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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 37m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santiago De Compostela Alv

€45 - €57

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela 600.5 km

€30

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Bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Santiago De Compostela

€50 - €70

Bus via Ourense  •  9h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Ourense Auto Res
  2. Take the bus from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion

€43 - €60

Drive  •  5h 48m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela 600.4 km

€55 - €90

Fly to Santiago de Compostela  •  3h 38m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) MAD - SCQ

€83 - €889

Fly to A Coruna, train  •  4h 45m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to A Coruna (LCG) MAD - LCG
  2. Take the train from La Coruna-San Cristobal to Santiago De Compostela

€52 - €162

Fly to Vigo, train  •  5h 10m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Vigo (VGO) MAD - VGO
  2. Take the train from Vigo Urzaiz to Santiago De Compostela

€58 - €182

Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Santiago de Compostela is around 4h 51m and covers a distance of around 674 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 45m. Operated by Renfe Cercanias and Renfe Viajeros, the Madrid to Santiago de Compostela train service departs from Sol and arrives in Santiago De Compostela. Typically 19 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
4h 51m
Fastest train time:
4h 45m
Train distance:
674 km
Trains per week:
19
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
35 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
09:08
Last train departs at:
18:07

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Santiago de Compostela train schedules

Madrid → Santiago de Compostela
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  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santiago de Compostela is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Santiago de Compostela is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Santiago de Compostela is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

Last updated: 2 Aug 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela is to rideshare which costs €30 and takes 7h 1m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela is to fly which costs €80 - €900 and takes 3h 38m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Santiago De Compostela. Services depart four times a day, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 7h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela. However, there are services departing from Sol and arriving at Santiago De Compostela via Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 37m.

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The distance between Madrid and Santiago de Compostela is 487 km. The road distance is 600.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela without a car is to train which takes 5h 37m and costs €45 - €60.

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It takes approximately 5h 37m to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, including transfers.

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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela is to train which takes 5h 37m and costs €45 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €50 - €70 and takes 7h 50m, you could also fly, which costs €80 - €900 and takes 3h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela.
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  • Distance: 486.7 km
  • Duration: 5h 37m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Santiago de Compostela, Spain?

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santiago De Compostela 5 times a day. Tickets cost €40 - €50 and the journey takes 4h 27m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Santiago De Compostela 4 times a day. Tickets cost €50 - €70 and the journey takes 7h 50m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Flights from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Flights from Madrid to Vigo
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
Flights from Madrid to Vigo
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €200
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€19 - €130
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 Santiago De Compostela
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from La Coruna-San Cristobal to Santiago De Compostela
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€8 - €11
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Vigo Urzaiz to Santiago De Compostela
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€10 - €13
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 Estacion Sur to Santiago De Compostela
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €70
Website
alsa.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela - Train Staion
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€30
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Santiago de Compostela Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santiago De Compostela station.

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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Santiago De Compostela station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Santiago de Compostela is 600 km. It takes approximately 5h 48m to drive from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela.

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Ryanair and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Santiago de Compostela Airport.

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There are 186+ hotels available in Santiago de Compostela. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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