A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Luggage Transfer Correos

Common Question: Days to walk SJPP to Santiago

2020 Camino Guides

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdeP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe, BR (01/2019)
SJPdeP- SANT (09/2019)
In 2018 I departed St.Jean on 9th September and arrived in Santiago on 13th October.

In 2019 I departed St.Jean on 29th September and arrived in Santiago on 31st October

In 2020 I could attempt to walk from St.Jean to Santiago in 26 days but that would be without injury, rest days and enjoying the freedom to explore cities like Logrono, Pamplona, Leon. I won't do that, I would recommend between 32-35 days with additional 3-4 to Finisterre. I havn't made it too Muxia yet despite doing 3 Caminos in Europe but would expect to allow similar from Santiago. A German friend I met in 2018 walked from Santiago to Muxia in 22 hrs but would allow between 3-4 days for us mere mortals 🤠
 
Camino(s) past & future
somewhere between "not enough" and "way too many"
SJPP to SdC: 32-34 days (over 3 walks of that length)

SdC to Muxia (directly): 3 days going directly from SdC to Muxia (Santiago - Negreira, Negreira - Olveiroa, Olveiroa - Muxia

If going indirectly, ie. walking to Finisterre first then to Muxia, then add one day. UNLESS you take a break halfway at Lires which IMHO is recommended.

B
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2017)
Frances(2018)
Ingles(2019)
Aragones(2020)
Portuguese(2020)
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
It really depends on how much mileage you are able to/want to cover per day. How many rest days, if any, you plan to take. And that is aside from unexpected issues that may occur such as injury that need a bit of recovery time.

On average, it seems that 32 to 40 days from SJPdP to SdC is a common range. But it can take less or more based on your individual needs.
 

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
It really depends on how much mileage you are able to/want to cover per day. How many rest days, if any, you plan to take. And that is aside from unexpected issues that may occur such as injury that need a bit of recovery time.

On average, it seems that 32 to 40 days from SJPdP to SdC is a common range. But it can take less or more based on your individual needs.

Right - I get that. I've walked from Burgos before and understand much of this is subjective. It helps to hear about others' experiences. I may be able to put all of that together, hear about the warnings and exceptions, then estimate what is right for me.
Thanks so much!
 

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
In 2018 I departed St.Jean on 9th September and arrived in Santiago on 13th October.

In 2019 I departed St.Jean on 29th September and arrived in Santiago on 31st October

In 2020 I could attempt to walk from St.Jean to Santiago in 26 days but that would be without injury, rest days and enjoying the freedom to explore cities like Logrono, Pamplona, Leon. I won't do that, I would recommend between 32-35 days with additional 3-4 to Finisterre. I havn't made it too Muxia yet despite doing 3 Caminos in Europe but would expect to allow similar from Santiago. A German friend I met in 2018 walked from Santiago to Muxia in 22 hrs but would allow between 3-4 days for us mere mortals 🤠
Thank you. I'd like to fit in the walk to Muxia if I have time. It helps to read about your past experiences.
Thanks for your input!
 

LynneR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF '16, '18
SJPP to SdC: 32-34 days (over 3 walks of that length)

SdC to Muxia (directly): 3 days going directly from SdC to Muxia (Santiago - Negreira, Negreira - Olveiroa, Olveiroa - Muxia

If going indirectly, ie. walking to Finisterre first then to Muxia, then add one day. UNLESS you take a break halfway at Lires which IMHO is recommended.

B
This is helpful - especially since you sound quite experienced. I appreciate your comments.
PS I've heard that about Lires
Thanks so much.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
When I'm estimating days for flights I try allow as many days as I can get away with. If I find I walk quicker and have spare time at the end, it is very easy to find things to do in Spain.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I've walked from Burgos before and understand much of this is subjective.
Since you have walked from Burgos why don't you calculate your average daily kilometers and divide the distance between SJPDP and Santiago by that number?
I would take four days to walk to Muxía or Finisterre and two days to walk between the two.

When I'm estimating days for flights I try allow as many days as I can get away with. If I find I walk quicker and have spare time at the end, it is very easy to find things to do in Spain.
That's how I do it too.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
For me 35 days is comfortable from SJPDP to SDC. It gives some wriggle room for a couple of rest days.
 

