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Well, I've done it again...

Camino(s) past & future
Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
Only this time, no planning -- on a whim (?) I'm leaving for the Camino Frances in a week - 26 Sept! Seattle to Vancouver to London to Biarritz to Bayonne to SJPP. Hope to start walking on the 28th or 29th via Valcarlos. Seven weeks! :):):):) Any tips on getting last minute flights to Biarritz from London that aren't too expensive? Will have 1 carry-on bag. Thanks!!
:)Terry:) HAPPY!
 

MTtoCamino

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Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
Only this time, no planning -- on a whim (?) I'm leaving for the Camino Frances in a week - 26 Sept! Seattle to Vancouver to London to Biarritz to Bayonne to SJPP. Hope to start walking on the 28th or 29th via Valcarlos. Seven weeks! :):):):) Any tips on getting last minute flights to Biarritz from London that aren't too expensive? Will have 1 carry-on bag. Thanks!!
:)Terry:) HAPPY!
I am assuming you have already have gotten your tickets, but if not have you priced on cheapo air direct from Vancouver BC to Biaritz?
 

wayfarer

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SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
Buen Camino. Enjoy it all.
 

movinmaggie

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Camino Frances (2015) Scotland GGW (2017) Primitivo
Thanks! Almost - Vancouver to London as cheap as I've ever seen, & Stansted to Biarritz also cheap!!
If you don't mind me asking ,what airline did you book out of Vancouver? I'll be booking soon to London. (first leg is out if Victoria to Vancouver). Usually I book British Air, but always looking for bargains. Thanks. And Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
Did you take into account the 1.5 hour bus trip from Heathrow to Stansted?

http://www.nationalexpress.com/en/airports/heathrow-airport.aspx
Actually I'm arriving at Gatwick at 11.30 on the 27th, and will overnight in London (some place not too expensive :rolleyes: and fairly convenient) since Ryan Air leaves at 14.05 on the 28th. That flt arrives in Biarritz at 17.05 - is there a train to SJPP that day - I don't know how long to get from BIQ to Bayonne station. But it will be either overnight in Bayonne or in SJPP - have stayed in both places so it's all good! Thanks for the reminder of the long transfer between airports in London!! Also, I have an Oyster card that is "topped up", doesn't that get me a bit of a discount on some transport around the city?
 
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whariwharangi

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Actually I'm arriving at Gatwick at 11.30 on the 27th, and will overnight in London (some place not too expensive :rolleyes: and fairly convenient) since Ryan Air leaves at 14.05 on the 28th. That flt arrives in Biarritz at 17.05 - is there a train to SJPP that day - I don't know how long to get from BIQ to Bayonne station. But it will be either overnight in Bayonne or in SJPP - have stayed in both places so it's all good! Thanks for the reminder of the long transfer between airports in London!! Also, I have an Oyster card that is "topped up", doesn't that get me a bit of a discount on some transport around the city?
I took hotel in Stansted.

Chronoplus bus #14 from Anglet Airport to Gare Bayonne. The last bus that will get you to the train leaves before you will be clear of airport.

SNCF TER train #62 from Bayonne to SJPdP. Unfortunately last train is 1806. AM 0745.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
I took hotel in Stansted.

Chronoplus bus #14 from Anglet Airport to Gare Bayonne. The last bus that will get you to the train leaves before you will be clear of airport.

SNCF TER train #62 from Bayonne to SJPdP. Unfortunately last train is 1806. AM 0745.
Thanks so much!! Exactly what I've had on my list to look for in one tidy little packet! So it's overnight in Bayonne, and start walking straight out of St Jean! - well, after a visit to the Pilgrim Office!
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Only this time, no planning -- on a whim (?) I'm leaving for the Camino Frances in a week - 26 Sept! Seattle to Vancouver to London to Biarritz to Bayonne to SJPP. Hope to start walking on the 28th or 29th via Valcarlos. Seven weeks! :):):):) Any tips on getting last minute flights to Biarritz from London that aren't too expensive? Will have 1 carry-on bag. Thanks!!
:)Terry:) HAPPY!
Oh, you naughty peregrina :D

Nice to hear that, Terry!

It's still manageable to catch the last train that day. The bus ride from BIQ to Bayonne train station will be approx. half an hour. If you can't catch it either stay at Monte Carlo Hotel (http://hotel-montecarlo.allcommerces.com/) across the street from train station or at nice private place (I've stayed there this year before my Via de Bayona) Eloixa Hospital at Rue du Luc 13 just behind the cathedral and monastery in Bayonne which is a short walk from train station over the river. The telephone number is +33/689/334-830. Eloixa stands for Eloise in Basque. Or: eloixa@gmail.com. It was 20€ without breakfast. Your own room which is actually in the apartment of the Eloixa (name of the woman owning the apartment, 30+ years old, with son, into dancing etc.), with "shared" bathroom. Very nice atmosphere not to mention the location!

Ultreia ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés five times, Madrid two days, Ingles once.
Oh, you naughty peregrina :D
Nice to hear that, Terry!
Ultreia ;)
Wonderful, @KinkyOne ! Thank you SO much!! I think I won't hurry for the train, and will try to stay at Eloixa Hospital - it sounds very nice!
Things seem to be falling into place, and I'm grateful, very happy and really looking forward to meeting the lovely people along the Frances I've gotten to know over the last three years. I've been so envious of @mspath and all her friends who have welcomed her so warmly every year! And the walking - day after day - with the butterflies and snails and farmers who wave... AND there's the church of Santa Maria de Eunate - who I may get to see again - what joy!!
Buen Camino all! Terry
 

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