Pamplona is located in the centre of the Autonomous Community of Navarra, in northern Spain, very close to the border with France. By road, the city is within easy reach of a number of different places.
The journey by car from the neighbouring cities of San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Logroño takes approximately one hour. San Sebastian and Vitoria-Gasteiz are connected to Pamplona via the AP-15 toll motorway, while Logoño is connected via the A-12 free expressway.
Less than two hours away are Bilbao, along the AP-15, and Zaragoza, connected to Pamplona by the AP-68 and AP-15 motorways.
The car journey from Madrid to Pamplona takes just over four hours. Although there are a number of options, the most common route is via the A-2 expressway to Medinaceli, taking the N-111 to Soria, followed by the N-122 to Tudela where it is then possible to take the AP-15 motorway as far as the capital city of Navarra.
From Barcelona, the most popular option is to take the AP-2 motorway to Zaragoza, then the AP-68 and, finally, the AP-15 to Pamplona.
Visitors coming from France generally cross the border at Irun and take the N-121-A road to Pamplona in a journey that takes little over one hour.
Pamplona has a modern bus station, inaugurated in 2007, which is the arrival and departure hub for all the lines. This underground station is centrally-located in street Yanguas y Miranda, next to the Citadel and the Vuelta de Castillo green belt. The bus station houses a bar-cafeteria, toilets, gift and sweet shops and a gym.
It also offers self-service left-luggage lockers, available from 6.30 am to 23.00 pm, at a price of 4 euros per day for medium lockers and 5 euros per day for the large lockers. During the San Fermin festival in July, there is a 24-hour attended left-luggage service available at a price of 5 euros per package.
Other places in Pamplona can be easily reached on foot from the bus station, or by taking a city bus or taxi. There are two different taxi stands. One taxi stand is located inside the bus station on floor 2, which is only available during the bus station opening times. The other taxi stand is outdoors, on street Yanguas y Miranda. There is also a bus stop on this street, for line 16 and special A line linking the bus station to the train station and airport. Click here to get more information on urban transport.
A number of train routes link Pamplona to other Spanish cities. If you're coming from Madrid, the train journey takes around three hours. From Barcelona, the journey can take from four to nine hours, depending on the type of train. For more information on the train routes and booking, click here.
The Pamplona train station is located in the district of San Jorge, in the north-eastern part of the city. On foot, it can take about half an hour from the city centre to the train station, but it is also possible to go by bus. The lines connecting the train station to the city centre are number 9 and the special A line linking the train station, bus station and airport. Line 7 connects the station with the Hospital complex. There's also a taxi stand outside the station. Click here for more information.
The station services include a bar-cafeteria, toilets, stationery and bookshop, and luggage trolleys. Furthermore, the station is accessible for persons with reduced mobility.
It should be noted that RENFE (Spain's railway operator) increases the number of trains operating during the San Fermin festival. However, it is still advisable to book in advance, due to the fact that demand is high and the seats on some trains may be sold out.
The Pamplona airport is located in the town of Noain, at a distance of six kilometres from Pamplona. The airport terminal was built in 2010 and regular flights operate between Pamplona and Madrid, and between Pamplona and Frankfurt (Germany). During the San Fermin festival, the airport also receives numerous charter flights.
The airport services include a shop selling gourmet products, a cafeteria, toilets and a pay-on-exit public car park. Keep in mind that there is no left luggage service.
City bus line A connects the train and bus stations with the airport terminal. Click here for more details. You can also take a taxi to the airport. Click here for more information on this service.