Well? How to get to the start of the Camino de Santiago?
While there are many different routes for the Camino de Santiago, the most popular route is the Camino Frances which starts on the French side of the Pyrenees. For the purpose of this Camino blog post, I will focus on this particular route as this will be the one I am walking next month.
I will try to keep things simple and outline the options for reaching your starting point.
Short Answer – How to Get to the Start of the Camino de Santiago
- Fly to Paris (or connecting Flights to Biarritz)
- Train/Fly to Biarritz
- Train/Taxi to St Jean de Pied de Port
How to Get to the Start of the Camino de Santiago (Frances Route)
It’s easier to reach the start of the Camino from the French side of the Pyrenees. For this reason, most pilgrims start walking the Camino in a small town called St Jean Pied de Port (SJPDP). While there is no airport here, you can take a train, bus or taxi to SJPDP from Biarritz which means that the first part of the journey is to reach Biarritz.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at that part of the journey…
What is the closest airport to St Jean Pied de Port?
Biarritz is the closest airport to St Jean Pied de Port and 55km from the start of the Camino. Easy jet is usually the most affordable airline and this operates out of Paris.
Now, you might be wondering “How do I get from Biarritz to St Jean Pied de Port” ?
If you fly into Biarritz, you can take the airport bus to Bayonne train station and take a train to SJPDP. It takes just over two hours and up to four trains will travel this route every day.
Alternatively, there is also a bus service and groups often share a taxi.
Can You Take a Train to St Jean Pied de Port?
Yes, you can take a train from Paris to Biarritz and then board another train to SJPDP.
As you can see, getting to the start of the Camino France is super straightforward. In case you might be wondering, I am flying into Paris and then taking an Easy Jet flight to Biarritz where I hope to take the train to SJPDP.
Thank you for visiting my Camino blog and Buen Camino!