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Which airport is more convenient from Finisterre - Santiago or ACoruna?

CWBuff

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So if one (or two as it may be) were to leave Finisterre on a Saturday morning and truly do not care which Airport to fly from (nor routes, stopovers, layovers, etc.) - what is the least 'headache-producible' option? - take a bus to A Coruna or take a bus to Santiago?
looking for something like - dont have to get up at un-Godly hour (perhaps take a 9:00 am bus?) and ease of getting to the Airport once off the bus.

One thing I saw on one of previous posts (somewhat on topic) is that A Coruna is a much smaller airport so TSA time is practically NIL thus dont have to worry about 'extra' 3 hours - so that is defintely an appeal

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Muxia- A Coruna is an easy bus trip. Fisterra- A Coruna would mean a change at Cee. Still do-able but logistics start to stretch. Then it just depends where you are aspiring to fly to. There are timetable links scattered about the forum but as Ivar posted the other day re the Lugo / Sarria buses there are change afoot in Galicia
 

CWBuff

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@Tincatinker Basically I am going back to US and within reasons PHL, JFK, EWR BWI - any of these will do which is why as i mentioned at this point it matters little.
Hmmm... so based on your response I take it - might be easier to go to Santiago?
 
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CWBuff

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You can check each airport's Wikipedia page to see which airlines fly from them and to where.
Thanks @trecile but again that is not my concern.
If anything I did my homework and I can get to PHL, JFK or EWR (my 1st 3 preferences) from either
With a slight possibility that my wife may join me on a "post walk" which would be SdC-Finisterre after I complete my Pilgrimage... well... I know how she 'travels' and basically the least logistics and the later morning start - that better it winds to be (esp. for me ;))
So it a matter of 'comfort' so to speak on what is a better way for getting from point A (fixed - Finistere) to point B (currently floating and under consideration)

Heck - still a full 7 months away and who knows what may change by then...🤨
 

Kathar1na

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To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
dont have to get up at un-Godly hour (perhaps take a 9:00 am bus?) and ease of getting to the Airport once off the bus.

One thing I saw on one of previous posts (somewhat on topic) is that A Coruna is a much smaller airport so TSA time is practically NIL thus dont have to worry about 'extra' 3 hours - so that is defintely an appeal
Go to Santiago. From memory, A Coruña is tiny and Santiago is small. Short distances, quick and easy to get in and out in both cases. Santiago has a bit more to offer as to how to while your time away but not much. There is no need for any 'extra' 3 hours. You will probably fly to Madrid in any case.
 

CWBuff

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2021
You could always just walk...
Uh.... I think you missed the part about my wife and "the comfort way she travels" 😇
I am actually gonna be more than surprised if she fully walks the SdC-Finisterre part, but hey...she said she was willing...

Seems I got 3 votes for Santiago.... and yes... it does looks like Madrid for a stopover (or even a layover - I think I might be able to squeeze in an extra day)

👍
 
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If you can swing it time-wise, the train from SdC to Madrid after having visited Fisterra was the least hassle for us,and the most comfortable. The train has reasonable dining, ends up not taking that much longer (security lines at airports are avoided with the train), and you get some lovely scenery along the way. I’ve now done the train 3 times back to my destination airport for arrival at start. 3 different caminos... 3 different airports that I started out of after landing in the EU: Bordeaux, Madrid, Lisbon.
Bordeaux was a little tricky to get to SJPDP from on my first go because the train was out of service after some point and we had to switch to a bus. But my return to North America was easy: on train from SdC to Irun; then another from Hendaye to Bordeaux— which gave me a day of layover in a beautiful spot on the Bay of Biscay. SdC to LIsbon had an option for a very easy trip, but I took a week of holiday after that Camino so laid over just south of Coimbra. And the train from SdC to Madrid was a single trip, no changes of train, with lunch on the train.
 
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hel&scott

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2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
Uh.... I think you missed the part about my wife and "the comfort way she travels" 😇
I am actually gonna be more than surprised if she fully walks the SdC-Finisterre part, but hey...she said she was willing...

Hey, don't knock it, I've walked that route and it's ok... But honestly it's not that far and in the end you can always book a taxi if the buses don't suit.

On the other front, never been a wife, Scott always said I was the love of his life, and I was always comfortable to doss down on a park bench, under a bridge, or in a parador as long as he was there so she may surprise you.

Scott surprised me on his desire for our first Camino, as a guy who used to take the car to the corner dairy I was gob smacked when he anounced we should walk across Spain... Many trips later after criss crossing the Iberian peninsular, he sleeps with the fishes off Finistere, so give him a wave for me when you get there.
 
