Select from 3 ways to get there

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Recommended option

Bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Santander to Leon
  2. Take the bus from Leon to Ponferrada

$63 - $88

Cheapest option

Train  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Santander to Palencia A / ...
  2. Take the train from Palencia to Ponferrada Ic / ...

$56 - $83

1 alternative option

Drive  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Santander to Ponferrada 231.7 miles

$40 - $65

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

You can take a bus from Santander to Ponferrada via Leon in around 6 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Santander to Ponferrada via Palencia in around 6 h 17 min.

Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Palencia
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
renfe.com
Train from Palencia to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Santander to Leon
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Leon to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
alsa.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santander and Ponferrada is 249 km. The road distance is 371 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santander to Ponferrada is to drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3 h 36 min.

The quickest way to get from Santander to Ponferrada is to drive which takes 3 h 36 min and costs 35€ - 55€.

No, there is no direct train from Santander to Ponferrada. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Ponferrada via Palencia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 17 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Santander to Ponferrada. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Ponferrada via Leon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 5 min to get from Santander to Ponferrada, including transfers.