Do you need to get from Santander to Santilana del Mar? Here's a bit more about Santillana del Mar...

Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Santillana del Mar (Also known as Santillana) is located in the center of Cantabria.

Strolling through Santillana will take you back to the medieval era, with everything perfectly preserved. You will be amazed by its majestic 12th-century Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana or the 15th-century Don Borja Tower

The center of the village is completely pedestrianized, and you must park on the outskirts in designated parking areas.

Apart from the world-famous Altamira Cave, just a few kilometers away, it is also very interesting to visit during the Christmas season to admire its incredible decorations that will transport you to a fairy tale.

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Santillana del Mar (Cantabria)

How Far is Santillana del Mar from Santander?

In a straight line, Santillana del Mar is almost 25 kilometers from Santander, a distance that increases to 29-34 kilometers if traveling by car, depending on the route.

How to get from Santander to Santillana del Mar

Our recommendation is to reach Santillana del Mar by car (either your own or a rental). The road is very good, mostly highway. In Santillana del Mar, there is plenty of parking outside the town (paid during certain high affluence months), but in summer, due to the influx of tourists, it can be difficult to find a spot.

If you don’t have a car, it is possible to reach Santillana by public transport. We recommend the direct bus.

This direct bus is operated by the company La Cantábrica and takes just 40 minutes to get to Santillana from Santander (depending on traffic).

The bus departs from platform number 5 at the Santander bus station. There are about 6 daily departures (both directions), and you can only pay in cash directly to the driver (card payments are not accepted).

On La Cantábrica’s website, you can find more information and schedules.

There are two other alternatives: taking a train to Torrelavega and then a taxi to Santillana, which we do not recommend.

A direct taxi from Santander to Santillana costs around 90Euros.

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Colegiata de Santa Juliana

From Santander Airport to Santillana del Mar

If you need to get from Santander Airport to Santillana del Mar, the best option is to first travel to Santander city center using our instructions (see “From Santander Airport to City Center“). From there, you can choose any of the alternatives mentioned above.

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Santillana del Mar during Christmas

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