Notes for Episodes 10 & 16 of the “YOU on the Camino” Podcast:


10: Starting Points on the Camino Francés


16: How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino?


Saint Jean Pied de Port, France
Saint Jean Pied de Port


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In episode 10 of the “YOU on the Camino” podcast, Starting Points on the Camino Francés, I mentioned a bunch of websites that I use to plan my travel to, from, and along the Camino. I also talked about where to get your Credential, the ever-interesting history of the Knights Templar on the Camino, and where to leave your trekking poles or walking stick in Santiago.  This page has all those websites.

Here you go . . .


To find flights to major European cities and those smaller cities closest to the most likely starting points, I use:

Once I have found an itinerary I like, I then go to the airline’s website to buy the ticket. Note that budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet don’t show up on the Matrix search.

To find train timetables and fares within Spain I use:

To find buses within Spain and from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port:

To find the bus from Pamplona to Roncesvalles:

To pre-arrange a taxi from Pamplona to Roncesvalles or Saint Jean Pied de Port:

To find train timetables and fares within France and from Paris to Bayonne:

If you get frustrated with the above websites for trains and buses, try this website:

To pre-arrange for transportation from the Biarritz airport to Saint Jean Pied de Port*:

*These companies also provide luggage transport from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Refuge Orisson and the first few stops within Spain.

Starting in or visiting Ponferrada?

For buses in the Galicia region, including from Santiago to Sarria, and most stops between Sarria and Santiago, plus from Santiago to Muxia and Fisterra:

To obtain your Pilgrim’s Credencial before traveling to the Camino:

For everything a pilgrim needs, in Pamplona:

For some after-walk conversation and support, plus a variety of services for pilgrims and a place to donate your trekking poles or walking stick in Santiago:

Whoa . . . that’s a lot of information!

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