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Sorry as I know this will have been asked many times... Biarritz to SJPDP

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Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
I humbly apologise in advance but I have looked at the train times and I am not sure exactly what I am seeing...

We plan to arrive (via Ryanair) at Biarritz at 17.05 on 23rd September. According to what I believe is the timetable, the last train leaves Bayonne at 17.53 for SJPDP. After that it says 'Car'...

Please can anyone elucidate? Is that really the last train? If so, what is the 'Car' option? I don't believe we will be able to get to Bayonne that quickly.

Thanks in advance...
 

domigee

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2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Hi! When my plane arrives that late, I choose to stay the night in Bayonne...
But.... a friend of mine did it and booked Express Bourricot. They pick you up at the airport and drive you to St Jean. If it runs at full capacity (I think it is 6 people), it works out at €19 per person.

 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Hi @Patrick Hickmott and welcome,

Just looking at the very useful Rome2Rio website here it seems like the last train on the 23rd of September leaves Bayonne at 18.30. That's still a pretty tight connection given that getting out of Biarritz airport can be slow and the bus to Bayonne takes at least 20 mins but it's doable.

If that feels just a little too risky I'd look into a service like Express Bourricot that does transfers direct from Biarritz to St Jean.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
Thanks domigee and Dorpie...I think the Express Bourricot sounds like a good option. I will look into it.
 
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If so, what is the 'Car' option?
Some runs are by bus (voiture = car), and this may be one of them.:)

The rail bed has washed out many times, and a bus is substituted. After the last washout, they have used the bus about once a day. It leaves and arrives at the train station, so the substitution is seamless.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
Some runs are by bus (voiture = car), and this may be one of them.:)

The rail bed has washed out many times, and a bus is substituted. After the last washout, they have used the bus about once a day. It leaves and arrives at the train station, so the substitution is seamless.

Ah! OK, thanks. That explains things...
 

venerabledom

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Sept 2020 is booked for my first Camino Frances!
I humbly apologise in advance but I have looked at the train times and I am not sure exactly what I am seeing...

We plan to arrive (via Ryanair) at Biarritz at 17.05 on 23rd September. According to what I believe is the timetable, the last train leaves Bayonne at 17.53 for SJPDP. After that it says 'Car'...

Please can anyone elucidate? Is that really the last train? If so, what is the 'Car' option? I don't believe we will be able to get to Bayonne that quickly.

Thanks in advance...
Hi Patrick, can you report back on how you got on? I am looking at the same flight time next year but I am keen to start walking the next day so need to get to St Jean the same day.
 

Donjek

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2012 SJPdP - Fisterra
Hi Patrick, can you report back on how you got on? I am looking at the same flight time next year but I am keen to start walking the next day so need to get to St Jean the same day.

The stress isn't worth it. If your plane is even 5 minutes late you stand no chance to catch the last train. My advice is to always allow 3 hours between arrival and departure no matter where or how you travel and still have a plan B because delays happen all too often. Make your plan to stay near Gare Bayonne and catch the early train next morning. That early train arrives at SJPdP mid morning and allows you time to walk if you must.
 

Helen1

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London to Santiago (2014)
Narbonne to Oloron (2015)
Camino Portugues (2016)
Sentier Cathar (2017)
I've taken Ryanair flights into/out of Biarritz a couple of times and I get the impression that these flights tend to pick up delays and are often late. It can also take what feels like forever (30+ mins) to get through passport control. My flight was 2 hours late last year and 1 hour late arriving a couple of weeks ago. As others have said, I would stay in Bayonne near the station (check Bayonne hotels carefully as many have unusual/rigid check in hours) and get the train in the morning.
 

biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
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What is the hurry to get to SJPdP? Bayonne is a very interesting town with a great cathedral, wonderful riverside restaurants and a Basque museum. The beaches in Biarritz are pristine and it is great place to spend a day late in September. The Camino can wait a day or two.
 
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