Walkerooni

Member
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPdP to Santiago (June-ish 2018)
At 64 years old, walked SJPdP to SdC in 35 days of walking, taking an extra day in both Burgos and Leon. Could have done it faster, but why? Could have done it slower, and may next time. Also plan to walk to Muxia this time. Basically, do whatever blows your hair back.
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
I have walked SJPdP to Santiago in 27 days (healthy, no rest-days), add 4 days to arrive in Muxia.
Everything between 14 and 70 days is possible. If you can do it, walk w/o an fixed date of arrival / take-off.
I have booked my flight back home from Portomarrin, so I had two extra days in Porto.

HTH
 

Aidan21

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to SDC 2013/14
SJPP to SDC 2016
Porto to SDC 2017
VdlP Sevilla/Salamanca 2018
I have walked it twice, both times I took 32 walking days and 3 - 4 rest days. I reckon you need a minimum of 6 weeks to do it all. But if things go awry (perhaps you may need some recovery days) you can perhaps leave out the Muxia element of your trip.
 

OnHellas

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Portuguese April 2018 (From Porto)
I managed it in 31 walking days and 1 rest day.
The advice above about having the luxury of no end date is a top tip of you can do it. I could and it took the pressure off of me. Lots of other people I met were getting a bit stressed as they fell behind schedule giving themselves even bigger daily targets to reach Santiago.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
In 2012 it took me 34 days including 2 rest days.
 

spursfan

Veteran Member
The Brierley stages are a good benchmark - so 33 days or so -for lots of people the key constraint will be stopping early enough to get into albergues - I prefer to stay in hotels/hostels so that I can walk for longer each day - it took me 20 days to walk from SJPP to Santiago (though I treated myself to a half day in Leon)
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
for lots of people the key constraint will be stopping early enough to get into albergues - I prefer to stay in hotels/hostels so that I can walk for longer each day
The albergue "bed race" is certainly a factor in leading people towards walking shorter stages and stopping early in the day. Though at times I think it may be driven more by anxiety than the reality of large numbers. I also prefer to walk longer days and usually walk lesser-travelled routes in winter these days where I can expect to find very few others. I walked my first Camino Frances in 23 days but I think @spursfan and I are probably towards the edge of the normal range in that regard and I would not recommend others to do the same unless they really enjoy long daily stages!
 

Texasguy

And so...we keep on walking ..
Camino(s) past & future
French Dec in 2013
Por 03- 2015
Ingles 11- 2015
French 12- 2016
Invierno Nov 2018
Kumano 2017
In 2013 31 days from SJDP to Muxia

In 2015 36 days from SJDP to Maxi & Fisterre.

For me, it is never obout getting the Compostela or how fast I can do it. It is about enjoying the experience.

Buen Camino!!

Texasguy
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
On my first CF I met 2 very experience French walkers who were sisters walking from Le Puy in stages and bemoaned the people who set out to "do the CF" as if its a challenge, as distinct from experiencing the CF.
I met a man once in SJPDP who had walked back in 11 days!
To my way of thinking a Camino is a time to connect with the surroundings, and maintain serenity despite all the annoying things that happen along the way. (pain, bed bugs, people snoring, snow and ice or hot weather, rude fellow walkers and others etc etc).
This suggests a successful inner journey is more important than speed of travel. Many of the historic centres can also share their stories if we pause instead of walking through to keep up the pace.
Brierley clearly says the stages are only that, not musts and has philosophical sayings at the top of the page for each stage as well as a long section called the "Mystical Path" at the bottom of the same page. He is trying to steer a reader in that direction.
Finally its up to you;
Given you have already walked parts twice, is there something drawing you back?
 

