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Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by mvanert, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. mvanert

    mvanert Member

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    I bought my ticket to return to the camino beginning on my birthday, April 17th. Now I have to find the best route to Estella from Dublin. Thoughts and suggestions appreciated.
     
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    I think best of all is flight to Biarritz (Ryanair) ( it is 95€ for april 17th), then bus from Bayonne to Estella.
     
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    Biarritz (Ryanair) checked today for 17th is 115 euro. Estella by public transport is about 5 hours .by car its about 2 1/4 hrs
    I would suggest check expressbourricot.com if they are transporting people to Pamplona then either start from there or taxi on.
    Dublin to Santander ( Ryanair ) 97 euro on the 18th. Public transport is about 5hrs probably better bu bus
    Dublin Bilbao 60 euro .public transport between 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 hrs depending on the type .
    would need some research on the Spanish side.
     
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    Hi Mike

    You could also check out flights to Madrid. You can get a bus direct from Terminal 4 to Estella via Sorria or Via Logrono. Takes about 6 hour. The beauty of the Aer Lingus flight is that it gets in around 10.oo am and you have the rest of the day to get to Estella. You can check out google maps for directions etc.

    Good luck and Buen Camino.

    Greg
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    I ended up using Aer Lingus to Madrid where I'll catch an overnight ALSA bus to Logrono and a local bus to Estella. I'll have a long layover (12 hrs) in Dublin so I booked an Airbnb to use during the day to catch up on sleep before heading to Madrid.
     
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    Excellent news Mike. nice to have the space to catch up on some rest too.

    The morning flight leaves Dublin at ridiculous o'clock (around 6am) but it does get into Madrid at a good time to allow for onward travel in Spain.

    I have to say I loved the walk from Estella and you get to visit the wine fountain at Irache (check out Brown Country Bobs's pic). It might be a bit early in the morning to indulge (as it's very close to Estella) but it's also a nice place to meet fellow pilgrims. If you fancy splurging a bit at the beginning of your Camino the Hospederia Chapitel in Estella is pretty nice.

    Buen Camino

    Greg
     
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    I would go to Madrid, Ryanair has direct flight almost for free. Then train from there to Pamplona and bus to Estella. Or try to find a direct bus to Estella.
    Buen Camino!
     
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    Thanks for this. I am flying out of Dublin on Air Lingus on the 18th to Madrid then taking the ALSA over night bus to Logrono and Estella and will begin again on the 19th!
     
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    Wish you the best of luck! Will you finish in Santiago?
     
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    Yes, thank you, and I hope to have enough time to go to either Muxia or Finesterra.
     

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