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Plaza de Italia 1, Santander, Cantabria, 39005, Spain
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Forum Posts

Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by nomad7890

I have been looking at ways to get from Santander to San Vicente de la Barquera. I found La Cantabrica, and this station is supposed to be at c/Cádiz & Méndez Núñes., across the Renfe Station - center of town near the Cathedral. I only have weekday schedules for this company.

There's also an Alsa which has weekdays and weekends ... station appears to be there.

* I will need to make bus - train connections twice and need to untangle this *

Guess one of my problems is that Google maps shows the little railroad tracks a little too far back from where the station is. I have actually walked out of this station (the FEVE). It looks like both Feve and Renfe share the space?

Any suggestions wether I should take La Cantabrica or Alsa?

Are the directions to the bus station right?


Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by qaminari

Yes indeed RENFE and FEVE are at opposite ends of the same building, their address is actually Plaza de Estaciones, and the bus station is situated in front of these, see
For schedules for all buses from Santander see
This is supposed to be La Cantabrica, and from the bus station (stands 5 and 6), and includes weekend schedules:

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by nomad7890

First link did not work, but the second link is great - thanks. Looks like I'll have to leave earlier than intended. Wonder if there's luggage storage in Santander.

Thanks again!

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by qaminari

There are lockers at the bus station, mentioned here under orientation and practical information:

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by nomad7890

Thanks Lyn!

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by nomad7890

Thanks Pedro. I can't believe I walked out of that FEVE station in 2007 and did not notice the bus stations. Guess I was headed for the Cathedral ...

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by elpariente

You will not have any problem as all the instructions here are correct
You can take either the Cantabrica ( local co. )or Alsa ( multinational co ) , the one that suits better for your schedule as both are good and reliable
With the Cantabrica you may go to Santillana and Comillas , that if you have not been there , they are very interesting

Buen Viaje !!!!

Re: Bus station confusion ... which bus station???

by nomad7890

Thank you J&M - yes, I've been to Santillana before (ciudad de las tres mentiras) - but I am planning to go to Comillas for the day. I was going to stay in Comillas but there was no availability in the hotel I had selected.

Travel Tips for Santander

In Santander we can enjoy...

by ctv881

In Santander we can enjoy one of the most beautiful bays of Spain, or the wonderful peninsula of the Magdalena, where we can find the old palace of king Alfonso XIII, nowadays it is the host of the activities of the International University Menéndez Pelayo.

Vermouth time

by DanielF

It is common knowledge that meals in Spain are taken later than in the rest of the world. Many people, while they wait for their late lunch, especially on weekends, kill their hunger with an appéritif in their favourite bar. The most popular order to accompany the drinks in Santander are the rabas, or deep-fried strips of squid in a light crisp-golden batter (in some places they serve squid rings, but strips do taste better!!).

They are available all over the place, but some of the best places are located near the Maritime Station. And, on Sundays, many will go out of town to the Beach of the Virgin of the Sea (patroness of the city) just to have their portion of rabas.

For the lucky people who have no time constraints because of their jobs, it is only after a long chat over the vermouth that it is time to go for a home-cooked lunch or for a pantagruelic meal in a local restaurant.

The little zoo on the peninsular

by chrishc

The little zoo is really quite cute, there is not much there but it is easy to get too and the animals are quite cute. This guy was a bit of a character.

There were also penguins and I think there is supposed to be a bear.

The seal pool was very full due to the large amount of water that was crashing over the sea wall.


by chemolari

In july-august you can enjoy bullfights at the "Plaza de Toros" de Santander. Sometimes the bullfights are sold out so try to buy the tickets a day or two in advance. You can either buy them at the plaza or in front of the town hall (ayuntamiento)

Buildings of Santander

by Redang

There are many interesting buildings thoughout Santander, and I offer you some of them.

-Main: Banco de España (Bank of Spain); it's a branch, the main one is in Madrid; year: 1.928.
Where: Calle Alfonso XIII, in front of Jardines de Pereda.

- Second: Correos (Post Office); year: 1.915.
Where: Next to Banco de España.

- Third: Delegación de Hacienda.
Where: Paseo de Perda, in front of Jardines de Pereda.

- Fourth: Banco de Santander; year: mid 20th century.
Where: Paseo de Pereda.

- Fifth: Ayuntamiento (City Hall).
Where: Plaza del Ayuntamiento; year: early 20th century.


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Address: Plaza de Italia 1, Santander, Cantabria, 39005, Spain