There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Cantabria by plane, bus, train, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly, bus  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales

$41 - $143

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Train, bus  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando A
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander Ouibus

$81 - $121

Train, bus via Zaragoza Delicias  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Pamplona R / ...
  3. Take the bus from Pamplona to Santander

$95 - $130

Bus  •  9 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Santander

$45 - $70

Train  •  10 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Palencia Hot / ...
  3. Take the train from Palencia to Santander A / ...

$116 - $167

Bus MonBus  •  11 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Pamplona
  2. Take the bus from PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Vuelta - Estación to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki L2
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$50 - $90

Rideshare  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Santander 441.6 miles

$55

Drive  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Santander 442.4 miles

$80 - $130

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona/Sants and arriving at Santander. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 9 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Cantabria. However, there are services departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at Santander via Zaragoza Delicias and Palencia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 48 min.

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The distance between Barcelona and Cantabria is 551 km. The road distance is 707.9 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Cantabria without a car is to train and bus which takes 8 h 27 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Barcelona to Cantabria, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Cantabria bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona/Sants station.

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Barcelona to Cantabria train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Barcelona Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Cantabria is to bus which takes 9 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 10 h 48 min.

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Barcelona to Cantabria bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santander station.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Cantabria.
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  • Distance: 344.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Cantabria, Spain?

ALSA operates a bus from Barcelona to Santander twice daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Barcelona to Santander via Zaragoza Delicias and Palencia in around 10 h 48 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Valencia
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to Palencia
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Palencia to Santander
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Santander
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Pamplona to Santander
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Schedules at
La Union
Bus from PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Vuelta - Estación to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
La Union
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Santander
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55
Book at
blablacar.es

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Barcelona to Cantabria train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Cantabria is 708 km. It takes approximately 6 h 50 min to drive from Barcelona to Cantabria.

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Air Europa, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Cantabria train tickets online with Loco2, Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Barcelona to Cantabria bus tickets online with Busbud.

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There are 197+ hotels available in Cantabria. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Cantabria. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs .

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