TRANSPORTATION FROM SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Below are the main transportation options in Santiago de Compostela, allowing you to move around the city and connect with other cities in Spain and numerous international destinations via its airport.

Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Galicia region, is the most visited city in said region, both by domestic and international visitors, many of whom are drawn by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Hence, it is essential to have a robust transportation system in place.

If you’re arriving in Santiago de Compostela to start any Camino de Santiago route and need to move to the town where you’ll begin your journey, we can arrange your transfer at any date and time you specify, using high-end vehicles and professionally accredited and authorized personnel.

SANTIAGO AIRPORT

Santiago de Compostela is served by the international Santiago-Rosalía Airport, also known as Lavacolla, located 13 km from the city center.

The main airlines operating at this airport include:

Cities reachable by direct flights to Santiago de Compostela include:

  • MADRID
  • BARCELONA
  • VALENCIA
  • BILBAO
  • MALAGA
  • ALICANTE
  • LANZAROTE
  • TENERIFE SUR
  • GRAN CANARIA
  • PALMA DE MALLORCA
  • MILAN/BERGAMO
  • VENICE
  • PARIS
  • LONDON
  • GENEVA
  • FRANKFURT

Getting to and from the airport in Santiago de Compostela:

AIRPORT – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA:

  • Taxi: Taxi rank at the airport exit. Fixed fare as of 2020 is 23 Euros.
  • Bus: Freire Bus Company operates from 07:00 to 01:00, departing every half hour. Ticket price: 3 euros.

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – AIRPORT:

Depending on the number of people traveling to the airport, a taxi might be the best transportation option due to its affordable fare. Here are some taxi ranks in Santiago de Compostela:

  • Radio Taxi Compostela: 981569292
  • Montero Rios Stand: 981561028
  • Renfe Station Stand: 981598488
  • Fontiñas Stand: 981595964
  • Plaza Roja Stand: 981595964
  • Alameda Stand: 981585973
  • Bus Station Stand: 981582450

Bus:

Alternatively, if you’re traveling alone to the airport, the bus is an excellent transportation option. The departure point is in the center of Santiago, at Plaza de Galicia, from 06:00 to 24:00, departing every half hour. The service is provided by the Freire bus company. Ticket price: 3 euros.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BUS LINES

The Santiago de Compostela bus station is located at Plaza de Camilo Diaz Baliño s/n, in the San Caetano area.

It serves as a hub for transportation companies connecting Santiago with numerous cities in Spain and some international destinations:

Routes in Spain and Abroad:

  • Enatcar: Connections to Madrid, Gijón, Bilbao, Irún, Zamora, Salamanca, Cáceres, Seville, Cádiz, Algeciras, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland.
  • Socitransa: Connections to Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, and Portugal.

Routes in Galicia:

  • Autocares Freire: Primarily serving destinations such as Santiago Airport, Arzúa, Melide, and Lugo. It transports travelers to some of the main towns on the Camino Santiago Francés from Sarria and Primitivo from Lugo.
  • Autocares Monbus: Serving destinations like A Coruña, Vigo, Pontevedra, Ferrol, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Cambados, O Grove, A Toxa, Noia, Muros, Betanzos, Ferrol, Ourense, and Finisterre. It transports travelers to some of the main towns on the Camino de Santiago Inglés, Camino Portugués, Camino de Finisterre, and Camino Sanabrés.
  • Empresa Arriva: Serving destinations like Padrón, Boiro, Pobra do Caramiñal, Rianxo, and Ribeira.
  • Empresa Aucasa: Serving destinations like Carballo, Camariñas, Laxe, and Malpica.
  • Autocares Ferrin: Serving destinations like Negreira and Muxía. It transports travelers to some of the main towns on the Camino de Finisterre and Muxia.

TRAIN (RENFE)

The Santiago train station is located at Calle Hórreo, 75, about a 20-minute walk from the center of Santiago de Compostela.

Routes:

  • Long-distance: Daily direct trains connect Santiago with Madrid, San Sebastián, Hendaye, and Barcelona. Through a single transfer, travelers have access to Bilbao, Portugal, and Paris, as well as almost all major national destinations.
  • Regional: Approximately every hour, trains depart for the main destinations in Galicia, including A Coruña, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, and Vigo, with connections to Portugal. There is also a continuous direct connection with the city of Ourense.
  • Transcantábrico: A panoramic train that traverses the north and northwest of Spain, known as ‘Green Spain,’ from San Sebastián in the Basque Country to Santiago de Compostela.

CAR AND VAN RENTAL COMPANIES

If you prefer to rent a vehicle