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Walking CF Oct/Nov 2021

jkontheway

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Frances (2018)
Kumano Kodo (2019)
Portugues (2020)
Hi all, I'm thinking of walking the CF again towards the end of this month. A few questions I'd love people's thoughts on:

1) What's the easiest way to get to SJPP from Lisbon these days? There used to be direct flights to Pamplona and Bayonne, but these all have a layover in Madrid now. It seems the quickest would be to fly Lisbon - Madrid - Pamplona, and then a bus to SJPP? Does the bus still run at the end of Oct?
2) Should I expect most public albergues to be closed? I've always winged my accommodation on previous Caminos, but I'm wondering if I should put a little more planning into this one.

I'm also open to alternative walking routes around Europe for this time of the year (4-5 week trek)!
 
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trecile

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Hi all, I'm thinking of walking the CF again towards the end of this month. A few questions I'd love people's thoughts on:

1) What's the easiest way to get to SJPP from Lisbon these days? There used to be direct flights to Pamplona and Bayonne, but these all have a layover in Madrid now. It seems the quickest would be to fly Lisbon - Madrid - Pamplona, and then a bus to SJPP? Does the bus still run at the end of Oct?
2) Should I expect most public albergues to be closed? I've always winged my accommodation on previous Caminos, but I'm wondering if I should put a little more planning into this one.

I'm also open to alternative walking routes around Europe for this time of the year (4-5 week trek)!
Have you walked to Santiago from Lisbon before?
 

jkontheway

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Past OR future Camino
Frances (2018)
Kumano Kodo (2019)
Portugues (2020)
Have you walked to Santiago from Lisbon before?
I did Porto to Santiago last year! I skipped over the Lisbon to Porto bit as I heard mixed reviews about it. I loved the varied landscape and length of the CF, that's why I'm considering to walk it again.
 

staucher

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Frances
Via de la Plata
Portuguese
Primitivo
You should be able to fly from Lisbon to Bordeaux. There appears to be a direct flight to Bordeaux with EasyJet. From there, you can reach SJPP easily by train.
 
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staucher

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No, but there's a bus at the airport that will drop you off at the train station in town.
 

jkontheway

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Frances (2018)
Kumano Kodo (2019)
Portugues (2020)
You should be able to fly from Lisbon to Bordeaux. There appears to be a direct flight to Bordeaux with EasyJet. From there, you can reach SJPP easily by train.
That's a good option, thanks. Still involves a transfer at Bayonne right? I'm considering whether it might be easier to fly Lisbon-Madrid-Pamplona, and then take the bus to SJPP. I guess it comes down to the transfer times.
 

mspath

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That's a good option, thanks. Still involves a transfer at Bayonne right? I'm considering whether it might be easier to fly Lisbon-Madrid-Pamplona, and then take the bus to SJPP. I guess it comes down to the transfer times.
The transfer at Bayonne for the local train to SJPdP is very simple. The Bayonne gare/train station is small and used to pilgrims.
 

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