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There are 7 ways to get from Lisbon to Santander by plane, bus, train, night bus or car

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Fly, bus  •  7h 11m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Bilbao (BIO) LIS - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

63€ - 572€

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Bus  •  13h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon, Lisbon to Bilbao, Bilbao N763 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander 783

49€ - 64€

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Train, night bus, bus  •  13h 16m

  1. Take the train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Coimbra-B Ic
  2. Take the night bus from Coimbra, Coimbra to Salamanca
  3. Take the bus from Salamanca to Valladolid
  4. Take the train from Valladolid to Santander Alv / ...

59€ - 81€

Train, bus  •  15h 6m

  1. Take the train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Vila Nova De Gaia-Devesas Ic
  2. Take the bus from Porto, Porto to Santander, Santander 783

61€ - 80€

Bus via Cáceres  •  15h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Sete Rios Station to Caceres
  2. Take the bus from Caceres to Santander

61€ - 84€

Train  •  17h 3m

  1. Take the train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Entroncamento Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Entroncamento to Badajoz Re
  3. Take the train from Badajoz to Madrid-Chamartin 197 / ...
  4. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander Alv

78€ - 104€

Drive  •  7h 53m

  1. Drive from Lisbon to Santander 831.9 km

100€ - 160€

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The cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Santander is to bus which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 13h 12m.

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The quickest way to get from Lisbon to Santander is to fly and bus which costs 60€ - 600€ and takes 7h 11m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lisbon station to Santander. However, there are services departing from Lisbon Sete Rios Station and arriving at Santander via Caceres. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lisbon to Santander. However, there are services departing from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia and arriving at Santander via Entroncamento, Badajoz and Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h 3m.

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The distance between Lisbon and Santander is 691 km. The road distance is 831.9 km.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Santander without a car is to bus which takes 13h 12m and costs 45€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 7h 11m to get from Lisbon to Santander, including transfers.

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Lisbon to Santander bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, depart from Lisbon Sete Rios Station.

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Lisbon to Santander train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, depart from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia station.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Santander is to bus which takes 13h 12m and costs 45€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 75€ - 110€ and takes 17h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Lisbon to Santander.
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  • Distance: 691.2 km
  • Duration: 7h 11m

What companies run services between Lisbon, Portugal and Santander, Spain?

You can take a bus from Lisbon to Santander via Lisboa - Oriente, Lisbon, Lisbon, Bilbao, Bilbao, and Bilbao in around 13h 12m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lisbon to Santander via Entroncamento, Badajoz, and Madrid-Chamartin in around 17h 3m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Porto
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 200€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 460€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 420€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lisbon to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
Train operators
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Coimbra-B
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
15€ - 22€
Train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Vila Nova De Gaia-Devesas
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
23€ - 35€
Train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
7€ - 11€
Train from Entroncamento to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
12€ - 18€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Valladolid to Santander
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
19€ - 24€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Badajoz to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
5h 13m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 35€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Salamanca to Valladolid
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Caceres to Santander
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Santander, Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lisbon, Lisbon to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Coimbra, Coimbra to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Salamanca to Valladolid
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Porto, Porto to Santander, Santander
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Lisbon Sete Rios Station to Caceres
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Book at
rede-expressos.pt

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Lisbon Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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

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Santander is 1h ahead of Lisbon. It is currently 10:37 PM in Lisbon and 11:37 PM in Santander.

Lisbon to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lisbon to Santander is 832 km. It takes approximately 7h 53m to drive from Lisbon to Santander.

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Vueling Airlines, Volotea, TAP Portugal and two other airlines offer flights from Lisbon Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 790+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Lisbon Airport is to shuttle which takes 16 min and costs 4€ - 7€.

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