Getting to Pamplona

While Pamplona itself is only served by a couple of airlines, there are several airports within a two hour drive - many of which are served by low cost carriers like RyanAir and EasyJet.

VIP Airport Transfers

Unfortunately, many know the San Fermín Festival as a dirty, drunken brawl; a bit of excitement for great hassle. However, it need not be this way. PamplonaHousing.com will ensure that you will party like a Spaniard, then eat, drink and sleep like a king. Since flights directly to Pamplona fill up early in the year we have specialized in regional transfers.

Organizing Transfers

Since most of our clients are traveling in a group, we have arranged for private airport transfers from all of the regional airports. We offer private transfer by Mercedes and Audi sedans and minibuses. Upon request we also organize larger buses which can accommodate up to 30 passengers. We offer door-to-door service, and we’ll wait for you if your flight is delayed. Please consider those differences when comparing your options.

In order to book an airport transfer please email us with the following information:

  1. Number of people in your group
  2. Arrival airport
  3. Airline name and flight number
  4. Arrival time
  5. Address of hotel or apartment in Pamplona
  6. Mobile number with country code (for emergencies)

Transfers are also available for your departures, please provide departure flight information as well, if you would like this service. I will reply with availability and confirm the pricing and deposit process.

Terms & Conditions: If you have infants or small children, you must alert us now, otherwise we cannot carry children without the proper car seat.


Fleet Overview

Mercedes, Audi Sedans & Minibuses

Capacity: 4 - 7 Persons

Individuals, Families and Small Groups will appreciate the security and class of these timeless brands.

Classic Bentley

Capacity: 4 Persons

Enjoy the luxury and comfort of royalty while driving through the Kingdom of Navarra.

Helicopter

Capacity: 4 Persons

Cut down on your travel time and let our helicopter whizz you into the heart of the Festival.

Private Jet

Private Jet

Our jet based out of Pamplona, is a competitive travel option for groups traveling within Europe. Also it is much more pleasant than regular travel.

Regional Airports

  • VITORIA AIRPORT

    Distance from Pamplona: 102 km

    Travel Time: 1 hour 15 min

  • ZARAGOZA AIRPORT

    Distance from Pamplona: 179 km

    Travel Time: 2 hours

  • BILBAO AIRPORT

    Distance from Pamplona: 168 km

    Travel Time: 2 hours

  • SAN SEBASTIAN APT

    Distance from Pamplona: 82 km

    Travel Time: 1 hour

  • BIARRITZ AIRPORT

    Distance from Pamplona: 128 km

    Travel Time: 1.5 hours


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Getting to Pamplona

Unfortunately, housing during the running of the bulls can be the greatest barrier to enjoying all aspects of the San Fermín festival. Many people opt to stay in larger cities like Bilbao and San Sebastian, commuting into Pamplona. Unless you're a VERY early riser, that’s not advisable - especially after a night of sangria or Pacheran. The streets around the running of the bulls fill by 7:00 a.m. most days, and you still have to find parking before that. Add on your travel time, and you might as well have stayed up all night.

Pamplona is the capital of Navarra and is one of the most prosperous cities in Spain. Unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily mean that it is easy to get to. None of the European low-fare airlines fly into Pamplona, and even full-fare flights are limited. The good news is that Pamplona is blessed with multiple regional airports which are served by RyanAir, EasyJet, AirBerlin, and many other carriers. Once you've gotten within a few hours of Pamplona, you just have to sort out how to make that last 100 or 200 kilometers.

There are many busses to Pamplona which run on a regular schedule. The bus companies in Northern Spain and Navarra are efficient and relatively inexpensive. If you want to catch a bus to Pamplona, be sure you know where to catch the bus and where the bus will drop you off in Pamplona. You will have an added expense of taxis or shuttles from regional airports to the Zaragoza, Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Biarritz or Pau bus station. Once you're on the bus to Pamplona, everything will go smoothly. When your bus pulls into Pamplona, you'll then need to find your way to your hotel or apartment in Pamplona. A local taxi will work, but they can also be scarce during the San Fermín Festival.

I met a former race car driver who now works for a Pamplona transport company who has agreed to help me sort out transportation options for getting to Pamplona from regional airports. Essentially, he will help me arrange for airport transfer service from Bilbao, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Zaragoza or Pau directly to your hotel in Pamplona or apartment in Pamplona.

If you want to find a train to Pamplona, you can look on the RENFE web site. Unfortunately, many routes require that you change trains in order to get to Pamplona or even spend the night in Madrid. If you are within 500 km of Pamplona, I would highly recommend taking a bus to Pamplona, our our airport transfer service. If you are farther than 500 km, then I would suggest a flight to Pamplona. I recently priced a one-way ticket from Barcelona to Pamplona for a client, and it came to USD $186. Not bad, considering how busy Pamplona is during the running of the bulls.

If you're coming to run with the bulls, then you definitely don't want to be delayed by transportation hassles. The San Fermín Festival is an experience you will never forget, especially if you run with the bulls. I hope your transportation to Pamplona goes smoothly and arrives on time!