There are 8 ways to get from London to Santander by plane, bus, train, car, car ferry or car train

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 from London Heathrow, bus  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Bilbao (BIO) LHR - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$92 - $268

Cheapest option

Fly from London Gatwick, bus  •  6 h 56 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Bilbao (BIO) LGW - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$66 - $247

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Fly from London Stansted, bus  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Bilbao (BIO) STN - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$70 - $246

Train, bus  •  14 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  2. Take the train from Lille Flandres to Bordeaux-St-Jean Tgv
  3. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne Tgv
  4. Take the bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
  5. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$284 - $495

Train  •  16 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye Tgv
  3. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc
  4. Take the train from Bilbao to Santander

$251 - $436

Bus  •  22 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander Ouibus

$72 - $132

Drive, car ferry  •  24 h 56 min

  1. Drive from London to Portsmouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Santander

$116 - $493

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  13 h 57 min

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Santander

$357 - $454

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Santander is to bus which costs £55 - £100 and takes 22 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from London to Santander is to fly and bus which costs £65 - £210 and takes 6 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Santander. However, there are services departing from Londres Victoria Coach Station and arriving at Santander via Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 29 min.

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The distance between London and Santander is 585 miles.

The best way to get from London to Santander without a car is to train and bus which takes 14 h 58 min and costs £210 - £380.

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It takes approximately 6 h 42 min to get from London to Santander, including transfers.

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London to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Londres Victoria Coach Station.

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The best way to get from London to Santander is to train which takes 16 h 58 min and costs £190 - £330. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £55 - £100 and takes 22 h 29 min.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 55 min.

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

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Map of how to get from London to Santander.
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  • Distance: 584.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 42 min

What companies run services between London, England and Santander, Spain?

You can take a train from London to Santander via Paris Nord Eurostar, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse-Bienvenue, Paris Montparnasse, Hendaye, Hendaia, Amara-Donostia, Zazpikaleak-Bilbao, and Bilbao in around 16 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Santander via Bilbao in around 22 h 29 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $310
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Stansted to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $290
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $440
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $490
Train operators
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $150
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$50 - $150
Premier
$120 - $170
Train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$75 - $240
Premier
$180 - $280
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lille Flandres to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $180
1st Class
$200 - $300
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $50
1st Class
$65 - $85
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $170
1st Class
$190 - $290
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $70
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
renfe.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$173
Website
eurotunnel.com
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 - $29
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
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Adult
$100 - $140
Car
$330 - $470

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