wonzi

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May-June 2013; Chemin du Puy May-June 2015; Camino Frances Jul-Aug 2015;Camino del Norte Jul 2016 (?)
In 2013 at the age of 76, I did my first Camino Frances from SJPP to SDC in 32 days with 1 rest day and then 3 days to Muxia and 1 more to Finisterre. In 2015, at 78, it was 37 days with 2 rest days. And, in 2019, at the ripe, old age of 82, it only took me 32 days - Lol! and that was after walking from Le Puy! I never felt like I was rushing and enjoyed every bit of them.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2020 (Sept, Oct)
In 2015 my wife and I walked CF in 35 days, including 1 rest day, at age 57. In 2017, we walked CF with my brother and his wife and allowed 38 days, including 2 rest days (Burgos and Leon). In 2017, we allowed 37 days, no rest days. This fall, our hiking plan is 35 days, no rest days. In each case, we walked a pace that was comfortable for us. When other pilgrims walked a much faster pace or walked many more kms, we did not let that upset us, since "it's not a race" and we walked our own camino. Bob
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I have been asked this question and there is no right answer. You never know how far you can really walk and how far you want to walk each day. Can't predict illness, weather or blisters and how many rest days you will need. I always say plan for as much time as you can take off depending on your budget and your availability. Even if you finish 7 or 8 days early you have lots of alternatives. Walk to the end of the world is one. You are in Europe I am sure you can find someplace to go and something to do!
 

Simon B

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles and Camino Frances. VDLP Spring 2019
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
28
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April/May 2019
We walked from SJPdP to SdC April/May last year - took 53 days which included 3 rest days. We averaged 16 kms a day. We had the time and loved our leisurely pace and wouldn't have wanted it any different. Everyone's wants, needs, abilities, free time etc are so different. Each to their own 😊
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
Oh my! It really depends on your pace. If it were me, I would probably schedule around 45 days, which would include a few rest days and assumes that you are going to Muxia via Fisterre. I know many have done it in much less and others have taken longer. I would especially recommend budgeting the longer stretch for first time pilgrims who won't know until they try how far the can walk in a day when they are walking day after day after day.

But if you've done partial CF pilgrimages a couple of times, which parts did you walk and how long did it take? That can assist in coming up with a more accurate estimate for the "whole thing" for you.
 

Vaughan

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais April/May 2019
Camino Notre April/May 2020
I took 34 days last year. I felt that at a push I could have done it in less than 30 but I had a specific reason to start and finish on particular days so I wasn't worried and consequently I felt under no pressure. Conversely there were some days when I finished quite early and would have preferred to go further. A LOT depends on being injury free for the entirety or at least not suffering anything that slows you down too much. I think most people find their bodies get increasingly adjusted to the mileages the further you get into it so don't feel too down if the first 10 days or so seem too hard. Its also quite nice to have a rest day built in at some point.

I am planning on taking 30 days for the Camino Notre this year which is a little longer than the Frances.

I also like to start early in the morning - that way you have plenty of time to reach your overnight stop and can afford to dawdle if the mood takes you. Some places are so beautiful that you just have to stop and while away the time with fellow pilgrims or in blissful solitude. Good luck!
 

gerardcarey

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CFx2, CPx1
Took me 42 days, with deliberately spaced rest days at Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon and Astorga.
So 37 days cruisie but steady walking, with time for sightseeing and fun along the way.
Regards and good travelling,
Gerard
 
Last edited:

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2018}
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
Takes me about 40 days but I am old and slow and in no hurry to go anywhere. :D:D
 

Rick M

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
April ('16,'18, '19, '20)
Once I did it in 35 days. The other times it took a full five weeks.

As others have hinted at, and I will gently reinforce with a baseball bat, you are asking the wrong question. Never mind how long it takes, how long do you have? Its like asking "how long does a massage take?". The answer is......as long as possible!

Buen Camino
 

Yoyo

Carpe viam!
Camino(s) past & future
2017: CF 800 km
2019: CF 180 km
In 2017, it took me 40 days from SJPP to SdC, 38 walking days plus 2 rest days (Pamplona and León), so I averaged 21 km. I had planned for 25 km days, but recurrent blisters over most of my camino slowed me down. I still enjoyed every minute of it! Finisterre and Muxia are still waiting for me to stop by. 😎
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
Hi there,

Ask a number of pilgrims and you'll probably get the same amount of different answers. It might give you a clue, but it all depends on what feels comfortable for you.

