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There are 9 ways to get from Santander to Barcelona by plane, bus, train, rideshare or car

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Fly from Santander  •  2h 51m

  1. Fly from Santander (SDR) to Barcelona (BCN) SDR - BCN

47€ - 126€

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Bus via Donostia / San Sebastián  •  11h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to San Sebastian / Donostia 783
  2. Take the bus from San Sebastian / Donostia to Barcelona K793

39€ - 49€

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Bus to Bilbao, fly  •  5h 11m

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

48€ - 112€

Train  •  7h 47m

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

94€ - 162€

Bus, train via Vitoria-Gasteiz  •  9h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao 783
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Universidad Vitoria/Gasteiz c/Nieves Cano sentido Vitoria/Gasteiz L7 / ...
  3. Take the train from Vitoria/Gasteiz to Barcelona-Sants Alv

49€ - 66€

Bus, train  •  9h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Bilbao 783
  2. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants Alv

49€ - 65€

Bus  •  10h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Barcelona

55€ - 80€

Rideshare  •  8h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Santander to Barcelone 703.9 km

42€

Drive  •  6h 46m

  1. Drive from Santander to Barcelona 709.2 km

65€ - 100€

Santander to Barcelona by bus

The bus journey time between Santander and Barcelona is around 19h 55m and covers a distance of around 766 km. The fastest bus normally takes 19h 55m. Services are operated by FlixBus. Typically only one bus runs weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Santander to Barcelona bus schedules

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Questions & Answers

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 fly which costs 45€ - 130€ and takes 2h 51m.

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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 47m.

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The distance between Santander and Barcelona is 542 km. The road distance is 709.2 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 7h 47m and costs 90€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 2h 51m 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 fly which takes 2h 51m and costs 45€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 90€ - 170€ and takes 7h 47m, you could also 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: 2h 51m

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

Vueling Airlines, Ryanair and Iberia fly from Santander to Barcelona 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid-Chamartin, Chamartin, Atocha, and Madrid-Puerta De Atocha in around 7h 47m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 190€
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 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 Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 35€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Vitoria/Gasteiz to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 54m
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
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
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 to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Santander to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
12€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from San Sebastian / Donostia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
27€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki to Universidad Vitoria/Gasteiz c/Nieves Cano sentido Vitoria/Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
Autobuses La Union
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 Santander Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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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 709 km. It takes approximately 6h 46m to drive from Santander to Barcelona.

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Ryanair, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Santander 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 6904+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 75€ 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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The best way to get from Santander to Santander Airport is to bus which takes 10 min and costs 2€ - 4€.

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