Hotels in Pamplona during the festival are very expensive. A good alternative is to do a Pamplona Guided Tour. There's one that takes in Barcelona, Pamplona, San Sebastian and Bilbao, with two days at the festival.
Staying in PamplonaThere are hotels in Pamplona, but many of these will be fully booked months beforehand. Also, as the whole of Pamplona turns into a party zone at night during the San Fermin Festival, getting a decent night's sleep might be difficult. However, if you stay up all night to enjoy the festivities, there's nothing better than being able to fall into bed after the running of the bulls in the morning. If you intend on sticking around for the bullfighting in the evening, you'll welcome somewhere to sleep in Pamplona itself.
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If you'd like to stay in private accommodation along the route, San Fermin Travel Central can help you book a place to stay during the festival.
Camping near PamplonaThere is one campsite just 6km outside of Pamplona (Camping Ezcaba and a few other campsites further out. Read more about Camping near Pamplona.
Home Exchange and Couchsurfing in or Near PamplonaA home exchange is a great way to get what would normally be expensive accommodation during high season.
If you don't have a home to swap, maybe you could just borrow someone's couch for a few days (known as 'couchsurfing'). Your host should also act as a handy guide during the festivities.
Check out my page on Home Exchange and Couchsurfing for more details.
Staying near Pamplona
It may be possible to stay in a hotel just outside Pamplona, though you will need to make transport arrangements if you want to get into the city for the bull run. A Canadian company, SPYNS, offers an up-market Pamplona Bull Run Tour where you stay in a hotel a few minutes's walk outside the city centre. This ensures you get a good night's sleep before the bull run.
You could also stay in one of these nearby cities:
Not the most exciting city in the world, but Vitoria is the closest city to Pamplona, making it an idea base to visit the Pamplona Running of the Bulls.
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Home to the Guggenheim Museum and some of the best Basque pintxos .
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- San Sebastian
Excellent beaches and even better pintxos.
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Traveling Overnight to Pamplona from Further AwayTo save on accommodation costs, many people travel overnight from a city further away. These cities have buses and trains that arrive in Pamplona in time for the running of the bulls in the morning.
The capital of Spain and closer to Pamplona than you might think. It is a simple overnight train or bus to Pamplona from here.
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A little further from Pamplona but one bus or train from Pamplona.
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A couple of hours away from Pamplona, which makes the overnight journey a little difficult (you have to stay up till late to catch the train) but the journey is shorter.
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