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Bus from Leon to Virgin del Carmen

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Carolyn G

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
May 2019
Hi - does anyone have current information on taking a bus from Leon to Virgin del Camino to pick up the Camino from there? I’ve seen posts saying there was a bus stop by the Cathedral - would you know exactly where? Does the bus stop more than once in Virgin and which stop is closest to the Camino? Is the Leon bus station located within practical walking distance from the Cathedral area? Thank you for any & all help.
Buen Camino!
 

biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Not at the Cathedral but at the west end of the pedestrian walk to the Cathedral. More specifically the bus stop is on the Plaza de Santa Domingo, the bus makes numerous stops up the hill to Virgen del Camino, stay on the bus until the very end of its route. This will have you in front of the chapel and leave you with the choice of following the N-120 to Villadangos del Paramo or the path on the left side of the road to Vilar Mazarife.
 

biarritzdon

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And yes, the bus station in Leon is just across the river and very close to the Cathedral and you will walk straight through Plaza de s. Domingo to get to the center of town.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
Go here, to this webpage
Then, bottom of the screen.
Click in "galeria de imagenes". This is the bus schedule. As you can see, Virgen del Camino is a terminal.
No need to go to the bus terminal in Leon; you can take the bus in Santo Domingo square; it is a busy roundpoint. Your bus stop is at a big brick building, near a BBVA bank.
You pay to the driver; keep some coins at hand.
 
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Carolyn G

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
May 2019
Can you please tell me the name of the website? When I click on your link it takes me to a vodaphone introduction.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for Leon to Santiago June 2019
I caught a taxi for 12 Euro instead three days ago as it just seemed simpler. I wanted to start my first day on the Camino early so rather than possibly waiting for a bus I got a taxi and was there in maybe 10 min. I then took the southern option and stayed at Tio Pepe Albergue in Villar de Mazariffe and really liked it!
 

boski

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Norte/primitivo (15)
Hi - does anyone have current information on taking a bus from Leon to Virgin del Camino to pick up the Camino from there? I’ve seen posts saying there was a bus stop by the Cathedral - would you know exactly where? Does the bus stop more than once in Virgin and which stop is closest to the Camino? Is the Leon bus station located within practical walking distance from the Cathedral area? Thank you for any & all help.
Buen Camino!
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Camino(s) past & future
Spring 2016: Camino Frances, Finisterre and Muxia
April 2019: Frances, Salvador, Primitivo
Yes, the above info is good: the bus runs every half hour from the Santo Domingo Plaza, in front of the BBV building. There is an identifiable bus shelter there. I believe that La Virgen is on the bus sign. At any rate, you can ask the driver. It is a half hour bus ride for under 2 Euros.

For a current bus schedule, you can get one from the Tourist Info office directly across from the cathedral.

In my halting and limited Spanish, I asked the driver if he could let me know where to get off the bus. I sat near the front (he knew I was a pilgrim from my sticks and pack) and he did let me know exactly where to get off.

It was easy and good. I'm always nervous about such things, and I needn't have been.
 

Carolyn G

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
May 2019
Yes, the above info is good: the bus runs every half hour from the Santo Domingo Plaza, in front of the BBV building. There is an identifiable bus shelter there. I believe that La Virgen is on the bus sign. At any rate, you can ask the driver. It is a half hour bus ride for under 2 Euros.

For a current bus schedule, you can get one from the Tourist Info office directly across from the cathedral.

In my halting and limited Spanish, I asked the driver if he could let me know where to get off the bus. I sat near the front (he knew I was a pilgrim from my sticks and pack) and he did let me know exactly where to get off.

It was easy and good. I'm always nervous about such things, and I needn't have been.
 

Carolyn G

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2018
May 2019
Thank you all! The information was great! The bus schedule for this route is not posted inside the stop (June ‘19) but the BLUE A1 bus to Virgin del Camino does run on the schedule posted in this thread and you get off at the end of the line. BTW, ORANGE is just to the right if you need a new Sim Card. Buen Camino !
 

Doughnut NZ

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2019)
Hi - does anyone have current information on taking a bus from Leon to Virgin del Camino to pick up the Camino from there? I’ve seen posts saying there was a bus stop by the Cathedral - would you know exactly where? Does the bus stop more than once in Virgin and which stop is closest to the Camino? Is the Leon bus station located within practical walking distance from the Cathedral area? Thank you for any & all help.
Buen Camino!
I caught the bus today (Saturday). It stops outside the BBVD building. Cost E1.45. I used Google maps to tell me when to get off at the closest stop to my destination. It was a number 1 bus but not the regular number 1. It had La Virgen on the sign on the bus. I found it by asking an old lady at the bus stop who just happened to also be going there so she gestured "follow me". I did, the Camino provided
 

Brinkley88

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances plus various sections more than once, Ingles, Portuguese, Via Francigena, Achieta (Brazil).
Hi - does anyone have current information on taking a bus from Leon to Virgin del Camino to pick up the Camino from there? I’ve seen posts saying there was a bus stop by the Cathedral - would you know exactly where? Does the bus stop more than once in Virgin and which stop is closest to the Camino? Is the Leon bus station located within practical walking distance from the Cathedral area? Thank you for any & all help.
Buen Camino!
The bus number 1A runs every half hour on the quarter past and quarter too...I was there the other day. Better than the unpleasant industrial area!
 

Brinkley88

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances plus various sections more than once, Ingles, Portuguese, Via Francigena, Achieta (Brazil).
The bus number 1A runs every half hour on the quarter past and quarter too...I was there the other day. Better than the unpleasant industrial area!
The bus is blue and not outside the Cathedral but in the nearby plaza as described by others.
 

gerip

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
CF, Burgos to Santiago, May 2019
Primitivo, Oct 2019
First bus at 8:30 am on Sundays, every hour. A 20 min ride.
 

JAMM

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Not enough
See below for bus times (Route A1) on different days of the week. The address for the Santo Domingo bus stop (as central as you get) is: Plaza de Santo Domingo, 9 (opposite BBVA bank branch). Ask the driver for 'La Virgen' or 'La Virgen del Camino'. While in 'La Virgen', do have a look at the modern basilica in La Virgen (a very interesting building, funded by a Leonese emigrant to Mexico behind the founding of Cervecería Modelo, of Corona beer fame). The basilica dates from the middle 20th century but it incorporates the Baroque altar of the former church. See if you can spot St James amongst the apostles in the facade.

A better option to bus out of León (if you must) in my view, is to take the bus in Avenida de Quevedo, 2: that way you get to walk past the impressive Hostal de San Marcos (former Pilgrim Hostel and now 5* Parador) (and its church facade covered in shells) and cross the pedestrian Roman bridge over the Bernesga river out of the city: missing the magnificent Hostal would be a huge shame. This way, you will still miss the industrial area if you think you really cannot cope with it ;-)

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