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This summer I would like to walk on the Camino de Santiago. I want to start from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and walk for 300 km. My idea is to reach Barcelona by plane from Italy, and then go to the starting point by train or bus. My question is:

Does anyone, that has already made this trip, know some fast way to reach St-Jean-Pied-de-Port? I mean, how many trains or buses do I have to take? I've already done some research, but I'm very confused.

Furthermore, have you flown back to your country from the same airport you arrived at the beginning?

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    What exactly are you confused about ? – blackbird Jun 8 '16 at 15:34
  • Also, I've edited out the parts in your question about "best" and "tips" as these are subjective and will likely get your question closed – blackbird Jun 8 '16 at 15:37
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    Rome2Rio is a good starting point but why have you settled on Barcelona? Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port being in France, it seems it would make more sense to fly to France first but even in Spain, other cities/airports might have better connections. – Relaxed Jun 8 '16 at 15:43
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    in particular, between Barcelona and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, there is a full range of mountains, i.e. you need to go all the way around. The fastest way between Barcelona and St-Jean-Pied-de-Port is likely flying to Bordeaux or Biarritz – Vince Jun 8 '16 at 15:45
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo oh yeah definitely, I'd be happy to hear such a requirement. But taking the train all the way from Italy is probably an even better journey. – Vince Jun 8 '16 at 16:54
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As stated in comments, going to Saint Jean Pied du Port from Barcelona can take quite long. Unless necessary to go via Barcelona, try to get a flight to Bilbao or San Sebastián, so that you can decrease the travelling time. You can even check flights from Barcelona to Bilbao, which can be found for good prices.

Anyway, if you decide to go from Barcelona, you should take these steps:

  • Get a bus from Barcelona to Pamplona.

    • bus company: Alsa
    • travel time: 6.30 hours
    • cost: around 30€.
    • frequency: there are buses almost every hour covering this route
    • the departure is from Barcelona - Estació del Nord, easy to reach with metro.
  • In Pamplona, get a bus straight to Saint Jean de Pied de Port

    • bus company: again Alsa
    • travel time: 1h 45 min
    • price: around 22€
    • frequency: there are 4 buses every day covering this route from 1st March to 2 November (source). I just checked for tomorrow Friday 10th June and I get results at 10 h, 14.30 h and 17.30 h.

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