There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Santillana del Mar by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 5 min

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

$60 - $84

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Bus  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Torrelavega

$47 - $71

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Train via Santander  •  7 h 4 min

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

$50 - $70

Drive  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santillana del Mar 272.4 miles

$50 - $75

Fly to Santander, bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Santander (SDR) MAD - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Santander to Santillana Del Mar

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  6 h 25 min

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Santillana del Mar. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Santillana Del Mar via Torrelavega. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 44 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Santillana del Mar is 332 km. The road distance is 435.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santillana del Mar without a car is to train which takes 5 h 5 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 5 min to get from Madrid to Santillana del Mar, including transfers.

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Madrid to Santillana del Mar bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santillana del Mar is to train which takes 5 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 6 h 44 min.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Santander Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Madrid to Santillana del Mar bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Torrelavega station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Santillana del Mar is 436 km. It takes approximately 4 h 19 min to drive from Madrid to Santillana del Mar.

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Iberia offers flights from Madrid Airport to Santander Airport.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Santillana del Mar.
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  • Distance: 207.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 5 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Santillana del Mar, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid to Santillana del Mar 4 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $65 and the journey takes 3 h 39 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Santillana del Mar every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
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)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Torrelavega
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Torrelavega
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Cantabrica
Phone
+34 (0) 942 720 822
Email
lacantabrica@lacantabrica.com
Website
lacantabrica.net
Bus from Santander to Santillana Del Mar
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
lacantabrica.net
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus

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There are 445+ hotels available in Santillana del Mar. Prices start at $55 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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