How to Travel From Barcelona to Pamplona

Spain, Pamplona, Encierro, 'Running of the
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Located in northeastern Spain, Barcelona is known for its great beaches and compelling creations by architects such as Antoni Gaudí. Pamplona in the north of the country has the famous Sanfermines Running of the Bulls festival in July in honor of Saint Fermin—along with noteworthy Gothic-style churches and medieval city walls. There are various ways to get from Barcelona to Pamplona, a 279-mile (449- kilometer) trip, including by bus, train, car, and plane. Taking a bus or train will save you money, and since there are no direct flights, the train is the quickest way to get to Pamplona.

  Time Cost  Best For
Bus 7 hours From $26 Saving money
Train 4 hours From $30 Quick trip
Car 4 hours, 45 minutes 279 miles (449 kilometers)
Gas starts at about $55 one way

 
Going on your own schedule
Plane 6 hours Starting at $65 Views from above

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Barcelona to Pamplona? 

Buses are more economical but much slower than the train from Barcelona to Pamplona. About every four hours, MonBus departs Barcelona Estació de Sants station northwest of the city—the ride takes almost seven hours and costs start at $26. Vigo Barcelona, S.A., has a roughly six-hour bus leaving Barcelona Nord Bus Station once a day, and Eurolines Suisse and FlixBus also handle this route. Buses arrive at the Pamplona bus terminal about 0.5 miles (0.86 kilometers) from the city center. No matter which company you choose, confirm schedules and get your tickets online in advance.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Barcelona to Pamplona? 

The quickest way between Barcelona and Pamplona is usually to take the train. Renfe Viajeros has a direct train from Pamplona to Barcelona that takes about four hours; the price starts at $30. Before you go, check for important details and buy your tickets online. Trains depart from Barcelona Estació de Sants station every four hours to Pamplona/Iruña. There are typically about five trains a day.

How Long Does It Take to Drive? 

The 279-mile (449-kilometer) drive from Barcelona to Pamplona takes approximately four hours and 45 minutes, with the fastest route including AP roads, which usually entail a toll. Drivers can take AP-7 and AP-2, and after Zaragoza, head on AP-68 and AP-15 to Avenida de Navarra/PA-31 in Navarra and on to Pamplona. Gas prices one way start at $55. There are no real top sights on the way from Barcelona to Pamplona. However, as an alternative, consider driving a little further to Logroño, the capital of the Rioja region known for its wines and tapas (appetizers) bars. If you'd rather not do the driving, BlaBlaCar offers a rideshare option, typically costing $35 and up and lasting about six hours. Passengers can reserve and pay online for the ride which departs about four times a day.

Parking in Pamplona is available on the streets: Spaces marked with white lines are free, but spaces painted a certain color have regulations. Paid parking lots (known as car parks) are available 24 hours a day in the city center and near popular tourist attractions. Check out the Parkplona mobile application for information on car parks, spaces reserved for people with disabilities, and parking areas for motorbikes and bikes. 

How Long Is the Flight?

Some one-way flights lasting nearly six hours go between Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN)—7.5 miles (12 kilometers) southwest of the Barcelona center—and Pamplona Airport (PNA). There are no direct flights. Prices start from $65 and Iberia, LATAM, and Lufthansa fly the route. Check schedules and prices online, where you can also purchase tickets.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Pamplona?

Visitors will find pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds in Pamplona during spring and fall, typically from early May through late October. Food lovers enjoy Semana del Pincho, a week in March featuring tapas created by almost 100 bars. If you like warm temperatures, taking a trip between June and August will serve you best, and in August, the City Walls Festival is fun with music, street art, wine, food, and more.

Can I Use Public Transportation to Travel From the Airport?

The Pamplona Airport is around 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) from the city in the Navarra region. Hourly Moventis buses can take you in about 10 minutes from the airport to the city for around $3. Tele Taxi San Fermín and a few other companies offer taxis from the airport, which take approximately 8 minutes, with costs beginning at $10. If you don't mind spending more, you can get a private 15-minute shuttle or minivan ride (depending on how many passengers you have) with HolidayTaxis for approximately $50.

What Is There to Do in Pamplona?

In Pamplona, travelers can enjoy everything from modern art museums and a planetarium to year-round festivals to sitting in the Plaza del Castillo main square and people watching. The city founded by the Romans is great for exploring history, whether looking at Gothic churches, cobbled streets, or enjoying the green space and cultural activities at The Citadel (The New Castle) military fort built between the 16th and 17th centuries.

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