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Start and Finish

Stuartwe

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 2020
My brother is planning to start and finish the Camino with me next September/October.

Would welcome any advice on ease of travelling back to the UK from possibly Logrono and rejoining me again at a suitable location around a weeks walking from Santiago.

I think Bilbao would be airport of choice after he leaves me at Logrono but not sure how easy it would be to meet up again nearer to Santiago

Any views/suggestions greatly appreciated
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Enjoy making all the plans. Yes, Bilbao sounds right. For the last section, Santiago itself, or look up your other airlines to see their destinations. There are plenty of bus options, depending on time of course, and train as well, that go back from Santiago to Sarria and beyond. You have plenty of time, just don't pick an airline that will go to the wall!
 

dougfitz

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Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
A week before Santiago is going to be around O'Cebreiro, which might be a bit more difficult than meeting in Sarria, about five days walk. I have heard recently that the bus service that my wife and I used in 2016 that travelled between Sarria and O'Cebreiro not longer operates, but I don't know what has replaced it.
 

scruffy1

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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
dougfitz got it right. O'Cebreiro is not exactly a thriving hub of international transportation and communication, no more buses. Two bad options I can think of, fly into SdC and take a bus to Sarria guessing about 3 hours. or SdC to Portmarin a longer ride say 3 and a half hours. Sarria will grant him the Compostela Portmarin won't. Should your brother insist on O'Cebreiro arriving there by an exhausting combination of buses trains taxis whatever, he should be aware that just down the road from O'Cebreiro 5k +- lies Pedrafita do Cebreiro not the same place! If the Compostela document is not so important for him, meet in SdC and walk to Finesterra!
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
Should your brother insist on O'Cebreiro arriving there by an exhausting combination of buses trains taxis whatever, he should be aware that just down the road from O'Cebreiro 5k +- lies Pedrafita do Cebreiro not the same place! If the Compostela document is not so important for him, meet in SdC and walk to Finesterra!
It is possible to travel from Madrid airport or the city centre direct to Pedrafita on an ALSA coach. No transfers required. Several buses per day and an example fare of 35 euro for travel next week (though that will probably vary according to the travel date and demand).
 

scruffy1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
The Madrid option certainly sounds much better, however, in order to fly back home, your brother must return to Madrid for the flight home. Sarria still seems better.
 

Tandem Graham

Every new day an adventure
Camino(s) past & future
Bike: Mont St Michel-SdC. Budapest-Vezelay. Alicante-Burgos
Walk: Le Puy-SJPdP. Dax-(CF)-SdC.
I walked the Camino Frances during August-September and my wife Carol came to walk with me four four days to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She flew to Bilbao, then caught a bus to Logrono - which is something of a transport hub. We walked together as far as Belorado, from where she was able to catch a bus (less than an hour by bus to retrace our 4 walking days!) back to Logrono and from there to Bilbao.

I think Astorga or Villafranca del Bierzo might offer similar options to and from Santiago by bus. The www.rome2rio.com website will help you to find what's possible, though the bus companies' own websites are best for current timetables.

Buen Camino!
 

Donjek

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPdP - Fisterra
Santiago is the hub for Galicia.

Santiago Airport http://www.aena.es/en/santiago-airport/index.html

Renfe connects several cities in Galicia including Sarria.

Empresa Freire bus connects Santiago and Airport to Lugo. The bus route leaves the Camino at Arzua.

Monbus offers service from Lugo to Sarria. They used to operate a bus from Sarria to O Cebriero once each way 6 days per week. You'd have to check for that service.

ALSA connects Santiago to Lugo and Lugo to Ponferrada with a stop at Pedrafita do Cebreiro. Its a couple of uphill kilometers to O Cebreiro.

Gonzalezdelariva provides bus service from Ponferrada to communities up to but not including Pedrafita do Cebreiro. http://www.gonzalezdelariva.es/index.html

Almost every village has bus service at least once per day, usually inbound to the local hub city in the AM and back in the PM, however, those hubs are not usually located on the camino so getting from one village to the next might take quite a bit of time. You can often find the local schedule by searching for the 'concello' government website for the village.

Si yo fuerra tu, plan to meet up at Ponferrada or Sarria.
 

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