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Okay, this was 2015 and we took a bus to A Corona from Muxia, not Finisterra but it had so many changes of buses I lost count. I was a bit stressed and I kept thinking about someone who didn't know any Spanish. The bus schedule had no indication of what was ahead.

The short story is that, in my opinion, you are probably better off going Finisterra to Santiago.
 

Roland49

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2019
Why don't take the bus to SdC, than change to bus or train to Porto?.

Way bigger Airport, way more possibilities. And much cheaper, the flight back home should be ~400€ from SdC, the flight from Porto was 169€! That was a fast decision ;-)

The trip from SdC to Porto was a pleasant 3,5h ride via Pontevedra, Vigo and Brago (as long a I do remember it right) for 24€.
 

CWBuff

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2021
So...again...based on the latest responses it seems to me that the majority of folks lean towards SdC;
regardless of what I decide to do from there (and I can see that the choices are quite many) I am convinced to go there 👍😁
 
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Okay, this was 2015 and we took a bus to A Corona from Muxia, not Finisterra but it had so many changes of buses I lost count. I was a bit stressed and I kept thinking about someone who didn't know any Spanish. The bus schedule had no indication of what was ahead.

The short story is that, in my opinion, you are probably better off going Finisterra to Santiago.
Mine is even older: 2014. The early bus at 0800--the one you need to reserve in advance probably--is an express bus. The later bus, the one with spontaneous room, stops at every puddle and plaza all the way down the road and takes three times as long. A minor point of information. It's up to you and your sweetie whether the discomfort of getting out of bed and over to the bus stand early is worth the shorter bus ride.
 
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Caminos Francais: 2002, 2012, 2019. (Future Ingles, Primitivo, Portuguese in 2021)
Why don't take the bus to SdC, than change to bus or train to Porto?.

Way bigger Airport, way more possibilities. And much cheaper, the flight back home should be ~400€ from SdC, the flight from Porto was 169€! That was a fast decision ;-)

The trip from SdC to Porto was a pleasant 3,5h ride via Pontevedra, Vigo and Brago (as long a I do remember it right) for 24€.
Yes! Thank you! Terrific idea!! As I was reading these posts about Galician-centric airports, I kept thinking back that I took that same bus from Santiago, only on to Lisbon Ain pril 2019 for a flight the following day back to St. Louis. Why? Because I figured this departure from Lisbon, even overnight in a hotel, would provide me a "hint" of Portugal for a future Camino Portuguese. And, I had the time, so why not?

The bus departs from the familiar, cavernous Santiago bus station (BAR does a cheap and tasty breakfast .. sigh, the last Spanish coffee for this peregrine for another year ..) and three hours after departure, rolls up smack dab in front of the Porto airport!

Everything Roland writes is true the bus is clean, a handful of other North American pilgrims on board, sit on right side of bus for glimpses of ocean views. Portugal actually does feel, even from a bus seat, quite "different" than Spain. (It actually reminds me of parts of Venezuela but that's another story.) NOTE. Bring at least one Euro (E1) coin to use the toilet on the bus! One local woman did not have the money to use the toilet and went ballistic that the bus would "charge" for the bathroom convenience. She went into full on, soap opera rant at the bus driver for at least twenty minutes, a personal meltdown moment, yet, somehow, with remarkable restraint! Very glad this did not happen on a plane.

Lisbon Airport is overcrowded, in desperate need of extension, and airport staff shrug, sigh, know how this needs to happen soon as Portugal is in the throes of being "discovered", yet are entirely helpful and kind. I flew American R/T but I am definitely thinking to change carriers after watching Paul Lucas's YouTube channel "Wingin' It', that TAM, the national airline of Portugal, is a rather good option. His review of a flight from Lisbon to USA notes TAM fares always (and consistently, surprisingly) are lower than any other airlines on the highly lucrative cross-Atlantic route. For the purposes of his channel and commentary, Paul Lucas flew Business Class, which, he made clear, was courtesy of TAM as they wanted his honest review (two thumbs up) and had some great food and drink! So, Porto is top of my "return home" lists.

Now I can just must patiently await the moment when the green light is lit indicating "you may now proceed east across the Atlantic"!
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
that TAM, the national airline of Portugal,
Just FYI - it's TAP, not TAM. 😊 I flew Porto-Lisbon-San Francisco with them in 2019. The flights were good.

