How to travel from Pamplona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (SJPdP)

Pamplona

 

The question was:

I know this is a much discussed topic, but please bear with me! I have just visited Alsa’s website and it seems there is no bus service to SJPdP or Roncesvalles from Pamplona (at least not at this time). Sharon and I will be in Pamplona May 10th, 2014 and after spending a day soaking up that beautiful city, we will leave for SJPdP on May 12th. So, I’m hoping there are peregrinos/peregrinas out in Forumland who will be in Pamplona during those dates and would like to share a taxi to SJPdP on May 12th. I’ll keep checking Alsa’s website to see if anything changes. I really thought there was a bus to Roncesvalles and from there a taxi…maybe I missed something?

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8 reasons why Pamplona is the best starting point

Pamplona

Not really a question, but an opinion on a good starting point for the Camino Frances.

Many threads on this forum deal with SJPDP as THE Camino starting point (11.5 % of the Pilgrims start from there), how to reach the place and about the strain and perils of crossing the Pyrenees. Are there any historic reasons that compel some Pelegrinos to even take taxis from Pamplona toward «the wrong direction» in order to commence in SJPDP?
Imho, these eight reasons would rather speak for Pamplona:
1. – In easy reach by air and by train from Madrid, Barcelona, Biarritz, Bilbao.
2. – A choice of 100 accommodation-options in every category, with several albergues and places to obtain Credencials
3. – A perfect place to shake off the jet lag and to acclimatize to Northern Spain
4. – To do last minute shopping (SIM cards, electric adaptors, medicines, banks, etc)
5. – To have direct postal services (to forward luggage to Santiago)
6. – Offering great sightseeing; this town has a beautiful medieval centre, an impressive Citadel, the Cathedral, Spain’s second largest bullring and many spots of interest.
7. – A great gastronomy, wines and lots of parks
8. – Getting an easy start of the Camino

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Is starting from Pamplona ‘cheating’?

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The question was:

I am starting my Camino on the 25th March. I have booked my train to Pamplona, arriving late Sunday evening, 24th March with a view to staying overnight in Pamplona and getting the train to Roncenvalles to start the camino on the Monday morning. However, I have booked my flights home from Santiago on the 28th April – and I am a little alarmed that I have now not given myself enough time to get from Roncenvalles to Santiago in only thirty-four days…

How flat is El Camino Frances? Is it do-able in only thirty-four days. I’m young (23) and quite fit, but for anyone, doing over 20 km per day for thirty-four days straight is quite a challenge…

Will it be ‘cheating’ for me to begin my Camino in Pamplona? Thus giving myself a bit of a headstart…?

I’m very excited about starting my Camino, but I reeeeally want to complete it in one go – and not end up having to catch any buses or trains along the route to ensure that I reach Santiago in time…

What do all you experienced Pilgrims think? How long did it take you guys, and how mountainous is the route?

Any advice would be much appreciated

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