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There are 7 ways to get from Dublin to Santander by plane, bus, car ferry, train, car or bus and ferry

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 to Bilbao, bus  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Bilbao (BIO) DUB - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$70 - $253

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Fly to Santander  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Santander (SDR) DUB - SDR

$94 - $325

Car ferry, train, bus FlixBus  •  29 h 56 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to London Euston
  3. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  4. Take the bus from Lille to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
  5. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Santander

$300 - $533

Car ferry, drive  •  30 h 55 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Drive from Holyhead to Plymouth
  3. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander

$193 - $522

Car ferry, train, bus  •  31 h 46 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to London Euston
  3. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  4. Take the bus from Lille to Hub Europe Alsa
  5. Take the bus from Hub Europe Alsa to Santander

$285 - $493

Bus and ferry, bus  •  35 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria 871
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$98 - $173

Car ferry, train  •  36 h 2 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead to Cardiff Central
  3. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Plymouth
  4. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander

$293 - $702

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Santander is to fly and bus which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 6 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Santander is to fly which costs 80€ - 290€ and takes 4 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dublin to Santander. However, there are services departing from Dublin and arriving at Santander via Londres Victoria Coach Station and Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35 h 36 min.

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The distance between Dublin and Santander is 1112 km.

The best way to get from Dublin to Santander without a car is to car ferry and train and bus which takes 29 h 56 min and costs 260€ - 470€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 29 min to get from Dublin to Santander, including transfers.

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Dublin to Santander bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dublin station.

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Santander is 1 h ahead of Dublin. It is currently 6:32 PM in Dublin and 7:32 PM in Santander.

Map of how to get from Dublin to Santander.
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  • Distance: 694.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 29 min

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Santander, Spain?

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Iberia fly from Dublin to Santander 3 times a week.

Airlines
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Dublin to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $750
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Santander
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $340
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Holyhead to London Euston
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $240
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$95 - $140
Anytime Day Single
$150 - $240
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Holyhead to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
4 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $140
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$90 - $140
First Anytime Day Single
$150 - $220
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$45 - $70
Advanced Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $160
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 Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
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
Bus from San Sebastián to Santander
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Lille to Hub Europe Alsa
Ave. Duration
16 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Hub Europe Alsa to Santander
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
14 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
flixbus.co.uk
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $35
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Phone
+353 818 300 400
Email
info@irishferries.com
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$38 - $42
car
$115
Passenger
$41
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $160
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$46
Small Car
$155
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$80 - $110
Car
$250 - $360

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Iberia, Aer Lingus and Air France offer flights from Dublin Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 530+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to bus which takes 14 min and costs 4€ - 11€.

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