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Hendaye - Hondarribia Ferry

Vaughan

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Norte Aug/Sept 2022
I'm starting the Camino Norte on 28th August from Irun but I'm wondering what's the best way to get to Hondarribia (where I plan to follow the coastal GR route). I can see there is a ferry from Hendaye which might might save me a few kms but does anyone have any experience of how often this ferry runs and what time it starts? Its going to be a fairly long day to San Sebastian so I want to start as early as I can.
 
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I'm starting the Camino Norte on 28th August from Irun but I'm wondering what's the best way to get to Hondarribia (where I plan to follow the coastal GR route). I can see there is a ferry from Hendaye which might might save me a few kms but does anyone have any experience of how often this ferry runs and what time it starts? Its going to be a fairly long day to San Sebastian so I want to start as early as I can.
We start from Irún on the 23rd and are walking into Hondarribia as it's such a short distance from Irún. We are walking into Irún from the San Sebastian airport after we land.

I didn't know about any ferry, and won't be taking it . But, how much shorter do you think it will be?
 
We start from Irún on the 23rd and are walking into Hondarribia as it's such a short distance from Irún. We are walking into Irún from the San Sebastian airport after we land.

I didn't know about any ferry, and won't be taking it . But, how much shorter do you think it will be?
I'm starting the Camino Norte on 28th August from Irun but I'm wondering what's the best way to get to Hondarribia (where I plan to follow the coastal GR route). I can see there is a ferry from Hendaye which might might save me a few kms but does anyone have any experience of how often this ferry runs and what time it starts? Its going to be a fairly long day to San Sebastian so I want to start as early as I can.
Good Morning Vaughan
I have taken the ferry but not as a pilgrim.On my way back from Santiago I stayed in Hendaye .I have walked the Norte several times and always passed through Irun.
As a tourist I wanted to see Hondarribia and I walked along the beach in Hendaye to the ferry which is at the far end of the beach.It is some distance from the Railway Station.
If you want to save time you should walk over the bridge ,which is close to Hendaye railway station, to Irun.
In my opinion you would gain nothing time wise by taking the ferry.
I don't know the ferry times I'm sure you will find them by a search on the internet.
Buen Camino.
 
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Thanks for replies. Using Google maps walking from Irun is 6.1kms to the port at Hondarribia and approx 4kms using the Ferry so very marginal. My hotel is just over the bridge in Irun, just inside the Spanish border.
 
Thanks for replies. Using Google maps walking from Irun is 6.1kms to the port at Hondarribia and approx 4kms using the Ferry so very marginal. My hotel is just over the bridge in Irun, just inside the Spanish border.
There is a lovely walking path from just over the bridge in Hendaye along river/inlet to Hendaye Plage were the ferry is. BUT the little ferry runs I think from 10am
 
Took that ferry while walking the Norte in Oct 2021. Lovely and quick trip. Cash only paid as you boarded. No schedule at that time, it just motored back and forth.
 
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Regardless of whether it saves time or distance, the ferry sounds like a wonderful additional layer to the experience.
Enjoy..& please come back to us with info & your thoughts about it.
Happy trails...& waterways!
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I'm starting the Camino Norte on 28th August from Irun but I'm wondering what's the best way to get to Hondarribia (where I plan to follow the coastal GR route). I can see there is a ferry from Hendaye which might might save me a few kms but does anyone have any experience of how often this ferry runs and what time it starts? Its going to be a fairly long day to San Sebastian so I want to start as early as I can.
the ferry starts at 10am and runs every half hour (or 15min in summer) until between 18h and 1h, depending on the season. here is the website.

in july, the old bridge where the waymarked route goes, was still closed off by the barriers. you need to go by the new road bridge.
 
Thanks for replies. Using Google maps walking from Irun is 6.1kms to the port at Hondarribia and approx 4kms using the Ferry so very marginal. My hotel is just over the bridge in Irun, just inside the Spanish border.
in that case, I don't thing the ferry is even practical for you.
 
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