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View of the city of Santander from the Cantabrian Sea
View of the city of Santander from the Cantabrian Sea

From Madrid to Santander

Travel by coach from Madrid to Santander with ALSA for a quick, comfortable and pleasant journey. Only ALSA offers you the chance to travel from Madrid to Santander by coach at the best rate guaranteed. And if you buy your tickets in advance at www.alsa.com you can avail of our cheapest deals.

Useful information

  • Frequency: over 10 daily services in both directions (night services, either direct or with stops, depending on the time).
  • Timetable: buses depart between 12:30 am and 6:45 pm.
  • Distance between cities: 455 km (282 mi). The entire journey is on the motorway.
  • Trip duration: between 5.15 and 5.45 hours depending on the service.

Bus stations in Madrid and Santander

Coaches travelling from Madrid to Santander depart from either the Avenida de América transport hub or the Madrid Barajas Airport - T4.

All stations are connected to the public transport network and have public parking. Your journey will end at the Estación de Autobuses de Santander bus station, located on Calle Navas de Tolosa, s/n.

What to see in Madrid

Talking about Madrid means talking about Spain's capital city with everything that entails. This city is full of life and bursting with things to do: visit museums such as the Prado and the Thyssen; take a stroll around the Retiro Park or the Plaza Mayor; visit the authentic districts of Lavapiés or Malasaña; head to the Salamanca district to shop at some of the most exclusive stores; or venture to the relatively new Matadero Cultural Centre that offers theatre shows and exhibitions, as well as all kinds of events for the whole family. The Matadero Cultural Centre is located right beside Madrid Río (river), one of the city’s hot spots at the moment.

What to see in Santander

This Cantabrian city oozes elegance and tranquillity, with a curious mixture of tradition and modernity. Puerto Chico is the current marina and it still preserves its old structure, filling the area with charm and tradition and housing a number of bars and pubs where you will find some of the best fish and seafood. El Sardinero beach offers a great atmosphere, and nearby you’ll find the stately Magdalena Palace, located on the peninsula of the same name. Strolling through the centre you will want to stop to admire the Cathedral, the Church of the Annunciation, the Corbán Monastery, and the Santa Cruz Convent.