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Traveling from Oslo/Norway - starting in Sarria - how to get there?

Camino(s) past & future
Planning for this march (2018)
This will be my first Camino walk.
#1
Hello everybody, I am planning for my first Camino in March, the short version from Sarria (as I can't be gone more than 11 days maximum).

The thread title explains my questions - what is the recommended travel route to get to Sarria?

Another question - is it recommended to book all accomodations in advance via this site, or can I do it along the way?

All other kind of advice is of course also appreciated :)

Sorry if this has already been answered in another thread, I couldn't find anything on this specific topic after some searching however, so I hope it's ok with this post.

Best from Norway
 

Mark McCarthy

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
#2
There are two main options. Fly to Madrid and take the train from Madrid Charmatin railway station directly to Sarria (www.renfe.com) or fly to Santiago itself and take the bus or a taxi to Sarria. A taxi to Sarria takes about 90 minutes and costs about €130. The bus goes directly from Santiago airport to Lugo bus station and there you must change bus for Sarria. This takes about 3 hours. The bus cost about €15 in total. For bus from Santiago airport to Lugo check http://www.empresafreire.com for the bus from Lugo to Sarria check http://www.monbus.es/en. I am organising a group in April and flying into Madrid and out of Santiago.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for this march (2018)
This will be my first Camino walk.
#3
There are two main options. Fly to Madrid and take the train from Madrid Charmatin railway station directly to Sarria (www.renfe.com) or fly to Santiago itself and take the bus or a taxi to Sarria. A taxi to Sarria takes about 90 minutes and costs about €130. The bus goes directly from Santiago airport to Lugo bus station and there you must change bus for Sarria. This takes about 3 hours. The bus cost about €15 in total. For bus from Santiago airport to Lugo check http://www.empresafreire.com for the bus from Lugo to Sarria check http://www.monbus.es/en. I am organising a group in April and flying into Madrid and out of Santiago.
Hello, Mark, thank you for good information. This looks very manageable.

One more question: - ideally i would like to a walk bit further than the Sarria - Santiago trip - are there any logical destinations earlier on the track I could start / where train/bus from Madrid/Santiago connects with? Looking for 2-3 more days of walking.
 

Mark McCarthy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
#4
O Cebreiro is a nice place to start. You can get a ALSA bus (www.alsa.es) from Madrid airport to a town nearby called Pedrafita do Cebreiro and then taxi for the remaining 5km up to O Cebreiro. This gives you an extra 2 days of walking. The only issue is there are only two buses a day from Madrid airport to Pedrafita do Cebreiro at 10:00 and 23:59.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for this march (2018)
This will be my first Camino walk.
#6
Thanks, both of you, this is very helpful. I'll compare prices and decide between the different alternatives.

But for accommodation along the walking trip in the different towns - should I book in advance? If so, from which portal?
 

Mark McCarthy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
#7
Thanks, both of you, this is very helpful. I'll compare prices and decide between the different alternatives.

But for accommodation along the walking trip in the different towns - should I book in advance? If so, from which portal?
Depends on which type of accommodation you want to use. If you want a private room with en-suite bathroom each night then I would definitely book ahead. If you want a more flexible approach and are happy to stay in pilgrim hostels then in April you will not need to pre-book. For booking Gronze.com has most of the links to hostel websites. The Kindle version of some of the guide books also link to the website, email addresses and phone numbers of the pilgrim hostels (albergues). Only a small percentage of albergues are on booking.com .
 

Marbe2

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Camino(s) past & future
2015 SJPD to Burgos
2017 Leon to Santiago
Pamplona to Santiago Mar. 2018
Burgos - SCDC (Oct 18)
#8
April 1 is Easter. There were very many pilgrims on this section last year. Many of the main towns were completely filled. If you are walking the last week of March or fiirst week of April, I would make reservations ahead of time.
 

Peter Fransiscus

Do good and good will come to you.
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#9
Hello everybody, I am planning for my first Camino in March, the short version from Sarria (as I can't be gone more than 11 days maximum).

The thread title explains my questions - what is the recommended travel route to get to Sarria?

Another question - is it recommended to book all accomodations in advance via this site, or can I do it along the way?

All other kind of advice is of course also appreciated :)

Sorry if this has already been answered in another thread, I couldn't find anything on this specific topic after some searching however, so I hope it's ok with this post.

Best from Norway
You can check the following website aswell,
www.Gronze.com and www.Rome2rio.com

Wish you well,Peter.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#12
If you go by air to Madrid, you can get a bus from T4 to Leon , Astorga or Ponferrada or a train from Madrid Chamartin to the same towns.
Astorga to SdC would take 9 to 10 days and is the best of the Camino Frances, from Ponferrada 7 to 9 days and from Sarria 4-5 days.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#13
I would book ahead on www. renfe
.es for traintickets, promo tickets are the cheapest, and on alsa. es for bus tickets. Both renfe and alsa have apps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for this march (2018)
This will be my first Camino walk.
#14
Thanks to everybody here for excellent advice! I'm planning to head out on March 1st and arrive at my starting destination on March 2nd, and then start walking on March 3rd. Back home in Norway on the 10th or 11th.
 

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