Santiago to Gatwick, from Gatwick (if you are going into London) you can get the Gatwick Express into the centre.
I think Ryan Air also does this route but no sure what airport it arrives at.
Thanks, haven't been to London for more than 20 years so good to know I can fly into Gatwick and then into the centre.
 

KinkyOne

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Ryanair offer cheap flights, but then charge for everything else, including a hefty fine if you do not print your own boarding pass.
I flew out of SdC this August with Ryanair and no printed boarding pass or even copy in my smart phone was needed. I checked-in on-line two days prior and just present my passport at the counter and that was all. Still better to have printed copy if you have a chance I guess ;)
 
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poogeyejr

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There was a great hotel recommendation on the forum recently - a 15 minutes walk from the Airport. So if you have a very early flight you could walk to the airport before the public transportation starts running. I will try and find the quote for you.
 

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One word of warning. Make sure you confirm your flight and download a boarding pass 24 hours before flying. Last time, I had problems with my phone and had failed to do this (Ryanair). Even though there were plenty of spare seats on the London flight, I had to pay again, at a higher price, and also pay again for my hold baggage allowance. Bummer.
It was all in the fine print of course, so I have only myself to blame.
 

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