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Travel logistics after camino


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Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk Coastal Camino in May 2020
Hello all,

Wondering what everyone's thoughts and experiences have been with travelling back home after the camino.

Do you book your return trip and walk accordingly to ensure you're in Santiago for your return trip or just a one way trip and take it day by day?

I live in London and couldn't find any direct flights to London from Santiago - only via stop off in Madrid - are there easier ways?

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My return is fixed when I leave, so I adjust my walk to the departure date. Most flights in Spain go to Madrid or Barcelona, so direct flights out of the country are hard to find.


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Camino(s) past & future
Lycra tribe.
CF (2017/8), VF (2018/9), Old Way (2020), VFnS (2020), CP (rebooked) (2021), VdT (ToDo)
Flew to Gatwick from SdC last year - direct. Only operate on certain days though

Davey Boyd

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Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
I get to and from Spain from the UK via the ferry to Santander. I book only singles as I never know when I am returning. It is a nicer way to travel and less hassle in my opinion. Cheap too.

Santander is easy to get to by bus, and the buses in Spain are cheap and very comfy.



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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I prefer one way tickets as it leaves open other possibilities. One time, after arriving in SDC, I booked Veuling to Gatwick.


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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Coming from the US, it's usually much less expensive to book a round trip or open jaw ticket, so I always allow extra at least 5 days more than I think I'll need, then spend a few days somewhere before I return home. In the past I've explored Madrid, A Coruña and Porto.


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Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2015), Frances (2016)
Booked one way trip out Stansted to Biarritz, took it as it came, and booked one way direct flight from Santiago to Stanstead to return. Can't remember whether it was Ryanair or Sleazyjet.
Camino(s) past & future
Past? Not enough.
Future? Sure!
I am looking for flights 5-8 days before I need it.
I check both Santiago and Porto, as Porto is a nice 3 hours bus trip away from Santiago.
Depending on the results, I will stay 1-2 days more in Santiago...
Buen Camino, Jacques-D.

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