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South Africa to St Jean Pied de Port

jsalt

Jill
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Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Has anyone got any good ideas on how to get from South Africa to St Jean Pied de Port this year, now that Iberia Airlines has abandoned us? (The Lowveld Ramblers are back!) We need to leave Johannesburg the weekend of 13 June.
 
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Dave C.

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francis (2016)
SJ to Santo Domingo (2017)
Santo Domingo to Fromista (2018)
SJPdP to Burgos (2019)
Has anyone got any good ideas on how to get from South Africa to St Jean Pied de Port this year, now that Iberia Airlines has abandoned us? (The Lowveld Ramblers are back!) We need to leave Johannesburg the weekend of 13 June.
Check out:
rome2rio.com for some options.
Buen Camino!!
 

Donjek

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2012 SJPdP - Fisterra
Biarritz BIQ is closest airport to SJPdP. BIQ has flights to several major European cities.

San Sebastian EAS is closest airport to SJPdP in Spain. It is located about 3 km from Hendaye. There are flights from Madrid and Barcelona.

SJPdP is connected by SNCF train to Bayonne.

SJPdP is connected by regional bus to St Palais.

SJPdP is connected by CONDA bus, operating on seasonal schedule, to Pamplona. http://www.conda.es/

Bilbao and Bordeaux are secondary international airports close to SJPdP.

Suggestions:

Johannesburg to Paris. SNCF train Paris to Bayonne. SNCF train Bayonne to SJPdP.

Johannesburg to Madrid. Renfe train to Irun/Hendaye. SNCF train Hendaye to Bayonne. SNCF train Bayonne to SJPdP.

Johannesburg to Barcelona. Renfe train Barcelona to Pamplona. CONDA bus Pamplona to SJPdP.

Johannesburg to London. Transfer by bus Heathrow to Stansted. Stansted to Biarritz. Chronoplus bus from Biarritz airport to Gare Bayonne. SNCF train Bayonne to SJPdP.

Johannesburg to Lisboa. CP train Lisboa to Hendaye. etc.
 
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spursfan

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Has anyone got any good ideas on how to get from South Africa to St Jean Pied de Port this year, now that Iberia Airlines has abandoned us? (The Lowveld Ramblers are back!) We need to leave Johannesburg the weekend of 13 June.

Air France to Madrid via Paris CDG seems to be cheaper then Air France to Paris CDG (I used kayak.co.uk)
 

Jan_D

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Hi Jill, KLM are doing return flights Jhb-Madrid (via Paris) in June/July for as little R7,895. I know you usually like arriving/departing at airports closer to your start and end points, you can play around with multi-destination booking on the website (or contact a travel agent in SA?). In any case, Madrid is quite central in relation to both Pamplona and Santiago, and R8k is incredibly reasonable!
 
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Jan_D

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2021
Air France to Madrid via Paris CDG seems to be cheaper then Air France to Paris CDG (I used kayak.co.uk)

Seems we were looking at the same option - Air France and KLM have merged! However I find the KLM website much easier to navigate, and the KLM customer service team seem easier to communicate with in general (based on my own personal experience).
 

jsalt

Jill
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Air France to Madrid via Paris CDG seems to be cheaper then Air France to Paris CDG (I used kayak.co.uk)

Yes, it’s weird isn’t it? I don’t understand why it’s cheaper to fly to Madrid via Paris than ONLY to Paris, on exactly the same outbound flight. It was the same a couple of years ago on Iberia: it was cheaper to fly to Porto via Madrid than ONLY to Madrid on exactly the same outbound flight.

Many thanks! It’s deals like this I’m looking for.
 

Jan_D

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Yes, it’s weird isn’t it? I don’t understand why it’s cheaper to fly to Madrid via Paris than ONLY to Paris, on exactly the same outbound flight. It was the same a couple of years ago on Iberia: it was cheaper to fly to Porto via Madrid than ONLY to Madrid on exactly the same outbound flight.

Many thanks! It’s deals like this I’m looking for.

It is very weird indeed. 🤔 By the way, out of curiosity I checked out the 'multi-city' option: it actually isn't as expensive as I thought, to fly Jhb-Biarritz, and then return Madrid-Jhb, comes to about R12,000 (although, annoyingly, this is only coming up on the AirFrance site, not KLM...)
 

jsalt

Jill
Year of past OR future Camino
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Hi Donjek, thank you so much for the reply, really appreciate it.

Johannesburg to London. Transfer by bus Heathrow to Stansted.

Ha, ha! Sorry, just have to laugh at this one - South Africans have to pay enough $$$ for the Schengen Visa without buying one for the UK as well.

Johannesburg to Lisboa. CP train Lisboa to Hendaye. etc.

Yes, looking at this one. TAAG (Angolan Airlines) comes up with some good deals occasionally.

Thanks again!
 

jennysa

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CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
Fly to Madrid. Take train to Pamplona then bus to SJPdP. If there are a group of you, you can organize a shared taxi to SJPdP. There is also a new shuttle service in St J that could fetch you.
 
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- Express Bouricot. Or, Guillaume,TAXI NAFARROA - Guillaume Lopépé
Tel '33 (0) 675 783 or giteguill.lopepe@gmail.com
Transport for 1 to 5 people from Biarritz airport or train station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11.30am and 2pm to Saint Jean for €80. Holidays €90.
Other times and days (if available) Biarritz-St Jean €90 eur night (7pm-7am) and holidays €105
 

Han1213

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Year of past OR future Camino
1345
Borders are problematic everywhere these days, so you can fly through Kenya. Borders are open and tickets are cheaper. It's more convenient and safer, I flew that way myself recently. It's a little farther in time, but much more interesting and reliable. At the same time you can go to Kenya birding safari, get a lot of positive emotions from the wildlife and wild animals, and from the place itself. I did it and got a lot of pleasure, though it took more time. So I can advise you to fly that way. You will not regret this choice.
 
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