How To Get Here?
Come with us on our Private Stoke Bus!
We have one way transport available (limited numbers) for 40€ one way. These are available as follows:
Barcelona to Bulls camp: 6th, 10th, 11th - leaving Barcelona at 5pm (arriving around midnight)
Bulls camp to Barcelona: 7th, 11th, 12th - leaving camp at 10am and Pamplona at 11am (arriving in Barca around 5pm)
- Return buses depart camp at 10am via Pamplona at 11am. You will need to drop your luggage on the 24hour trip bus before you head into the bull run at 5am, or you can sleep in and climb on the 24hour bus at 10am.
We have 24 hour trips on these dates:
6-7th, 10th-11th, 12th-13th - Running of the Bulls day-trip leaving Barcelona at 6pm and leaving Pamplona at 11am the following day to arrive in Barcelona by about 5pm.
We also have a weekend trip:
- Buses depart Barcelona at 10am and arrive at Bulls camp about 5pm, on return they depart camp at 10am via Pamplona at 11am. You will need to drop your luggage on the weekend trip bus before you head into the bull run at 5am, or you can sleep in and climb on the weekend trip bus at 10am.
10-12 July (Fri-Sun) including 2 bull runs.
Or if you're in London:
- We have a weekend trip.
- Buses leave 18:00 central London location on Thursday arriving at camp by noon on Friday
- Departs camp at 13:00 on Sunday, arriving around 05:30 in London on Monday.
Come fly to us...
You want to fly to Pamplona, although if that's pricey you can check out Biarritz and Bilbao too. Check Ryanair, Easyjet and Vueling for cheap deals. There's plenty of cheap deals. We love cheap deals.
The campsite address is:
Eusa 31194 (Navarra) Spain
Carr. Nacional 121 Dir. Irún – Francia
Length W 01º 37 24”
Latitude N 42 º 51 25”
Come on ride the choo choo train
You can catch the Spanish national railway from most cities to Pamplona. Check www.renfe.com for details.
If you arrive by local train via Hendaye from Biarritz, the Euskotren is the way to go (see maps for directions).
Buses are for legends.
You can get to Pamplona by bus from all over Europe and within Spain. Eurolines deal with international bookings (www.eurolines.com) and Vibasa within Spain (www.vibasa.es).
Enter all of your questions in the comments box below and we'll answer them here...
Where do the buses from Barcelona leave from and at what time?
The buses leave from Plaza Catalunya in front of the Hard Rock Cafe.
The Bus to Bulls overnight trip will leave in the afternoon at 6pm from Barcelona and return leaving Pamps at 11am and getting to Barcelona roughly 5pm the next day. Meet your guide at Plaza Catalunya at 5:30pm.
The Weekend Trip will leave at 10am. Meet your guide there at 09:30am.
Are the shuttles to and from the Bulls included in the price?
The camp is only 10 minutes form town, so the campsite is providing shuttles into the bull run for 3€ one way, 6€ return. This is not included in the price, but we will send guides in with you to make sure get the best spot in the run or the stadium. The buses will be running frequently all day.
Do you provide transport to Zarautz for the beach camp?
Yes, we are doing buses to the beach camp if you would like to stay there for a few days. The cost is 15€ for the transfer. You can add this to your booking or book it at the transfer tent.
What is the breakfast like?
Breaky varies according to our local chefs' whims. It usually involves egg and bacon in some form. Pancakes, french toast, poached, fried, scrambled.....Yum!
Do we have the option of flying into Barcelona and taking one of your
buses to the campsite?
Yes, you absolutely do. You can fly into Barcelona in time for the Weekend trip. You can also do the Bus to Bulls day trip from Barcelona or just go one way on this bus and stay a few days and then do one way back. Have it your way.
It says on the website that it is a twin tent. Can it fit two people?
Yes, the twin tents are two-man tents. We have two-man and 8 man teepees. If you are a group of three, one of you will be tented with a new friend of the same sex. You get allocated your tent on arrival so you can make tent requests then. We also have an option to have a private tent for a small additional fee - just in case you don't want to share.... or if you want leave space for the hottie you're going to meet at our campsite..... just saying...
And what amenities are offered at the camp site?
The campsite is awesome! It is right near Pamplona but still in nature, there is a cafe/restaurant, a little shop, hot showers, laundry area, parking, drinkable water, wifi, a swimming pool and our own Stoke chill zone.
