Santander travel guide

Santander Tourism | Santander Guide

You're Going to Love Santander

With a population of 182,700, Santander is the largest city in Cantabria, Spain by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Santander to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Santander

Santander in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santander in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Santander in August, when the average temperature is 20 °C, and the highest can go up to 24 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 6 °C, with an average temperature of 10 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in November, when precipitation is around 130 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Santander, with an average rainfall of 40 mm.

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How to Get to Santander


When flying to Santander, you’ll arrive at Santander Airport (SDR), which is located 4 km from the city centre.


Renfe is the most popular train carrier serving Santander, followed by iryo. The train journey from Santander to Madrid takes 4h 14m and costs around $51 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Valencia, expect to pay about $110 for a 6h 37m trip. Located 0.5 km from the city centre, Santander is the busiest station in Santander. Another popular train station is Santander Valdecilla, located 1.8 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Santander is to pick up a car hire from Oviedo, which is about 165 km from Santander. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Goldcar Rental SP, among others, in Oviedo.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santander, including ALSA, FlixBus and Bus. From Bilbao, the bus ride to Santander takes 145 km and will cost you around $15. From Zaragoza, the ticket costs about $106 for a journey of 507 km. The most popular bus station is Santander, located 0.3 km from the city centre of Santander. Santander Peñacastillo is also a commonly used station, and is 5 km from the city centre.

Airports near Santander

Airlines serving Santander

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Santander

From 5-star hotels such as the Eurostars Hotel Real to great affordable options like the Suite Home Sardinero, Santander offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $115 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $345 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hospedaje Magallanes and Hotel Picos De Europa.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santander

Most booked hotels in Santander

Eurostars Hotel Real
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Santemar
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Bahia
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
Silken Coliseum
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Silken Río Santander
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)

Hiring a car in Santander

Expect to pay $3.15 per litre in Santander (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $37.70 and $50.26. Compact (Peugeot 208 or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Santander, while also 47% cheaper than other types, on average.