There are 5 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander 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, bus  •  3 h 10 min

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

$49 - $193

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  7 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - South Station to Bilbao Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander Ouibus

$20 - $30

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 20 min

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

$52 - $67

Bus ALSA  •  5 h 30 min

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

$30 - $55

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 Santander is to bus which costs 17€ - 26€ and takes 7 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander is to fly and bus which costs 40€ - 170€ and takes 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Santander is 331 km. The road distance is 441.4 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 10 min to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Santander, 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 Santander. 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 Santander, 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 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
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)
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Madrid - South Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
Ouibus

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