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Getting STUFF from St. Jean to Santiago

Camino(s) past & future
May-June (2018) Camino Frances
#1
Greetings All,

In a few days I will be starting my first Camino. I will fly from Chicago to BIQ and then shuttle it to St. Jean.

When I fly over, I will be checking my backpack. I will put my backpack in one of my old hockey duffle bags (for all you hockey players...don't worry I washed it first :) )... hoping it will provide a little protection to my backpack.

Soooooooooo, my question is:
  1. When I get to St. Jean, what is the best way to get my duffle bag (plus my "normal street clothes" I wore on the flight) to Santiago?
  2. Costs???
  3. Any other tips??
THANKS!!!


-jj
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#2
Greetings All,

In a few days I will be starting my first Camino. I will fly from Chicago to BIQ and then shuttle it to St. Jean.

When I fly over, I will be checking my backpack. I will put my backpack in one of my old hockey duffle bags (for all you hockey players...don't worry I washed it first :) )... hoping it will provide a little protection to my backpack.

Soooooooooo, my question is:
  1. When I get to St. Jean, what is the best way to get my duffle bag (plus my "normal street clothes" I wore on the flight) to Santiago?
  2. Costs???
  3. Any other tips??
THANKS!!!


-jj
Express Bourricot offers a good system. See more here in their web
https://www.expressbourricot.com/luggage-transport/

Happy packing and Buen camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
May-June (2018) Camino Frances
#3
Thanks for the info... But,

From their website:

"Price: 70 € per suitcase, 20kg max, transport and storage included. You won’t have to pay anything else once in Santiago."

YIKES!!!! 70 €

At that price I would be better off donating my stuff & buying it again in Santiago.

Are there any other cheaper options???


Cheers,

-jj
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2010, 2015)
Camino Norte (2011)
Rue de la Plata (2018/9)
#4
It's cheaper if you wait until you cross the border and send it to Santiago via Correos. Sending things from France is considered "international" so it is more expensive. It was a huge hassle, but once I carried extra stuff all the way to Pamplona and sent it from there, it was an easy process, I think about 10 euros for a standard box and they hold it at Santiago for you for up to 30 days. Another time I had it sent forward to a hotel in Santiago from Valcarlos (lower route). This was a few years ago, however, considering how much the costs have increased along the Camino, possibly this is also a premium service now.
Possibly you could find out if there are lockers in Biarritz if you are returning there after the Camino?
 
Camino(s) past & future
May-June (2018) Camino Frances
#5
It's cheaper if you wait until you cross the border and send it to Santiago via Correos. Sending things from France is considered "international" so it is more expensive. It was a huge hassle, but once I carried extra stuff all the way to Pamplona and sent it from there, it was an easy process, I think about 10 euros for a standard box and they hold it at Santiago for you for up to 30 days. Another time I had it sent forward to a hotel in Santiago from Valcarlos (lower route). This was a few years ago, however, considering how much the costs have increased along the Camino, possibly this is also a premium service now.
Possibly you could find out if there are lockers in Biarritz if you are returning there after the Camino?


Good to know about crossing into Spain...

Thanks for the tip!!!


Cheers,
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#6
Yes, it is expensive, but for me Express Bourricot was a good option. After you add up the cost of mailing your bag, ~ 18.50€ http://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/luggage-transport plus the cost of storage ~20€ at Casa Ivar. http://www.casaivar.com/luggage-storage-in-santiago-de-compostela/sending-instructions.html plus ~5€ per day to transport it until you get to a post office in Spain + the hassle factor, 70€ isn't bad. Especially since it's sooo easy. You just go to Express Bourricot's office, fill out some forms and pay the 70€. Then they will give you a tag to attach to your bag, which you then leave at your hotel or hostel in the morning before you start walking. As a bonus, Hostal Lasalle, where the luggage is stored will give you a 20% discount on a room in Santiago. I paid about 22€ for a pro ate room with en suite bath. I had friends who paid almost as much for a bed at the Last Stamp albergue.
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#7
Greetings All,

In a few days I will be starting my first Camino. I will fly from Chicago to BIQ and then shuttle it to St. Jean.

When I fly over, I will be checking my backpack. I will put my backpack in one of my old hockey duffle bags (for all you hockey players...don't worry I washed it first :) )... hoping it will provide a little protection to my backpack.

Soooooooooo, my question is:
  1. When I get to St. Jean, what is the best way to get my duffle bag (plus my "normal street clothes" I wore on the flight) to Santiago?
  2. Costs???
  3. Any other tips??
THANKS!!!
-jj
WalksInWinter's suggestion is a good one for your current plan.

