The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes. Most of these historic journeys converge in Santiago de Compostela. Because there are so many routes it’s impossible to say how long the Camino is. To get the true answer we need to combine the different Camino routes.
Camino routes have been split over the years for ease of reference. For instance, The Paris and Tours Way joins the Camino Frances in St Jean Pied de Port. The Vezelay, Cluny and Geneva Way also connect to the French Way ion this small French town.
How long is the longest Camino?
The longest route is The Paris and Tours Way and Camino Frances, which stretch from Paris to Santiago. The full distance is 1,717 km and takes roughly 75 days to complete. The shortest route is The Englis Way which can be completed in 6 days and is 119km in distance.
The via Francigena is a popular alternative to The Camino. This monstrous pilgrimage actually begins in the U.K. Stretching from Canterbury in England, all the way to Rome, it takes nearly 100 nights to complete. Each year hundreds of pilgrims complete the full walk, covering 2019km on two feet!
Getting your Compostela
In order to achieve your Compostela, you will need to walk a minimum of 100km into Santiago. For this reason, the last 100km of all routes have become extremely popular. If you are cycling, you’ll need to cover 200km to get that certificate! The French Way Last 100km is the most popular route into Santiago,
The longest Camino Routes
- Paris and Tours/Camino Frances – 1717km
- Vezelay Way/Camino Frances – 1, 669 km
- Le Puy Way/ French Way – 1, 511 km
- Arles Way/ Camino Frances – 1, 468 km
- Catalan Way/ Camino Catalan 1,068 km
- Via de la Plata 1,030 km
- Northern Way – 827 km
- Camino Frances Full Route – 772km
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