There are 5 ways to get from Santiago de Compostela to León by train, bus, night 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.

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Train  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Santiago de Compostela to Leon Ic / ...

$40 - $60

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Bus  •  6 h

  1. Take the bus from Santiago De Compostela to Leon

$30 - $50

3 alternative options

Train via Orense-Empalme  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Santiago de Compostela to Orense-Empalme A / ...
  2. Take the train from Orense-Empalme to Leon Ic / ...

$41 - $66

Bus, Trenhotel  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Casa Lorenzo to Lugo Área de Santiago de Compostela
  2. Take the Trenhotel from Lugo to León Atlantico / ...

$42 - $69

Drive  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Santiago de Compostela to León 200.6 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to León is to bus which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 6 h.

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The quickest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to León is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 3 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Leon. Services depart six times a week. The journey takes approximately 6 h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santiago de Compostela and arriving at Leon. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 22 min.

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The distance between Santiago de Compostela and León is 245 km. The road distance is 321 km.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to León without a car is to train which takes 5 h 22 min and costs 35€ - 50€.

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The train from Santiago de Compostela to Leon takes 5 h 22 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Santiago de Compostela to León bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Santiago De Compostela station.

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Map of how to get from Santiago de Compostela to León.
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  • Distance: 153.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 22 min

What companies run services between Santiago de Compostela, Spain and León, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Santiago de Compostela to León twice daily. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 5 h 22 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santiago de Compostela to León 6 times a week. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h.

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 Santiago de Compostela to Leon
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santiago de Compostela to Orense-Empalme
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $21
Website
renfe.com
Train from Orense-Empalme to Leon
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Lugo to León
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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 Santiago De Compostela to Leon
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Empresa Freire
Phone
+34 902 800 220
Email
infofreire@empresafreire.com
Website
empresafreire.com
Bus from Casa Lorenzo to Lugo
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $11
Schedules at
empresafreire.com
Transporte de Galicia
Website
tmg.xunta.gal
Bus from Casa Lorenzo to Lugo
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
tmg.xunta.gal

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