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Take the train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada in 3 hours 27 minutes

If you want to travel from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by train to take around 3 hours 31 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 27 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 2 trains per day running on this route, which spans 163 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Ponferrada. Renfe is the main rail company operating on this route. Having the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, Renfe will make your train travel experience in Spain an enjoyable one.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada start from $17.39 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by train

It takes an average of 3h 31m to travel from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada by train, over a distance of around 101 miles (163 km). There are normally 2 trains per day traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada and tickets for this journey start from $17.39 when you book in advance.

First train

08:34

Last train

15:40

Departure station

Santiago de Compostela

Arrival station

Ponferrada

Journey time

3h 27m

Distance

163 miles (101 km)

Frequency

2 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $17.39

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA

Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada train times

Check out the next trains departing from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:34 Santiago de Compostela12:10 PonferradaAlvia/Avant 625 Renfe Get tickets3h 36m, direct
15:40 Santiago de Compostela19:07 PonferradaAlvia/Avant 9351 Renfe Get tickets3h 27m, 1 change
08:35 Santiago de Compostela12:10 PonferradaAlvia/Avant 9081 Renfe Get tickets3h 35m, 1 change

Renfe and Alvia trains from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada

You can travel from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada 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 operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

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 Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada

The price of train tickets from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada starts at $17.39 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada

Want to know more about your journey from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada? 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 Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada take?

The average journey time by train between Santiago de Compostela and Ponferrada is 3 hours and 31 minutes, with around 2 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 Santiago de Compostela and Ponferrada by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada is 3 hours and 27 minutes.

How much does the train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada cost?

Train tickets from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada can start from as little as $17.39 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 Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada leave?

The first train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada leaves at 08:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada leave?

The last train from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada leaves at 15:40. 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 Santiago de Compostela and Ponferrada by train?

Trains travelling from Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada cover a distance of around 101 miles (163 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Santiago de Compostela to Ponferrada for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 01/24/2023 for travel on 01/24/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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