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As Santander has a very old town, many streets are very narrow and a smaller car will be easier to navigate through them. Petrolis also very expensive in Europe, so driving a compact car will mean lower expenses. Bear in mind that renting an automatic car may cost extra, as stick shifts are still commonly used in Spain.
Speed limits in Spain are posted on the right-hand side of the street and are always in kilometers per hour. In built-up areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) is the permitted speed, with 90 km/h (55 mph) on secondary rural roads and 120 km/h (74 mph) on freeways. In some of the narrower parts in Santander, only 20-30 km/h (12-18 mph) is allowed.
A liter in Santander costs around €1.30 (approximately $1.50 per liter, which translates to around $6 per gallon). The cheapest petrol is usually available between 8 am and 10 am, before the petrol stations raise their prices for the afternoon. Most petrol stations are self-service and drivers can pay with cash or card, but bear in mind that a 4-digit code is required for verification in Europe when paying with card.
On-street parking in Santander is metered in most places and is indicated with a blue curb line. Usually there is a time limit of 2 hours or less. Parking lots are a good alternative for travelers who are staying longer, such as the Alfonso XIII or the Parking Plaza Esperanza, which costs about €16 per day ($18).