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All the different Camino de Santiago routes and how to get there

Most pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago walk the Camino Francés from St. Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees and through northern Spain to Santiago. But there are many different routes both first-timers and veterans can choose from.

Here are the most popular routes to walk a Camino to Santiago de Compostella.

Find useful links on transportation, accommodation and making your trip a success in this post.

Camino Francés

780 kms / 500 miles

Approx. duration: 35 days

Most popular, varied scenery, history, good infrastructure, social experience. Great for first-timers

Starts in: St.Jean Pied de Port, France.

Getting there: fly to Madrid. From Madrid:

(1) fly, bus or train to Pamplona. From Pamplona bus to St.Jean or Roncesvalles.

(2) fly or bus to Logroño

(3) bus or train to Burgos, León, Astorga or Ponferrada.

Alternatively, fly to Barcelona, then fly to León or train to Pamplona. Or fly to Pamplona, then bus to St.Jean.

Camino Portugués

600 kms / 370 miles

Approx. duration: 30 days

Second most popular route passes through vineyards, villages, towns and historical cities. Reasonable infrastructure.

Starts in: Lisbon (2 week version starts in Porto)

Getting there: fly to Lisbon (Air Canada, Transat). From Lisbon take the train or bus to Coimbra. Or fly to Porto (Air Canada, Transat) and take a train to Coimbra.

Camino Portugués - Coastal

265 kms / 165 miles

Approx. duration: 14 days

Offers solitude and nature, following boardwalks and coastal footpaths along nice beaches.

Starts in: Porto

Getting there: fly to Porto (Air Canada, Transat)

Camino del Norte

830 kms / 515 miles (to Santiago),

465 kms / 289 miles (to Oviedo)

Approx. duration: 37 days (to Santiago)