There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria by plane, bus, train 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  2 h 55 min

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

$60 - $211

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Santander

$30 - $55

4 alternative options

Fly to San Sebastian, bus  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to San Sebastian (EAS) MAD - EAS
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao

$100 - $309

Train  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander A

$52 - $72

Bus via Sedano  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid-Barajas Airport T4 to Sedano
  2. Take the bus from Sedano to Santander

$46 - $70

Drive  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander 275.9 miles

$50 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria is to bus which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria is to fly and bus which costs 50€ - 180€ and takes 2 h 55 min.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Cantabria is 300 km. The road distance is 441.4 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 and arriving at Santander. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria. However, there are services departing from Madrid Airport and arriving at Santander via Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 20 min.

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What companies run services between Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain and Cantabria, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander 4 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 4 h 7 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 30 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Bus operators
ALSA
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 Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid-Barajas Airport T4 to Sedano
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Sedano to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from San Sebastián to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus

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