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What time does SJPP sleep?

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angie villanueva

rgmilktea
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 1-Oct 3 (2015)
Hello Everyone!

Going on my 1st Camino (so excited!) . Arriving on Aug 31 at SJPP around 7:24 PM (on the 6:08 PM train from Bayonne). Will I have enough time to go to the Pilgrim's office, send my excess gear to Roncesvalles and get last minute stuff (walking sticks, guidebook and Spanish sim card), have dinner, etc before everything closes down for the night?

Thank you.

Angie
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Pilgrim Office at 39 rue de La Citadelle closes about 23:00 in season. How are you planning to send your bag to Roncesvalles? Express Bourricot would be a good choice but must be arranged in advance. Generally shops will close 19:00. For pilgrim supplies contact Direction Composteĺle in advance.

Buen camino!
 
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angie villanueva

rgmilktea
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 1-Oct 3 (2015)
Pilgrim Office at 39 rue de La Citadelle closes about 23:00 in season. How are you planning to send your bag to Roncesvalles? Express Bourcitot would be a good choice but must be arranged in advance. Generally shops will close 19:00. For pilgrim supplies contact Direction Composteĺle in advance.

Buen camino!
Thanks so much. Yes, planning to send through them. Sent them mail yesterday but no response. I'll follow up tomorrow.
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
You can probably do all of the above except sending your stuff ahead unless you mean Jacotrans and buying a Spanish Simcard. There will be no Spanish Simcards available in France until you get to Pamplona and the French Poste closes around 5pm..
 

angie villanueva

rgmilktea
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 1-Oct 3 (2015)
You can probably do all of the above except sending your stuff ahead unless you mean Jacotrans and buying a Spanish Simcard. There will be no Spanish Simcards available in France until you get to Pamplona and the French Poste closes around 5pm..
Thanks very much. Yes, we'll use either Jacotrans or Express Bouricot.

Is there a post office near the drop off points in Roncesvalles for these 2 companies or do we have to carry our things around until Pamplona as well?

As for the sim card, Pamplona it is!
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Hi Angie, it is exciting isn't it? Still gets me, every time. Yes, SJPP at this time of the year is open late. But you won't be able to buy a Spanish sim in SJPDP - it is still France - you will have to wait until you are over the border into Spain and probably not until Pamplona. It is the first reasonable sized town with shops.

There is at least one good hiking shop in SJPDP - for your poles and guidebook - and I'm sure one of the other forum members will respond with information about opening hours.

Excess gear can be sent by bag carrier - you should not have problems arranging that. Ask at your albergue or the Pilgrims office if necessary.

I always spend a day in SJPDP because it is such a lovely town - but can understand the desire to get started walking. Come back for your second camino (you will!) and enjoy it then.
 

angie villanueva

rgmilktea
Camino(s) past & future
Sept 1-Oct 3 (2015)
Thanks so much Kanga, I've no doubt I will. Planning my next one and I haven't even started yet :D
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Jacotran transports from albergue to albegue. There is an envelope you fill out with your destination and leave 7 euros in. Never a problem.
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Jacotrans is never a problem from Roncesvalles onward. They do not transport from SJPdP to Roncesvalles.
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
Hello Everyone!

Going on my 1st Camino (so excited!) . Arriving on Aug 31 at SJPP around 7:24 PM (on the 6:08 PM train from Bayonne). Will I have enough time to go to the Pilgrim's office, send my excess gear to Roncesvalles and get last minute stuff (walking sticks, guidebook and Spanish sim card), have dinner, etc before everything closes down for the night?

Thank you.

Angie
Hi Angie, the albergue I stayed at, the first time in St Jean Pied de Port, locked the front door at 10pm on the dot. A friend got back at 10:05, and we had a good laugh from the top floor window, offering to toss his sleeping bag out the window to him! The hospitalero did come along and let him in, but we learnt lesson number one on day one: get back to the albergue by 10pm or you will be locked out! Buen camino, I am sure you will have a wonderful time! Jill
 

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