If you have come this far, you have probably decided to do the French Way from Roncesvalles. Whether you have booked this package or decided to do it on your own, the first question before embarking on this adventure will be: How to get to Roncesvalles?
Although Roncesvalles is the point of departure for most pilgrims on the French Way, we must make it clear that the real start is at Saint Jean Pied de Port. But due to the difficulty and time involved, the majority of pilgrims choose Roncesvalles. Below we tell you all the ways that exist on how to get to Roncesvalles.
Getting directly to Roncesvalles is not an easy task. You will have to get to Pamplona first, and then go to your final destination.
How to get to Pamplona by public transport
How to get there by BUS
Travelling by bus is usually the cheapest option to reach Pamplona. From the big cities of Spain there is more possibility of finding several connections throughout the day. From Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia or Logroño we will find companies that offer the trip to Pamplona. For all those people coming from the south of Spain who want to take the bus to Roncesvalles, the ideal is to get to Madrid or Alicante to take it there.
The price varies according to the city from which we take the bus, from the cheapest in Logroño to the most expensive from the Spanish Levant in Alicante. The company in charge of this connection from Barcelona, Madrid and Logroño is Alsa. However, from Alicante or Valencia the company in charge will be Bilman bus. You can find all the information about timetables and prices on their websites.
How to arrive by TRAIN
Again, you will have to go to Pamplona in order to get to Roncesvalles from there. From the big cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and even Malaga, there are a good number of trains and timetables that will adapt perfectly to your needs.
With Alvia (Renfe) we can reach Pamplona. This is the option most chosen by the pilgrims who decide to start their journey in Roncesvalles. The prices vary according to the city from which we are travelling, but obviously it is not cheaper than the bus although it is shorter.
How to arrive by PLANE
Without a doubt this is the fastest option to reach Pamplona. The duration from any of the points of Spain we have talked about ranges from three to four hours depending on the stopovers. We must say that it is probably the least economical option except for some offers that we can take from Madrid.
How to get to Roncesvalles from Pamplona
From Pamplona we can take different options to get to Roncesvalles. From Pamplona’s bus station, thanks to the company Autocares Artieda, we can connect with Roncesvalles. There are buses every day of the week except Sundays and holidays. In any case, we recommend that you check the timetables on their website. The duration of this section is approximately one hour and a quarter and its price is less than 10