There are 4 ways to get from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) by bus, plane, train 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.

Recommended option

Bus, fly  •  3 h 45 min

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

$45 - $220

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Madrid-Barajas Airport T4

$30 - $50

2 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 37 min

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

$53 - $69

Drive  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) 276.5 miles

$50 - $80

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) is to bus which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) is to bus and fly which costs 35€ - 190€ and takes 3 h 45 min.

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The distance between Santander and Madrid Airport (MAD) is 331 km. The road distance is 442.3 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to get from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD), including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santander and arriving at Madrid-Barajas Airport T4. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD). However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Madrid Airport via Chamartín. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 37 min.

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What companies run services between Santander, Spain and Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) 4 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 4 h 7 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santander to Madrid Airport (MAD) once daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 35 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
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 16 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Madrid-Barajas Airport T4
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com

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