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

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Fly, bus  •  5h 23m

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

45€ - 204€

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Rideshare  •  5h 21m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Santander 456.5 km

20€

3 alternative options

Train  •  5h 17m

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

33€ - 42€

Bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Santander

35€ - 50€

Drive  •  4h 27m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santander 457.1 km

45€ - 75€

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Questions & Answers

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 45€ - 75€ and takes 4h 27m.

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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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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Santander. However, there are services departing from Sol and arriving at Santander via Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 17m.

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The distance between Madrid and Santander is 339 km. The road distance is 457.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santander without a car is to train which takes 5h 17m and costs 30€ - 45€.

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It takes approximately 5h 23m to get from Madrid to Santander, including transfers.

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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-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santander is to train which takes 5h 17m and costs 30€ - 45€. 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: 5h 23m

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

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander 3 times a day. Tickets cost 28€ - 35€ and the journey takes 4h 7m. 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 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 230€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
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-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bilbao, Bilbao to Santander, Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 457 km. It takes approximately 4h 27m 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 761+ 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 and Santander. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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