A lot of backpackers, when checking backpacks, will use a heavy mil utility plastic bag for that purpose. They can then use that bag as a waterproof liner for the backpack in lieu of a rain cover, or just toss it in the bin upon arrival at baggage claim. For travel clothes, I wore a set of what I wore on Camino. They are comfortable for travel, so all was good :). Just a thought.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. 2019? Who knows! ;-)
#8
WalksInWinter's suggestion is a good one for your current plan.

A lot of backpackers, when checking backpacks, will use a heavy mil utility plastic bag for that purpose. They can then use that bag as a waterproof liner for the backpack in lieu of a rain cover, or just toss it in the bin upon arrival at baggage claim. For travel clothes, I wore a set of what I wore on Camino. They are comfortable for travel, so all was good :). Just a thought.
Couldn't have put it better! And no hassles. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#9
Yes, it is expensive, but for me Express Bourricot was a good option. After you add up the cost of mailing your bag, ~ 18.50€ http://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/luggage-transport plus the cost of storage ~20€ at Casa Ivar. http://www.casaivar.com/luggage-storage-in-santiago-de-compostela/sending-instructions.html plus ~5€ per day to transport it until you get to a post office in Spain + the hassle factor, 70€ isn't bad. Especially since it's sooo easy. You just go to Express Bourricot's office, fill out some forms and pay the 70€. Then they will give you a tag to attach to your bag, which you then leave at your hotel or hostel in the morning before you start walking. As a bonus, Hostal Lasalle, where the luggage is stored will give you a 20% discount on a room in Santiago. I paid about 22€ for a pro ate room with en suite bath. I had friends who paid almost as much for a bed at the Last Stamp albergue.
Hola - this is exactly what I did last year. I agree the E70 does seem over the top - but as you say add in the "extras" and the room discount and it comes out almost even. Cheers
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#10
Hola - this is exactly what I did last year. I agree the E70 does seem over the top - but as you say add in the "extras" and the room discount and it comes out almost even. Cheers
The extra money was well worth it to me to make it easier on my jet lagged self.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
#11
Greetings All,

In a few days I will be starting my first Camino. I will fly from Chicago to BIQ and then shuttle it to St. Jean.

When I fly over, I will be checking my backpack. I will put my backpack in one of my old hockey duffle bags (for all you hockey players...don't worry I washed it first :) )... hoping it will provide a little protection to my backpack.

Soooooooooo, my question is:
  1. When I get to St. Jean, what is the best way to get my duffle bag (plus my "normal street clothes" I wore on the flight) to Santiago?
  2. Costs???
  3. Any other tips??
THANKS!!!


-jj
Hi, I shipped my travel clothes to Ivar in Santiago from the SJPdP post office. I'm sorry, I don't recall the cost but it wasn't as much as I thought it would be. I'm almost positive it won't cost as much as the other option mentioned.

As you are walking to the Pilgrims Office from the train station the Post Office will be on your right. I'm so sorry I don't have exact directions for you but I'm sure someone on here does or you can ask the Pilgrims Office.

I'm so excited for you!!
Buen Camino!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2017
#12
That would be the office with the large "La Poste" signs out front. As GlobeTrekker says, on the right as you walk up the street leading form the train station.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017 or 2018
#13
It's cheaper if you wait until you cross the border and send it to Santiago via Correos. Sending things from France is considered "international" so it is more expensive. It was a huge hassle, but once I carried extra stuff all the way to Pamplona and sent it from there, it was an easy process, I think about 10 euros for a standard box and they hold it at Santiago for you for up to 30 days. Another time I had it sent forward to a hotel in Santiago from Valcarlos (lower route). This was a few years ago, however, considering how much the costs have increased along the Camino, possibly this is also a premium service now.
Possibly you could find out if there are lockers in Biarritz if you are returning there after the Camino?
Where in Santiago did you send stuff to?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#14
Thanks for the info... But,

From their website:

"Price: 70 € per suitcase, 20kg max, transport and storage included. You won’t have to pay anything else once in Santiago."

YIKES!!!! 70 €

At that price I would be better off donating my stuff & buying it again in Santiago.

Are there any other cheaper options???


Cheers,

-jj

You are absolutely right. There is wonderful and inexpensive shopping in Santiago.
 
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Dave C.

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santa Domingo (2017)
Santa Domingo to Fromista (2018)
#15
The last three years I flew in my walking clothes and put my “checked” backpack in a mesh laundry bag. While your walking put the mesh laundry bag in the bottom of your pack. It weighs nothing.
 

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