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Palermo to Basque Country flights

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Palermo to Basque Country flights

Now going on 10-day Sicily tour, 4 days later joining 8-day tour in Spain's Basque country to do research for my food articles. Have 4 days between tours, would like to spend 2-3 pre-trip days free time in San Sebastian (EAS),which is closer to Bayonne where trip starts. Need help getting to EAS from Palermo.

Spent HOURS checking everything. Alitalia, 3 stops, VERY $$$. Tour people recommend EasyJet, Veuling to BCN, overnight, then fly to EAS. OK, that leaves 2 days free--I'm still checking. Some days no PMO flights, and long layovers in Rome. Forget trains from BCN or Madrid--5-6 hours & getting from airport to stations rather daunting by myself.

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1. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

I normally start a flight route search at skyscanner.net and see what comes up - they will show connecting flights as well as direct and cover the budget airlines. However it doesn't sound like a very straightforward journey and I suspect may only be possible going via 2 hubs.

Bilbao in Spain may give more options and has a train service to San Sebastian (On Euskotren, not RENFE).

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2. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Flights to Sicily are listed on these sites.

thinksicily.com/travel-to-and-around-sicily/…

http://www.solosicily.com/travel-to-sicily/

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3. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Palermo-Milan Malpensa (EasyJet), then overnight, then early flight to Bordeaux (Easyjet four days a week). Bus to train station then train from central Bordeaux to Bayonne in around two hours, though San Sebastian is further.

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4. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

What is your travel date?

easyJet or Air One from Palermo to Milan Malpensa, and Veuling direct from Milan Malpensa to Bilbao.

http://flyairone.com/

http://www.vueling.com/EN/

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5. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Travel date: May 22, or 23 if necessary. I'll check all the links provided. At this time I've located Alitalia/AirOne PMO to NAP, thanks to Steves staff. Then Veuling NAP to BCN. Overnite BCN. 5/23. Still working on Veuling or EasyJet BCN to SanSeb (EAS), my preferred destination. Not cheap and a bit busy, but after running into several worse configurations, at least I'll be headed to where I'd like to be. Thanks to all. I'll stay tuned, if you will.

By the way, railenthusiast, sounds like you're way-more experienced and rail-savvy...I'm not quite there yet. Thanks.

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6. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Why go to BCN? Why not take Veuling from Naples to Bilboa and then Euskotren from Bilboa to San Sebastian?

http://www.vueling.com/EN/

http://www.euskotren.es/

But if you were to fly from Milan to Bilboa, there’s a direct flight on 22 May. Then take the train from Bilboa to San Sebastian.

Or you could fly Veuling on 23 May from Palermo to BCN and then onward to Bilboa.

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7. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Thanks, Vagabonda. My first try with EuskoTren was blocked by not being able to change it into English. I tried. Saw no link to do that. I'll check Veuling's NAP to BIO, altho' I believe I've already done that. Could be the PMO toNAP was the hitch. Talk to you later.

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8. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Enter “Bilbao” and “Donostia - San Sebastian.”

www.euskotren.es/es/presentacioneuskotren

This translation may also help.

http://goo.gl/GkCfK

Milan is a better connection than Naples.

And you could fly Veuling on 23 May from Palermo to BCN and then onward to Bilboa.

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9. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

V'bonda...your new info about the euskotren booking link was helpful. Reading the fares --- gotta get my Spanish book. By the way, since using skyscanner.com, I see that Veuling has SO many great options. Are they reliable in terms of booking on-line and sticking reasonably close to posted flight availability? How do they measure up to EasyJet...same question.

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10. Re: Palermo to Basque Country flights

Glad you found the Euskotren link helpful Peg R!

Veuling is fairly reliable and excellent for flights to Spain, and although easyJet is a great low-cost carrier, would not hesitate to book via Veuling.

You could arrive in Bilboa which is nearer San Sebastian than Barcelona.

But if you prefer easyJet, perilizia has offered an excellent option. You could also fly easyJet from Palermo to Rome (FCO) and then fly easyJet from FCO to Bilboa.

Vagabonda

Edited: 31 January 2012, 15:16
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