The French Way

From Saint Jean Pied de Port (Francia) to Santiago de Compostela. 31 sections. 773 kilometres.

The French Way, French Route or Camino Francés is the most well-known and tradition-steeped route to Santiago de Compostela. Throughout the centuries pilgrims have undertaken this itinerary, to the point that it has become a cultural, artistic and sociological complex attracting seven out of ten pilgrims coming to the city.

This way has been active since the 9th century, the date when the tomb of the Apostle Saint James (“the Greater”) is said to have been discovered, and the current course was established by the end of the 11th century. The French Road aroused interest in Medieval Europe to the extent that, already by 1135 the renowned Codex Calixtinus became a pioneering travel guide for pilgrims, offering information about all the routes, churches, and local inhabitants and detailed notes on this itinerary that starts in France.

The border between Spain and France is the great meeting place for pilgrims from all across Europe. Three routes bring walkers to Roncesvalles: Paris-Tours, Vezelay-Limoges and Le Puy-Conques. The fourth one, Arles-Toulouse, crosses the border though Somport. From that point onwards, the usual estimate is a month of travel on foot, with thirty different stops or “sections” to reach Santiago de Compostela.

From Puente de la Reina (Navarre), where pilgrims meet from the Aragonese Route, the French Route passes through such significant sites as Estella, Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Villafranca del Bierzo.

The county of El Bierzo opens the gateway to Galicia upon the inspiring mountain hamlet of O Cebreiro. From this point, a week of walking though enchanted greenery will lead pilgrims to the Praza do Obradoiro, the heart of Santiago de Compostela, and the attainment of the Compostela Certificate.
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Section 1. Saint Jean Pied de Port -Orreaga/ Roncesvalles (25’5 km)
Section 2. Orreaga/Roncesvalles - Zubiri (21’5 km)
Section 3. Zubiri - Pamplona/Iruña (20’5 km)
Section 4. Pamplona/Iruña - Puente la Reina/Gares (24 km)
Section 5. Puente la Reina/Gares - Estella/Lizarra (22 km)
Section 6. Estella/Lizarra - Torres del Río (29 km)
Section 7. Torres del Río - Logroño (20 km)
Section 8. Logroño - Nájera (29’5 km)
Section 9. Nájera - Santo Domingo de la Calzada (21 km)
Section 10. Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Belorado (22’5 km)
Section 11. Belorado - Agés (27’5 km)
Section 12. Agés – Burgos (23 km)
Section 13. Burgos - Hontanas (31 km)
Section 14. Hontanas - Boadilla del Camino (28’5 km)
Section 15. Boadilla del Camino - Carrión de los Condes (24’5 km)
Section 16. Carrión de los Condes - Terradillos de los Templarios (26’5 km)
Section 17. Terradillos de los Templarios - El Burgo Ranero (30’5 km)
Section 18. El Burgo Ranero - León (37 km)
Section 19. León - San Martín del Camino (26 km)
Section 20. San Martín del Camino - Astorga (24 km)
Section 21. Astorga - Foncebadón (26 km)
Section 22. Foncebadón - Ponferrada (27 km)
Section 23. Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo (24 km)
Section 24. Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro (28’5 km)
Section 25. O Cebreiro - Triacastela (21 km)
Section 26. Triacastela - Sarria (19 km / 24’5 km)
Section 27. Sarria - Portomarín (23 km)
Section 28. Portomarín - Palas de Rei (24 km)
Section 29. Palas de Rei - Arzúa (28 km)
Section 30. Arzúa - Pedrouzo (19 km)
Section 31. Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela (20 km)

How to get to the starting point?

Please continue reading for information on how to arrive at the most important starting points for the Camino Francés or French Way.


How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by train: The only direct train reaching Saint Jean Pied de Port leaves from Bayonne, France, and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by bus:
Companies such as Conda or Alsa have daily buses from Pamplona or San Sebastian to Saint Jean Pied de Port. There are also buses from Roncesvalles, where a shared taxi can be hired as another option to reach Saint Jean Pied de Port.

