I'm visiting an aunt in Santander, Spain and i would like to go to Lourdes from there. Can anyone tell me how i can do that? Thank you.
You have various options. There are direct trains from Hendaye in France (the first station over the border) to Lourdes, so it is a question of how you choose to get to Hendaye. You could either take a bus to Irun from Santander, www.alsa.es, and then get the Topo, a connecting train run by www.euskotren.es across to Hendaye (it is literally about 3 minutes trip). Or you could get the bus only as far as San Sebastian (beautiful city, worth a stop), and get the same Euskotren train from there to Hendaye. For trains the French side, check out www.sncf.com or www.raileurope.co.uk. The Euskotren will NOT appear on these sites as it is a private company.
There are other options too, you may want to check out www.pesa.es bus company, who also run cross border buses from Bilbao and San Sebastian.
Hope that's not too confusing and helps!
There are now buses on Saturdays and Sundays from Bilbao to Lourdes (also stopping in San Sebastian and Irun) from 18th June to 18th September, leaving early, giving you the day there, and returning the same evening.
The only thing is you can only get the tickets at the PESA kiosks in Bilbao and SS bus stations, so maybe it would be a case of getting to Bilbao the night before and getting the ticket, and getting the bus the next day (times work perfectly to return the same day too).
Remember for buses from Santander to Bilbao, see www.alsa.es, www.termibus.es, or www.transportedecantabria.com
Wow thanks so much Raton Cantabria. i'll look into these sites you've mentioned.
I was just wondering, i was browsing the site alsa.es and there is a trip from Santander to Tarbes, but the schedule is quite strange:
Itinerary shows leaving santander at 9 pm arriving in Tarbes at 345 am, but the time schedules in between is a bit crazy or i just dont understand it. I've asked my aunt to check it out though. I
I'll check out what you suggested as well. Thanks so much.
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