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Weather in September/October

Year of past OR future Camino
August/September 2016
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
 
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Waka

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Some but not all, and other routes too.
I walked Sept/Oct last year and had 4 days of rain in 42 days, not sure if this is the norm, maybe I was just lucky.

Sorry I can't help you on the other questions.
 
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Castilian

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What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP?

You can go from Madrid airport to Pamplona by bus with Alsa (www.alsa.es/en) changing buses along the route (most likely in Soria). Alternatively, you can go from downtown Madrid (Avenida de América bus station) to Pamplona with PLM Autocares (http://plmautocares.com); no changes required but you need to get to the downtown from the airport because their bus out of the airport doesn't run on Sundays. To reach Avenida de América from the airport, take bus line number 200. Taxi is another option but it's much more expensive (fixed rate: 30 Euros). Once in Pamplona, take an Alsa bus to SJPP.

From downtown Madrid (Atocha train station), you can also take a train to Pamplona (www.renfe.com is the train operator) but once in Pamplona, you would need to commute from the train station to the bus station and they aren't close together so you may find this option less convinient. You could walk from the train to the bus station in Pamplona but it takes time. Alternatively, you could take an urban bus at the train station that would leave you close to the bus station. Taxi is another option and not as expensive as a taxi from Madrid airport to the downtown. To go from Madrid airport to Atocha station, take either a Cercanías (commuter) train or the Express bus (www.emtmadrid.es/Aeropuerto).

I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

You would likely find some rain on some stages. Temperatures are difficult to predict. We can't know now if it'll be hot year, a cold one, an average one, a mix... You may find maximum temperatures in the 20's (Celsius) as well as in the 30's (in hot days) as well as lower than 20ºC... You may find minimum temperatures lower than 10ºC in part(s) of the route... Lower than 5ºC may be possible on cold days... But you may find minimum temperatures above 15ºC on a hot day...
 

Phillypilgrim

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Year of past OR future Camino
C F Sept.(2013) Camino de Madrid & Finisterre/Muxia Sept. (2014)
Finisterre/Muia June (2017).
I walked 2013 & 2014 September to mid October. Only a few days of rain, very dry. Needed my light weight fleece jacket some mornings toward the end.
I've stayed at the Hotel Mediodia across from Atocha train station several times, www.mediodiahotel.com
 
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Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
I walked last year from SJPdP to Santiago starting September 7. I had morning temperatures as low as 3 and afternoons as high as 34. No rain until Galicia then 5 straight days of it. I would absolutely walk at this time of year again and in fact I am. This time the Portuguese coastal route.

Buen Camino
 

DanielH

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Year of past OR future Camino
September 2015 (SJPP to Burgos)
September 2016 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
May 2017 (Villafranca del Bierzo to Santiago de Compostela)
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
Nelia--I'm from Dallas too and will begin in Burgos on September 16th. Perhaps our paths may cross depending on how where you will be starting and ending. Buen Camino to you!
daniel
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Planning to walk the Camino in fall of 2015....and it's nearly here. Start my walk from St. Jean PP on August 14th.
I walked last year in mid August to mid October. think about doing train to Pamplona and have corazon puro meet you. Istvan will meet you, take you to his pension where you meet other pilgrims, have dinner, spend the night and he drives you to SJPDP the following morning after breakfast. make reservations at refuge Orisson for the following night. then you'll walk into Roncevalles on the third day. don't make the mistake of trying to do it in one day. also...contact the sporting gear shop across the street from the pilgrim office in SJPDP and order your walking poles and one of their raincoats. they have zippers and a pouch on the back to cover your backpack. I took cheap poncho and was sorry. it is made by Altus and I think about 50 euros. Be open, talk to people and enjoy. if your pack is heavy think about using a transport on some of the longer days. it's okay. Buen Camino
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Planning to walk the Camino in fall of 2015....and it's nearly here. Start my walk from St. Jean PP on August 14th.
The shop in St Jean pdp for equipments is Direction Compostelle Boutique du Pelerin....the owner Pierre speaks English and is good. pull up his website and you'll see the raincoat. buen camino
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
 
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jennie

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from st jean - estella 2013 ponferrada-santiago 2012.hope/expect to do full camino with y
sister in sept 14. we completed our walk in 2014?puenta la reina to belarado june 2016,
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
hi , my sis and i started our walk 10thsept to mid oct,2014 and would say its a great time to walk it was warm but not roasting we saw the amazing sunflowers we did wear a fleece or light jacket in the mornings or evenings,and as for the final stages it looks like Ireland for a reason,ie it WILL surely rain.but i would walk at this time of year again,hope this helps.
 

