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Flying home changes - bus options?

Past OR future Camino
2019
My flight home has just been amended by Vueling and I now have to transit via Barcelona from SdC it adds time to my arrival in UK (plus I’m not sure of the covid requirements/testing for an internal Spanish flight are) and makes things a bit more difficult does anyone know how reliable the bus from SdC to Paris is, I don’t mind the long journey (20hrs) but I will take reliability over uncertainty every time, especially with so many flights seemingly being cancelled or amended last minute just now
 
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(2009): Camino Frances
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(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
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2019
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biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I took a Flix bus from Toulouse to Bilbao a few years ago. The bus originated in Rome and was 6 hours late getting to Toulouse. If the bus originates in SdC, I would say no worries; otherwise I would look into their track record for maintaining scheduled departure times. I agree with your concept of taking the bus over taking the train. The train to Irun from SdC requires lots of changes and is slower than a bus.
 
Past OR future Camino
2019
Would you have to buy a new ticket from Paris to the UK?
Yes but I travelled from the uk by train and always had Eurostar as my fall back plan, I despise all the extra charges with “cheap” flights now and would rather an honest, if you travel with us here’s the cost…airlines are like, what’s that you’re going to be breathing, sorry that’s extra. I saw a Ryanair flight the same day for £22 and though yeah that’s 90 quid for a start because I’m not in my underwear 🤣🤣
 

alexwalker

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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Yes but I travelled from the uk by train and always had Eurostar as my fall back plan, I despise all the extra charges with “cheap” flights now and would rather an honest, if you travel with us here’s the cost…airlines are like, what’s that you’re going to be breathing, sorry that’s extra. I saw a Ryanair flight the same day for £22 and though yeah that’s 90 quid for a start because I’m not in my underwear 🤣🤣
Agree completely. And yes, a bus looks like a cheap, direct option. Maybe a change in Irun? (French border).

I like trains in Spain: Fast, cheap, and with a restaurant coach for some food and beverage (Yes, you heard wine), while watching the landscape floating by.

Also, being over 60, I am entitled to a Carta Dorada, giving me 25% discount on all train travels in Spain for a whole year, at the cost of 6 Euros. :cool:
 
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2021
My flight home has just been amended by Vueling and I now have to transit via Barcelona from SdC it adds time to my arrival in UK (plus I’m not sure of the covid requirements/testing for an internal Spanish flight are) and makes things a bit more difficult does anyone know how reliable the bus from SdC to Paris is, I don’t mind the long journey (20hrs) but I will take reliability over uncertainty every time, especially with so many flights seemingly being cancelled or amended last minute just now
That happened to me on the way over to Spain. My direct flight to Bilbao was cancelled and instead I got rerouted to Bilbao via Barcelona. Out worked out fine, but yes, could have gone wrong

I don't have my return to UK with Vueling booked yet, but thanks for the heads up.

BTW - I was not asked for any proof of testing on my internal flight from Barcelona to Bilbao, so I would not expect anything different in reverse either
 
Past OR future Camino
2019
I took a Flix bus from Toulouse to Bilbao a few years ago. The bus originated in Rome and was 6 hours late getting to Toulouse. If the bus originates in SdC, I would say no worries; otherwise I would look into their track record for maintaining scheduled departure times. I agree with your concept of taking the bus over taking the train. The train to Irun from SdC requires lots of changes and is slower than a bus.
Thanks for the heads up. Jeez I've just gone through a lot of their reviews and I think I’ll give them a miss, it seems they’re the cheap flights of the bus world. I suppose at worst I’ll be changing trains, I’m thinking Madrid-Barcelona-Paris that was my original fall back anyway 🤷🏼‍♂️ Who knows, I’ve got a few weeks to work on it thankfully 👍
 
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biarritzdon

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A funny aside about my Flix bus experience from Toulouse. The bus was 6 hours behind schedule and apparently they had a stop in Pau. They arrived there about 2am and I could hear the drivers discussing where to go to find the stop, after about 10 minutes of aimlessly driving around they headed back to the Autoroute. I know Pau fairly well and I am fairly certain they got off at the wrong exit and were only on the fringe of town nowhere near the center.
 

