There are 5 ways to get from Pau to Santander by bus, train or car

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Bus ALSA  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Pau to Bilbao 786 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander Ouibus

$19 - $66

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Bus Ouibus  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Pau - University to San Sebastián Ouibus / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastián to Santander Ouibus

$13 - $27

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Train, bus  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Pau to Bayonne Ic
  2. Take the bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$70 - $148

Train  •  10 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Pau to Bayonne Ic
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc
  3. Take the train from Bilbao to Santander

$50 - $74

Drive  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Pau to Santander 225.2 miles

$45 - $70

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No, there is no direct bus from Pau to Santander. However, there are services departing from Pau and arriving at Santander via Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Pau to Santander. However, there are services departing from Pau and arriving at Santander via Bayonne, Hendaia, Amara-Donostia and Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 56 min.

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The distance between Pau and Santander is 278 km. The road distance is 360.3 km.

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The best way to get from Pau to Santander without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 44 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to get from Pau to Santander, including transfers.

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Pau to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Pau station.

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Pau to Santander train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Pau station.

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The best way to get from Pau to Santander is to bus which takes 5 h 44 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 10 h 56 min.

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

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Pau to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Feve, arrive at Santander station.

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Map of how to get from Pau to Santander.
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  • Distance: 174 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 44 min

What companies run services between Pau, France and Santander, Spain?

You can take a bus from Pau to Santander via Bilbao in around 5 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Pau to Santander via Bayonne, Hendaye, Hendaia, Amara-Donostia, Zazpikaleak-Bilbao, and Bilbao in around 10 h 56 min.

Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Pau to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
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 Pau to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Pau to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Pau to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Bus from Pau - University to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
Ouibus
Bus from San Sebastián to Santander
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Ouibus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire to Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Bayonne to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
eurolines.fr

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Yes, the driving distance between Pau to Santander is 360 km. It takes approximately 3 h 37 min to drive from Pau to Santander.

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