There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Cantabria by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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

Train  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Santander A

$50 - $70

Cheapest option

Bus Ouibus  •  7 h 45 min

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

$22 - $33

5 alternative options

Train via Madrid-Chamartin  •  5 h 17 min

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

$51 - $72

Bus ALSA  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Santander

$30 - $55

Rideshare  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Santander 284.3 miles

$24

Drive  •  4 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santander 284.7 miles

$50 - $80

Fly, bus  •  4 h 17 min

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

$58 - $219

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Cantabria is to rideshare which costs 20€ and takes 5 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Cantabria is to fly and bus which costs 45€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 17 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Cantabria is 307 km. The road distance is 455.5 km.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Santander. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 5 h 45 min.

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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 Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 4 h 50 min.

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What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Cantabria, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid to Santander once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 4 h 50 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Santander every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 45 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)
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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Santander
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Madrid - South Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$24
Book at
blablacar.es

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