Faye Walker

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Past OR future Camino
CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
I took a Flix bus from Toulouse to Bilbao a few years ago. The bus originated in Rome and was 6 hours late getting to Toulouse. If the bus originates in SdC, I would say no worries; otherwise I would look into their track record for maintaining scheduled departure times. I agree with your concept of taking the bus over taking the train. The train to Irun from SdC requires lots of changes and is slower than a bus.
Oh dear... has something changed on the train route since 2014? Is it COV specific? I rode the train directly -- it was 11 hours -- from SdC to Irun in October of 2014. I had to then get a different train from Hendaye to Bordeaux (something about track gauge changes), but that was the most easy and pleasant journey I've ever had by train.
The people in the train ticket office near to the *OLD* pilgrim office helped me with the ticketing arrangements. Very kind.
 

biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
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I have always taken the bus, it is shorter by a few hours and the switch from wide gauge tracks to narrow gauge tracks between San Sebastian and Hendaye is a bit of a hassle. There is a new combination bus and train station in San Sebastian, I haven't tried to do the suque there since it opened a few years ago.
 

Mera

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Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
My flight home has just been amended by Vueling and I now have to transit via Barcelona from SdC it adds time to my arrival in UK (plus I’m not sure of the covid requirements/testing for an internal Spanish flight are) and makes things a bit more difficult does anyone know how reliable the bus from SdC to Paris is, I don’t mind the long journey (20hrs) but I will take reliability over uncertainty every time, especially with so many flights seemingly being cancelled or amended last minute just now
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susanrunning

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Past OR future Camino
September 19
Yes but I travelled from the uk by train and always had Eurostar as my fall back plan, I despise all the extra charges with “cheap” flights now and would rather an honest, if you travel with us here’s the cost…airlines are like, what’s that you’re going to be breathing, sorry that’s extra. I saw a Ryanair flight the same day for £22 and though yeah that’s 90 quid for a start because I’m not in my underwear 🤣🤣
You funny.
 
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susanrunning

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September 19
Yes but I travelled from the uk by train and always had Eurostar as my fall back plan, I despise all the extra charges with “cheap” flights now and would rather an honest, if you travel with us here’s the cost…airlines are like, what’s that you’re going to be breathing, sorry that’s extra. I saw a Ryanair flight the same day for £22 and though yeah that’s 90 quid for a start because I’m not in my underwear 🤣🤣
You funny.
 

Tony Bobcat

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
May 2017
Agree completely. And yes, a bus looks like a cheap, direct option. Maybe a change in Irun? (French border).

I like trains in Spain: Fast, cheap, and with a restaurant coach for some food and beverage (Yes, you heard wine), while watching the landscape floating by.

Also, being over 60, I am entitled to a Carta Dorada, giving me 25% discount on all train travels in Spain for a whole year, at the cost of 6 Euros. :cool:
Hi alexwalker
I agree with yourself I do love train traveling through Spain, but I didn’t know about a discount for people over sixties. Do you just ask for the discount when purchasing a ticket and how do you obtain a carta Dora day. Cheers Tony
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hi alexwalker
I agree with yourself I do love train traveling through Spain, but I didn’t know about a discount for people over sixties. Do you just ask for the discount when purchasing a ticket and how do you obtain a carta Dora day. Cheers Tony
Here's the information page for the Carta Dorada

However, you may be able to purchase a ticket at a lower promotional rate online than for the tarjeta dorada discount.
 
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alexwalker

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(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Hi alexwalker
I agree with yourself I do love train traveling through Spain, but I didn’t know about a discount for people over sixties. Do you just ask for the discount when purchasing a ticket and how do you obtain a carta Dora day. Cheers Tony
You buy the Carta Dorada at the train station before you buy your ticket(s). 6 Euros, 25% discount on tickets. Valid 12 months.
 

mspath

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Past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Often in larger stations there is a special window to purchase the Carta Dorada. In the past you had to show your national passport in order to purchase the card.
 
Past OR future Camino
2014, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Various routes...
The train to Irun from SdC requires lots of changes and is slower than a bus.
No actually it doesn't necessarily. In 2019 I took one train all the way. But yes - it took about 10 hours or so. I have to say I loved every minute, because I was getting a preview of many parts of my walk in the other direction.
 
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