Camino Francés (The French Way)

From Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela 31 Sections. 773 kilometres. 

From Somport (Aragón) to Santiago de Compostela. 33 Sections. 937 kilometres.

In Spain, the Camino Francés (The French Way) starts in Roncesvalles, you leave from Navarre, or in Somport if you depart from Aragón. This is the most well-known and tradition-steeped route to Santiago de Compostela to the point that it has become a cultural, artistic and sociological landmark attracting 7 out of 10 pilgrims coming to the Santiago de Compostela.   

This way has been active since the 9th century, the date when the tomb of the Apostle Saint James is said to have been discovered, and the current course was established by the end of the 11th century. The Camino Francés aroused interest in Medieval Europe to the extent that, already by 1135 the renowned Codex Calixtinus became a pioneering travel guide for pilgrims, offering information about all the routes, churches, and local inhabitants and detailed notes on this itinerary that starts in France.  
 
The border between Spain and France is the great meeting place for pilgrims from all across Europe. Three routes bring walkers to Roncesvalles: Paris-Tours, Vezelay-Limoges and Le Puy-Conques. The fourth one, Arles-Toulouse, crosses the border though Somport. From that moment onwards, the usual estimate is a month of travel on foot, with thirty different stops or “sections” to reach Santiago de Compostela.  
 
From Puente de la Reina (Navarre) where pilgrims coming from Saint Jean Pied de Port meet, after crossing Roncesvalles and going through Pamplona, those coming from Somport through the province of Saragossa and Huesca, the French Route passes through such significant sites as Estella, Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada or Villafranca del Bierzo.   

The county of El Bierzo opens the gateway to Galicia through the inspiring mountain hamlet of O Cebreiro. From this point, a week of walking though enchanted greenery will lead pilgrims to the Praza do Obradoiro and the attainment of the Compostela Certificate. 

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SECTIONS

How to get to the starting point?

Please continue reading for information on how to arrive at the most important starting points for the Camino Francés or French Way.

- SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT

How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by train: The only direct train reaching Saint Jean Pied de Port leaves from Bayonne, France, and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.


How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by bus:
Companies such as Conda or Alsa have daily buses from Pamplona or San Sebastian to Saint Jean Pied de Port. There are also buses from Roncesvalles, where a shared taxi can be hired as another option to reach Saint Jean Pied de Port.

 
How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by plane: The closest airport to Saint Jean Pied de Port is Biarritz (7 Espl. de l'Europe, 64600 Anglet, France). Several airlines fly from here to various destinations in Europe. The trip from the terminal to Saint Jean Pied de Port is around 50 kilometres by road.

-SOMPORT :

How to get to Somport by train: There is a high-speed train from Madrid and Barcelona to Saragossa, while Huesca has direct connections to Madrid. There are regional daily trains from both cities to Jaca, with some trains running up to Canfranc. From here you need to take a bus or other road transportation means to get to Somport. All timetables and routes can be checked at Renfe (+34 943 61 67 08). 
 
How to get to Somport by bus: The company Alosa (+34 902 210 700) has buses to Jaca from Saragossa, Huesca and Pamplona. Jaca station (Av. Jacetania s/n) offers several daily buses to Somport, you can check the timetables at the Tourist Office (+34 974 360 098).

How to get to Somport by car: There are almost 500 kilometres from Madrid to Somport using the shortest route. This takes about 5 hours and 15 minutes along the highway A-2 and going through Saragossa and Huesca, up to the Somport port.

- LEÓN

How to get to León by train: León has been a traditional railway junction and has two railway stations with trains to cities like Madrid and Barcelona and towards Galicia and the north of Spain. All schedules and routes can be checked at Renfe.

How to get to León by bus: Bus company Alsa offers daily buses from León’s bus station (Av. Ingeniero Sáenz de Miera) to various Spanish cities

How to get to León by plane: León’s airport is located 6 kilometres away from the city and has direct flights to Barcelona with Air Nostrum. There are buses and taxis leading to the city centre.

-ASTORGA

How to get to Astorga by train: There are daily trains by Renfe from Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Burgos, León or Ponferrada.

How to get to Astorga by bus: Daily coaches reach Astorga from various points across Spain, all operated by Alsa.


- PONFERRADA

How to get to Ponferrada by train: There are daily trains from Ponferrada to Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and neighbouring León operated by Renfe.

How to get to Ponferrada by bus: Daily coaches reach Ponferrada from various points across Spain, all operated by Alsa. If there are no direct connections, travelling to Madrid and then from there is an alternative option.

- SARRIA

Sarria, located in the Galician province of Lugo, is one of the most beloved departure points for pilgrims, as from here they can cover the 100 kilometres on foot needed to obtain the Compostela Certificate.

How to get to Sarria by train: This is one of the most comfortable options, as Renfe operates routes from Madrid and Barcelona. The train from Barcelona also goes through important cities such as Saragossa, Pamplona, Burgos and León, amongst others. In addition, there is a service linking Sarria with the city of Lugo, the provincial capital.

How to get to Sarria by bus: Companies such as Freire and Monbús reach Sarria from Santiago de Compostela and Lugo.
Confraternity Sites
Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Jaca
C/ Conde Aznar 9
Jaca (Huesca), 22700
master@jacajacobea.com

Jaca Jacobea Asociación Oscense de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago
C/ Valentín Gardeta, 34
Huesca, 22007
huescasantiago@hotmail.com

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Zaragoza
C/ San Vicente de Paul 1
Zaragoza, 50001
peregrinosantiagozaragoza@yahoo.es


Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Estella
C/ La Rúa, 50 - Apto. de Correos, 20
Estella, 21004
amigos@caminodesantiagoestella.org

 
Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago
Rua Vieja, 3
Logroño, 26001
caminosantiago@caminosantiago.org

 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Burgos
C/ Fernán Gonzalez, 28 - Apdo. de Correos 331
Burgos, 09003
asociacion@caminosantiagoburgos.com

 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Mansilla de las Mulas
Plaza de San Martin, 1 - Iglesia de San Martín
Mansilla de las Mulas, 24210
jcachan@terra.es

 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Palencia
Real Monasterio de San Zoilo
Carrión de los Condes, 34120
fromista@caminodesantiago.org
info@bibliotecajacobea.org

 
Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago de León "Pulchra Leonina"
Av. Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
24003 León,
987 260 530
caminosantiagoleon@gmail.com
 
 
 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astorga y Comarca
Plaza de San Francisco, 3
Astorga, 24700
asociacion@caminodesantiagoastorga.com

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.