How Much Does A Pilgrims Passport Cost

A pilgrim’s passport is the identification that is used along the various Caminos to prove that you are a pilgrim and that you have walked and stayed in the places along the way.  It is just a simple card with enough space to collect stamps from various hostels and albergues. There are only a few places that can issue a pilgrims passport that will be accepted for the Compostela.  Most home Confraternities can issue them, apart from that they must be the official one issued by the Cathedral in Santiago, these can be picked up at most hostels along the way.

The cost is only a few Euro, usually about 2 or 3, but have 5 just in case.  The pilgrim’s passport can be obtained from most hostels.  The favorite places to start the Camino France are St Jean, RoncesvallesPamplona and Leon.  In St Jean Pied de Port at the pilgrim’s office they spend all day handing out the passports during the busy times of June, July, and August – they will also give you more information here on hostels and the distances between them.

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In Roncesvalles, there is only one place to get the passport, again the pilgrim’s office.  Roncesvalles is centered around the Camino Frances.  In Pamplona you can collect a passport from the main municipal albergue and the University at the edge of the city on the way out – the Camino Frances passes right beside it.

Many people who do not have enough time to walk the whole Camino in one year will keep the same passport and use it again year after year until they have finished their pilgrimage.

If you want the Compostela in Santiago de Compostela you will have to have your pilgrims passport as proof that you have walked at least the last 100km or if you are cycling have done the last 200km.

I still have both of my pilgrims passport from 2004 and 2005 – and hopefully, my next one will be 2011…

Well it didn’t happen in 2011 and I can’t see it happening in 2012, it just seems to get harder to take a month off.  Maybe I should start cycling and try it that way as it will only take about two weeks then.

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  1. Jim Muir
    Jim Muir says:

    Many thanks – it is the little obvious things like ‘where do I get my pilgrims passport’ that are good to know, particularly when starting to plan my adventure for 2011!! Jim

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  2. Diane
    Diane says:

    Great website! Do you have to stay in the official albergues to get a stamp, or can you get one if you are sleeping in a hotel?

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    • Leslie
      Leslie says:

      Lots of places have their own stamps from hostels to hotels, cafes and bars. You can stay anywhere and get the stamps as you go along. If you are only walking the last 100km you need two stamps per day.

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  3. pippa10
    pippa10 says:

    Thanks Leslie for that comment about needing 2 stamps per day if only doing the last 100km as I hope to travel the Route Ingles from Ferrol to Santiago.

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  4. Julie Akyol
    Julie Akyol says:

    Does that mean you have to get 2 stamps per day on the last 100 km or only if only walking last 100 km? Ex: if doing the entire walk from SJPP to Santiago, one per day?

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    • Leslie
      Leslie says:

      You only need the two per day if you are ONLY walking the last 100km. Else from Leon, Burgos, Pamplona, St Jean, or further – it is one per day.

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  5. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    Hello Leslie
    I am interested in doing the Camino, the whole route. All I do is jog. Is this fit enough to undertake the pilgrimage?
    Also, I will be leaving from Canada. Would you be able to tell how much on average to carry in terms of money for the whole trip, without the plane tickets of course.
    Finally, is July a good month?

    Your answers will be greatly appreciated
    Catherine

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    • Leslie
      Leslie says:

      I usually take €200 out of the bank at a time and plan on less than €40 per day.

      I would suggest that walking a few times with your backpack before you go, but if you are a regular jogger I can’t see fitness being an issue.

      July is good, I have walked in July and it can be quite hot so remember the sunscreen. Check out the forum for more help – http://www.caminoforums.com/

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  6. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for your comments. They will be very helpful. I will take up your suggestion of walking with the back pack to get used to it. Thank you too for this great website, I will actually be using a lot of the information in it to prep myself. Appreciated

    Catherine

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  7. pilgrim mother
    pilgrim mother says:

    We are a group of 9 walking from Irun to Bilbao in late June 2014. Do you recommend we book beds ahead of time and fix our daily destinations in advance or is it likely there will be enough room along the way to just show up. We would prefer the latter but with so many, it may be more prudent to book in advance. Do others have experience walking with such a large group?

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    • Leslie
      Leslie says:

      I would check ahead the size of each hostel you are planning on staying in. Some will be small and might take bookings, however most of the hostels on the Camino don’t take booking ahead.

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  8. Sandra Portelli
    Sandra Portelli says:

    I am thinking of undertaking this adventure next year as our honeymoon 🙂 a challenging one but worth trying I can see. I wish to do the Sarria to Compostela. So if i get more than 2 stamps a day is it okay? does it compensate for a day i had only 1? thanks 🙂

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    • Leslie
      Leslie says:

      No, you can have more, as many as you like. I just don’t think that having more makes up for only having one on a particular day.

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