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I'm confused about taxi service

Tumbleweed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
#1
Hello all :)

I'm having a hard time with the last leg of travel day 1. Getting to SJPdP from Biarritz. So far Express Bouricot and I have not been able to find anyone to share on Monday 02 September at 17:15 and I will not pay $100 to go solo.

Another taxi service said they were not available at that time to take me to Bayonne. If I taxi to Bayonne I can make the last train at 18:07.

Are there taxi cabs just waiting outside the airport or does one always have to make a reservation? If I have to make a reservation which service do I use?

Soo confused............thanks for your help,
Angela
 

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Bajaracer

Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013) Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
#2
Hello all :)

I'm having a hard time with the last leg of travel day 1. Getting to SJPdP from Biarritz. So far Express Bouricot and I have not been able to find anyone to share on Monday 02 September at 17:15 and I will not pay $100 to go solo.

Another taxi service said they were not available at that time to take me to Bayonne. If I taxi to Bayonne I can make the last train at 18:07.

Are there taxi cabs just waiting outside the airport or does one always have to make a reservation? If I have to make a reservation which service do I use?

Soo confused............thanks for your help,
Angela
http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/biarritz-to-saint-jean-pied-de-port.19270/
 

Tumbleweed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
#3
Bajaracer, I appreciate the link, but I've already viewed it. If I take the next available bus from Biarritz airport at 17:38, I most likely miss the last train on that day which departs at 18:07.

I've researched and researched and stick with my original question.

Are there taxi cabs waiting outside the airport or does one always have to make a reservation? If I have to make a reservation which service do I use?
Thanks again.
 

wayfarer

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
#4
Hi Angela, all I can tell you is that when we arrived there were taxis outside and we were approached by another couple to share to St. Jean. It would have been €75 between us. That was in 2012. We could not use it as I was meeting my brother in Bayonne train station. Hope it works out for you.
Buen Camino.
 

tyrrek

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP-SdC (4-5/2011), Ferrol-SdC (9/2011), Pamplona-SdC (3-4/2012), Camino Finisterre (10/2012), Ourense-SdC (5/2014)
#5
Hi Angela. I had a similar experience to Wayfarer. There were taxis waiting at the airport, and one pilgrim was trying to gather together a group to go directly to SJPP in one. (We had plenty of time so just got the bus.) Assuming your flight arrives on time just jump straight into a taxi and go to the station (20-25 mins I think). Buen Camino!
 

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#6
If you are worried about getting a taxi the dispatcher's number in Biarritz is: 0033.559.03.1818
 

indyinmaine

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - SJPdP to Santiago - Sept/Oct 2013
#8
Hi Angela,

I didn't use them but they were recommended somewhere else on the Forum and responded quite fast. They give a "Pilgrim discount" as well. As I remember it was about 80 euros from Bayonne or Biarritz - HELETAXI - Taxi de Hélette <contact@heletaxi.fr>

Indy
 
#9
Hey in April this year 4 of us shared a taxi from the airport to sjppd. Cost about 20 euros each. We all met at the airport or on the plane . Just ask around when you land. Sure there be someone there.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago April 2012. SJPP to Santiago September 2013
#10
Hello Angela, if you look on the Biarritz Airport website I think it gives a contact telephone number for general enquiries. They will be able to tell you about taxis. I'm sure that whenever a flight is due to land there will be taxis waiting outside the terminal.
Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2014 Frances SJPDP
2016 Portugues (with wife)
2017 VDLP
2018 Portugues (with daughter)
#11
When I arrived at Biarritz in April there were taxis waiting at the airport. They would be available to take you to Bayonne train station which should not take more than 15 or max 20 minutes. We had plenty of time and took the bus which also only took about 15 minutes to the river and then we walked to the station but a taxi will take you all the way to the station.
If the flight is late you will almost certainly find other pilgrims who need to get to SJPdP and have missed the last train who will be willing to share a taxi with you.
Don't worry, "the Camino will provide". You will experience and learn this very quickly.
 

