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GinaMarie

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2010, 2017
hello, we're heading on Camino late September. Flying into Madrid, then (next day or so) taking the bus to Astorga, where we'll hit the trail. A quick question: I've been to the ALSA website (www.alsa.es) & viewed bus schedules & prices. I notice you can buy tickets online ... does anyone have any feedback on whether or not this is a good idea? We are planning to catch the bus in Madrid at the airport: are tickets likely to be sold out ahead of time?
Many thanks!
 

jo webber

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Camino(s) past & future
Sept 9th 2017
I hope it's a good idea, bought ours on line. I did print out the confirmation and have it on my phone (e-mail) as well.
 

Jonas

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(2014) Camino France from SJPdP
(2017 sept) Camino France from Burgos
Buying Alsa tickets online works fine :)
 
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Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo & Aragones
I notice you can buy tickets online ... does anyone have any feedback on whether or not this is a good idea? We are planning to catch the bus in Madrid at the airport: are tickets likely to be sold out ahead of time?
Hi, it’s fine to book Alsa bus tickets online. Print out the ticket and take with you.
The buses can get full.
I booked a ticket online for a bus from Madrid T4 to León. My sister met me at T4 but couldn’t get on the same bus as it was full. She managed to buy a ticket at the Alsa counter for the next bus (2 hours later) and she said that was also full.
Jill
 

Boot of the Beast

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 Camino Frances
I booked online. No problems. ALSA and other bus companies also have ticket vending machines at the bus stations. After my camino I travelled around a bit. I used these with no problems when purchasing tickets a day or two ahead.
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
I had to use PayPal the one time I did it. I think credit cards work now, though.
 

stevov

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Camino(s) past & future
walked the portuguese way (senda littoral). from porto, vila do conde via viana and redondela Jun 17
I have booked alsa and other bus tickets in Spain online in advance and if taking a longish journey I would always do this as the buses can fill up quite readily. Some companies allow u to cancel with refund quite late if you cant travel but you might need to join their loyalty scheme (which is worth doing anyway). My daughter had a difficult experience with alsa this year when she brought her e ticket via her smartphone, and the driver had a lengthy and stroppy tantrum insisting he needed a paper ticket or nothing. He eventually relented which was a relieve as she had a plane to catch, and I made a complaint to alsa for which I received an written apology. So point of this post is to warn anyone to make sure you print off your ticket as well.
 

zrexer

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Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15,16 & 19 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo
My wife (the brains behind our Camino Planning) has bought tickets in advance from ALSA with no issues. Driver looks at our tickets printed at home and their is never an issue.
She found that she had to pay via PayPal and for security reasons they now ask for your passport number when setting up your account with them.
We have always been impressed with ALSA, from our experience so far they seem like a well run operation and we have had absolutely no issues with them over our four Camino's so far.
 

Teej41

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April/May 2018
I recently tried booking tickets online at the ALSA website. The payment transaction failed as I received a message that they wouldn't authorise payment from a credit card not issued in Spain!!! Fortunately I was able to book the same bus journey from the GoEuro website. A bit of a shame because you are able to pick your seat position on the ALSA site but not on the GoEuro site.
 

zrexer

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Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15,16 & 19 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo
I recently tried booking tickets online at the ALSA website. The payment transaction failed as I received a message that they wouldn't authorise payment from a credit card not issued in Spain!!! Fortunately I was able to book the same bus journey from the GoEuro website. A bit of a shame because you are able to pick your seat position on the ALSA site but not on the GoEuro site.

We found the same thing booking from Canada. They will process PayPal transactions so that is what we use each time we buy tickets. You can reserve seats with PayPal with no issues.
 
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Teej41

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Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2018
We found the same thing booking from Canada. They will process PayPal transactions so that is what we nice each rime we buy tickets. You can reserve seats with PayPal with no issues.
I didn't try using PayPal. I'll remember that next time I reserve seats with ALSA. Many Thanks for the info.
 

Johnathon

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese 2019
hello, we're heading on Camino late September. Flying into Madrid, then (next day or so) taking the bus to Astorga, where we'll hit the trail. A quick question: I've been to the ALSA website (www.alsa.es) & viewed bus schedules & prices. I notice you can buy tickets online ... does anyone have any feedback on whether or not this is a good idea? We are planning to catch the bus in Madrid at the airport: are tickets likely to be sold out ahead of time?
Many thanks!
I have used the Omio app. It's in English and serves a variety of bus and rail companies.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
Here is all I can tell you... In all the years I’ve walked the Camino, I have never purchased bus ticket ahead of time for myself. When I’m buying for a group of 8-15, yes, but not for a single or double ticket. And I’ve never NOT been able to get a seat.

It’s also cheaper to buy at the station.
 

biarritzdon

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Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
All is well booking on line, but if you miss a bus connection you are SOL. Also if you are crossing a border you need an A4 paper copy of your ticket. The confirmation on your phone is not sufficient for some reason, even though I have gotten away with it.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Also if you are crossing a border you need an A4 paper copy of your ticket. The confirmation on your phone is not sufficient for some reason, even though I have gotten away with it.
I bought my Santiago - Porto ticket on the Flixbus app, and didn't need a paper copy.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta 19.
I prefer the Movelia website to the ALSA website. Highly recommended!
 
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Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I have taken the bus from Terminal 4, Madrid airport several times and there has usually been a long line-up waiting to get tickets. It is therefore possible that you might miss your bus while waiting to buy a ticket. In my opinion, it would be better to have your ticket purchased in advance, even if you risk missing your bus if your plane is late or arrival procedures take longer than anticipated.
 

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