I've walked the Frances twice, but I'm not going to tell you how long it took me. I don't think it would help you to make up your own Camino.

But you can get a good sense of what is possible. And you can play around with different options to see how they might work out. There's a website with a Camino planning facility. Try it. It has different Camino's. Just click the desired one and start planning:


Have fun preparing for your Camino. And remember: there's only one right way to walk a Camino and that's your way!

Ultreia.
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
By the way: although Godesalco has a planning tool for Santiago-Finisterre, it doesn't have that for Santiago-Muxia.

Both routes are the same until the town of Hospital. From Hospital to Finisterre it's about 27 km. From Hospital to Muxia about 26 km. Hope this helps.
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
The answer to this question will only be revealed to those who know the answers to the other 4 questions, bag or liner, poles or no poles, poncho or rain gear, shoes or boots.
 

E V Waight

It's the journey, not the destination.
Camino(s) past & future
September (2017)
Possible September (2018)
Holy Year (2021) (all three Gladys, John and I)
I do not think there is a "right" answer. There are so many variables. But let's assume your intention is to walk from point A to Point B without any day's rest or injuries or any other factor that may delay your walk. Remember the Camino is to be experienced and not to be taken on as a physical challenge or a race. Take your time and enjoy the walk. Enjoy your company. You may set out to walk 20 km and realize that you can do 35km or the other way around, it happens. In a "perfect" or ideal world, I think anywhere between 30 and 35 days would be "comfortable". Maybe add 4 or 5 days to Finistere or Muxia. In any case, "Buen Camino".
 

Vaughan

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais April/May 2019
Camino Notre April/May 2020
Regardless of how long you take the best advice I can offer is to be prepared by doing some training in advance. However fast or slow you walk it will be far more enjoyable the better adjusted your body is. I was surprised by how many people I met last year who had done no training whatsoever with the consequential problems that brought. I suspect that 40 days with no training might be a lot harder than 30 for a well prepared pilgrim? Training always trumps speed in my experience.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
38 days including 2 rest days...I take my time.
 

MargaretD

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago (2020)
We walked from SJPdP to SdC April/May last year - took 53 days which included 3 rest days. We averaged 16 kms a day. We had the time and loved our leisurely pace and wouldn't have wanted it any different. Everyone's wants, needs, abilities, free time etc are so different. Each to their own 😊
I like this pace. :) I am giving myself 60 days as i am not in a hurry to get anywhere. I want to really savour the Way.
 

CaptNoglos

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Hello,
I am sure that this is this a common question, so I'm embarrassed to throw it out again!
Can some of you experienced CF hikers tell me how many days it took you to complete the walk from SJPP to Santiago? And if you've done it...the walk from Santiago to Muxia?
I have looked through some old threads and can't find the answer to this common question. I am looking to book flights for the full CF. I've walked the partial CF two times, but can't figure how many days I should plan for th 500 miles. I can estimate, but I'd like to get input from those who have done it.
Thanks so much!
we did 33 days + two days rest over the period of the walk for SJPP to SDC
 

NancyLee

Member
Camino(s) past & future
First Camino Mar-April 2018
Bag, poles, poncho and shoes.
Our motto when walking Camino frances last fall was ‘my Camino, my way’.
Buen Camino
Nancy from Winnipeg 🇨🇦
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Like Trecile said, do the math. How long did you walk every day out of Burgos. Divide 798 by that number and add a few rest days and voila; there is your answer!
 

Geodoc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2018 (across Pyrenees, then Sarria to SdC), CF 2019 (SJPdP to Finisterra & Muxia), CI 2019
From SJPdP to Muxia (via Finisterra) was 41 days for me. That included three nights in SdC (Feast of St. James!). SJPdP to SdC was 34 days.
 

Get on our Mailing list for new products on the Camino Store and news from the Camino Forum







Advertisement

Booking.com

Latest posts

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter






Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.3%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 51 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 183 15.1%
  • May

    Votes: 297 24.5%
  • June

    Votes: 86 7.1%
  • July

    Votes: 23 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.2%
  • September

    Votes: 349 28.7%
  • October

    Votes: 149 12.3%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 6 0.5%
Top
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock