Cartoon image of people catching the bus on Ordesa National Park Shuttle Bus

Ordesa National Park Shuttle Bus

The Ordesa National Park shuttle bus runs only at peak holiday times. So, if you are restricted by school holidays and have no choice but to visit Ordesa during these times, please take note of the timetable below.

During peak times, the number of people allowed into the Ordesa valley is controlled through the use of the Ordesa National Park shuttle bus. Access is closed to private cars. Simply leave your car in the large car park by the Ordesa park visitors’ centre, in Torla and catch the bus from there. This is also less than 100m from our self -catering cottage.

The good news is that the Parking is free but the bad news is the bus is not! Tickets costs 4.50€ return trip or 3€ single. Children under 10, however go for free. Over 65´s also have a discount of 1€ off the return ticket or 50 cents off the single.

A view of the visitors centre and shuttle bus on Ordesa National Park Shuttle BusThe single ticket gives you the option to walk to, or from, the Pradera de Ordesa along the beautiful camino de turieto. More popular is the low or “turieto bajo” route, but the higher route “turieto alto” has recently been reopened and has more spectacular views. Both routes are along shady paths, so perfect for the summer.

Peak times for 2017 are Easter, Summer holidays and the October bank holiday of Pilar. At all other times, you should be able to drive to the Pradera car park in the Ordesa valley in your own car. One exception may be winter, when the Ordesa valley is equally spectacular , however, the road may be occasionally closed due to avalanche risk or shear volume of snow (the snow plough clears the road but only once the main roads and access roads to villages have been cleared).

The dates and times for the Ordesa National Park shuttle bus in 2017 are below. Please note, for early risers the first bus is at 6am in the Summer and 7am at other times. After 8am the frequency is every 15-20 minutes.
The last bus to leave the Pradera, returning to Torla, is at 10pm in the Summer and at 9.30pm at Easter and Pilar.

 

Ordesa National Park Bus Timetable

SeasonDatesDeparts TorlaDeparts Ordesa
Easter 13-16th April7.00 am20.30 pm
Summer July 1st to September 11th6.00 am22.00 pm
Pilar12th-15th October7.00 am20.30 pm
For early risers the first bus is at 6am in the summer and 7am at other times. After 8am frequency is every 15-20 minutes.

Although it is hard to imagine, occasionally, the limit of 1800 people n the Ordesa Valley is reached! (e.g late morning, close to the August 15th bank holiday date). The bus service going into the park is then suspended until the numbers subside again.

During this very busy time it is important to get to Torla early – Despite expanding the car park to almost the same surface area of the village itself, I have been unable to find a single space, or even an unoccupied verge when arriving after 11:30 am during the month of August.

Finally, remember the Ordesa National Park shuttle bus only gives access to the Ordesa Valley. The walking however, is breathtaking, and there are routes for all abilities. From dramatic waterfalls to high passes, Ordesa has it all!

Although not actually within the park, the Valley of Bujaruelo is equally beautiful, and just a 20 min drive from Torla. Here, access by car is allowed throughout the year.
Do not forget we offer Self Guided Walking Holidays. The perfect way to explore this beautiful area. Based at our B&B, we provide the local knowledge and the advice, including where to go to get the best weather, maps, route cards and driving directions. This leaves you free to enjoy the walking and explore not just the Ordesa valley, but also Añisclo, Escuain and Pineta.

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7 Comments

  1. Hello does this mean that there is no shuttle to the car park until July 1st (except for three days at Easter)? Is there alternative transport?

    Thanks

    • Correct Simon, there are no buses until July. However, there is a lovely walk from Torla, which takes you to the entrance of the park, or you could get a taxi. Alternatively, come on one of our special interest holidays, or activity holidays, as we provide the transport!

  2. Hello, approximately September 27th I will be following the GR 11 Eastbound and plan on spending the night in Torla after walking from Bujaruelo. The next day I plan on continuing on to the Goriz Hut. Rather than walk the Turieto Bajo would it be possible to hitch hike from Torla to the Pradera to begin walking? Or maybe take a taxi?

    • Hi, thanks for visiting our blog. You can of course walk directly to Goriz from Bujuruelo refuge in 7-8 hours. If you want to stop off in Torla then your best alternative to walking the next day is to take a taxi to the Pradera. Hitch hiking can be very hit and miss, especially if it is a weekday and early in the morning! There are several taxi drivers in Torla including 2 who speak good English. They are part of a co-operative who also do the excellent 4×4 viewpoint tours above the canyon of Ordesa: http://www.miradoresdeordesa.es/taxi-service/?lang=en
      If you take a taxi to the Pradera, you can then have a more leisurely walk to Goriz and take time to visit all the viewpoints of the Arripas, la Cueva and Estrecho waterfalls on the way. Alternatively, if you are up for the steep climb at the start, take the Faja de Pelay or Hunters path with spectacular views above the valley. Hope this helps.

  3. I have a question – the periodSummer: July 1st to September 11th – does it include 11 September? We are coming on 11.09 and we wanted to come by our own car – would it be possible or do we have to take the bus?

    • Hi Anna, sorry for not getting back to you earlier but we have been really busy with our Bed & Breakfast and self catering in Torla.
      If you arrive on the 11th September you will be able to drive into the park, the buses actually stop on Sunday the 10th.
      Hope this helps.

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