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Getting to Pamplona

Click here to see our maps page. Pamplona is in northern Spain, near the border with France. It is the capital city of Navarra province and has a population of approximately 300,000. Most of our clients fly to Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao and then travel by train, coach or rental car to Pamplona (see table below). To locate any of these cities, click here for our maps page. Here are some travel recommendations for each country:

Departure From Recommendation
United States/Canada 

Australia/New Zealand 

Asia/South America

Fly to Madrid or Barcelona, arriving at least 1 day before you want to be in Pamplona. For example, if you want to be in Pamplona for July 5, you should land in Spain on July 4. Overnight in Barcelona or Madrid at one of our recommended hotels and then take the morning train to Pamplona.
United Kingdom Fly to Bilbao (you need to book tickets by October the year before you plan to attend the festival) and then take the bus directly from the airport to Pamplona. You can also fly to Madrid or Barcelona and take the train to Pamplona.
Europe Fly to Bilbao, Madrid, or Barcelona and then take the bus directly from the airport to Pamplona.

Distances and Estimated travel times to Pamplona
Direct flights to Barcelona or Madrid are possible from the following cities:
Departure City Arrival City Airlines
Atlanta Barcelona/Madrid Delta
Boston Madrid Iberia American Airlines
Boston Barcelona Iberia
Los Angeles Barcelona/Madrid Delta, United, Iberia
Miami Madrid Iberian, American Airlines
Newark Barcelona/Madrid Continental, Air Europa
New York Barcelona/Madrid Continental, Air Europa, US Airways, 
Delta, American Airlines & Iberia
Philadelphia Barcelona/Madrid US Airways, Spanair

Ground Transportation

Travelling from
Distance (miles/km)
Madrid 280 miles / 450 km 3 hours 20 mins 4 hours 45 mins 6 hours
Barcelona 302 miles / 486 km 3 hours 45 mins 4 hours 25 mins 5 hours
Bilbao 97 miles / 157 km 4 hours 31 mins 1 hour 45 mins 2 hours
Paris (France) 562 miles / 905 km 9 hours 8 hours 30 mins -
Bordeaux (France) 201 miles / 323 km 6 hours 30 mins 3 hours 21 mins -
Marseille (France) 512 miles / 825 km 13+ hours 7 hours 34 mins -

Daily Train Times to Madrid/ Barcelona to Pamplona

Travelling from
Departure Time
Arrival Time
Travel Time
Madrid to Pamplona 7:40 a.m. 10:55 a.m. 3 hours 15 minutes $70.00
Madrid to Pamplona 10:35 a.m. 1:34 p.m. 2 hours 59 minutes $70.00
Madrid to Pamplona 7:35 p.m. 10:50 p.m. 3 hours 15 minutes $70.00
Barcelona to Pamplona 7:40 a.m. 11:31 a.m. 3 hours 51 minutes $71.00
Barcelona to Pamplona 9:20 a.m. 1:05 p.m. 3 hours 45 minutes $71.00
Travelling from Departure Time Arrival Time Travel Time Price/Ticket
Pamplona to Madrid 6:45 a.m. 9:50 a.m. 3 hours 5 minutes $70.00
Pamplona to Madrid 11:15 a.m. 2:24 p.m. 3 hours 9 minutes $70.00
Pamplona to Madrid 2:45 p.m. 5:48 p.m. 3 hours 3 minutes $70.00
Pamplona to Madrid 7:34 p.m. 10:50 p.m. 3 hours 16 minutes $70.00
Travelling from Departure Time Arrival Time Travel Time Price/Ticket
Pamplona to Barcelona 5:10 p.m. 9:15 p.m. 4 hours 5 minutes $70.00
Pamplona to Barcelona 5:55 p.m. 10:05 p.m. 4 hours 10 minutes $70.00

Pamplona Airport
Airport Pamplona airport is located around 5 miles (8 km) from the city centre. There are 5 daily flights to and from Madrid. Click here to see our maps page.

Bilbao Airport
Bilbao has direct flights to: Brussels, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Milan, London and Paris, among other cities. From Bilbao you can get to Pamplona by car or by coach (approximately 2 hours). Click here to see our maps page.

Travel FAQs

Do your tours include airfare?
No. And we do not reserve plane tickets.

Where should I fly?
For long-haul international travel (from North America, Asia, or Australia), we recommend landing in Madrid and taking one of the three daily high-speed trains directly to Pamplona (3.5 hours). You can also fly to Barcelona, and a train to Pamplona will take 4 hours. If you're flying from within Europe, fly directly to Bilbao and then drive 1.5 hours to Pamplona.

When should I book my plane tickets?
Tickets to Bilbao should be booked 6-9 months in advance. You should reserve your tickets to Madrid or Barcelona at least 4 months in advance otherwise the prices tend to increase.

Can I fly directly to Pamplona?
Yes. Iberian Airways (Spain's national carrier) offers 5 daily flights to Pamplona from Madrid. While convenient, these flights are normally quite expensive as Iberian has a monoply on domestic travel to Pamplona.

Do you book train/bus tickets?
Yes. Just let us know your arrival dates, arrival city and your preferred departure time (morning, afternoon or evening) and we'll take care of everything.