MAPS AND PLANS
WALKS THROUGH PAMPLONA
Discover the city’s most beautiful spots through the seven possible circuits that we have prepared for you. Enjoy the fortified city, the Festival of San Fermin and the running of the bulls, monuments, green areas, the Way of Saint James, and all of the city’s cultural activities, gastronomy, recreation and culture.
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HOW TO GET HERE
Pamplona offers several means of transport. Travel to the city is possible by car, bus, train or plane. There is a new bus station in the city centre on Yanguas y Miranda street. The Renfe train station, located in San Jorge district, offers several routes that connect Pamplona with several other Spanish cities. The airport is located six kilometres from Pamplona in the city of Noáin.
- By car
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.
- By coach
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.
- By train
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.
- By plane
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.
WHERE TO PARK
There are several options to park private vehicles in Pamplona. If parking in the street, one must be mindful of the different parking zones, each of which is demarcated with a colour and respective price. The city also has 24-hour underground pay parking. Trailers or motor homes also have exclusive parking spaces in the Trinitarios park and in the city of Berriozar.
- In the street
If you're coming to Pamplona by car, then you need to make sure you observe the above-ground car parking regulations. There are different car parking zones in Pamplona, each marked by a different colour. The car parking spaces marked with white lines are free of charge, while those marked with different colours are subject to regulations.
Blue zone: During the hours established for restricted parking, this parking zone is only available to vehicles displaying a resident permit sticker and with no time limit, and those drivers with a pay and display ticket for the amount of time purchased.
Red zone: A pay and display ticket is required for parking in the red zone during the established parking hours. Those vehicles with a resident permit cannot park in these zones without purchasing a parking ticket. Outside the restricted hours, only residents can park in these zones. Exceptions with regard to parking times: Plaza de la Estación (Railway Station Square) (24-hour pay and display parking) and parking opposite the Department of Education (Sector 1, special hours).
Orange zone: parking is permitted, during the hours established for restricted parking, for vehicles with a resident permit within their sector and with no time limit and those purchasing a ticket for a maximum one-day period.
Green zone: exclusively for residents.
- Car parks
There are a number of public paying car parks in the city centre, open 24 hours a day, with video surveillance. These car parks are very close to the main tourist attractions, and offer complementary services such as toilets, and are accessible for persons with reduced mobility.
In the Plaza del Castillo square, right in the city centre, there is an underground car park with 452 bays for limited time parking. Close by is the car park in the Avenida Carlos III avenue, which is the main shopping street, with 290 bays. Other centrally-located car parks are the Plaza de Toros with 440 limited parking bays and the Rincón de la Aduana, with 118 limited parking bays.
The Audiencia car park, next to the Palacio de Justicia de Navarra (Law Courts), is slightly further away, with 244 limited parking bays. Likewise, it is also possible to park in the Hospital Complex of Navarra, with space for up to 1,290 vehicles.
What's more, a Parkplona mobile phone application is available, offering information on the spaces available in the city's car parks, spaces reserved for disabled persons and parking areas for motorbikes and bikes. The application allows you to register for a number of SMS alert services offered by the City Council of Pamplona, or to consult any incidents affecting traffic, while it also offers information on the Nbici municipal bike hire service and on e-vehicles. The application can be downloaded for Apple and Android and is also available via WAP in Spanish, Basque and English.
- Parking for caravans and motorhomes
If you're coming to Pamplona with a caravan or motorhome, you need to be aware that you can park your vehicle in the city, but use as a home is not permitted. There are specific parking areas for caravans and motorhomes. One is located in the Trinitarios area (next to the fire station) and operates all year round. The fee is 20 euros per day, plus two euros for dirty water disposal. The maximum authorised stay is 48 hours.
During the San Fermin festival, it is also possible to park caravans or motorhomes in the playground of the María Ana Sanz school, which also offers washroom facilities and a shower service.
Finally, there is also a parking area for caravans in the nearby town of Berriozar, with a regular bus service into Pamplona. Parking is free throughout the year, except for the San Fermin festival when the fee is 8 euros per day, plus two euros for dirty water disposal. There are 30 parking spaces with no maximum time limit.
GETTING AROUND PAMPLONA
Pamplona is a medium-sized city with approximately 200,000 inhabitants and an area of 24 square kilometres. The easiest way to get around is on foot since the main tourist attractions are located in the Historical Centre, which is mostly a pedestrian zone. A fleet of 24-hour taxi services is also available with several official stops spread throughout the city. Biking is another transport option as Pamplona offers upwards of 60 km in bicycle lanes and 790 bicycle racks. Travel by car is the least recommendable option as traffic is restricted in the city centre.
