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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Santander Alv

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Rideshare  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Santander 455.1 km

4 alternative options

Train via Chamartin  •  5h 25m

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

Bus  •  7h 20m

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

Drive  •  4h 27m

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander 455.1 km

Fly, bus  •  5h 26m

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

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander is to rideshare which costs €20 and takes 5h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander is to drive which costs €45 - €70 and takes 4h 27m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander. However, there are services departing from Estación De Atocha and arriving at Santander via Madrid - Barajas Airport T4. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Santander. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Santander is 340 km. The road distance is 455.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander without a car is to train which takes 4h 56m and costs €29 - €40.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Santander takes 4h 50m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander is to train which takes 4h 56m and costs €29 - €40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €35 - €55 and takes 7h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander.
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  • Distance: 340 km
  • Duration: 4h 56m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Santander, Spain?

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Santander once daily. Tickets cost €29 - €40 and the journey takes 4h 50m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Santander every 4 hours. Tickets cost €35 - €50 and the journey takes 5h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €210
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €160
Train operators
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Santander
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Santander
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €13
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 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€20
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santander station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Santander is 455 km. It takes approximately 4h 27m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Santander.

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

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There are 312+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid Atocha Station and Santander. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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