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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Santander by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 50m

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

29€ - 40€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Santander 455.1 km

20€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Santander

35€ - 50€

Drive  •  4h 26m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santander 455.7 km

40€ - 65€

Fly, bus  •  5h 23m

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

48€ - 174€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santander is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Santander is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Santander is 1.5 metres.

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

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Santander is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 4h 26m.

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

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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 and Santander is 339 km. The road distance is 455.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santander without a car is to train which takes 4h 50m 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 to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid 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 to Santander is to train which takes 4h 50m and costs 29€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 5h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Santander.
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  • Distance: 339.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 50m

What companies run services between Madrid, 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 to Santander every 4 hours. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 5h 45m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 170€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 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
902 320 320
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
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
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
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.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Santander is 456 km. It takes approximately 4h 26m to drive from Madrid to Santander.

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

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Book your Madrid to Santander train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Madrid to Santander bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 504+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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

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