Airport, located about five kilometres from the town hall, has
daily connections with Madrid and Barcelona. A flight to and from
Madrid takes about 40 minutes, and from Barcelona about 60
minutes. Please consult with your travel agency for further details;
alternatively you can check the flights of Iberia Airlines or Spanair.
The only connection between the Santander airport and the town is by
taxi, at a price of 10-15 EUR. Phones:
Radio Taxi:(34)942 33 33 33
Tele Taxi:(34)942 36 91 91
Airport (Sondika) has some international conections (London,
Milano, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris) and is located at 60 minutes
driving distance from Santander. The bus company serving the route
Bilbao-Santander is Turytrans (phone
in Santander 942 22 16 85 or
942 22 65 08 and in Bilbao
944 21 03 63). If you arrive to Sondika airport, you
must take a bus or taxi to the Turytrans-downtown Bilbao stop (plaza
There are several daily connections from Madrid, operated by RENFE and from Bilbao and
Oviedo, operated by FEVE. Trains from
Bilbao and Oviedo, operated by FEVE
arrive at a station next to the Estacion de
All buses arrive at the Estacion de
autobuses. International buses, e.g. from Brussels, London,
Paris, Zurich and Prague) are operated by ALSA, phone
(34) 902 42 22 42 or
(34) 942 2 16 85. An extensive number of national
bus connections, operated by ALSA, Turytrans and Continental
If you drive a car, you can arrive at Santander:
From the South
You can take the free highway A1(N1) from Madrid to Burgos,
then take A73(N627) to Aguilar de Campoo and finally, connect to
A67(N611) to Santander. It takes about four hours.
An alternative route is the free highway A6 from Madrid till
the crossing with E80(N620) at Tordesillas (for a small part you will
have to pay) and then drive on the E80(N620) towards Palencia (passing
Valladolid by). At Palencia connect to the free highway A67(N611) to
Santander. This takes about five hours.
From the South (alternative) If you dislike mountain roads
follow free highway Madrid-Burgos, then the toll highway A1 till it
crosses A68. Then take the toll highway A68 towards Bilbao and finally the
free highway A8 to Santander. This route takes about 100 Km more than
the routes above.
From France (East) Take the toll highway A63 from the French
border to Bilbao, then the free highway A8 form Bilbao to Santander.
It takes about 60 minutes from Bilbao to Santander, and two/three hours
from the French border to Santander.
From the West (Galicia, Asturias and Portugal) Take the free
highway A8 from the center of Asturias (Oviedo, Gijon) or the road from
Galicia to Santander.
You might want to plan your route with the excellent free service of the
Royal Automobile Club (it is recommended
to enable Java in the browser for the interactive map).
There are two sailings a week between Plymouth (UK) and Santander,
each one is a 24 hour cruise operated by Brittany Ferries. See their Website for schedule and
Phone:(34)942 360 611