How to get

Whatever your preferred means of transport, getting to Santiago de Compostela is easy thanks to its good transport connections with the main cities in Spain and Europe.

A modern network of motorways (toll and free) lead to Santiago by road. The AP-9 motorway links Santiago with the towns and villages along the Galician coast and Portugal, from Ferrol and A Coruña via the Rías Baixas estuary area, Pontevedra and Vigo. From Madrid, access is via the A-6, linking with the A-52. The A-8 Autovía del Cantábrico motorway connects Galicia with France (and links with Santiago de Compostela by way of the A-6 Autovía del Noroeste motorway).

There are regular flights between Santiago de Compostela international Airport and major European cities such as London, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao. The airport is in Lavacolla, just 10 kilometres from the city centre.From the airport you can reach Santiago by taxi for a fare of about €21. You can also take the bus which will drop you in the historic centre, costing €3.

There are coach services to destinations including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao, and to other European countries like Portugal, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The bus station is conveniently located close to the historic centre.

The train is another convenient way to get to Santiago. There are daily trains linking the city with Madrid, San Sebastián, Hendaye and Barcelona. With one change, there are also daily routes to Barcelona, Bilbao, Portugal and Paris and to almost all the major destinations in Spain. Another way to explore Santiago de Compostela is on the Transcantábrico sightseeing train. This is a scenic train that runs through northern and northwest Spain –Green Spain– from San Sebastián in the Basque Country to Santiago de Compostela.Renfe Spain Pass This pass allows non-residents to travel around Spain by train. This system is very practical, as it can be used on all AVE long-distance and mid-distance high-speed trains. The Renfe Spain Pass is valid for one month from the first trip and comes in two formats (Business/Club and Tourist). It can be purchased up to six months in advance, and is available for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 journeys. More information: Renfe Spain Pass
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