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.

When to visit Santander

Santander in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 96
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santander in November
Estimated hotel price
C$ 96
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 2 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Santander from Canada departs from Montreal and takes around 31h 15m.


Renfe is the only carrier operating train routes to Santander. The train journey from Santander to Madrid takes 4h 14m and costs around C$ 32 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Valencia, expect to pay about C$ 59 for a 6h 37m trip. Located 0.3 miles from the city centre, Santander is the busiest station in Santander. Another popular train station is Santander Valdecilla, located 1.1 miles from the centre.


Another option to get to Santander is to pick up a car rental from Bilbao, which is about 46 miles from Santander. You’ll find branches of Ok Mobility and Goldcar Rental SP, among others, in Bilbao.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santander, including ALSA, FlixBus and Bilman Bus. From Bilbao, the bus ride to Santander takes 65 miles and will cost you around C$ 43. From Madrid, the ticket costs about C$ 56 for a journey of 330 miles. The most popular bus station is Santander, located 0.2 miles from downtown Santander. Santander Peñacastillo is also a commonly used station, and is 3 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Santander

Airlines serving Santander

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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 C$ 104 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 212 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

Hotel Santemar
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 116+
Hotel Bahia
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 153+
Eurostars Hotel Real
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 212+
Silken Coliseum
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 133+
Silken Río Santander
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 122+

Renting a car in Santander

Expect to pay C$ 2.28 per litre in Santander (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 27.31 and C$ 36.42. The most frequently booked car type in Santander is Economy (Class Economy SUV or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Opel Mokka or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.