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Muxia to Santiago to Paris - where is the SdC bus station in relation to the airport?

Discussion in 'Traveling to/from the camino' started by STLperegrino, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. STLperegrino

    STLperegrino New Member

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    I have been trying to find information on the forums and the web about my inquiry, but haven't really gotten the full answer yet. I was wondering if anyone has any answers (preferably on a map) or other thoughts or helpful tidbits on the matter.

    I am hoping to catch a bus back from Muxia to Santiago on ~Wednesday, Nov 8th. Unless things change that morning, I am going to assume the bus departs at 6:45am (I am sure the tourist office there can point me to the pickup location) and takes ~2 hours to arrive in Santiago. Cost ~$10.

    Unfortunately that doesn't give me enough time to catch the 9:15am flight out of there to Paris so I will need an evening flight. What I am uncertain of is, when I arrive at Santiago, where the bus drops off me off at, especially in relation to the airport? I would potentially have several hours to kill, so I don't know if the station is near enough to the city center to grab some lunch and chill out there, or if it is easier to just stay at the station and catch the next bus to the airport and wait around there for several hours instead (assuming the bus station is where I would also need to go in order to catch a bus to the airport?).

    Not sure if my situation/questions make sense, but any help for my situation would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. fraluchi

    fraluchi Veteran Member Donating Member

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    You are right: the buses which you intend to take all start/arrive at the same terminal in Santiago de Compostela. You can get food at the terminal, more fancy stuff near the terminal. A walk into town takes just over 15 minutes. Buses to the airport are very frequent.
     
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    STLperegrino New Member

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    Thanks for the info! I figured the bus station wouldn't be too far from town if I wanted to walk back in to SdC for some final sightseeing. But I have no problem waiting at the airport either. Good to know I have options! :)
     
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    See here the bus stops to the airport.
    A popular place to catch the bus is Plaza de Galicia, just 10 minutes from the cathedral -but you need to study the map beforehand, because it is easy to get disoriented in the maze of streets and alleys.
    Look the schedules here
    Good return home!
     
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    Felipe, this is an awesome post! Thanks for the info; it was what I have been looking for! Seems like if I venture back in to town after the bus ride from Muxia, there are buses going to the airport every 20 to 30 minutes and only need ~30 minutes to get there. Most helpful! Thanks again! :):):):)
     
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    Hi STLperegrino. The return bus from Muxia also stops in Santiago city centre so you could alight in the city if you wish. It goes on from there to the bus terminal which is located about 20 minutes walk from the centre. The airport bus leaves Plaza de Galicia every 30 mins on the half hour. The journey to the airport from the city centre takes about 40 minutes however it's worth mentioning that the bus terminal is on the same route and it stops there on the way so many options are open to you.
     
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    More great info! Thanks for this, GerFol :)
     
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    I agree with the above posts. I wouldn't however, hang out at the bus station and grab a snack there as it is a dismal, dreary, diesel smelling building. The airport is newer, bright, clean and cheerful. My personal preference would be to get to the airport early, grab something to eat and chill while waiting for my flight. I don't think I'd be very relaxed hanging out in Santiago knowing I was leaving soon to catch my flight home.
     
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    Good points, Chris! I am such a worry wort when it comes to catching flights. I generally arrive 3 hours early for domestic, 4+ for international. Believe me I know that is well beyond excessive in most others' opinions, but when you are trying to catch your flights home after a long trip (and to avoid re-booking fees or missing the last flight of the night) or, in this case, the next several days I have planned in Paris, getting there well ahead of time makes perfect sense to me. The bus from Muxia does get in to SdC at ~8:45am with my flight to Paris not until 7:40pm (unfortunately that was the earliest flight after no being able to get there in time for the 9:15am ones). So it looks like I will safely have several hours to kill in the city center before heading to the airport. I have no problem finding a nice cafe or wandering the streets to kill a few hours. But then again, I am a bit weird when I admit that I actually like hanging out in airports (as long as they are somewhat decent), grabbing a beer at a bar there and watching planes takeoff.

    Thanks for the input though! :)
     
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    Note however that the journey from Plaza Galicia takes 25 mins. longer (usually to connect with train arrivals at train station) than from the main bus station. In this time you can easily walk to the main bus station and save lining up on the foot walk (usually crowded) of the Galicia square. FWIW
     
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