Airport bus

Santander Airport Bus

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.

How to get from Santander Airport to Santander

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

Popular routes from santander

If continuing your journey outside Santander, here are some of the most popular bus routes:

Santander to Zaragoza Santander to Gijon Santander to Burgos
Santander to Salamanca Santander to Oviedo Santander to Girona

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.


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  around €6

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 around €13.

Accommodation near Santander Airport

Santander Airport FAQs

I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?

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.

I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?

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.

I would like to spend one day in Santander in between flights. Is that possible?

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.

Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?

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.


  1. Tracey Toner

    I arrive into Santander Train Station from Leon. What is my best way to get to the airport? Do the airport shuttle buses pick up at the train station?

    • Melani   Author

      Dear Tracy,

      Shuttle buses depart from the main bus station which is in the proximity of the train station (2-3 min walk).

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  2. Amber

    Hi, is there a bus from Llanes to Santander Airport?

    If not does the bus that go to the Airport of Santander leave at this bus station Santander
    Santander (Estacion de Autobuses)

    • Melani   Author

      Dear Amber,

      There are no direct lines from Llanes to Santander Airport, however, you can catch a bus from Llanes to Santander (stops at the main bus station) and then transfer to shuttle bus which goes to Santander Airport.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  3. Konrad

    Where is the main bus station in Santander where the bus from the airport terminates? Is there an address?

  4. Geraldine

    In early June I wish to travel from Santander airport to Bilbao airport. I believe there is an Airport Shuttle and I need to know the times. I need to be at Bilbao airport by 11am. Thank you.

  5. Patrick Doherty

    I wish to go from the airport to the main bus station in Santander on Monday 12/02/2024 at about 17.00hrs. Can you explain my best options?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Marija Štrljić

      Hi Patrick,

      there are many options for you in this case, such as taxis, rideshares, airport shuttles, public transportation, pre-booked transportation services, or renting a car.

      Marija, GetByBus Team

  6. Bus stop at the Santander Airport

    I have a ticket from Santander Airport to Bilbao. Where is the bus stop at the airport for this line?

    • Marija Štrljić


      the bus stop should be located outside the airport terminal building (where airport buses pick up passengers, near the arrivals or departure area).

      Marija, GetByBus Team

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