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Travelling from Madrid to Santander by train

Most visitors to Spain spend a lot of time in the country's capital of Madrid, but there's so much more to see, and you can catch Alvia trains over to Santander from Madrid, arriving in the centre of the city in just four hours.

Want to travel in First Class? Choose Clase Preferente – you'll have wider seats, free newspapers, complimentary snacks and drinks and much more to make your journey even more pleasant.

Once you reach the capital of the Cantabria region, you'll be able to enjoy some of Spain's best north coast beaches and scenery. The iconic Palace of La Magdalena is a must-visit touristic hotspot, while Sardinero beach is just waiting for you to sit back, relax, and soak up the sun. Still not sure? Scroll further down for more information about this journey.

Madrid to Santander by train

It takes an average of 4h 47m to travel from Madrid to Santander by train, over a distance of around 211 miles (339 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Santander and tickets for this journey start from $19.37 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 12m
Price$19.37 - $107.55
Distance211 miles (339 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationSantander
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

Madrid to Santander train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Santander for Thursday Aug 13th 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:47 Madrid Chamartín13:44 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 8079 Renfe Get tickets5h 57m, 1 change
14:05 Madrid Chamartín18:17 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 4143 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct
19:00 Madrid Chamartín23:12 Santander EstaciónIntercity 4193 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct
07:47 Madrid Chamartín13:44 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 8079 Renfe Get tickets5h 57m, 1 change
14:05 Madrid Chamartín18:17 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 4143 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct
19:00 Madrid Chamartín23:12 Santander EstaciónIntercity 4193 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct
20:55 Madrid Príncipe Pio11:25 Santander EstaciónMedia Distancia 18007 Renfe Get tickets14h 30m, 1 change
14:05 Madrid Chamartín18:17 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 4143 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct
21:25 Madrid Chamartín11:25 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 8219 Renfe Get tickets14h 00m, 1 change
14:05 Madrid Chamartín18:17 Santander EstaciónAlvia/Avant 4143 Renfe Get tickets4h 12m, direct

Renfe and Alvia trains from Madrid to Santander

You can travel from Madrid to Santander on Renfe and Alvia trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Santander

Train tickets from Madrid to Santander start at $19.37 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $64.33.
lowest price found
from$19.37
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avg. single price$64.33

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid to Santander by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Madrid to Santander

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Santander? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Madrid to Santander take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Santander is 4 hours and 47 minutes, with around 3 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Madrid and Santander by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Santander is 4 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Santander cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Santander can start from as little as $19.37 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Santander?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Santander without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Madrid to Santander. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Madrid to Santander leave?

The first train from Madrid to Santander leaves at 07:47. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Madrid to Santander leave?

The last train from Madrid to Santander leaves at 19:00. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Madrid and Santander by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Santander cover a distance of around 211 miles (339 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Santander to Madrid.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Santander for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/13/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 08/10/2020 for travel on 05/13/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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