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Catching a bus in a small town

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones, Camino Frances, Finisterre (2018)
#1
When catching a bus in a small village, how does the ticket process work? Specifically, I’m talking about towns that literally have just a designated pickup spot, no terminal, etc.

Do the drivers sell them? Do they accept online tickets shown on a phone (no paper ticket)? While I’ll have internet access and can buy online, sadly I’m not carrying a printer with me.
 

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Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo (2017), Norte (2017), Frances (2017), Portugues (2018), La Plata (2018)
#4
The driver sells the tickets, but if you can purchase on-line, they will accept it without any problem.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#5
If you are walking the Camino Frances, you may wish to consider downloading the apps for ALSA, Montbus, PLM, and Jimenez bus companies. You can also consult the free app 'Rome2Rio."

These apps will show you the town and schedules for the bus line with the contract to cover the particular segment you are focusing on. Pop into a local cafe / bar to ask where the autobus stops.

Hope this helps.
 

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Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones, Camino Frances, Finisterre (2018)
#6
All great suggestions! I use Rome2Rio whenever I travel, but various locales around the world differ on the need for a physical ticket in hand. Mostly concerned about the less-traveled sections of the Camino Catalan where we will be hopscotching along before starting on the Aragones.

Thanks for all the help! Buen Camino!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Aragones, Camino Frances, Finisterre (2018)
#9
Walked six months ago, so this question has been answered by experience - in the rural parts of the Camino Catalan and Aragones, a vigorously waving foreigner in a nearly empty village in the middle of nowhere Northern Spain seemed to be the right combination to get a bus driver to stop! . But yes, that’s only if the bus was on a local route and not bypassing the area by highway
 

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