- On foot
Pamplona is a medium-sized city with approximately 200,000 inhabitants and covering 24 square kilometres. The main tourist attractions are to be found in the Old Quarter, which is pedestrian-friendly, making it really easy to tour the city on foot.
To promote walking from one point to another in the city, in 2018 the Pamplona City Council developed a mobile phone application called Metrominuto, which offers information on the distances between places of particular interest, as well as the estimated time required to get there.
Click here to download the application for Android and Apple and to consult all the information related to Metrominuto.
- The city bus service
The city has an urban bus service managed by the Mancomunidad de la Comarca de Pamplona (community of municipalities of the Pamplona metropolitan area) . This fleet of buses are locally known as the "Villavesas", so it's a good idea to become familiar with this name. There are 25 lines offering daily services and ten night bus routes.
The price of a single ticket for the daytime service is 1.35 euros, which is reduced to 0.70 euros if you pay using a bus card which can be purchased at tobacconist's (Tabacos) and other shops taking part in the scheme. A night-time ticket (between 00:00 and 6:00) also costs 1.35 euros if paid in cash, but it goes up to 1.02 euros if payment is made with a bus card.
Note that, during the San Fermin festival, the bus service is increased considerably and there are also a few changes to the lines, routes and fares.
Click here to get all the information on the urban transport service.
- By taxi
Another option for getting around Pamplona is to take a taxi. The city has a modern, professional fleet of taxis and the service is available 24/7. The vehicles are equipped with a taximeter, which indicates the price of the service depending on the rate and the journey made. There are a number of official taxi ranks, two of which are located very close to the Old Quarter. Specifically, one is in the street Navas de Tolosa (next to the Hotel Tres Reyes) and the other in street Duque de Ahumada (at the rear of the Gayarre Theatre).
If you need a taxi in Pamplona, there are three options available to you: Firstly, you can make your way to one of the taxi stands in the city. Another option is to request the taxi by phone, by dialling 948 232 300 or 948 351 335. Finally, you can also stop a taxi in the street, provided that it's available, shown by the green light on the roof. Simply lift your arm to stop it.
Click here for more information on the taxi service and the location of the taxi stands.
- By bike
Cycling is a pleasant and sustainable way of getting around the city. Pamplona boasts more than 60 kilometres of bike lanes, giving you great flexibility to explore Pamplona and its most iconic landmarks while respecting the environment. What's more there are 790 bike racks around the city, with a capacity to hold 4,740 bikes.
If you haven't brought your bike with you, don't worry, as the Pamplona City Council offers a temporary bike hire service that is valid for one week. To use it, you need to get a special card that can be purchased for the price of 3 euros at the stations at the Plaza de Toros (Arrieta Street) and the Citadel (junction of Pio XII with the Avenida del Ejército avenue). The card allows you to take out a bike for a maximum period of four hours at a time. Before the time is up, the user must return the bike to any of the fives bike bases located in different areas of the city. Once 20 minutes have gone by, you can take out another bike. Click here for more information.
- By car
Getting around Pamplona by car is not the most recommendable option, due to the fact that traffic is restricted in the city centre and sometimes it's difficult to find a parking space.
However, if you do decide to use your vehicle, make sure that you're aware of the limited-access zones, basically the Old Quarter and the adjacent areas (Ensanches). Click here to get more information on where to park.
If you'd like to get the most out of your stay, we'd like to offer you the possibility of making a guided tour of Pamplona so as to discover all the city's secrets. With the tours of the monuments located in the Old Quarter, you'll gain an insight into the history of this capital city of Navarra. What's more, if you're interested in the San Fermin festival, you can hire the services of a professional guide and discover all the most important events of the festival. Don't forget to sample the delicious local cuisine! Take a tour around the bars to discover the wide range of flavourful tapas on offer.
If you prefer, you can tour the city by yourself, with the aid of the Pamplona-Iruña mobile phone app, which will allow you to discover all the city's hidden secrets. Download and discover the different tourist routes proposed: the ramparts, the Way of St James, etc.
What's more, with your tourist card: Pamplona-Iruña Card, you can obtain substantial benefits and discounts in all the city's best activities and events, as well as for guided tours, shops, bars and restaurants.