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There are 8 ways to get from Santander to Barcelona by bus, plane, train, rideshare or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, fly  •  4 h 55 min

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

$44 - $148

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Bus, train via Zaragoza Delicias  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Zaragoza
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...

$77 - $113

Train  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin A
  2. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...

$128 - $179

Bus, train Spanish Railways (RENFE)  •  9 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao
  2. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants A

$94 - $123

Bus ALSA  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Barcelona

$45 - $70

Bus MonBus  •  11 h

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Pamplona
  2. Take the bus from Pamplona to Barcelona

$56 - $76

Rideshare  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Santander to Barcelone 441.4 miles

$49

Drive  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Santander to Barcelona 442 miles

$80 - $120

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

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The quickest way to get from Santander to Barcelona is to bus and fly which costs 35€ - 130€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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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 10 h 15 min.

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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 Madrid Chamartín and Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 13 min.

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The distance between Santander and Barcelona is 542 km. The road distance is 707.2 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to Barcelona without a car is to bus and train which takes 7 h 34 min and costs 65€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 55 min 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 Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Santander station.

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The best way to get from Santander to Barcelona is to train which takes 8 h 13 min and costs 110€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 10 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Santander to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 338.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 55 min

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

You can take a train from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid-Chamartin, Madrid Chamartín, Madrid Atocha, and Madrid-Puerta de Atocha in around 8 h 13 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santander to Barcelona once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 10 h 15 min.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
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 Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $95
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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
10 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
alsa.com
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Santander to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $31
Schedules at
La Union
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Pamplona to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Santander to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$49
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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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 Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santander to Barcelona is 707 km. It takes approximately 6 h 48 min 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 ALSA.

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There are 3426+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at $75 USD 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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