Below you can find information about transport to and from Santander.
Travel to Santander by plane
Santander’s airport is located in Camargo, five kilometres away from the city. Buses run from Santander’s bus station to the airport every 15-30 minutes from 8am to 9pm. It is also easily accessible by taxi, the ride costing around 15 Euro. The airport is serviced by many European low cost airlines, including Ryanair.
Av. de Parayas
telephone: 34 942 20 21 00 or 34 942 211 995
For further airport information go to www.aena.es and click on Santander.
Travel by train
RENFE trains serve distant destinations to the south of Spain, as Santander is the terminus of a national rail line. RENFE goes to Madrid and Valladolid.
Take regional FEVE train to cities east or west of Santander, FEVE trains go to Bilbao and Oviedo.
Santander train station
Travel by bus
Transport by bus or coach is very popular in Spain since Spanish roads connect practically every city and destination while the rail lines are more limited in terms of destinations and schedules. The lack of high speed trains in Spain has been a problem in the past, now partly solved by the new high speed rail lines which connect Madrid to a number of popular destinations.
Buses go from Santander to Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, León, Madrid, Oviedo, Palencia and Salamanca.
Santander bus station
Calle Navas de Tolosa
Telephone: 34 942 21 19 95
Travel by boat
Brittany Ferries go from Santander to Plymouth (in the UK), ferries leave from the Estación Marítima, next to the gardens of Pereda (Jardines de Pereda). In summer reserve two weeks ahead. Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm.
Los Reginas Ferries: You’ll find them in Calle Embarcadero, also by the gardens of Pereda, their boats run to Pedreña, Somo and the beaches at Puntal every 15 or 30 minutes from 10.30am to 8pm, they also offer boat tours of the bay of Santander, from June to September.
Public transportation in Santander
Municipal buses run throughout the city every 15 minutes. Buses number 1, 4, 7, 9, 13 and 14 run from the city hall (Ayuntamiento) to el Sardinero beaches stopping at Plaza de Italia and Piquío Gardens (Jardines de Piquío). Bus number 15 runs from the RENFE train station to El Sardinero beach.
Taxis offer a 24 hour service to greater Santander. There will also be taxis waiting outside the train and bus stations, on Vargas street and near the city hall. You’ll find a map with all taxi stops in the city at the tourist office. You can order a taxi by phone at 34 33 33 33 or 34 942 36 91 91.
Renting a car: In the RENFE train station parking lot you will see Avis car rental.
Websites with more information:
Santander’s bus routes and timetables: www.ayto-santander.es/concejalias/turismo