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Help: Getting from Madrid to Hospital de Órbigo

Joanne P

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#1
Hi Everyone

We arrive in Madrid on June 1st, and need to get to Hospital de Órbigo the same afternoon/evening.
I am starting to get concerned as I was trying to check availability & prices of tickets but my searches come up saying there is nothing on that route on that day.

I'm not sure if I am just trying too far in advance, or if we are going to have trouble getting transport. I was following the links via the Rome2Rio site.

I don't mind if we use the train or bus.

I would also be interested to know if we get a bus/train to Leon only, can we get a taxi to Hospital de Órbigo, and if so, what it would cost (roughly)?

Thanks for any information you can provide.
 

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#2
The distance from Leon to Hospital de Orbigo is about 35 kilmometers; the taxi rate is usually at least 1€ per km.
Check out the Pilgrim's Rates on this typical local taxi fare list.
http://www.radiotaxileon.com/fares.html

Good luck with your plans and Buen camino!
 
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gmag

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
frances
#4
Hi Everyone

We arrive in Madrid on June 1st, and need to get to Hospital de Órbigo the same afternoon/evening.
I am starting to get concerned as I was trying to check availability & prices of tickets but my searches come up saying there is nothing on that route on that day.

I'm not sure if I am just trying too far in advance, or if we are going to have trouble getting transport. I was following the links via the Rome2Rio site.

I don't mind if we use the train or bus.

I would also be interested to know if we get a bus/train to Leon only, can we get a taxi to Hospital de Órbigo, and if so, what it would cost (roughly)?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

https://www.busradar.es/busqueda/?From=Madrid&To=Hospital+de+Órbigo&When=2018-06-01&WhenReturn=&Passengers=1&ShowRidesharing=true&ShowRidesharing=false

Once in Astorga, you can take a bus to Hospital. Ther´re 19 every day, and cost 4 euro. This is the link:
https://www.busbud.com/es/autobus-astorga-hospital-de-orbigo/r/eze9qr-ezecd4

You can go to Astorga from Madrid with the bus, or from Leon, with the train from Madrid. I think it is very easy from Astorga (19 buses/day) and Astorga is easy from Madrid.

Taxi from Astorga to Hospital is also cheap and faster.
 
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Lirsy

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Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo (2017), Norte (2017), Frances (2017), Portugues (2018), La Plata (2018)
#5
You also have bus from Leon to Hospital de Orbigo (around 7 services per day). Check in www.alsa.es

As Alsa is also the company going from Madrid to Leon, you can take on single ticket Madrid - Hospital de Orbigo, but you will have to change bus in Leon.

Buen Camino & Ultreia!!
 

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#6
Hi Everyone

We arrive in Madrid on June 1st, and need to get to Hospital de Órbigo the same afternoon/evening.
I am starting to get concerned as I was trying to check availability & prices of tickets but my searches come up saying there is nothing on that route on that day.

I'm not sure if I am just trying too far in advance, or if we are going to have trouble getting transport. I was following the links via the Rome2Rio site.

I don't mind if we use the train or bus.

I would also be interested to know if we get a bus/train to Leon only, can we get a taxi to Hospital de Órbigo, and if so, what it would cost (roughly)?

Thanks for any information you can provide.
For the moment i find nothing from Madrid to Hospital de Orbigo! IF you want to go from Madrid to Leon, look here : https://www.goeuro.com/travel-search2/results/876202395/bus?v=wa_dw_bwg:on. Nothing from Hospital to Leon! Can you make other arrangement?
I find something! https://www.alsa.es , but you can not reserve the tickets now, only 2 month BEFORE you go! I made a scenario for march, and look - https://www.alsa.es/checkout?p_auth=pDI13aVe&p_p_id=PurchasePortlet_WAR_Alsaportlet&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_PurchasePortlet_WAR_Alsaportlet_javax.portlet.action=searchJourneysAction&code=&serviceType=&accessible=0&originStationNameId=Madrid+Aeropuerto+T4&originStationId=5555&destinationStationNameId=Hospital+de+Orbigo&destinationStationId=986&departureDate=30/03/2018&locationMode=&passengerType-1=1&passengerType-4=0&passengerType-5=0&passengerType-2=0&passengerType-3=0&numPassengers=1®ionalZone=&travelType=OUTWARD&LIFERAY_SHARED_isTrainTrip=false&promoCode=&jsonAlsaPassPassenger=&jsonVoucherPassenger=
Sorry for my english!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#7
Hi Everyone

We arrive in Madrid on June 1st, and need to get to Hospital de Órbigo the same afternoon/evening.

