Santiago de Compostela travel guide

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With a population of 95,092, Santiago de Compostela is a must-see destination in Galicia, Spain. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santiago de Compostela in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Santiago de Compostela in July, when the average temperature is 19 °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 4 °C, with an average temperature of 7 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 281 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Santiago de Compostela, with an average rainfall of 39 mm.

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How to Get to Santiago de Compostela


When flying to Santiago de Compostela, you’ll arrive at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), which is located 11 km from the city centre. The shortest flight to Santiago de Compostela from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 30h 50m.


Renfe is the most popular train carrier serving Santiago de Compostela, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Santiago de Compostela to A Coruña takes 0h 33m and costs around $12 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Vigo, expect to pay about $10 for a 0h 55m trip. The train station in Santiago de Compostela is called Santiago de Compostela, and is located 1.1 km from the city centre.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santiago de Compostela, including ALSA, FlixBus and BlaBlaBus. From A Coruña, the bus ride to Santiago de Compostela takes 97 km and will cost you around $13. From Vigo, the ticket costs about $18 for a journey of 145 km. The most popular bus station is Santiago de Compostela Bus Station, located 1.2 km from the city centre of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela Rúa da Senra is also a commonly used station, and is 0.4 km from the city centre.

Airports near Santiago de Compostela


Airlines serving Santiago de Compostela

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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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Etihad Airways
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ITA Airways
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Cathay Pacific
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Aer Lingus
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Japan Airlines
Excellent (647 reviews)
Air Europa
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Air Serbia
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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

From 5-star hotels such as the Parador de Santiago de Compostela to great affordable options like the Hostal Anosa Casa, Santiago de Compostela offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $150 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $262 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hotel A Tafona do Peregrino and Albergue la Estacion Santiago de Compostela.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santiago de Compostela

Most booked hotels in Santiago de Compostela

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Eurostars San Lazaro
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Spa Congreso
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
Compostela Inn
Mediocre (3.1, Mediocre reviews)

Hiring a car in Santiago de Compostela

Hiring a car in Santiago de Compostela costs $127 per day, on average.

Expect to pay $2.80 per litre in Santiago de Compostela (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $33.60 and $44.80. The most frequently booked car type in Santiago de Compostela is Intermediate (Opel Zafira Tourer or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Toyota Aygo or similar) is, on average, 69% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.