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Can I have my backpack transported to municipal albergues?

Traveller44

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Hello. I am hoping to walk the camino frances, this coming fall and have a question regarding backpack transfer. As I understand getting a backpack transferred to a municipal albergue is not an option. I would very much like to experience some municipal albergues, at least in the larger cities. Are there any backpack transfer companies that have a service that provides storage in their facility until I arrive at that location rather then having to deliver to a private albergue or hotel?
 
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Hello. I am hoping to walk the camino frances, this coming fall and have a question regarding rucksack transfer. As I understand getting a rucksack transferred to a municipal albergue is not an option. I would very much like to experience some municipal albergues, at least in the larger cities. Are there any rucksack transfer companies that have a service that provides storage in their facility until I arrive at that location rather then having to deliver to a private albergue or hotel?
I'm sorry, I don't have an answer to your question, but I suggest that you make the title of your post less generic, perhaps Can I have my rucksack transported to municipal albergues?
 

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There's an easy way to get the answer: contact the transport companies directly. The two main one are Jacotrans and Correos. www.jacotrans.es/en and www.elcaminoconcorreos.com. They can arrange transport for your whole camino, or just day-by-day on an ad hoc basis. Both communicate in English, and will tell you exactly which places they deliver to.

We used Correos once when my wife was hurt. They were very reliable, and I've heard the same about Jacotrans.

(I suspect the answer you'll get is "Sometimes").
 
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jabin51

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When i walked the Frances, i remember in Leon they dropped it at a Hotel and we picked it up there. another time was dropped of at a local bar. I worried at first, but soon felt very comfortable with the way they operate. Try to talk to transport company instead of just leaving without knowing where you pack will end up. Buen Camino!!!
 

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For most albergues, yes you can. Some other albergues have an agreement with a bar or a store (always very close to the albergue) and the company will leave your backpack in the store or bar. If that is the case, the albergue manager (el hospitalero) will inform you upon arrival about the place to collect the backpack. It will always be a place really very close to the albergue (max. +/-50 m ?).
 

Albertagirl

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When I was a hospitalera at Najera, my impression was that the arrangement was between the transport company and wherever they left packs. We hospitaleros knew where and could tell those many pilgrims who showed up expecting them to be at the albergue where to look for them. Sometimes packs were left behind, because pilgrims expected them to be picked up at the albergue in the morning and did not return them to the shipping location.
 

ELHS220

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I used CORREOS and in BAAMONDE, on the NORTE, they were dropped at a bar across the street and I had to leave it in the same place the next morning. It is probably the same on the FRANCES for those that have the arrangement.
 

RRat

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Hello. I am hoping to walk the camino frances, this coming fall and have a question regarding backpack transfer. As I understand getting a backpack transferred to a municipal albergue is not an option. I would very much like to experience some municipal albergues, at least in the larger cities. Are there any backpack transfer companies that have a service that provides storage in their facility until I arrive at that location rather then having to deliver to a private albergue or hotel?
i didn't have a problem forwarding to the municipals I stay at. My procedure: Fill out the tag. Call the number on the tag and let them know where you are and where you are going. Take a picture of the completed tag. Later that evening and throughout the next day there will be so many discussions on where to stay that you might become confused as to where you're staying.
 
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Another caveat is don't expect that your pack will be picked up without checking with your hospitalero first. They should know the normal scheduled time of the courier service's pick-up. Sometimes the staff will take a break or finish their cleaning early and your pack might not be get picked up because the albergue is closed.
RRat has some good advice, making a call to the courier service is good insurance for seeing your bag moves forward.
Remember, municipal albergues are first come, first serve so delivery of your bag does not mean you will have a bed waiting for you. I saw a classic case of this one time, when a pilgrim somehow snagged a ride with Jacotrans and when he arrived there were enough of us already lined up to fill the albergue. He claimed he had priority and was quite firmly told to go find a room somewhere else.
 

Albertagirl

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I remember one occasion when I was staying in a municipal albergue while on camino. Three pilgrims came to the albergue to ask if their luggage had arrived yet. It turned out that they had arranged for delivery to the municipal albergue, which did not accept delivery of pilgrims' luggage. The hospitalero of that municipal was furious. And the luggage had not arrived, so the pilgrims were very anxious. In fact, they did not even have reservations in the municipal, which did not accept reservations, and they had never had any intention to stay there. Eventually, their bags were delivered there later in the evening and they came back to pick them up. The obvious way to avoid this kind of misunderstanding is to clarify all details with the delivery service.
 

VeronicaF1

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Hello. I am hoping to walk the camino frances, this coming fall and have a question regarding backpack transfer. As I understand getting a backpack transferred to a municipal albergue is not an option. I would very much like to experience some municipal albergues, at least in the larger cities. Are there any backpack transfer companies that have a service that provides storage in their facility until I arrive at that location rather then having to deliver to a private albergue or hotel?
No, but they will deliver somewhere close by eg the bar opposite the albergue in Burgos
 

lt56ny

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I'm sorry, I don't have an answer to your question, but I suggest that you make the title of your post less generic, perhaps Can I have my rucksack transported to municipal albergues?
Remember in Oregon we call them backpacks. We don't know fancy, schmancy English words like rucksack. Do you have a torch when you walk early in the morning or a flashlight???? ;) ;) ;) ;) (I threw that in so people don't get in a huff and will know we are friends from the Beaver State, but GO DUCKS!)
 
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I have used the Correos system and found it excellent and flexible about dropping off. From my experience this includes all albergues = private and public. Efficient and reasonable at 5 euros a time.
 

