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Sept transportation- Madrid to Pamplona/Logrono to Madrid

BookGirl305

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Past OR future Camino
Ingles (after Covid)
Perhaps due to Covid, I am seeing very few choices on Rome 2 Rio to go from Madrid to Pamplona and then back from Logrono to Madrid. I am roughly 70 days out. Has the full schedule not yet been published for trains and busses? Are things being added as the country opens back up or is what is out there what will be available? I found a set of Iberia flights to/from Madrid to Pamplona, but cannot find a bus or train to get me from Logrono to Pamplona on Sat Sept 25th. Likewise, only two trains to/from Pamplona.

All things considered, I would prefer to take the train but neither of the two currently available works time-wise. If I need to fly, I don't want to wait too long to buy the ticket. And, how to get from Logrono to Pamplona?
Thanks!
 
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Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Not sure if things are Covid affected @BookGirl305, although it would hardly be surprising. Pamplona and Logroño are both major transport hubs, on major train and bus routes, so should be well serviced. I have found in the past that in Spain bus and train timetables often don't become available until a month before the date, and can't be booked until then and that may be the simple answer. Let's hope you get an answer from a more knowledgeable local member.
 

henrythedog

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Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
Kanga is correct. If you go to the Rail Europe website (was Loco2 - others are available) you can set up an alert when bookings are available. Even for the main routes such as those you’re looking at they can be released as little as one month before the date of travel.
 

Felipe

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It may be more practical a flight to Madrid, then train to Pamplona, and then Logroño to Madrid. As it happens in many countries, it is easier to come and go to the capital than to find "transversal" transportation.
Both Pamplona and Logroño are important cities, with many options.
As per a near date, I can see many daily trains for both destinations in RENFE, in the company webpage.
The situation will be probably similar (or better, as the country hopefully opens to tourism) in a couple of months.
ALSA buses are also an option.
Buen camino!
 

Kathar1na

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Past OR future Camino
To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
Perhaps due to Covid, I am seeing very few choices on Rome 2 Rio to go from Madrid to Pamplona and then back from Logrono to Madrid. I am roughly 70 days out. Has the full schedule not yet been published for trains and busses?
I happen to know that there has been a reassignment of bus concessions for buses operating out of Pamplona. It seems that websites like Rome2Rio and Busbud have not yet caught up with this.

The company that operates the line Pamplona-Logroño-Pamplona is called La Estellesa. Website: https://laestellesa.com

I cannot find timetables on their website. Just the option of buying tickets and that goes only until the middle of July 2021. For example for Saturday July 10, 2021, there are four departure times for Logroño-Pamplona: 7:45, 13:00, 16:30 and 20:00. There are 19 stops and it takes around 2 hours to get from Logroño to Pamplona.

Email: infoweb@laestellesa.com
Phone: +34 948 326 509 (Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm)

As mentioned already, Alsa operates comfortable long-distance buses from Logroño to Madrid airport, and you can already buy a ticket for around €25 (!) for Saturday, September 25. Takes about 4 hours. Only 3 stops on the way.
 
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henrythedog

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Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I think I read the OPs travel plans incorrectly. Katharina’s well informed as usual.

Given the choice, I take the train rather than the bus in Spain.

Bear in mind that the trains in Spain run mainly ‘cross the plain - that is to, and from, Madrid. They are comfortable and remarkably inexpensive. (Compared to the UK, which is a pretty low bar to clear to be fair)
 

Albertagirl

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Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I had a look at the Logrono to Madrid Barajas schedule for my own interest, as I shall be taking a bus on that route myself a few months from now (late November). There are currently three buses a day from Logrono to terminal 4, Madrid. Depending on bus and train schedules when I am ready to go, I may take either, but probably the bus. It is easy to find bus schedules on the Alsa app, and probably more convenient for me to take a bus to the airport, as I shall be taking a bus to Logrono. There is an option on their app for senior prices, so I chose that, and it looks like a good discount. Because I am flying out of Madrid Airport the next morning, I plan on booking a room for the night at Hostal Viky in Barajas, which will pick me up at Terminal 4 and bring me back to the airport in the morning. This has worked for me previously.
 
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ginniek

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frances 2017
I love to take trains, especially the very fast new AVEs in Spain. Two years ago I took one from Madrid to Pamplona, and it was a very quick trip.

And I also like modern architecture, so the new train station in Logrono was a treat. It is definitely of the "New Brutalism" style, but in spite of the stark concrete, some of the local elderly gentlemen had already claimed it as their meeting place.
 

Doughnut NZ

From Aotearoa New Zealand
Past OR future Camino
2022
Perhaps due to Covid, I am seeing very few choices on Rome 2 Rio to go from Madrid to Pamplona and then back from Logrono to Madrid. I am roughly 70 days out. Has the full schedule not yet been published for trains and busses? Are things being added as the country opens back up or is what is out there what will be available? I found a set of Iberia flights to/from Madrid to Pamplona, but cannot find a bus or train to get me from Logrono to Pamplona on Sat Sept 25th. Likewise, only two trains to/from Pamplona.

All things considered, I would prefer to take the train but neither of the two currently available works time-wise. If I need to fly, I don't want to wait too long to buy the ticket. And, how to get from Logrono to Pamplona?
Thanks!
Here is a screenshot from August, Madrid to Pamplona. Give it a month as @Kanga said and these options should appear.

Screenshot_20210701-143551.png
 

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