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How to get to León to start the Camino de Santiago

We explain the different means of transport that you can use to get to the city of León

The city of León is one of the most emblematic cities of Castilla y León, but also of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela. The capital of the Leonese community is one of the main starting points for the French Way, along with other popular starting points such as O Cebreiro, Ponferrada and Sarria. That is why many pilgrims wonder how to get to León, something that we will solve below:

How to get to León by plane

One of the best ways to get to León is by plane. This city has its own airport so it is perfect for travelling quickly and from anywhere in the world. It is located 9 kilometres from the centre of León and receives daily flights from Madrid and Barcelona, as well as other major cities on the Iberian Peninsula. During the summer months the frequency of flights is higher and there are direct flights to Gran Canaria, Menorca and other Spanish cities. 
Airlines operating out of León airport include Air Nostrum and Air Europa. Once you have arrived you can hire a car, although if you want to start the Camino Francés it is best to use the taxi service. 
  • Address of León airport: C. la Ermita S/N, La Virgen del Camino, León - 24198

How to get to León by train

Another great option to travel to León comfortably and quickly is by train. León has an Adif station from where you can find train lines that connect this city with many other Spanish cities. Currently there are lines connecting it with Gijón, A Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Vigo and Alicante, but in time it is expected that there will be many more lines. 
Although the lines available at León train station link the city with the north of Spain, people wishing to travel to León from the south can also travel by train. The easiest way to get to León is to travel first to Madrid by train and from there transfer to León, on any of the lines available through Renfe.
  • León train station address: Avenida Palencia S/N - León - 24009

How to get to León by bus

You can easily travel to León with the ALSA company. This company has different lines that connect this city with some of the main Spanish cities, both to travel to León and to travel from the city itself. ALSA has lines from León to Madrid, Avilés, Gijón, Barcelona, Santander and Oviedo, lines that arrive and depart from León bus station.
At the city level, there are also many bus lines that allow you to move easily around the city of León. On the one hand, there are several lines that cover the most central area of the city, while on the other hand, there are other lines that go to nearby outlying towns and villages. 
  • León bus station address: Avenida Ingeniero Sáenz de Miera S/N - León - 24009
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