In 2019 took the bus to Porto and spent a couple of wonderful days there. I chose a flight from Porto to San Francisco that had a loooong overnight layover in Lisbon, arriving in the late afternoon and departing around 10am. Although I was only in Lisbon for a few non-sleeping hours I enjoyed getting a taste of it.
 
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Thornley

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I am actually gonna be more than surprised if she fully walks the SdC-Finisterre part, but hey...she said she was willing

The 2 days from Muxia to Finasterre would suit HRH
HRH could give you a few days start whilst you take 4 days from SDC .
HRH arrives and spend 2 days in the new Parador in Muxia.
Then
Divide the walk into 2 beautiful sightseeing days stopping at Lires in a wonderful pension.
Enjoy lunch @ Finasterre [you will arrive there early] and select the best time to depart , late afternoon or the next day.
Get the bus to Porto .........a wonderful place [our pick by a mile ] to spend a few days before going home.
All the transfers from A'Coruna and SDC make Porto a no brainer.
 
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Just FYI - it's TAP, not TAM. 😊 I flew Porto-Lisbon-San Francisco with them in 2019. The flights were good.

In 2019 took the bus to Porto and spent a couple of wonderful days there. I chose a flight from Porto to San Francisco that had a loooong overnight layover in Lisbon, arriving in the late afternoon and departing around 10am. Although I was only in Lisbon for a few non-sleeping hours I enjoyed getting a taste of it.
Thank you for TAPping me on my Forum shoulder and advising that the Airline of Portugal is TAP. (not TAM)
! Hey, and and all Forum-based connections, amendments, and discrepancy-notations to any of my posts are welcome, welcome, welcome! Obrigado!
 
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Not so familiar; the station has been or will soon be relocated to be near the train station if I have not been fooled by a recent post.
That's quite a relocation!

The current Jan 2021 fare from SdC to Porto varies from Flixbus $6.95 to $12.00 on Alsa. Bus not only drops off at airport (PORTO SA CARNEIRO), also center of town, for a couple of days to explore Porto's location on Duoro River and their proud recognition as a World Heritage site.

Google maps still lists that 20 minute walk to bus station at Plaza Camilo Diaz Balino.

Looking at train station on Google maps, I notice Kebab restaurants, a shoe store, the ever-enticing El Cortes Ingles, a Cuban-themed cafe, garages, furniture stores ... the life of the residents, the life of those just like us, back home.

Why it it when leaving Santiago to go home, that backpack which felt so comfortable on the last days approaching Santiago always feels so heavy when I am about to depart?
 

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TAP used to fly LCG-LIS-JFK which was not super early. Lisbon is a good alternative to Madrid. If you don’t take the early flight out of SCQ you may miss the flights to your desired US entry points. Good luck.
 

Roland49

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2019
Get the bus to Porto .........a wonderful place [our pick by a mile ] to spend a few days before going home.
All the transfers from A'Coruna and SDC make Porto a no brainer.
I was very curious about that city and was very pleasantly surprised. That's one of the reasons I plan to walk the CP.

BC
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Marbe2

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2015-2019 walked all or more than half of CF 7 times... CP recently cancelled by Covid 19!
Personal preference. I avoid. TAP at all costs. They may be cheaper but read their reviews. I was delayed 8hrs before takeoff. Plane was old, dirty and, service was poor. Only book it as part of a one ticket connecting flight if you must!

My homebase is EWR. United flies, round trip, non stop to MAD
no connecting flights from either of your departure cities. Advantageof UA, seats in tourist - Seat layout is 2seats together, not three-on the sides. American which also flies direct to MAD and offers good connections from SCQ thru Iberia, to JFK, (not as good to PHIL as I recall) but all these airlines have three seats abreast, something to think about this year, even with a vaccine. I am not keen on sitting next to a stranger for 7.5 - 9 hours on a plane to anywhere in 2021. SCQ TO MAD options such as Ryan airlines, 3 seats abreast, but you can buy a cheap extra seat.

Another option, Out of EWR, fly directly to MAD on UA In Madrid by around 10am. Returning fly SCQ To Dublin-on Aerlingus (separate fares) . Overnight near Dublin airport, (PM me if you want good accommodation and easy transport) next morning early flight UA has you in EWR by around 11:30 am. The flight from SCQ to DUB only flies around 2-3 times a week. Sometimes you can book it as one ticket rather than a hack fare. The EWR into MAD and Dublin to EWR would thus put you in two seats area for the longer trip. Aer Lingus, is a three-seater but I believe that you can buy the extra seat! Watch sky scanner and Kayak but book only with Airline, not 3rd party as 2021 travel could get complicated with Cov19.


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