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Getting To St Jean Pied De Port

Discussion in 'Traveling to and from the Camino' started by Crazy Dave, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Crazy Dave

    Crazy Dave New Member

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    Has anybody had the same problem? The only flight from Stanstead to Biarritz gets there at 17.40 to late for the last train. Only thing I have been able to do is book a night at a cheap hotel near the airport for the night and then walk to the station to catch a train to St Jean the following afternoon. Then it's a night in a hotel before setting off on the 23rd March. Suppose this is all part of the adventure!
     
  2. Ryedalerambler

    Ryedalerambler Active Member

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    Try http://www.expressbourricot.com/. Good service, reasonably priced, but you need to book in advance. I'm sure they will be picking up others in March. (Cost per person decreases as the bus is filled)
     
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    On my first C.F. I stayed in a cheep hotel in Bayonne. The second time I tried to use Express Bourricot and missed the ride. Fortunately I had enough time to take a taxi to Bayonne and catch the train. Both times getting to Saint Jean worked out great. Having a few emergency euros solved many problems.
     
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    When I walked in 2015, I took the train to Biarritz from Paris, met up with a fellow that I had found on a message board, found two others, and cabbed it from Biarritz to St Jean PdP. It was 25 Euro per person. Well worth it since it didn't depend on schedules. But the only reason I did that is that the Shuttle referred to in another post was unavailable!

    David in Nova Scotia
     
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    We made an adventure of our trip to St JPdP from Sydney Australia.
    1. Plane to Madrid (stayed 4 days)
    2. Train to Biarritz (stayed o/n)
    3. Bus to Bayonne (had a lovely walk around town in the morning)
    4. Bus to St JPdP in the mid afternoon (the train was out of action at the time)
    5. Walk to Santiago :)
     
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    My friend and I are flying from Leeds Bradford to Dublin to be able to fly on to Biarritz, then train to Bayonne is planned. Otherwise I think our only other choice was Stanstead
    Jo
     
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  7. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Jo - From Biarritz to Bayonne, it’s just a few kilometers. Your best bet is bus as Gerry did or a taxi. From Bayonne, it’s a one hour train ride to SJPP. Hopefully, the train will be running because it’s a pretty inexpensive option (about €10). If not, the bus is a good option if the schedule works. Due to a train strike, I shared a taxi to Saint Jean. Not the cheapest way to get there, but on that day, no other good options were available. However, do contact Express Bourricot. They may already be picking up others at the airport in Biarritz and have room for you and your friend. Just stay flexible! Buen Camino!
     
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    Thanks Wily for your advice. I think I got my journeys a bit mixed up! We arrive in the morning so likely to get a train. Buen Camino
     
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    I'm following similar itinerary, except getting picked up by expressberricot at hotel in Biarritz, 26th. Hope to set off from SJPDP morning of 27th March.
    Weather not looking great, suppose it's 'prepare for worst & hope for best'!!
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Richard - Early spring weather in the mountains can be a bit unpredictable. As the Napoleon Route doesn’t open until April 1, you’ll at least find a few more services along the Valcarlos Route that you’ll be following in case the weather is unseasonably nasty. Once you do get to Roncesvalles, things should improve. You’re wise to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. For the cold, dress in layers. For the rain, have the correct gear to keep you and your pack dry. Best of luck. Stay safe and Buen Camino!
     
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