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How To Get To Pamplona - Air & Train
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Flying to Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain's leading business center of the Basque Country, is located 130 kms northwest of Pamplona on the Basque coast and is served by a number of international carriers. SpanAir (www.spanair.com) and Air Europa (www.aireuropa.com) also offer daily service to Bilbao from various airports within Spain and on connecting flights from the rest of Europe and North America.
Flying to Bilbao is often the least expensive option when traveling to Pamplona. There are five daily Iberia flights from Barcelona beginning at 11:30 and ten from Madrid beginning at 6:50 am. Spanair also offers seven non-stop daily flights from Madrid and four from Barcelona. In addition, there are non-stop and connecting flights into Bilbao from England (Heathrow & Stansted), France (CDG Paris) and Germany (5 locations), Belgium (Brussels), Italy (Milan) & Portugal (Lisbon).
Once you arrive at Bilbao, you can either catch the bus from the city Termibus terminal, which will bring you to Pamplona in about two hours at a very reasonable cost, rent a car, hire a taxi, or we can arrange for a private transfer. A private transfer is the fastest way to reach Pamplona from the Bilbao airport, and economical for four or more people.
By train - There is excellent train service from either Barcelona or Madrid to Pamplona (http://www.renfe.com).
There are three trains a day from Barcelona. Reservations are required.
Currently, first class passage on the Talgo costs 41.00 euros one-way, while first class passage on the Estrella cost 39.50 euros plus 71.00 euros per person for the deluxe double compartment. The first class compartment single supplement is 103.00 euros.
There are three daily departures from Madrid's Atocha Station. Advanced reservations are absolutely essential for these trains.
- The Covadonga (Talgo) departs daily at 7:03 am, arriving in Pamplona at 12:16 pm.
- The Miguel de Unamuno (Talgo) departing daily at 12:30 pm, arriving at 6:30 pm.
- The Pio Baroja (Estrella - sleeper) departs 6 days a week at 10:30 pm, arriving at 5:34 am.
- The first Talgo leaves at 7:15 am, arriving in Pamplona at 10:55 am. Does not run on Sundays
- There is a 2:10 pm departure, arriving at 5:38 pm. Operates seven days a week
- The last train departs at 7:30 pm arriving at 11:09 pm Does not run on Saturdays
- Tourist class costs 46.50 euros one-way and first class is 71.50 euros.
Paris to Pamplona by train - There is an overnight train departing Paris-Austerlitz station at 11:14 pm, connecting in Hendaye and Irun (at the frontier) the following morning, arriving in Pamplona at 12:32 pm. This train cannot be booked on the SNCF web site (http://www.voyages-sncf.com), but it can be booked at Rail Europe (http://www.raileurope.com/us/) or through your travel agent.
There are several daily trains, the TGV, from Paris-Montparnasse to Biarritz. Bookings are generally available 90 days in advance through the SNCF web site (http://www.voyages-sncf.com).
- 8:20 am, arriving in Biarritz, via Bordeaux, at 2:14 pm.
- 10:10 am, arriving at 3:02 pm.
- 12:15 pm, arriving at 5:27 pm.
- 12:15 pm, arriving at 7:27 pm.
- 2:20 pm, arriving in Biarritz, via DAX, at 8:43 pm.
- 3:50 pm arriving at 8:43 pm.
- 6:50 pm, arriving at 12:16 am.
- 11:14 pm, arriving at 6:54 am.
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