How to get to Santiago de Compostela


By Air:

If you are coming from abroad, you’d be glad to know that the international airport is connected to major parts of Europe, like London, Paris, Rome and Zurich; and to major Spanish cities Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Tenerife, Malaga and Seville.  The airport is located in Lavacolla and is hardly 13 kilometres from the city’s centre. You can opt for a taxi to get to the main part of the city, and that’d cost you around €21. There are also buses that would take around €3 and would get you to the same place.

By Train:

Trains are pretty convenient to get to Santiago. There are daily trains that link the area with Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián and Hendaye. If you opt of a break journey, there are numerous routes from Bilbao, Portugal, Paris and Barcelona.

Santiago de Compostela also lets you explore itself through their exclusive Transcantábrico sightseeing train. This scenic train goes through northern and north-west Spain, which starts from San Sebastián and reaches you to the destination.

If you are travelling through Spain, you are advised to get your Renfe Spain Pass. This will let you get access to all the AVE long-distance/mid-distance high-speed trains.  From Madrid to Santiago de Compostela there are Renfe trains from Madrid Atocha station that leave at different times of the day towards Santiago de Compostela.  The travel time is around 5 to 5 and half hours and cost around €50 to €70 for a round trip ticket depending on when you make the reservation for.

By Bus:

There is a bus station which is located near the historic centre of the city. It connects you to major places like Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Seville, and then further to Portugal, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Switzerland.

By car:

The latest network of motorways helps you get into Santiago by road too. AP-9 motorway links the region with other towns and villages along Galician coast and Portugal. It goes from Ferrol and A Coruña and through Rías Baixas estuary zone, Pontevedra and Vigo. If you are coming from Madrid, you are to opt for the A-6 motorway which later links A-52.  It is around 600 km from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela which will take you around 6 hours to get there.  A-8 Autovía del Cantábrico is another motorway which links Galicia with France, and you can get to Santiago de Compostela when you are directed to choose A-6 motorway.

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