Thanks for any information you can provide.
Personally, I'd take a taxi. The fare is per Taxi, not per passenger, will be split between all who ride.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPP to SDC); Finisterre and Muxia; Portuguese; Primitivo; Norte (Irun to SDC); Ingles
#8
Should be a no-brainer. Frequent fast train service to Astorga from Madrid (less than 3 hours; check renfe website). From there it's less than 20 k to Hospital. Lots of buses via ALSA / Busbud from Astorga to Hospital, or quick cab ride. Astorga is much closer to Hospital than is Leon.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPP to SDC); Finisterre and Muxia; Portuguese; Primitivo; Norte (Irun to SDC); Ingles
#9
Modifying my previous post: I did a check for buses from both Leon and Astorga to Hospital on Alsa. If you check too far in advance, it will not show any buses scheduled for most days of the week, but if you check a week or so in advance, it will show lots of buses from each place to Hospital (20 minutes from Astorga, 35 minutes from Leon). So it seems Alsa simply doesn't list its schedule more than a week or so in advance.

Overall, there are actually more trains into Leon than to Astorga from Madrid, and the ride is closer to 2 hours than 3. Also, the bus station is Leon is 450 meters from the train station while the bus and train stations in Astorga are 850 meters apart (per google maps).

A taxi from Leon will be more expensive. It's 34 k to Hospital vs. 16 k. from Astorga. But the difference in cost might be made up by the fact that the train tickets are cheaper.

So, overall, whether you go by bus or taxi from Leon or Astorga, it might make more sense to go to Leon.

Plus, there's the option of going from Madrid to Leon by bus, and then hopping on the local bus to Hospital without changing stations. The disadvantage of this is that the Madrid to Leon leg on the bus is approximately 4 hours vs. 2 hours on the fastest trains.
 

Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#11
https://www.busradar.es/busqueda/?From=Madrid&To=Hospital+de+Órbigo&When=2018-06-01&WhenReturn=&Passengers=1&ShowRidesharing=true&ShowRidesharing=false

Once in Astorga, you can take a bus to Hospital. Ther´re 19 every day, and cost 4 euro. This is the link:
https://www.busbud.com/es/autobus-astorga-hospital-de-orbigo/r/eze9qr-ezecd4

You can go to Astorga from Madrid with the bus, or from Leon, with the train from Madrid. I think it is very easy from Astorga (19 buses/day) and Astorga is easy from Madrid.

Taxi from Astorga to Hospital is also cheap and faster.
Greeat info, thank you
 

Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#12
You also have bus from Leon to Hospital de Orbigo (around 7 services per day). Check in www.alsa.es

As Alsa is also the company going from Madrid to Leon, you can take on single ticket Madrid - Hospital de Orbigo, but you will have to change bus in Leon.

Buen Camino & Ultreia!!
Thank you
 

Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#14
Personally, I'd take a taxi. The fare is per Taxi, not per passenger, will be split between all who ride.
I wouldn't have thought of catching a taxi all the way from Madrid, but it's a great idea pending how the cost works out. I will try to source that information too. Thank you!
 

Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#15
Modifying my previous post: I did a check for buses from both Leon and Astorga to Hospital on Alsa. If you check too far in advance, it will not show any buses scheduled for most days of the week, but if you check a week or so in advance, it will show lots of buses from each place to Hospital (20 minutes from Astorga, 35 minutes from Leon). So it seems Alsa simply doesn't list its schedule more than a week or so in advance.

Overall, there are actually more trains into Leon than to Astorga from Madrid, and the ride is closer to 2 hours than 3. Also, the bus station is Leon is 450 meters from the train station while the bus and train stations in Astorga are 850 meters apart (per google maps).

A taxi from Leon will be more expensive. It's 34 k to Hospital vs. 16 k. from Astorga. But the difference in cost might be made up by the fact that the train tickets are cheaper.

So, overall, whether you go by bus or taxi from Leon or Astorga, it might make more sense to go to Leon.

Plus, there's the option of going from Madrid to Leon by bus, and then hopping on the local bus to Hospital without changing stations. The disadvantage of this is that the Madrid to Leon leg on the bus is approximately 4 hours vs. 2 hours on the fastest trains.
That is all great info - that you very much!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPP to SDC); Finisterre and Muxia; Portuguese; Primitivo; Norte (Irun to SDC); Ingles
#16
No problem. Good luck. Plenty of choices making it easy enough getting from Madrid to Hospital in the same day. Btw, I don't think that Anniesantiago meant for you to take a taxi from Madrid -- that would be incredibly expensive -- but only from Leon or Atorga to Hospital.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#17
I wouldn't have thought of catching a taxi all the way from Madrid, but it's a great idea pending how the cost works out. I will try to source that information too. Thank you!
You might try contacting Caminofacil on their website and asking what they'd charge for a taxi.
 

arturo garcia

Pilgrim/Hospitalero/Mountain guide/Photographer
Camino(s) past & future
French way (Dic. 2012), Portuguese way (Dic.2013) and now living on the Camino.
#18
If you are coming to Hospital de Orbigo, all of you will be very welcome at Albergue San Miguel. Where you can leave your impressions doing a painting. Buen Camino.
 

Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#19
If you are coming to Hospital de Orbigo, all of you will be very welcome at Albergue San Miguel. Where you can leave your impressions doing a painting. Buen Camino.
Thank you so much however we already have a booking at Hostal Paso Honroso, as I thought we could not stay at an Albergue if we arrive by car/bus/train. However after the Medieval Festival, we will be going to SJPDP and walking to Santiago, so we may stay with you then. :)
 

arturo garcia

Pilgrim/Hospitalero/Mountain guide/Photographer
Camino(s) past & future
French way (Dic. 2012), Portuguese way (Dic.2013) and now living on the Camino.
#21
1434 - Passage of Honor. Hospital de Orbigo
Every year, the first weekend of June, there is a renactment of the extraordinary events around the feast of saint James. Suero de Quiñones with nine other knigths, isssued a challenge to all noble and gentle persons passing on the Camino. He declared himself to be locked in a prison of love, from which he could only be released by breaking 300 lances. Jousts to decide the issue were held in the meadows at the side of the bridge. One knight died, nine were wounded. Suero de Quiñones, free from his prison, started his pilgrimage to Santiago and twenty years later was killed by one of the challengers.
About 200 years after this happened, Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote, which is a comment of all of this.
 
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Joanne P

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2018
#22
Why are you going directly to Hospital de Orbigo? Just curious.
Arturo Garcia has given a much better reply than I could have LOL
I wasn't aware of the history - I just just knew there was a "Medieval Festival" happening that weekend.
(many thanks Arturo - knowing the history will enhance our experience).
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
C. de Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
#23
Ah, okay. I happened to be there during that celebration in 2016. Everybody in the town was dressed in medieval costumes, there were camels in the parade and lots of festivities. It was hard to get a bed, but I managed to get one in the municipal. There are lots of Spanish tourists visiting Hospital de Orbigo for that fiesta, and the hospitalera let them wander through the albergue to gaze at the "pilgrims." One took a picture of me hanging my laundry on the line. It was like we were in a zoo! :D There were some fun things about it, but it went on until about 3am and it was hard to sleep. After happening into several of these festivals in villages and towns along the route, I would say I generally prefer to avoid them. Lots of crowds and commercial stuff. Logrono during the wine festival in the fall was the absolute worst, with everybody drunk, littering and peeing on the street. I had hoped to tour some of my favorite wineries while there, but ended up hiding in the albergue with take-out tapas. Leon during the 1000 year anniversary of the founding of the city was crowded, but it had some nice features; like a parade of people dancing in local costumes from surrounding pueblos along with ox carts. I was lucky to have booked a bed in a hostal on the second floor so I could watch it from above (plus it was on my birthday).

The one holiday celebration I did enjoy was St. James day in a tiny village on the way to Finisterre. It was the one day a year they brought in a priest to open the beautiful 11th century church. The little old ladies BBQed sardines for us and had us join them, jumping over the fire, which is an old tradition on that day.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
C. de Salvador/Primitivo (2018)
#24
Ah, okay. I happened to be there during that celebration in 2016. Everybody in the town was dressed in medieval costumes, there were camels in the parade and lots of festivities. It was hard to get a bed, but I managed to get one in the municipal. There are lots of Spanish tourists visiting Hospital de Orbigo for that fiesta, and the hospitalera let them wander through the albergue to gaze at the "pilgrims." One took a picture of me hanging my laundry on the line. It was like we were in a zoo! :D There were some fun things about it, but it went on until about 3am and it was hard to sleep. After happening into several of these festivals in villages and towns along the route, I would say I generally prefer to avoid them. Lots of crowds and commercial stuff. Logrono during the wine festival in the fall was the absolute worst, with everybody drunk, littering and peeing on the street. I had hoped to tour some of my favorite wineries while there, but ended up hiding in the albergue with take-out tapas. Leon during the 1000 year anniversary of the founding of the city was crowded, but it had some nice features; like a parade of people dancing in local costumes from surrounding pueblos along with ox carts. I was lucky to have booked a bed in a hostal on the second floor so I could watch it from above (plus it was on my birthday).

The one holiday celebration I did enjoy was St. James day in a tiny village on the way to Finisterre. It was the one day a year they brought in a priest to open the beautiful 11th century church. The little old ladies BBQed sardines for us and had us join them, jumping over the fire, which is an old tradition on that day.
ps - I liked the version of the old story I heard from a local in Hospital de Orbigo. He told me that the knight's love was not returned by the lady he loved. So to win her over, he set out to slay 300 knights, which he did. He went back to her and she looked at him and said, "Naw, I'm still not interested." (I paraphrased that)
 

arturo garcia

Pilgrim/Hospitalero/Mountain guide/Photographer
Camino(s) past & future
French way (Dic. 2012), Portuguese way (Dic.2013) and now living on the Camino.
#25
That´s also a nice version of the History. In more than 600 years is normal to have many versions.
The good thing, keeping apart the noise, crowds and paparazzis. The people in this specific celebration in Hospital de orbigo can drink but nobody gets really drunk or violent. Is very safe, nice and unique. it last 48 hrs. with activities all day and night. Medieval mass, dinner eating with your hands, midnight torch march, fireworks, music concert. and the Joustings on the side of the bridge during the day, middle age market, music on the streets. Lot of Fun!
 

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