Pamplona Running of the Bulls Guided Tours

San Fermin Festival in Pamplona Tours

The following companies offer package tours that include the San Fermin Festival, home to the Pamplona running of the bulls.

Considering that the Pamplona Running of the Bulls is a festival that for many people involves large amounts of drinking and macho posturing in front of a small herd of ferocious animals, you can imagine that many Pamplona Tours cater for this crowd.

You can divide tour operators that go to Pamplona as 'backpackers' or 'luxury'.

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    running with the bulls
    ••• Run with the bulls with this tour. Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

    With hostels and hotels astronomically expensive in Pamplona during the festival, staying in a nearby city is a good way to save. And where better than San Sebastian? This tour includes a hostel in San Sebastian, transport to Pamplona and other goodies.

    Tour Length: Four Days/Three Nights. Extra day possible (see below).
    Cities Visited: San Sebastian and Pamplona.
    Accommodation: Hostel (shared room)
    Tour Type: Backpacker.
    Notes: Includes the traditional red and white costume you should wear, breakfast, San Sebastian orientation, and transport every day for the bull runs.

    Optional Opening Ceremony Extra Day The opening ceremony is a messy affair with wine and flour thrown around by teenagers and wannabe teenagers. Book an extra day to see the wild party:

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    The cheapest tour, with camping accommodation close to the city of Pamplona. Staying nearby means less time spent on the bus to and from the city (so you can get up a little later), but it means staying in a tent.

    Tour Length: Five Days/Four Nights.
    Cities Visited: Pamplona
    Accommodation: Camping
    Notes: Includes transport to the bull runs each morning.

    Optional Bus from London You can also take this tour with transport to and from London. This is a six-days-and-five-nights tour, but the first and last nights are spent on the bus: ​Six-Day London-to-Pamplona Tour (book direct).

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    Iberian Traveler has been organizing trips to the Pamplona Running of the Bulls for many years. In fact, the couple who run the company got married in Pamplona! This is the most specialized Pamplona tour, great for if that's all you want to see and nothing more.

    Tour Length: Two to Ten Nights
    Cities Visited: Pamplona.
    Accommodation: Three-, Four- or Five-Star Hotel.
    Tour Type: Luxury
    Notes: Includes balcony reservations to watch the show from if you don't want to run. Transfers from other cities available. Bullfighting tickets with deluxe packages.

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    SPYNS is an 'active travel company' based in Canada that offers luxury guided tours of Pamplona. If you're not interested in experiencing the Pamplona Running of the Bulls with British and Australian stag parties, SPYNS offers a viable alternative. Staying a few minutes' walk outside the city center (where it is much quieter) you will get three chances to run with the bulls as well as a private balcony for when you'd prefer to spectate. Trip includes a night in Madrid, two nights in Barcelona and three in Pamplona, as well as a couple of shorter tour options.

    Tour Length: Seven Days
    Cities Visited: Pamplona, Madrid, and Barcelona.
    Accommodation: Three- or Four-Star Hotel
    Tour Type: Luxury
    Notes: Three levels of luxury depending on how much you want to be pampered. Includes balcony reservation for watching the bull run in style.

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    Pamplona San Fermin Tour and BBK Bilbao Live

    Contiki Tours has a number of Pamplona tours, including a Bilbao Live music festival and Pamplona Bull Run combined offering.

    Tour Length: Various
    Cities Visited: Pamplona and others, depending on tour type.
    Accommodation: Camping.

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    Another tour from SPYNS, focusing on the festival itself.

    Tour Length: Three or four nights.
    Cities Visited: Pamplona.
    Accommodation: Luxury.
    Notes: Includes a private balcony reservation and two or three opportunities to run with the bulls.

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    An excellent-value tour of Spain that spends one night in Pamplona for the Pamplona Running of the Bulls. See some of the best cities in northern without having to re-pack your suitcase every night, as you sleep on the train!

    Tour Length: Seven days
    Cities Visited: Pamplona, Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia, Salamanca, Burgos, Avila, Zaragoza.
    Accommodation: Train!
    Notes: You only stay one night in Pamplona and only get to see one bull run.

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    PamplonaHousing.com, as the name suggests, specializes in accommodation in Pamplona, but they also offer balconies, airport transfers and tapas and wine in the afternoon (a great way to fill your afternoons as there isn't much else to do in Pamplona during San Fermin!)

    Tour Length: Various
    Cities Visited: Pamplona
    Accommodation: Rooms and apartments in Pamplona.
    Notes: Can also book tickets for the bullfights.

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    A cheap and cheerful website, these guys are Pamplona fanatics. They even provide contact details for if you want to join their party without paying to join one of their tours. If you have never run before, contact these guys, they'll give you some essential advice.

    Tour Length: Various
    Cities Visited: Pamplona
    Accommodation: Rooms and apartments in Pamplona.
    Notes: A great all-round booking service that will do whatever they can to give you the experience you are looking for.

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    Festival Adventures' Pamplona packages include full tours, accommodation only deals and balconies.

    Tour Length: Six or seven days
    Cities Visited: Pamplona and San Sebastian.
    Accommodation: Camping
    Notes: Also can include coach travel from London.