New flight routes for the Camino

access-camino-de-santiago-routes-caminowaysPlanning your Camino for 2017? These are some useful flight routes for the Camino de Santiago and other Greenlife Tours destinations…

If you are flying from Europe, there are many direct flights available from European capitals to various points on the Camino routes. If you are flying from outside of Europe, airports such as Dublin in Ireland, London in the UK, Barcelona and Madrid in Spain, Paris in France and Lisbon in Portugal will be useful hubs where you can catch a connecting flight.

When planning your trip we recommend you check the dedicated ‘Access’ tab on our tour pages, including details and information on the closest airports and how to get to the starting point as well as getting back to the airport when you finish your trip. Here’s an overview of useful new flight routes for the Camino in 2017:


Aer Lingus Dublin to Santiago de Compostela:

This is a seasonal flight starting in early March for 2017. Additional flights (up to 5 times a week) are available in Summer months: June, July and August.

Santiago is the most convenient airport if you are walking the last 100kms of any of the Camino routes, for instance if you are starting in Sarria but also Lugo, Ferrol, Vilalba, Ourense, Tui or Baiona. While Vigo Airport is closest to Tui and Baiona, there aren’t as many international flights available.

*Other airlines flying directly to Santiago de Compostela include Vueling (from London Gatwick and Paris), Easyjet (from London Gatwick; Basel and Geneva, Switzerland) and Ryanair (from London Stansted). In addition, there are many connecting flights to Madrid and Barcelona with companies such as Iberia, Ryanair.

Aer Lingus Dublin to Porto:

This is a new route from March 2017, very useful if you are walking the Portuguese Coastal Way or Portuguese Way from Porto.

Aer Lingus Dublin to Montpellier:

This new route is useful if you are walking the Arles Way Camino route in France.

Ryanair Dublin to Vigo:

This new route is very convenient for those walking the Portuguese Coastal Way from Baiona or the Portuguese Way from Tui. Vigo is just 90kms away from Santiago de Compostela and easily accessible by train and bus; and 140kms from Porto in Northern Portugal.

Ryanair also has direct flights from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Vigo and from Dublin to Porto city, now available all year round, which is great news if you’d like to walk the Camino in late Autumn for instance or early Spring.

Air Nostrum London to Vigo:

This route is ideal for pilgrims from the UK looking to start in Baiona or Tui, for instance. Vigo is also only about 1 hour away by train from Santiago de Compostela and 1 hour and a half from Ourense if you are walking the Via de la Plata.

Vueling London to A Coruña:

This direct flight from London to  A Coruña airport is very useful if you are walking the Camino Ingles from Ferrol for instance but A Coruña is also only a short train ride away from Santiago de Compostela.


Aer Lingus Dublin to Pisa:

Pisa will be the most convenient international airport if you are walking the Via Francigena in Tuscany, starting from Lucca or San Miniato. Florence airport is closer but there aren’t as many international flights available.


Aer Lingus has just announced new routes from Vancouver in Canada, Los Angeles and also Miami to Dublin for 2017, in addition to their extensive flight connections from the US into Ireland (including cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, New York).


If you are starting the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port, the most convenient airport will be Biarritz in Southern France. Check ‘access’ tab on our Camino Frances page for more details. Each tour has an ‘Access’ tab with specific details on the most convenient airport options for each route and section.

For more information about our Camino routes or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists


  1. By Maria

    Hi Jennifer, thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Edinburgh to Santiago at the moment. The closest connections would be direct flights from Santiago de Compostela to London Gatwick with Easyjet and London Stansted with Ryanair; Aerlingus flies directly from Dublin to Santiago. In addition, there are flights from A Coruna (75kms from Santiago) to Heathrow with Vueling Airlines. Another option would be to fly directly to Porto in Portugal and take the train up to Baiona or Tui to walk the last 100kms of the Portuguese route into Santiago, see details here: (coastal option) or (classic Portuguese route). Let us know if we can help. Kind regards.

  2. By Jennifer


    Just looking for some advice. I am hoping to do the St. James route (last 100km) . I am travelling from edinburgh but there does’nt seem to be any direct flights to Santiago de compostela. Any suggestions on direct flights?

  3. By Maria

    Hi Carole, thank you for getting in touch. Vueling airlines have direct flights from Santiago de Compostela to Paris. Alternatively websites such as or can give you other flight combinations. We hope this helps. Let us know if you need any additional information or quote.

  4. By Carole Needham

    Hello, I will be walking El Camino Frances next May and can anyone tell me what’s the best way to return from Santiago to Paris to catch flight back to the USA? Thanks?

  5. By Lisa

    Hi Shari, thank you for your comment. Biarritz airport (55km) is the nearest airport to St.Jean Pied de Port. Kindest regards, Lisa.

  6. By shari Johnston

    I am wondering if one flies from Paris to St. Jean du pied, what is the closest airport?

  7. By Maria

    Thank you Cindy, our team will be in touch by email with details. Kindest regards.

  8. By Cindy yandell

    I would like to start in Porto to do the Elaine Camino trail. What is the best time of year to do this and what is the cost including lodging and (if included) meals. Cindy

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