RemysMimi

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I'm sorry, I don't have an answer to your question, but I suggest that you make the title of your post less generic, perhaps Can I have my rucksack transported to municipal albergues?
Forgive my ignorance but what is the difference between a backpack and rucksack? I thought they were used interchangeably here.
 

trecile

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Forgive my ignorance but what is the difference between a backpack and rucksack? I thought they were used interchangeably here.
I believe that you are correct. I think that rucksack is more common in British English. I'm sure that someone will correct me if that's not true.
 

Dave2525

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I forget where we were on the CF but we showed up at the Muni, got our beds and found out that they had declined the bag of one of our group.

We had to wander around and find out where they delivered it to across town, pick it up and get back. It added a few extra hours on to our day so make sure you check each and every time.
 
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Traveller44

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Thanks for all the replies, good information. I did take the advice to email the postal service, this is their reply


The backpack transport service is provided in all the hostels, hotels that are along the Camino de Santiago and have a reception service between 08:00 and 14:30 to be able to collect and deliver the backpacks without difficulties.

In public shelters we cannot deliver due to the incompatibility of schedules.

The left luggage service is only available at the Santiago post office.



Best regaerds.



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There are also some parochials that do not accept baggage transports. Those that don’t accept will not have envelopes and allow you to leave your bags in the morning either. If you work with a transport company, they know all the albergues and will be able to instruct you as to the possibilities. It’s probably easier to work with a company like Jacotrans that provide a phone number than to work with Correos.
 

trecile

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According to their YouTube video, Correos does have a phone number that you can call.



They also have a tracking system that will notify you when your backpack is picked up in the morning and delivered in the afternoon.

They also say this about Xunta albergues

The Xunta's public hostels do not allow the collection or delivery of rucksacks. However, you can do so at one of our partner establishments. You can find an alternative delivery / collection place or contact us at paqmochila@correos.com.

 
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According to their YouTube video, Correos does have a phone number that you can call.



They also have a tracking system that will notify you when your backpack is picked up in the morning and delivered in the afternoon.

They also say this about Xunta albergues

The Xunta's public hostels do not allow the collection or delivery of rucksacks. However, you can do so at one of our partner establishments. You can find an alternative delivery / collection place or contact us at paqmochila@correos.com.

Yes they have a number you can what’s app (last Camino) but I didn’t find it nearly as personal as Jaco trans. Also, the albergue owners encouraged the use of local businesses that provide baggage transport.
 

Traveller44

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There are also some parochials that do not accept baggage transports. Those that don’t accept will not have envelopes and allow you to leave your bags in the morning either. If you work with a transport company, they know all the albergues and will be able to instruct you as to the possibilities. It’s probably easier to work with a company like Jacotrans that provide a phone number than to work with Correos.
Ms Peacock. Great posting, advice I will definitely use ...Cheers
 

Albertagirl

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I worked as a hospitalera in the municipal albergue in Najera. The bag transport companies left their envelopes for pilgrims to fill in and attach to their bags in the morning. This did not mean that they would pick them up at the albergue, still less that the albergue would deliver them. They still had to be carried by their owners to the location where the shipper would pick them up and take them to their next delivery point. If a pilgrim left a bag with a delivery notice and an envelope with cash, they stayed there, as the delivery company would not pick them up there and the albergue had no way to deliver them onward.
 

Traveller44

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Good to know. I read somewhere that some baggage delivery companies had their own depot's in some larger cities and held bags for pickup. Have you ever heard this?
 

Anamiri

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Yes they have a number you can what’s app (last Camino) but I didn’t find it nearly as personal as Jaco trans. Also, the albergue owners encouraged the use of local businesses that provide baggage transport.
I have always been very happy with the Jacotrans service. They use local people who know all the albergues and where bags need to be left.
 
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Albertagirl

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Good to know. I read somewhere that some baggage delivery companies had their own depot's in some larger cities and held bags for pickup. Have you ever heard this?
In Najera, the depot for bag pickup and drop off was just down the street from the municipal albergue. I think it was a bar or coffee shop which had the bag business as an extra. In Burgos, where I also served as a hospitalera at the Albergue Emaus, the bag drop off and pickup was at a nearby hotel. You have to find out from whomever is shipping your bag where to get it when you arrive in each town. As far as I know, that will also be the drop off point. The hospitaleros at the albergues will know, and will tell you if you go there first. But it is not their job to arrange this, or to be responsible for it. You make your arrangements with the business that you choose. And I am only describing the situation at the albergues which are served by volunteer hospitaleros. The situation at private albergues may be different. I have preferred to carry my bag myself, so except for one long stretch on the VdlP where I had my bag taken by taxi, I have no experience of arranging for such a service.
 

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I walked my first camino back in 2000 when the only luggage transport was from Villafranca to O’Cebreiro and there were few private albergues so I am somewhat old school in my thoughts on the camino so my thinking is that if you can afford to have your luggage transported, you should be able to afford a private albergue.

But rather than rely on my own feelings, I just checked the website of the Spanish Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago and the Google translation concurs with my thinking, “since the shelters will be destined for individual pilgrims who have to carry their luggage with them.” This is an explanation of why some of the luggage transport services arrange pick-up and drop-off at bars and the similar places. so if you are planning on using a munincipal albergue, you might want to reconsider the usage of a transport service.

One of the things I noticed on my last camino was that a lot of the people carrying backpacks were older. In the group I was walking with, the three of us that carried our backpacks were also the three oldest, and all in our 60’s. i Am planning on walking my next camino in 2025 to celebrate 25 years after my first, and even though I will be in my 70’s, I plan to carry a backpack.
 

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