Friday, 23 July 2010 12:41

How to reach Santander

Location and Access

Santander is located by the North shoreline of Spain. It is well connected with the most important Spanish cities (namely Madrid and Barcelona) and it is very close to Bilbao (120 km). There are several ways to reach Santander; in the following we provide a brief outlook of them.

By plane

To reach Santander by plane, there is the option to arrive directly at its airport, but Bilbao airport (with more European connections) can also be used, since it is easy to reach Santander from Bilbao by road. In this
sense, University of Cantabria has an agreement with a private taxi service (cheaper than a taxi), with a fare of 107 euros per way (either Santander-Bilbao or Bilbao-Santander).

Santander International Airport (SDR)

Santander Airport (SDR) is located 7 km away from the downtown and has regular flights to Madrid and Barcelona operated by the IBERIA airline company.
• To Madrid: 8 flights per day; From Madrid: 8 flights per day.
• To Barcelona: 3 flights per day; From Barcelona: 3 flights per day.
There are also flights to and from Madrid operated by the low Cost Ryanair airline company per day.
• To Madrid: 2 flights per day; From Madrid: 1 flight per day.

Bilbao International Airport (BIO)

As said before, another interesting alternative is to use Bilbao airport (with several European connections), and then travel to Santander by car, bus, etc. International flights Bilbao international airport, located in Loiu, only 120 km from Santander has regular flights with the main European capitals.

By ship

A few metres from the Jardines de Pereda and the Promenade with the same name, in the business centre of the capital, we can find the Santander shipping terminal, which offers two journey services per
week to Great Britain on the “Val de Loire” Ferry.
• Plymouth – Santander: Britany Ferrys
There is also the possibility of embarking at Roscoff and Saint Malo (Brittany) and at Cherbourg and Caën (Normandy).

By train

Two companies, RENFE and FEVE, offer a very complete service. Both stations are located at the Plaza de las Estaciones, in the downtown, where all bus routes which connect the capital with the rest of the peninsula and Europe are based.
For more details see here (pdf)

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