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
C$ 105
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santiago de Compostela in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 105
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 7 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Santiago de Compostela from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 18h 55m.


Renfe is the only carrier operating train routes to Santiago de Compostela. The train journey from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid takes 3h 19m and costs around C$ 41 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Porto, expect to pay about C$ 25 for a 5h 29m trip. The train station in Santiago de Compostela is called Santiago de Compostela, and is located 0.7 miles from the city centre.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santiago de Compostela, including ALSA, FlixBus and Bus. From Porto, the bus ride to Santiago de Compostela takes 220 miles and will cost you around C$ 89. From Oviedo, the ticket costs about C$ 58 for a journey of 345 miles. The most popular bus station is Santiago de Compostela Bus Station, located 0.8 miles from downtown Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela Rúa da Senra is also a commonly used station, and is 0.3 miles 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
Good (398 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (181 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (133 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (484 reviews)
Air Europa
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Japan Airlines
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LATAM Airlines
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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 C$ 94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 200 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hostal San Clemente by Pousadas de Compostela and A Tafona do Peregrino.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santiago de Compostela

Most booked hotels in Santiago de Compostela

Eurostars San Lazaro
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 84+
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 115+
Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 99+
Hotel Spa Congreso
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
C$ 66+
Compostela Inn
Mediocre (3.1, Mediocre reviews)
C$ 45+
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Renting a car in Santiago de Compostela

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 73% more expensive than at Santiago de Compostela.

Expect to pay C$ 2.40 per litre in Santiago de Compostela (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 28.76 and C$ 38.34. The most frequently booked car type in Santiago de Compostela is Mini (Citroen C1 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate rental cars (Citroen C4 Picasso or similar) are, on average, 83% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

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