paul.ferris

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011 Camino Frances
2013 Camino Frances
2015 To be decided
#12
It is only 4k to Bayonne train station from Biarritz airport. A taxi should get you there in 5-10 min (I think the local bus would be not much more than 10 mins). Then you would have lots of time to take the train (often a bus) to SJPDP
 

paul.ferris

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011 Camino Frances
2013 Camino Frances
2015 To be decided
#13
My wife and I stayed the night in Bayonne (beautiful old town) then took the first train in the morning (it was a bus).
 

paul.ferris

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2011 Camino Frances
2013 Camino Frances
2015 To be decided
#14
Another thought: If you're flying Ryanair one of their gimmicks is that they post a slightly long flying time so that -oh how marvelous -you arrive early. So you might arrive early. Your pack should qualify as carry on (unless you have too much stuff). Ryanair are baggage Nazis - so rigorously check that you meet the weight and dimension limits for carry on. Carry on will save you time at the airport.
 
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whariwharangi

Guest
#15
A taxi would take at least 20 minutes to get from the airport to Gare Bayonne. The bus takes about 30 minutes.

If your scheduled arrival time is 1715 then your timings are too tight. Usually the airline advertises arrival time as touchdown on the runway. In my experience, planes almost never arrive on time, and even if it does then you need to allow time for disembarking, customs, luggage. Murphy's law applies. You will likely not catch 1807 train unless everything works like clockwork.

If I were you I would make reservations for a hotel in Bayonne and catch a train to SJPdP in the morning. Call it Jet Lag recovery. There is no point in starting the camino rushed and on the wrong foot. Allow the time needed for stress free travel.
 
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whariwharangi

Guest
#16
When I arrived at Biarritz in April there were taxis waiting at the airport. They would be available to take you to Bayonne train station which should not take more than 15 or max 20 minutes. We had plenty of time and took the bus which also only took about 15 minutes to the river and then we walked to the station but a taxi will take you all the way to the station.
If the flight is late you will almost certainly find other pilgrims who need to get to SJPdP and have missed the last train who will be willing to share a taxi with you.
Don't worry, "the Camino will provide". You will experience and learn this very quickly.

Its the "C" bus that goes downtown and requires walking across the river. Catch the #14 for Gare Bayonne.
 
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whariwharangi

Guest
#17
Bajaracer, I appreciate the link, but I've already viewed it. If I take the next available bus from Biarritz airport at 17:38, I most likely miss the last train on that day which departs at 18:07.

I've researched and researched and stick with my original question.

Are there taxi cabs waiting outside the airport or does one always have to make a reservation? If I have to make a reservation which service do I use?
Thanks again.

Biarritz Airport website (Services/Access and Parking/Access)
http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/access-car-parks/biarritz-airport-access.html

The website states "taxis are available outside the terminal building". Taxi operators everywhere know when the planes and trains arrive. No way to guarantee there will be one there waiting.

Search words Bayonne Taxi rendered this:
http://www.infotaxi.org/france_taxi/bayonne_taxi.htm

Pick one and call to make a reservation. If you do this make sure that you take the one you reserved.
 
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HumbleWalk

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
walked September 2012, plan Jul/Aug 2013
#18
Hi T,

Last August I had to take a taxi (from outside arrival) to Gare Bayonne.
I told the driver I needed to take the 1455 train to SJPdP, and it was 1430 when I entered the taxi (I was alone without checked bag, only my backpack).
I was at the train station in 20 minutes but then I had to queue for train ticket at the counter. Luckily someone at the same queue told me to get to the train without ticket anyway. Once inside the train (very crowded), one officer told me to have a seat as there was one available, and that was when I told her I had no ticket, but she said, it was okay, it would come later, and indeed she came to check everyone and I bought my ticket directly from her (9 Euro).
I am impressed with my taxi driver to take me there in only 20 minutes, as it was a lot of traffic in the city. He took the back road and drove on the bus lane.
1) The taxi price without any reservation (outside the airport) = 35 Euro
2) Your 1715 time arrival should be reasonable to catch the 1807 train
Good luck and buen camino.
 



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