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Camino de Santiago Distance: How many days does it take to walk?

We often get asked about the Camino de Santiago distance required to walk in order to receive your Pilgrim Certificate.

If you are considering walking the Camino, regardless of which route you’d like to take, you will need to walk at least the last 100km into Santiago to receive your pilgrim certificate, which should take you 5 to 6 days walking.

When talking about ‘the Camino de Santiago’ most people have in mind the Camino Frances or French Way which is the most popular and well known of the Camino routes across Europe.

However, there are many other Camino de Santiago routes, increasing in popularity each year.

Camino de Santiago distance: Camino Frances

The Camino Frances starts in St Jean Pied de Port in France and is nearly 800kms long, or 500 miles. It would take just over a month, 35 days to walk the Full Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, considering you are walking an average of 25 km per day.


Many pilgrims, however, add rest days (generally one per week walked) to recover but also to explore and enjoy some of the historic cities and towns en route. Tougher or longer walking days such as the stage from Villafranca to O Cebreiro are often split in two.

After arriving in Santiago, many pilgrims continue on to Cape Fisterra on the Camino de Fisterra, which would add another 4 walking days to your journey.

Camino de Santiago Distance for other routes

Just over 63% of all pilgrims receiving their Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago take the Camino Frances route.

Many others choose less known routes such as the Camino Portugues, Portuguese Way, which is the second most popular attracting approximately 18% of pilgrims; or the Camino del Norte, the Northern Way. It takes:

  • 30 days to walk the Camino de Santiago from Lisbon on the Portuguese Way,
  • 14 days to walk the Camino from Porto (along the Portuguese Way or the Portuguese Coastal Way) and
  • 37 days to walk the Camino del Norte from San Sebastian.
  • One of the shortest Camino routes is the Camino Ingles, the English Way, which is just 118kms from Ferrol to Santiago and would take just 1 week to complete.

The beauty of the Camino is that you can start and finish at any point so you can adapt the trip to the time you have available and your fitness level.


To help get you in shape for your Camino we have a Camino Fitness Ebook.

If you would like to walk the Camino de Santiago and require additional information or would like to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists.


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  1. By Maria

    Hi Sue, thank you very much for getting in contact. That is correct, it would take 35 nights (36 days) to walk the full distance of the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port, although it is also possible to start at other points along the route. We recommend taking a break day after 6-7 days. In order to train we recommend getting out for long walks regularly, building it up close to the trip date, our fitness guide will be really useful, you can find it here (it’s free to download): Let us know if you need any additional information and we’ll be delighted to help!

  2. By Sue

    I wish to walk the Camino French way…it his said to take approximately 30 to 35 days. How long must I train for. How much per week, how many miles. I am fairly fit, do i need to train at all? Many thanks Sue

  3. By Maria

    Hi Mark, thank you very much for getting in touch. None of the routes are completely wheelchair friendly but it is doable; and our team always does its best to support pilgrims in wheelchairs. We would recommend that wheelchair-bound pilgrims have someone travelling with them though, as it can be challenging on their own but we can request ground floor accommodations and accessible properties where possible. We are also currently working with Justin and Patrick from I’ll Push You on their accessible Camino trip for 2020. You can find more details here: I hope this helps, please let us know if you need any further advice. Kind regards

  4. By Mark Speakman

    Is there a wheelchair friendly route?

  5. By Maria

    Thank you for getting in touch Jhonatan, That would be perfect to complete the Portuguese coastal camino from Porto. We organise accommodation, luggage transfers and other services such as airport pick up and bike rentals if needed. Let us know if you’d like to receive a quote and our team will email you some details. Kindest regards

  6. By Jhonatan santos

    Hi!! I am Brazilian and I am programing to make the Santiago´way! I have more or less 20 days, actually 15, what route do you think it´s the best? I would like to enjoy some great views, etc!!! And what service do you offer???

    Thanks for your attention!

    Jhonatan Santos

  7. By Maria

    Hi Christina, our packages include accommodation and luggage transfers, as well as additional services such as airport pick up. Would you have a particular date in mind? We’ll prepare a suggested itinerary and quote and email you the details. Kindest regards

  8. By Christina

    Hi. I would like to walk the entire Camino se Santiago along the French route. Do you provide luggage transfers and accommodation options for the length of the walk? How much would that cost and how much for an airport pick up?

  9. By Maria

    Hi Lynn, thank you very much for getting in touch. We have many options that are 1-week long, both self-guided and guided, so that would be no problem at all. If you are looking for the classic Camino route you should opt for this itinerary: or the route coming from Baiona (on the coast): Our self guided tours are totally flexible in terms of dates and we include accommodation (standard or superior), as well as breakfast, luggage transfers and holiday pack with route information. We can also include other services such as dinners and airport pick up if required. Let us know what you think and if you’d like to receive a more detailed itinerary from our sales team. Kindest regards.

  10. By Lynn

    I would like to walk the Camiño. I’m not in a position to walk for longer than 8 days or so at the moment. Can you give me any details or advice.
    Many thanks indeed

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