Are there lockers where we can put our passports or other important items?
The campsite has lockers, and we also have a giant container which gets locked every night and we can put small valuables in there during the festival and when we're away from the campsite.
2 of us are vegans, do you cater for this?
We cater for vegetarians, so we can always just remove the animal-product bits of that and stuff you to the brim with fruits and veggies and starches.....whatever we do, we'll make a plan for you.
What is the name of the camp site we are staying at?
The campsite is called Camping Ezcaba. Carretera Pamplona-Irún, KM 7, 31194 Orikain
I want to stay in a hotel instead.
For a good choice of hotels with discount prices, visit Hotel Reservation in Pamplona for more information.
Fuck calm, run with bulls.
Here at Stoke Travel we are all about wanting to meet you, and inviting you to all of our parties, festivals, shindigs, boxcar races, bar mitzvahs, first born births, first born conceptions, cockfights (not the illegal ones) shit, anything we do, we like you to join us, and of course our business model (for lack of a better word) is to invite you for a small fee, but sometimes we realise you like to go to these events as much as we do and you just gosh darn can’t travel with us. Your friends booked with another company, your dates just don’t quite gel with ours, you have a phobia of a travel companies with the word travel in the name or lopsided feet in the logo, who knows. To that extent we wish to offer some small practical guides, for festivals and cities we know, built from our own experiences, fresh and free from the corporate constraints of cash, contracts and more cockfighting. We’ve been to these places more times than we visit our Grans, which is to say, semi annually for the last 5 years or so, when the weather is good.
So traveling with us or not, if you’re headed to San Fermin, commonly known by Anglophiles as Running of the Bulls festival soon, read up son, and heed our advice for we tell it how it is, not how Mum wants to read it.
There’s a lot of bullshit that flies around come early July about running of the bulls. Everyone knows someone who got hit, saw someone die, knows where to stand, how to run, where the hospital is, what colour the bulls like best, things like this. These people are fools. Foolish fools with no concept of this mad festival. It’s okay if you’ve never been to this festival and don’t know what to expect. Loudmouths think they know these bulls and believe you me, there is no way to anticipate this festival if you’ve never been to a party in Spain before, no way to plan ahead if you’ve just never been to the bulls before and never any way to predict it even if you’ve been a hundred times before. It’s carnage in a quiet town, and the bulls make up only a small part of this San Fermin festival.
The Encierro, or the Running of the Bulls, is part of a larger festival that runs for 8 days in which all participants known as the San Fermines revel in the hedonism of one of the most bitchin saints this side of Saint “Tap That” Assisi. From the first day the party does not stop, with events and themes every day literally impossible to all be seen. International Fireworks-Offs between countries every night (yes, this is a thing), take your chance in any of the bars, both established and pop-ups, Marching bands drowning out scheduled staged bands. The streets look like a landfill got girl-teenager drunk on Sangria and evacuated her contents all over the town, everyone’s in a good mood, nobody fights or argues, feel free to mingle with everyone you see that kind of dances like you a little bit just kinda. As everyone knows the inconvenient truth, that tomorrow could be the day you get All Gored.
Pamplona is an old walled city, semi-sieged by Napoleon once when the trusting Pamplona citizens let him just wander in and take over, on the pretense of just needing to pass through to invade Portugal. You can read more about this in our city guide here (put link to Pamplona city guide here) This trusting and hospitable nature has carried over and most of the locals are very happy to have you. Having said that, they still ask you respect their pretty town and biggest week of the year, so don’t be a wanker, otherwise that makes you just like Napoleon, and ain’t nobody want that. So wear the uniform, respect the tradition and don’t stand out like a well-decorated Frenchman in a sea of bloody Spaniards.
It’s going to be cold. France winter cold. Summer in northern Spain only exists in the daytime, so if you go out all night as you are wont to do, dress yourself in a white jumper, not just a white shirt or you will be huddling close to the bulls for warmth, which is a total amateur thing to do, and you’ll be laughed out of the stocks.
Most of the partying goes on til around 5am, and the bullrun itself is at 8am sharp. You’ll probably wander the street where the bulls storm through the night before, as it runs through the town for around 820 metres, just to the east and north of the main plaza (Plaza Del Castillo). But you won’t notice it as the bull run street until around 6am as they begin to hammer up the boards and constructions to block off the street and guard local shop windows. If you want to watch the run from top of one of these wooden constructions you need to be up there no later than 7am as you can imagine, they get pretty chock-a-block with people eyeing off the coming run.
