There are 7 ways to get from Santander to Barcelona by bus, plane, train, night bus, rideshare or car

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Bus, fly  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao
  2. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Barcelona (BCN) BIO - BCN

39€ - 145€

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Train  •  7h 49m

  1. Take the train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin Alv
  2. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave

89€ - 162€

Bus, train  •  9h 35m

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  2. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants Alv

48€ - 63€

Bus  •  10h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Barcelona

55€ - 80€

Bus, night bus  •  12h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao 783
  2. Take the night bus from Bilbao / Termibus to Tolosa
  3. Take the night bus from Tolosa to Barcelona Nord

Rideshare  •  8h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Santander to Barcelone 706.8 km

42€

Drive  •  6h 49m

  1. Drive from Santander to Barcelona 707.5 km

75€ - 110€

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The cheapest way to get from Santander to Barcelona is to rideshare which costs 42€ and takes 8h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Santander to Barcelona is to bus and fly which costs 35€ - 150€ and takes 5h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santander and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Santander to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Chamartin and Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 49m.

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The distance between Santander and Barcelona is 542 km. The road distance is 707.5 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 7h 49m and costs 85€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 5h 35m to get from Santander to Barcelona, including transfers.

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

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Santander to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Santander station.

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The best way to get from Santander to Barcelona is to train which takes 7h 49m and costs 85€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 10h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Santander to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 542.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 35m

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

You can take a train from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid-Chamartin, Chamartin, Atocha, and Madrid-Puerta De Atocha in around 7h 49m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santander to Barcelona once daily. Tickets cost 55€ - 80€ and the journey takes 10h 15m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
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 Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
28€ - 35€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.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. 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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
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 Santander, Santander to Bilbao, Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Night bus from Bilbao / Termibus to Tolosa
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Schedules at
pesa.net
Vigo Barcelona, S.A.
Phone
93 265 61 32
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Night bus from Tolosa to Barcelona Nord
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
Vigo Barcelona, S.A.
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Santander to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
8h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
42€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Santander to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santander to Barcelona is 708 km. It takes approximately 6h 49m to drive from Santander to Barcelona.

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Vueling Airlines offers flights from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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

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There are 3508+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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