How to get to Saint Jean Pied de Port by plane: The closest airport to Saint Jean Pied de Port is Biarritz (7 Espl. de l'Europe, 64600 Anglet, France). Several airlines fly from here to various destinations in Europe. The trip from the terminal to Saint Jean Pied de Port is around 50 kilometres by road.


How to get to León by train: León has been a traditional railway junction and has two railway stations with trains to cities like Madrid and Barcelona and towards Galicia and the north of Spain. All schedules and routes can be checked at Renfe.

How to get to León by bus: Bus company Alsa offers daily buses from León’s bus station (Av. Ingeniero Sáenz de Miera) to various Spanish cities

How to get to León by plane: León’s airport is located 6 kilometres away from the city and has direct flights to Barcelona with Air Nostrum. There are buses and taxis leading to the city centre.


How to get to Astorga by train: There are daily trains by Renfe from Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, Burgos, León or Ponferrada.

How to get to Astorga by bus: Daily coaches reach Astorga from various points across Spain, all operated by Alsa.


How to get to Ponferrada by train: There are daily trains from Ponferrada to Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and neighbouring León operated by Renfe.

How to get to Ponferrada by bus: Daily coaches reach Ponferrada from various points across Spain, all operated by Alsa. If there are no direct connections, travelling to Madrid and then from there is an alternative option.


Sarria, located in the Galician province of Lugo, is one of the most beloved departure points for pilgrims, as from here they can cover the 100 kilometres on foot needed to obtain the Compostela Certificate.

How to get to Sarria by train: This is one of the most comfortable options, as Renfe operates routes from Madrid and Barcelona. The train from Barcelona also goes through important cities such as Saragossa, Pamplona, Burgos and León, amongst others. In addition, there is a service linking Sarria with the city of Lugo, the provincial capital.

How to get to Sarria by bus: Companies such as Freire and Monbús reach Sarria from Santiago de Compostela and Lugo.
Confraternity Sites

Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Estella
C/ La Rúa, 50 - Apto. de Correos, 20
Estella, 21004

Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago
Rua Vieja, 3
Logroño, 26001

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Burgos
C/ Fernán Gonzalez, 28 - Apdo. de Correos 331
Burgos, 09003

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Mansilla de las Mulas
Plaza de San Martin, 1 - Iglesia de San Martín
Mansilla de las Mulas, 24210

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Palencia
Real Monasterio de San Zoilo
Carrión de los Condes, 34120

Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago de León "Pulchra Leonina"
Av. Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
24003 León,
987 260 530
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astorga y Comarca
Plaza de San Francisco, 3
Astorga, 24700

Transfer Rucksack
Send Bicycle
Luggage Transfer
Lockers Santiago
Send Parcels
Prepaid Card
Stamping Credencial
Correos Offices


We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Way


We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from accommodation to accommodation!! In this way, you can walk more comfortably, unburdened, and enjoying every step of the Way. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.


Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point


Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any of our Correos offices. Once you finish the Way you can again go to the nearest post office and send it back home. We send your bicycle neatly packaged and insured in a way that you need not disassemble it.


Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 


With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point in the Camino -hostel, hotel, Correos office, etc. - so that your stuff is there when you arrive. This way you can have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you take for your walk. You can also send back whatever you may have in your rucksack for the Camino that you no longer need.


Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 


In Correos we have a prepaid card that is not linked to any bank account. In this way, you can do the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You will only have to top it up with the money you need and then top up again if you run out of balance. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.



Stamping Your Credencial

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Correos offices along the Way stamp your Credencial or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of them display a significant tourist attraction of that particular place for you to keep as a souvenir.



Sending parcels on the Camino de Santiago 

Send your parcels without having to come to our Correos offices!


You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred CORREOS offices located along the Way and from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodations from where you can send parcels any time you want. This service will help you get rid of the content of your luggage that you no longer need, buy some souvenirs, typical products... without having to worry about carrying them with you. 



Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike, trekking pole... before you go into the Cathedral or to visit Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.


Correos Offices

To help you with anything you may need 


We have over 150 Correos offices along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.