There are 4 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly, bus  •  2 h 48 min

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

$60 - $211

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Bus  •  5 h 30 min

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

$30 - $50

2 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 24 min

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

$52 - $67

Drive  •  4 h 23 min

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

$50 - $75

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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. 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 24 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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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria without a car is to train which takes 5 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 48 min to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria, including transfers.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria is to train which takes 5 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santander station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria.
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  • Distance: 187.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 48 min

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 - $65 and the journey takes 4 h 11 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 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
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
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 Madrid-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
renfe.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 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 - $50
Website
alsa.com

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria is 441 km. It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cantabria.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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