Are there left luggage lockers at Pamplona bus station?

Yes! The left luggage lockers at Pamplona bus station are great. They are some of the best I have seen in bus stations in Spain. They’ll  be be full during the week of  San Fermines, Pamplona’s internationally famous running of the bulls fiesta. Travelling out of the summer you’ll have your pick of lockers. The left luggage facility offers a range of lockers from  tall slim lockers to large capacious lockers capable of storing up to three large rucksacks.  Check you have everything you need for your afternoon’s exploring. That’s because if you need to open the locker again to get your sunglasses out, you’ll need to pay again.

I had five hours to wait before my bus to San Jean Pied de Port left at 5.15pm. I picked up a free street plan  of Pamplona from the bus station and walked the 825m route of the Running of the Bulls. I’ve watched it so many times on the Spanish TV channels during the second week of July it felt quite familiar.

How can I get to the bus station from Pamplona train station?

To get to the bus station from Pamplona train station, you can take a minimum fare taxi ride or wait for the No 21 bus. This local urban bus  leaves from a bus stop 100m from the station.  If you are arriving by car the address is:

Calle Yanguas y Miranda nº 2,  31002; Pamplona

The Pamplona bus station has everything that a Camino Frances pilgrim or  San Fermin bull runner needs. The internet centre has a large circular table in the middle, ideal for opening out maps. A tourism information touch screen computer gives information about accommodation. It also explains Pamplona’s amenities. There are mobile phone charging points, phones, change machines and restaurants. It even has lifts to the ground floor for pilgrims with heavy packs. The bus station is only one block away from the main Camino Frances route through Pamplona and well worth stopping off here for any communication or maintenance checks.

How do I get to San Jean Pied de Port from Pamplona?

With your reservation from Gomarbella advance bus  ticket reservation in your hand or on your phone make your way to Platform 21 in the Pamplona bus station.  The cylists are invited to stow their bikes first then the pilgrims put their packs into the compartment under the bus.  A day earlier my bike had been delivered to the Posada de Roncesvalles hotel on the border with France  That was where I was going to break my journey to collect it.  The mist was rolling up from the Pyrenees across the  Roncesvalles village when I stepped off the bus.

It had been a long day. I had started in Marbella in the south of Spain at 6am that morning. Next I  travelled by car to Malaga train station. From there I took  the  high speed AVE train to Atocha train station in Madrid.  Next  I took the train to Pamplona train station finishing off with a short trip on a local bus to the Pamplona bus station.

There was a welcoming fire in the Posada and it was good to have a cold beer. The receptionist  told me that my bike had arrived safely. The next morning I took a local taxi down to Saint Jean Pied de Port with my bike safely in the back. You’ll be pleased to know I got  to Santiago de Compostela 13 days later.