Getting to Hike Pyrenees
Where are we?
We are based in the Aragonese Pyrenees and the mountains surrounding us are some of the highest and most spectacular in the Spain. There are lots of options to reach the Pyrenees and if you need any advice please drop us an email.
We provide transfers on Sunday evening from Zaragoza airport for the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted or Zaragoza train station for trains from Barcelona or Madrid. From Zaragoza it is around two hours to our bases in the Pyrenees. These transfers are included on our guided walking holidays or can be booked seperately if you are on one of our self guided holidays.
Read full information about our transfer times and connecting trains.
Hike Pyrenees - Biescas
Hike Pyrenees - Torla
Flying from the UK
London Stansted to Zaragoza
From the UK the simplest way to get to Zaragoza is on the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted. There are flights 5 days a week. Our transfers meet the Sunday flights.
Flights start from under £100 (including taxes) and are generally cheaper the earlier you book.
Flying to Barcelona/Madrid
If Stansted isn’t convenient for you there are flights from many UK airports to Barcelona and Madrid. The AVE fast train links either of these cities to Zaragoza where we’ll meet you at the train station.
From outside Europe
Barcelona and Madrid are the two biggest international airports in Spain and if you’re arriving from the US, Canada, Australia or other international destinations they are the best airports to fly to.
There are excellent rail links from both Barcelona and Madrid to Zaragoza where we’ll meet you at the train station (see ‘rail links’ to the right.
Alternatively hire a car from Barcelona or Madrid and drive to the Pyrenees. All of the major car hire companies have offices at both airports and it takes around four hours to drive to us (slightly longer from Madrid).
Both cities are fantastic places to spend a few days before or after hiking in the Pyrenees.
Zaragoza rail links
Zaragoza has excellent rail connections with both Madrid and Barcelona on the AVE high speed train. Travelling at over 200 km/h the journey takes only 1 ½ hours from either Barcelona-Sants or Madrid Puerta de Atocha stations with a return ticket costing around 90 euros. There are trains roughly every hour and they are very comfortable.
For more information and train times give us a call or visit www.renfe.com – click on ‘welcome’ for the English version of the site.
Read more about getting to us by public transport.
Renting a car
If you’re coming on a self guided holiday then there are a number of airports that are within driving distance.
Zaragoza is the nearest airport although there are only flights from London Stansted and a few other European locations. For information on car hire read our renting a car in Zaragoza page.
Barcelona is the airport most commonly used as there are flights from many UK airports as well as lots of international flights from the USA, Canada and the rest of the world. Barcelona is about a four hour drive from us. All of the major hire car companies have offices at the airport. If you want to rent a car, just drop us an email and we’ll send you a qoute.
If you’re flying into Barcelona it’s just as quick and cheaper to rent a car directly from Barcelona airport rather than go to Zaragoza first – it’s around a 4 hour drive but this works out quicker by the time you factor in time for the train journey and getting between the airport and the train station. In addition you don’t have to worry about matching up your train departure with your flight arrival time.
Principal airports and driving times are:
Barcelona – 4 hours Madrid – 4 ½ hours
Toulouse – 4 hours Zaragoza – 2 hours
Bilbao – 4 hours Pau – 2 hours
Lourdes (Tarbes) – 2½ hours Pamplona – 2 hours
The bus network in Spain is excellent and tickets are cheap. The nearest bus station is Sabiñanigo and from there you can catch a cab to Biescas or Panticosa. If you’re coming from Barcelona or Zaragoza change at Huesca. If you’re coming from the west (Pamplona or Bilbao) change at Jaca. View routes and timetables at www.alosa.es
Brittany Ferries have three routes from the UK to Spain: Portsmouth-Bilbao, Portsmouth-Santander and Plymouth-Santander. The ferries are a great way to travel and have private cabins, restaurants, bars and viewing decks. All of the routes allow you to take your own car and crossings take around 24 hours.
The drive to Hike Pyrenees from Bilbao takes four hours and four and a half hours from Santander. Visit www.brittany-ferries.co.uk for timetables and prices.
Driving through France
Driving through France is an option. Allow about 15 hours driving from the northern ports. Taking the ferry one way and then meandering back through France over a few days is an excellent option.