Santander Airport (SDR) is an international airport in the proximity of the homonymous city in Spain and only airport in the province of Cantabria. Since 2012, the airport has been decreasing in number of passengers and companies. The airport is commonly known among Spaniards by the name Seve Ballesteros, the famous Spanish golf player.
Airport shuttle bus: The bus operated by ALSA bus service runs every 30 minutes from the airport to the main bus station in Santander.
- First bus leaves at 6:40 and the last one at 23:00
- The price of the bus fare in one way is 2.90€ and it can be bought directly from driver
- The journey lasts 15 mins
Taxi services: Getting a taxi is a good option if you have a lot of luggage, and official airport taxis are always waiting outside the Arrivals terminal to pick you up. The approximate price to the bus/train station is 15-18€ depending on the time of day.
Transfer: In case you need a direct ride to your accommodation, you should book a door-to-door transfer. The driver will wait for you outside the Arrivals terminal with your name sign.
Renting a car at Santander airport: Renting a car directly at the airport is very easy since there are several car rental companies like Budget, Europcar and Enterprise. Alternatively, you can always book it online and have it ready for you.
Renting a bus at Santander airport: If you are travelling in a larger group, you might consider renting a bus prior to your arrival. That way the bus rental agency will arrange all the details (pick-up point at the airport, etc.).
From SDR to Bilbao:
- The bus line is operated by ALSA service and runs 5 times a day from and to the airport
- First bus (at 12:25) is a direct one and the journey lasts 1:05 h. The price of a single ticket is 12.45€
- Other buses are not direct, journey lasts around 1h 30 mins and the one-way ticket costs 6.64€
From SDR to San Sebastian: Another popular bus line directly from the airport is to San Sebastian, it runs once a day, at 18:50 and one-way ticket costs 13.47€.
FAQ – bus and transport from Santander Airport
Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Even though the bus line is frequent during the day, the last one departs at 23:00, which is still early, so you should probably get yourself a taxi.
Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Unfortunately there are no nearby hotels, but the closest hotel is 4 kilometres from the airport: Hotel Las Anclas (2*) – offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast.
Q: I would like to spend one day in Santander in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Sure thing. The best option is taking the local bus which will take you directly from the airport to the main bus station. There are no luggage storage facilities at the airport, but you can deposit your luggage at the bus station.
Q: I am continuing my journey outside Santander. Are there any cheap bus lines from the airport to other cities?
A: Besides already mentioned San Sebastian and Bilbao, you can get directly from the airport to Gijon for 15.10€ or to Oviedo for 13.28€. But if you wish to visit bigger Spanish cities, check the popular routes on getbybus.com
Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, there are a couple ATMs located at first floor/check hall (Caja Cantabria, Santander). The airport does not have an exchange office, but there is a bank so try changing your money there.