There are 4 ways to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 36 min

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

$29 - $45

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Bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Santiago De Compostela to Ponferrada

$26 - $40

2 alternative options

Train via Orense-Empalme  •  4 h 10 min

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

$30 - $51

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada 132.4 miles

$25 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada is to drive which costs 21€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santiago De Compostela and arriving at Ponferrada. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 3 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santiago de Compostela and arriving at Ponferrada. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 36 min.

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The distance between Santiago de Compostela and Ponferrada is 164 km. The road distance is 211.8 km.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada without a car is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs 25€ - 35€.

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The train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada takes 3 h 36 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Santiago de Compostela station.

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The best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada is to train which takes 3 h 36 min and costs 25€ - 35€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 22€ - 35€ and takes 3 h 40 min.

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Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Ponferrada station.

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Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Ponferrada station.

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Map of how to get from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada.
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  • Distance: 102.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 36 min

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

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada twice daily. Tickets cost $29 - $45 and the journey takes 3 h 36 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada every 4 hours. Tickets cost $26 - $40 and the journey takes 3 h 40 min.

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 Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
3 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$29 - $45
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 Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $30
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 Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
alsa.com

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