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how to get to roncesvalles from madrid airport by public transportation?


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this will be my very first camino de Santiago coming from the United States. I plan to start at Roncesvalles and end at Santiago between april and may. would you please give me your helpful info as to how to get to Roncesvalles from Madrid airport by public transportation? thank you.
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There are buses and trains from Madrid to Pamplona, then a bus six days a week to Roncesvalles. Sometime in May a bus or two is added daily from Pamplona to Roncesvalles and SJPdP, but the schedule has not yet been announced.
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There are at least 3 options for travel from Madrid to Pamplona. The bus to Roncesvalles leaves from the bus station in Pamplona.

1. Take a plane from Madrid to Pamplona.

2. Take the Renfe train from Madrid to Pamplona.

3. Take the bus from Madrid to Pamplona.

The airport in Madrid is called Barajas (MAD). There are 4 terminals. T1, T2, and T3 are connected while T4 is reached via shuttle.

Madrid Airport (MAD)

Information about the shuttle to T4 is located here

Connections to Madrid include subway (Metro) and light rail transit (Cercanius). The Metro has stations at T2 and T4. The trains run every 6 - 12 minutes. Cercanius has a station at T4 and runs every 30 minutes.

Madrid Metro

Madrid Metro Map

Madrid Cercanius (operated by Renfe). Cercanius trains go direct to Chamartin station and Puerto Atocha station.

Renfe is Spain's train system. Madrid has two major train stations; Puerto de Atocha and Chamartin. You will need to know which station your train is leaving from. The route to Pamplona goes via Zaragosa. Be aware that transfers may be required so check the itenerary.

Puerto de Atocha is reached by Metro. Take line 8 from airport T1-T2-T3 or T4 to Nuevos Ministerios; line 6 to Cuatro Caminos; and, line 1 to Renfe Atocha

Chamartin is reached by Metro. Take line 8 from airport T1-T2-T3 or T4 to Mar de Cristal; and, line 4 to Pinar de Chamartin.

Renfe (Spain's train system)

There are several bus stations in Madrid. ALSA is a major bus company in Spain. One of its routes includes going from Madrid to Pamlona. ALSA operates from Barajas Airport T4; and, Estacion (or Intercambiador) de Avenida de America. Note there are many other bus lines in Spain.

ALSA - Use the 'National' tab.

T4 - take the interterminal shuttle from T1-T2-T3 to T4

Intercambiador de Avenida de America is co-located with the Metro. Take line 8 from airport T1-T2-T3 or T4 to Mar de Cristal; and, line 4 to Avenida de America.

Pamplona airport (PNA)

Estacion de Autobuses de Pamplona

Autocares Artieda (bus company with schedule to Roncesvalles) See the Servicios Regulares ... the link that says 'Bus Roncesvalles' only provides information on a bus set up exclusively for pilgrims.
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