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Julio Rivera

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What are the transportation options to go from Madrid to Pamplona? I arrive in Madrid, but I do not know how to get to Pamplona and where to take the train/bus/plane to get there. Any advise will be appreciated. thank you.
 
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Hi Speed Electric RENFE train- fast 220 km/hr, clean, on time.
Go to Rome2Rio for schedules Madrid to Pamplona.
 

flyfishinguy

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2016 - camino frances
The train from Madrid will get you there.
The Pamplona Airport is about 9 miles S.W. of the center of the city
The bus terminal is downtown and, during tourist season, there are regular buses to take you over to St. Jean Pied de Port (if that is where you want to begin your camino)
buen camino
 

lt56ny

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If you want to take a plane you should check out the Iberia website. There are often really good fares. It is a question of traveling to the airport from Madrid and dealing with that. I know it can take a while and be a hassle. But the flight is quick and the airport close to town.
 
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Simply walk out of the airport at Terminal 4 and onto a bus to Pamplona. Look for a person in a Kelly Green blazer if you need help. You can purchase tickets at the bus from the driver. It's a beautiful drive and you'll get to see much of the country side. I do it every year.

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Remember, the date is put in day/month/year unlike in the USA
 
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I've taken both the train and bus. They both work well and are good options.
 

wcsjms

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What are the transportation options to go from Madrid to Pamplona? I arrive in Madrid, but I do not know how to get to Pamplona and where to take the train/bus/plane to get there. Any advise will be appreciated. thank you.
we are going by train on February 19, 2020 from Madrid to Pamplona
about 3 hour train ride
 
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we are going by train on February 19, 2020 from Madrid to Pamplona
about 3 hour train ride
It's about the same amount of time or less to take the bus, considering you must get from the airport to the train station, whereas with the bus, you just walk out of the airport terminal and onto the bus. I love the Spanish buses! Beautiful, clean, with giant viewing windows.
 
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When you get their Julio,I can recommend Hotel Eslava in Pamplona which is very central location off the Plaza Virgin. Inside the walls of the old city.
Very quite, rooms a bit small, but it had an old world feel and very intimate. Owner acted like my long
lost Spanish uncle and was very helpful. Camino is just a few blocks away and bus station is a 12 minute walk.
They gave me a pilgrim discount of 38 Euros (back in 2015) for a private room recommended to sleep off the Jet lag from flight from JFK NY.
 

chemapu

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Tomorrow I will take a train from Madrid (Atocha Train Station) to Pamplona for my Camino Frances walking this time. In winter I think is better to take the train instead of the bus, sometimes you have snow on the road and here in Spain in that case is a big mess. Buen Camino
 

RRat

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What are the transportation options to go from Madrid to Pamplona? I arrive in Madrid, but I do not know how to get to Pamplona and where to take the train/bus/plane to get there. Any advise will be appreciated. thank you.
Train is faster and bus is more often.
 

Jamieb

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We arrived around 9am, took the Express bus to Atocha train station. 11:30 train to Pamplona. We stayed in a hotel for the night to rest. Next day we walked a few blocks to the bus station and took a 2pm bus to SJPDP. I was so stressed about this but turned out to be very easy.
 

RJM

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A few times
If you are arriving in Madrid at the airport, I have found the ALSA bus that departs from terminal 4 to be the simplest and least expensive way to get to Pamplona. In the past I have always made my reservations in advance on the ALSA website. Never had a problem.
 
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Tomorrow I will take a train from Madrid (Atocha Train Station) to Pamplona for my Camino Frances walking this time. In winter I think is better to take the train instead of the bus, sometimes you have snow on the road and here in Spain in that case is a big mess. Buen Camino


Are you sure? Whenever I’ve gone RENFE. Madrid to Pamplona (3 or 4 times) it’s departed From Madrid Chamartin.

I know you can get a Cercanias between the two Madrid stations.
 

nathanael

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Frances, Norte, Plata,

ginniek

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frances 2017
I love trains, especially the really fast ones like Spain's AVEs and I really like Pamplona, so I took the AVE from Madrid (where I had spent the day and night enjoying another place I love), got there in a three hours. Plenty of time to walk all over, including the medieval quarter and hemingway-related places, and left the next morning refreshed mentally and physically.
 

Anyael

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Camino Frances (2019)
We used barajas airport taxi service.

Booking was very easy, and we received a reminder email the day before.
The driver was waiting for us in arrivals and he was parked just outside. It was a Mercedes people carrier/van and the driver spoke very good English and pointed out things on the way. We paid him in cash.
 
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ginniek

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Are you sure? Whenever I’ve gone RENFE. Madrid to Pamplona (3 or 4 times) it’s departed From Madrid Chamartin.

I know you can get a Cercanias between the two Madrid stations.
In August, when I took the wonderful AVE train ride (see above), it left from Atocha.
 
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RRat

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Planning 2017
What are the transportation options to go from Madrid to Pamplona? I arrive in Madrid, but I do not know how to get to Pamplona and where to take the train/bus/plane to get there. Any advise will be appreciated. thank you.
Train is faster, bus is more often, so it depends when you can actually get to the boarding dock.
 

alexwalker

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Options from Madrid centre:


From Madrid Airport:

 

Donjek

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2012 SJPdP - Fisterra
Aena Madrid Airport

Renfe train from Chamartin station Madrid to Pamplona. There is Renfe Cercanias from Madrid T4 to Chamartin. Madrid Metro from T1 and T4 go to Chamartin but involves transfers. (Note there is another train station, Atocha, in Madrid)

ALSA bus from Avenida de America Madrid (with some but not all originating at Madrid T4) (if you choose to wait at the airport you could be there a while) There is local bus (route 200) from Airport (several stops at airport) to Avenida de America bus station. ALSA goes from Madrid via Zaragosa or Soria to Pamplona. Usually, you don't have to transfer buses. Sometimes bus colors will not be ALSA.

PLM Autocares bus goes direct from Madrid Avenida de America to Pamplona.
 

KJFSophie

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ),Via San Francesco(2017) Camino Portugese (2018 )Camino Ingles(2019) CF
What are the transportation options to go from Madrid to Pamplona? I arrive in Madrid, but I do not know how to get to Pamplona and where to take the train/bus/plane to get there. Any advise will be appreciated. thank you.

Took the bus my first year, but it was absolute hell for my back and legs after all of the hours I had just spent on a plane from the USA. The following year I took the train and found it just as long and uncomfortable. I now use the small plane services which usually get you to the next destination from Madrid in about an hour for not much more than the train or bus. Well worth it to me to avoid aches and pains from being cramped in a seat for hours and hours. Travel safely! Buen Camino!
 

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