When do you book your flight out of Santiago?

Travel home after the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Does anyone have experience with waiting to book your outward journey from Santiago until you’ve arrived (or perhaps when you’re close enough to the end that you can tell when you’ll be getting there)? I’m keen to have a general plan, but would harbour hopes of walking a bit quicker….if we arrived in Santiago with four or five days to spare I’d love to zip back to Paris and spend the time there before returning home. If we had pre-booked tickets it would cost to change them. But will it cost more to be buying at the last minute? And if so, how much more? And what would the chances of getting three seats on the same flight be?

Read the conversation on traveling home after the Camino de Santiago here in our Camino forum.

Direct flights to and from Santiago de Compostela

As part of your Camino de Santiago planning I am sure you have been looking into how to get here or return home from Santiago de Compostela. The blog Aeronoticiario Santiago has compiled this map, showing the destinations with a direct flight to the Santiago de Compostela airport.

Click the blue pin to get information on what airline flies to each destination.

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New airport in Santiago de Compostela opens October 13th 2011

Santiago de Compostela Airport
Santiago de Compostela Airport

The new airport terminal in Santiago de Compostela will open October 13th 2011. It is located just next to the old terminal building, and will increase the capacity significantly.

More about the Santiago de Compostela airport here.

It just got easier to travel to Madrid

El Correo Gallego reports today that between 140 and 160 seats were sold of the 189 available seats on the first Ryanair flights between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. This means that about 80% of the seats were sold, a pretty good number. As of yesterday, Ryanair flies to and from Madrid twice daily.

According to El Correo Gallego, may furure flights are also already sold out, especially those on weekends and dates around some key christmast dates.

So as of yesterday, the price war between Iberia, Spanair and Ryanair is on on this popular route.

Ryanair with Santiago – Madrid route from Nov 18th

Ryanair has announced several new routes in Spain today, one of them a new route between Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. This is fantastic news, since Iberia will again get some competition on travelers between Santiago and the capital. About a week ago, El Correo Gallego had an article about how it was cheaper to travel from Porto to New York that it was from Santiago to Madrid with Iberia.

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