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I recommend using Express Bouricott to send extra items from St Jean. I have used their service twice to send a suitcase with my "tourist" clothes (and hairdryer!) to Santiago.
I think that you'll find that it's easier, and not any more expensive to use Express Bourricot's service to ship directly from St Jean to Santiago.Ship to Roncesvalle then ship to Pamplona where you can access the Spanish post office. Then you can decide to ship to Ivar in Santiago
I think that you'll find that when you add the daily transport cost until Pamplona, the cost to mailing the bag from Pamplona to Santiago, and Ivar's storage fee that Express Bourricot's fee of 70€ seems very reasonable!Express Bourricot offers two ways: One, to ship your stuff with them to SdC direct; convenient but it costs. The other is to let them transport your heavy backpack to Roncesvalles (or wherever you walk to on your first Etapa, @ €8.-), from there, have it transported with Jacotrans @ €7 until Pamplona, where you find the main Correo branch to send your things to SdC. (Best is to send it to the good care of Ivar, find the address and instructions on this site)
I think that you'll find that when you add the daily transport cost until Pamplona, the cost to mailing the bag from Pamplona to Santiago, and Ivar's storage fee that Express Bourricot's fee of 70€ seems very reasonable!
First you will have 3 or 4 days until Pamplona at the cost of 7€ a day until Pamplona (actually Express Bourricot charges 8€ per day for the stages between SJPDP and Roncesvalles) , which will between 22€ and 30€, depending on whether you take 3 or 4 days.
Then there is the cost to send it to Ivar, which I'll estimate at 20€ (based on the price I paid to send a small suitcase from Irun to Ivar)
Then there's Ivar's storage fee which is between 20€ and 25€ and you're between 62€ and 75€, plus the hassle of going to the post office during operating hours in Pamplona. And don't forget that once you are in Santiago you can pick up your bag at your convenience when you use Express Bourricot.
I'm not knocking Ivar's service at all, but in my opinion, when shipping from SJPDP, Express Bourricot wins out.
I know a lot of people that used Miguel daily throughout their Camino (Frances) and were so happy with the service. I used them once and had no issues and they only charge €5. You just put your money inside the envelope, call them on the number provided to tell them where to collect your luggage and where you are staying next. The envelopes were readily available in almost all Albergues I stayed at and they speak good English. Also you can send things on from any correos to the correos in Santiago, where they will hold it for you for a maximum of 30 days. I did this and my stuff was waiting for me when I arrived. It cost me €28 for a package weighing just over 2kg. They email you a reference number which you will need to collect your things . It was very simple to do. Hope this helps.
How did you send it, through the post office?I sent a box from St. Jean to Ivar and he received it within a few days. I will pick it up when I get there. The total cost will be a lot less for me than with express Bouricot. It may depend on how big is what you want to send.
Great thank you, I will be looking to do the same before I start from St Jean September 13. I'll have a small suitcase to ship ahead to Santiago for my 2 weeks in Portugal after I finish the Camino (God willing!) From watching Ivar's video it sounded like there could be problems shipping through the French post office into Spain.Yes, exactly. They had boxes ready and I just had to put the address and pay for shipping.
Hi, was your parcel sent from the post office in SJPP? Thank youI sent a box from St. Jean to Ivar and he received it within a few days. I will pick it up when I get there. The total cost will be a lot less for me than with express Bouricot. It may depend on how big is what you want to send.
Thank you for this information. I forgot totally about Express Bourricot.I think that you'll find that it's easier, and not any more expensive to use Express Bourricot's service to ship directly from St Jean to Santiago.
It's super easy. You just go to their office next door to the Pilgrim's Office, pay the fee, and they will give you a tag to attach to your bag. Then you just leave it at your accommodation in the morning before you start walking.
The bag will be waiting for you at the Loop Inn (formerly Hostal Lasalle) in Santiago. They have 24/7 reception, so you can pick up your bag at your convenience. They also offer a discount on a private room, which I have used a couple of times.
In my case I will usually have a few tourist days before I start my Camino, so I need the extra clothes then too. Plus I don't want to spend my time in Santiago shopping for clothes.Soooo... I guess my question is WHY do you want to ship clothing?
Santiago has some awesome shopping and the quality of the clothes is excellent.
A pair of slacks, a couple of shirts, a sweater...takes me half an hour max and I am a new man.In my case I will usually have a few tourist days before I start my Camino, so I need the extra clothes then too. Plus I don't want to spend my time in Santiago shopping for clothes.
I can usually find all kinds of things that I like in my size when I don't have to buy anything, but as soon as I need something I can't find anything I like.