aliwalks

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
(2014)
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
I stayed at Hotel Europa was wonderful right in heart of Madrid!
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I walked last year in mid August to mid October. think about doing train to Pamplona and have corazon puro meet you. Istvan will meet you, take you to his pension where you meet other pilgrims, have dinner, spend the night and he drives you to SJPDP the following morning after breakfast. make reservations at refuge Orisson for the following night. then you'll walk into Roncevalles on the third day. don't make the mistake of trying to do it in one day. also...contact the sporting gear shop across the street from the pilgrim office in SJPDP and order your walking poles and one of their raincoats. they have zippers and a pouch on the back to cover your backpack. I took cheap poncho and was sorry. it is made by Altus and I think about 50 euros. Be open, talk to people and enjoy. if your pack is heavy think about using a transport on some of the longer days. it's okay. Buen Camino
That's almost exactly what I have planned for this year!
 

trishinport

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Year of past OR future Camino
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Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
Hello Neila. My friend and I from Australia are starting from SJPP Sept 5th. Perhaps we'll meet you. First time for us. This forum so helpful.
 

Marc Hamel

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Year of past OR future Camino
September (2016)
Fall (2019)?
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
Hi Nelia, I am walking as well Sept to mid October. I will leave from SPPDP on Sept 5, perhaps we will run into each other. Buen Camino
 
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sbauc

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Camino Frances (2016)
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
I am wondering the same. Seems it can be from one extreme to the other. Hard to decide how to pack. My friend and I will leave from Dallas on Sept 2, but we are flying into Paris. Still trying to figure out the best route to SJPdP. Will probably start walk on 5th also. We just might see each other!
 
C

Castilian

Guest
Hard to decide how to pack

A little bit of every thing. ;) Don't forget to package rain gear.

Still trying to figure out the best route to SJPdP.

If you arrive to CDG, depending on your arrival time, you can take a train from CDG airport to Bordeaux, another one from Bordeaux to Bayonne and a third one from Bayonne to SJPP. If you arrive too late to make all the route in a single day, you can go to downtown Paris and travel from downtown Paris to SJPP the next day. Departing from downtown Paris, take a train to Bayonne and another one from Bayonne to SJPP.

Another option is to fly from Paris to Biarritz, take a bus from Biarritz airport to Bayonne and a train from Bayonne to SJPP.
 

Morg

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Year of past OR future Camino
2014,2016,2019
My daughter and I are starting on the 4th September, good to see from the posts that it appears to be a lovely time of year to walk, hope to see others on the road whom are walking at the same time, :))
 

sbauc

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2016)
A little bit of every thing. ;) Don't forget to package rain gear.



If you arrive to CDG, depending on your arrival time, you can take a train from CDG airport to Bordeaux, another one from Bordeaux to Bayonne and a third one from Bayonne to SJPP. If you arrive too late to make all the route in a single day, you can go to downtown Paris and travel from downtown Paris to SJPP the next day. Departing from downtown Paris, take a train to Bayonne and another one from Bayonne to SJPP.

Another option is to fly from Paris to Biarritz, take a bus from Biarritz airport to Bayonne and a train from Bayonne to SJPP.
Thank you. We are arriving CDG at 0935 (Sept 3) so we will miss the morning train from CDG. QUESTION: Do you know how long it might take to claim bag and clear customs? I am wondering if we would be able to make the 1225 train from downtown. Otherwise, we will have to stay the night and travel the next day OR spend an extra $250 and fly Air France to Biarritz and then take a shuttle service from there to SJPP (we would miss the train) Or, I guess we could spend the night in Biarritz/Bayonne and take the train the next day. I will definitely need the Camino to destress from all the planning and decision making!
 
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Castilian

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QUESTION: Do you know how long it might take to claim bag and clear customs?

If you don't get answers for that question on this thread, open a new one to increase visibility in order to have more chances of getting answers from people familiar with CDG airport.

BTW, with any flight, something that shouldn't be overlooked is that it may be delayed.
 
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sbauc

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances (2016)
If you don't get answers for that question on this thread, open a new one to increase visibility in order to have more chances of getting answers from people familiar with CDG airport.

BTW, with any flight, something that shouldn't be overlooked is that it may be delayed.
Thank you, Castilian. I will do that.
 

MaWinMex

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2016
Hello
I am planning my walk the beginning of September thru the middle of October and wanted to know what the weather would be like?

Any suggestions of hotel stay in Madrid before I walk?

