I know it was quite hard to find the bus schedule from Finisterre to Santiago. It may have been in some Spanish site, but it wasn’t found by me. So I figured I’d write this down before I forget. Below is the transcript from the little bit of paper I was given from the Municipal Albergue. I thought it was necessary to pre purchase your ticket, but apparently that’s not the case. Maybe it was because I was travelling in low season.

Bus service is Monbus. It takes 3 hours, and also doubles as  a local bus service. It costs €13.10 per person. If you are prone to motion sickness, bring some food to combat it. I found the journey quite nauseous with all the stop starts, and winding left right along the coast. Plus, pilgrims who have finished up in Finisterre are a tad smelly (yours truly included). 

This is the timetable in October.

Monday to Friday

  • 8.20 am
  • 11.45 am
  • 3 pm
  • 4.45 pm
  • 7 pm

Saturday

  • 9.45 am
  • 11.45 am
  • 3 pm
  • 4.45 pm
  • 7 pm

Sunday

  • 9.45 am
  • 11.45 am
  • 4.45 pm
  • 7 pm

You will arrive at the bus station. It is only a 15 to 20 minute walk to Santiago Cathedral. Here’s the steps to find your way there:

  1. When you arrive at the bus station, check to see if the airport bus to Santiago had pulled in. If it has, you’ll pay €3 to travel one stop into the old city.
  2. Alternatively, go upstairs. Stop at toilets for break, which you’ll probably need after 3 hours rocking on a bus. Go upstairs again to the concourse. Take a right and head to the exit. Bypass the very grumpy and unhelpful man at the information counter. Spot the row of taxis. Walk up to them and take a cab.
  3. Otherwise, walk past taxis to the road behind. Walk up the hill. You will come to a major roundabout where you will see a giant statue of a pilgrim. At this point, take the pedestrian crossing and cross left. Cross the road again so that you are walking on the right hand hand side of the road. Here you will see signs to hotels in Santiago. Follow this street all the way. After about 200 metres, you will see the spires of Santiago cathedral. Keep walking straight past the Convent of Santa Clara. It is a big imposing looking monastery currently under renovation. Keep walking straight till you see narrow medieval streets with bollards at the entrance. You have arrived. Keep walking straight and wander aimlessly until you find more directions to Santiago Cathedral.