If you want to watch the end of the run, from the arena, you can buy tickets around this time and move in, just ask anyone for the Arena de Los Toros, and they should be able to point you in the fit direction (alcohol willing). Tickets are around €8 and they have screens to watch the entire run, and you’ll see the bulls finish up there with a few hundred of the runners, and then arguably the most exciting part of the run starts, so get a good seat!
Stoke’s Three things you need to remember at Rubbing of the Balls.
1. Think long and hard about if you want to be doing this, it’s okay just to watch.
2. It’s best looked at from afar. They are hairy unpredictable beasts. If you want to watch your friends do it, find a good vantage spot so you can try and get some photos.
3. Remember how sensitive they are.
4. Fuck, wrong festival.
If you choose to run with the bulls:
The Encierro (Running of the Bulls) begins at 8 so get your red and whites on, and get ready to pump calves in front of adult bulls.
There is no sign up list for the Bull Run, and anyone can run; contrary to a persisting rumour, girls will not be treated any differently to guys, so don’t be put off!
To be sure to get in, just head to the City Hall and behind the police in Plaza Consistorial around 7 am to wait to go to the street where you run. The police line is formed on Mercaderes Street near Banesto Bank.
If you miss this area (Too drunk to run with bulls?) you can probably still get in, just run madly around the fenced off street and look for ways to duck under the barriers. Once you’re on the street you can usually stay there, and wait for the inevitable…
No cameras, or you’ll get some great footage of a cracked screen and a doctor trying to take your lens out of your skull.
Wear shoes, this isn’t Woodstock.
Don’t be (too) drunk. A Sisyphean feat, but try to at least be able to stand straight…
Respect the culture; Wear red and white, not your footy shirt. Be respectful of the locals and their traditions.
Do not hit/ride/slap/flirt/touch the bulls. For your own safety obviously, and also because if you do, holy shit, you will receive the royal smackdown from anyone who sees you. You’ll see it happen too. Some wannabe Drunken Wild Bill Hickock will try ride one of the steers and you’ll see him king hit by about 16 dragon punches at once. Expect no mercy if you try to fuck with the bulls.
This is how it’ll go:
Once you’re on the street, you have nothing to do but wait and get in your head til 8am. Some people use this time to stretch, some to down the last of their wine, some to pee a little bit, some nap, whatever you feel like doing, the energy in the air is electric. Many people who’ve never run before choose to start around Estafeta, the street about halfway through, as you can get a nice straight run, after Dead Man’s Corner, and still have time to get out of the way and let the bulls run past.
As it gets closer to 8am people will move into place and as the hour gets closer people start to look a little nervous. At precisely 8 you’ll hear a large rocket be ignited with a huge bang! throughout the city. This means the first bulls have been released and you’ll start to see some who’ve changed their mind try to get out. Don’t be weak of heart! Stand your ground, a few seconds later a second rocket will be launched with another cracking bang!
This means the bulls are on the run, you have a precious few seconds now until you see un monton of people pounding their legs towards you and the hundreds of pounds of muscled meat with horns coming right for you.
You should probably run now.
Run as fast as you can, and move to the side when the bulls get too close. That’s all you need to do! It’ll last a second or two, but it’ll feel like an eternity. Float like a butterfly, run like a mad bastard.
If you trip, stay flat down, and the bulls will run over you. Don’t try to get up, or you’ll get your head smashed in. Once the bulls have passed someone will tap you on the shoulder to tell you it’s okay to get up, now run again!!
If you make it to be close to the hinds of the bulls you’ll storm into the arena Gladiator style, and this is when the real fun begins…
Congratulations! You crazy fool, you fuckin did it! It only lasted three minutes, but you’re used to that!
You’re now a member of the bull run clan, who ain’t nothing to buck with.
Enjoy the arena spectacular, go get a beer, say a cheers to those who didn’t make it. Call mum. Go to bed. Wake up, rinse, repeat.
If you see us around wearing Stoke shirts, come tell us how you went. Buy us a beer and say thanks for all this useful advice.
Fuck calm, run with bulls.
Love from Stoke Travel.