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Getting to Salamanca from the UK

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi
Have checked past threads and haven’t seen this topic.
I will resume the VDLP in late April and am having great difficulty trying to sort through the travel logistics. Tried Loco2 and Romeo both of which indicate long and expensive travel options.
I am currently in Bournemouth, UK so looking for advice please.
With thanks
Happymark
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Lots of trains from Madrid. Booked well in advance fares from about 20 euros and travel time from about 90 minutes. You can book through renfe.com. For flights I prefer to use kayak.co.uk as my search engine - lots of options. From Bournemouth you can fly to Madrid via Palma de Mallorca with Ryanair very cheaply. bournemouth.jpg
 
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m108

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011-2016
my logistics for the beginning of May (Salamanca - Astorga): plane for Bilbao, bus for Burgos (evening and sleeping in wonderful Burgos), next day bus Burgos - Salamanca, 11 €, already bought :D!
if you have enough time - Salamanca earn two days ;)
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Lots of trains from Madrid. Booked well in advance fares from about 20 euros and travel time from about 90 minutes. You can book through renfe.com. For flights I prefer to use kayak.co.uk as my search engine - lots of options. From Bournemouth you can fly to Madrid via Palma de Mallorca with Ryanair very cheaply. View attachment 51039
Thank you. I hadn’t thought of that route and if the connections work I can be in Salamanca on the same day. I spent a few days there last year after walking from Seville and know it is a beautiful city. Hopefully can get a bed in the albergue the same night.
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Lots of trains from Madrid. Booked well in advance fares from about 20 euros and travel time from about 90 minutes. You can book through renfe.com. For flights I prefer to use kayak.co.uk as my search engine - lots of options. From Bournemouth you can fly to Madrid via Palma de Mallorca with Ryanair very cheaply. View attachment 51039
Hi again
I looked at the Ryanair flights and the moment I put in a checked bag it just about trebles the price. Was thinking of a checked bag to put my walking poles in as they won’t allow as carry on. Need checked for both legs.
I know some people leave them behind and buy on arrival and leave them again at the end. Looks like an option.
Happymark
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
Yep, Madrid works fine. About 3 hours by train from Madrid to Salamanca. Also, I know it's been said in other posts but take a look at Rome2Rio website. They are very good at showing all the alternatives to get from one place to another. They merge both plane flights, long haul buses and local buses so that you have a good idea what the total cost would be (both in time and money).
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I looked at the Ryanair flights and the moment I put in a checked bag it just about trebles the price. Was thinking of a checked bag to put my walking poles in as they won’t allow as carry on. Need checked for both legs.
That is a pain! They count each leg as a separate booking and add a bag fee to each :( I would probably just buy poles in Spain. A few Decathlon shops in Madrid and probably one or two in Salamanca.
 

jony jony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Final pilgrimage Sept 2018...Via de la Plata
Happymarkos........I had to do this last year, so flew Stansted to Santiago and then the Alsa bus to Salamanca from Santiago bus station . I think it was about a 6 or 7 hr journey from Santiago which arrives in Salamanca about 2300Hrs .

Regards ....John
 
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happymarkos

HappyMark
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2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Happymarkos........I had to do this last year, so flew Stansted to Santiago and then the Alsa bus to Salamanca from Santiago bus station . I think it was about a 6 or 7 hr journey from Santiago which arrives in Salamanca about 2300Hrs .

Regards ....John
Thank you John
I am also looking at flying to Madrid and then train or bus to Salamanca. Bournemouth is about 5 hours from Stansted so it can make it a very long day.
Happymark
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sep/Oct 2015
C Primitivo Sep / Oct 2016
Portugese Sep/Oct 2017
VdlP, Muxia 2018
Hi
Have checked past threads and haven’t seen this topic.
I will resume the VDLP in late April and am having great difficulty trying to sort through the travel logistics. Tried Loco2 and Romeo both of which indicate long and expensive travel options.
I am currently in Bournemouth, UK so looking for advice please.
With thanks
Happymark
Hi Happymark
Last September I flew Ryanair Dublin to Madrid. 45 mins after landing I got bus from the airport to Salamanca. Duration about 2 hrs 15mins. Buy the ticket from the bus driver. Alternatively you can buy the bus ticket at the travel agency booth in the airport for about 8 euro extra. Bus ticket c. 20 euro. Plenty of seats available on the bus. Albergue near Cathedral and the fabulous Roman bridge on the VDLP entering Salamanca. Beautiful city. Buen Camino
 

Raggy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
I am flying LHR to MAD and then going by bus to Salamanca in September. As for walking sticks, perhaps it would be economical to post them to a post office in Salamanca - Poste Restante / Lista Correos. This one appears to be the closest to the Albergue:

GRAN VIA, 25-29
37001 SALAMANCA (Salamanca)
Tel:923281457
Fax: 923270092

For ALSA buses, I've used the app in the past. I see that the buses from Madrid are operated by Avanza, which also has an app ... I will probably download that and buy a ticket when I arrive.
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
I am flying LHR to MAD and then going by bus to Salamanca in September. As for walking sticks, perhaps it would be economical to post them to a post office in Salamanca - Poste Restante / Lista Correos. This one appears to be the closest to the Albergue:

GRAN VIA, 25-29
37001 SALAMANCA (Salamanca)
Tel:923281457
Fax: 923270092

For ALSA buses, I've used the app in the past. I see that the buses from Madrid are operated by Avanza, which also has an app ... I will probably download that and buy a ticket when I arrive.
WOW, what fantastic help. Thank you Raggy. Really appreciated. Had not thought of posting my walking poles.
Happymark
 

happymarkos

HappyMark
Camino(s) past & future
2013 CF
2014 Le Puy-St Jean. 2014&16 Volunteer St JP
2016 Portuguese
2017 Porto-Santiago
2018
Hi Happymark
Last September I flew Ryanair Dublin to Madrid. 45 mins after landing I got bus from the airport to Salamanca. Duration about 2 hrs 15mins. Buy the ticket from the bus driver. Alternatively you can buy the bus ticket at the travel agency booth in the airport for about 8 euro extra. Bus ticket c. 20 euro. Plenty of seats available on the bus. Albergue near Cathedral and the fabulous Roman bridge on the VDLP entering Salamanca. Beautiful city. Buen Camino
Thank you
 

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