The Feve and Renfe train stations are next door to each other. We used the Feve service from Bilbao, a marvellous three hour ride through the mountains. In Santander change for trains on to Gijon, a journey we fancy doing in the future.
A busy provincial airport, a hub for Ryanair and saw a couple of departures for Iberia also.
A bus leaves every 30 minutes to the bus station in the centre, with a similar journey the other way.
Cost, Nov 2008, just 1 euro 70.
Santander - San Sebastián
For me the train is not the best way to move in the North of Spain , at least is not the quickest
1 -At any case you must go to to the bus/train station from the airport ( see Santander travel tip ( http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/9fb96/3e1cb/9/ ) )
2. To go to San Sebastian you may take the bus , it takes 3 hours and it cost 12.48Euros ( Normal bus)
To see details you may enter in the Alsa (Transport company ) that has an English version and you may see there all the details ( http://www.alsa.es/?portal.alsa.request.locale=en_GB )
You may go direct to SS , but if you want to go to Bilbao to visit it or to go to the Guggenheim Museum , you should take the bus in the same station
Buen Viaje !!!!!!
Aeropuerto -Centro / Airport - Center
La forma más económica de transladarse del aeropuerto al centro de Santander , es coger el autobús que sale de la puerta del aeropuerto y va directamente a la estación de autobuses en el centro en 15- 20 minutos y cuesta 1.8 Euros
The most economic way to be transferred from the airport to the center of Santander, is to take the bus that leaves from the front door of the airport and goes directly to the bus-station in center , in 15 - 20 minutes and it costs 1,8 Euros
Ferry from Plymouth
Plymouth to Santander is a good crossing. It is seriously fast now Brittany has introduced the new ferry - Pont Aven. The food is good. Vegetarian choice is sometimes limited in the restaurant, but there is always something in the cafeteria.
The full breakfast in the restaurant is also good as there is a huge cold buffet, and you can get greasy fry stuff as well.
If you are on a budget don't forget to ask about shared cabins - if you don't mind sharing with strangers. Brittany does this although the rival P&O on the Bilbao route does not. As it is only one night it is normally tolerable.
Don't forget if you buy or rent a property in France or Spain you can join the Property Owners Travel Club to get discounts on regular travel.
- Women's Travel
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
A hilly city
Many streets of Santander are steep due to its hilly location. This may be inconvenient for walking, but on the other hand, you can see the sea from almost every point of the city.
Numerous bus lines communicate the different districts of the city. In their central stretch, most of them run along the main axis of the city, from the Alamedas to the Post Office.
A car is useless in Santander, as taxis are reasonably priced and distances usually manageable. However, a car is essential to explore the region, as public transportation is not very convenient.
The motorway that crosses Cantabria linking Asturias and the Basque country is toll free and the one heading towards Palencia and Madrid is still partly under construction. As usual, it is most recommended that you drive off the motorway and take the little mountain roads. They are usually in good condition, although sometimes the terrain is very rough. The scenic landscape will provide plenty of breathtaking views and photo opportunities.
When in Santander, you should at least take once a ride on one of the Pedreñeras, the small commuter boats that connect the city with Somo, Pedreña and El Puntal. A sunny day on one of the much quieter beaches across the bay may be very rewarding and the views are spectacular. The sea can be somewhat fierce in this area, though.
The boats are painted in red and you can catch them from the docks near the Palacete del Embarcadero, right in the centre of the city.
For many years, the only ferry link between Great Britain and Spain connected the cities of Plymouth and Santander. Now there is another connexion between Bournemouth and Bilbao. The ferries do the route twice weekly but they do not ride in Winter. The link between Santander and its port is so strong, that you sometimes have the feeling that ships "sail" on its streets.
Santander Airport is located in Parayas, at about a 15 minute ride from city center. On clear days, the view of the city as you take off or land is breathtaking (if you are in right seat). The airport is well connected with other Spanish destinations (mostly assured by the small jets Air Nostrum, Iberia's regional partner), but also other companies fly to Madrid and Barcelona.
The airport of Santander is also considered by the no-frills company Ryan-air as their airport serving Bilbao, which is 100 kilometres away.
Arriving to Bilbao, which has much better international connections is also an option to be considered. A taxi ride from Bilbao Airport to Santander is about € 100.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Cheapest way into town from the airport.
The cheapest way to get into town from the airport is by bus. The fare is only 1 Euro 50 cents.
The stop is right outside the terminal and buses run every half hour - on the hour and at half past. Buses from town back to the airport run at quarter past and quarter to even on a Sunday. The journey only takes 5 - 10 minutes.
The Estacion Autobuses is on Calderon de la Barca which is next to the RENFE railway station which is within walking distance of all hotels in the old town. You can change buses here to get to the Casino area at El Sardinero.
- Budget Travel
Yes I know it's strange... Inter City Luton Dave (world's greatest bus driver) taking a train! But this is the best way to travel from santander to torrelavega!! Only 1.60 Euros (if you can find your ticket, which I seem to always lose in my pocket) Bargain!!! takes about 30 minutes
Un paseo en una "pedreñera" te abre varias buenas alternativas para pasar el día :
- Ir a la playa del Puntal que es una de las mejores y más tranquila cerca de Santander
- Dar un paseo en la lancha por la bahía , llegando hasta el faro
- Simplemente ir a conocer Somo y Pedreña ,dar un paseo y comerte unas buenas sardinas y bonito
One trip in a "pedreñera" opens several good alternatives to spend the day :
- To go to the Puntal beach that is one of the best and more quite beach near Santander
- To make a trip on the bay reaching the light house
- Simply to go to visit Somo and Pedreña , make a stroll and eat good sardines and tuna fish
Mar y aire Sea and air
Ahora ya han mejorado las comunicaciones y tenemos un ferry que conecta con Inglaterra
y además Ryan Air tiene coexiones con Roma,Londres y Frankfurt
Now the conexions have improvedand we have a ferry conecting with England and in adition Ryan Air has conections with Rome,London and Frankfurt
Boat to Somo and Puntal beaches
Somo and Puntal are the beaches across the bay.
The best way to get there is by boat. Boats leave from "El Palacete" (a white little building by the bay). The round trip cost about 3 euros and you can go directly to the beach.
El puntal is a popular beach fro nudists .
Somo is a great place for kitesurf as the wind is usually stronger there.
Buses run fairly often in Santander in some lines but be
prepared for a 15-20 minute wait in other lines.
To go to the beach from downtown take the number 1
which ruins very often. The fare is 1 euro but you can buy multi-trip passes and save.