What is the best transportation from Madrid to SJDPP? Thinking of flying from Dallas Texas to Madrid on the 3rd getting in on 4th and walking Monday 5th to avoid the weekend crowd. So many questions but this will do for now.
Thanks for the question, Nella. I'll be starting from SJPdP on 9/11, and had the same weather wonders.
 

welltraveled53

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
September 2016
My husband and I leave Oklahoma City Sept 4 arriving in Madrid Sept 5. We are spending the night in Madrid near Atocha train station. I'm trying to get the train tickets to Pamplona on the Renfe site with no luck. A message comes up saying they are not available at the time. I changed the date and it gave the same message. We want to take the earliest train so we can take the earliest possible bus to St. Jean since we start our camino the very next day. Any suggestions? Thank you so much, this forum is amazing!

Update - Never mind. We were able to get the train tickets from the website. Seems like the server was down? We are all set, very excited!
 
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trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
My husband and I leave Oklahoma City Sept 4 arriving in Madrid Sept 5. We are spending the night in Madrid near Atocha train station. I'm trying to get the train tickets to Pamplona on the Renfe site with no luck. A message comes up saying they are not available at the time. I changed the date and it gave the same message. We want to take the earliest train so we can take the earliest possible bus to St. Jean since we start our camino the very next day. Any suggestions? Thank you so much, this forum is amazing!

Update - Never mind. We were able to get the train tickets from the website. Seems like the server was down? We are all set, very excited!
Perhaps it's too early to book tickets for September? I just booked my train tickets to Pamplona last week for August 20th.
 
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Castilian

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Hi welltraveled53! Welcome to the forum!

I'm trying to get the train tickets to Pamplona on the Renfe site with no luck. A message comes up saying they are not available at the time. I changed the date and it gave the same message.

Bookings usually open two months in advance so it would be a bit early to book them. Be aware the RENFE web can be tricky to use. It wouldn't be a bad idea to take a look at www.seat61.com/Spain-trains.htm#How_to_use_www.renfe.com to know how works the RENFE web, avoid posible problems and know alternatives to book your tickets just in case you couldn't make the RENFE web work for you.
 
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welltraveled53

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Thank you Trecile, we were able to get the tickets later yesterday. It was tricky like you said. It took several tries but we got them. First the site said there were no available connections, then didn't like our credit cards, we had to call the bank. Eventually my husband was able to get them. Next is getting the bus tickets from Pamplona to St. Jean, I'm hoping that's easier!
 

Cynthia Knapp

Rock Hopper
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPDP-SDC 2016, Camino Portuguese 2018
Finisterre-Muxia 2018
I walked 2013 & 2014 September to mid October. Only a few days of rain, very dry. Needed my light weight fleece jacket some mornings toward the end.
I've stayed at the Hotel Mediodia across from Atocha train station several times, www.mediodiahotel.com
Did you take the train to Pamplona and then bus to SJPDP? Did you have to transfer trains? Would you recommend buying a ticket on line before leaving? Thanks for your help!
 

Phillypilgrim

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
C F Sept.(2013) Camino de Madrid & Finisterre/Muxia Sept. (2014)
Finisterre/Muia June (2017).
Did you take the train to Pamplona and then bus to SJPDP? Did you have to transfer trains? Would you recommend buying a ticket on line before leaving? Thanks for your help!
I did take the train directly to Pamplona. I met three Spanish Pilgrims at the Pamplona bus station (so I was glad I did not buy bus ticket ahead of time) and we taxi'd together to Roncesvalles, where we started. No, I did not book my train ahead of time, but bought the ticket the day before at the station, and then stayed overnight near Atocha station. Also I took the yellow airport bus from Madrid airport directly to Atocha train station.
There are many variations on this theme, and you will figure out the best for you!
 

Cynthia Knapp

Rock Hopper
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances SJPDP-SDC 2016, Camino Portuguese 2018
Finisterre-Muxia 2018
I did take the train directly to Pamplona. I met three Spanish Pilgrims at the Pamplona bus station (so I was glad I did not buy bus ticket ahead of time) and we taxi'd together to Roncesvalles, where we started. No, I did not book my train ahead of time, but bought the ticket the day before at the station, and then stayed overnight near Atocha station. Also I took the yellow airport bus from Madrid airport directly to Atocha train station.
There are many variations on this theme, and you will figure out the best for you!
Your response is very helpful! Thank you kindly. I arrive in Madrid early so think I'll hop the yellow bus, then train to Pamplona, then see from there! Six short weeks away! Thanks again!
 
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August/September 2016
I am wondering the same. Seems it can be from one extreme to the other. Hard to decide how to pack. My friend and I will leave from Dallas on Sept 2, but we are flying into Paris. Still trying to figure out the best route to SJPdP. Will probably start walk on 5th also. We just might see each other!
Hi sbauc
I am from the DFW area and leaving Sept 2. Hope to see you
Buen Camino
 

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