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Practicalities SILKROUTE


The airport, located 5 kilometres to the east of the city centre, has flights connecting Santander with several Spanish and European cities.


There is a permanent bus service which connects Santander airport with the city centre bus station every 30 minutes. The bus fare is approximately 2 €.

​Additionally, Bilbao Airport, located about 120 kms from Santander, operates international flights to and from the main European capitals. There are buses to and from Bilbao Airport to the city centre, where there is a coach service to Santander.


A ferry links Santander with Plymouth/ Portsmouth (United Kingdom).



Santander has two railway stations that correspond to two different railway companies (RENFE and FEVE) and they are situated at opposite ends of the same building.


There are coaches from the French border linking Irún with Santander several times a day. This is the easiest route for those who reach Hendaya by train. There are also coaches that operate the routes to France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Portugal and Moldova.


The City Bus Service links the University of Cantabria with the rest of the city:



Those who prefer to drive can cross the border at Irún-Hendaya, taking the National Road 634, or the toll motorway A-8 to Bilbao, and then following directions for Santander. Once here, the visitor will realise that the city's lay-out is along three main roads: Avenida de los Castros (with the University campus in its northern part), Paseo de General Dávila, and the road which joins Cuatro Caminos with the city-centre and Sardinero.

Santander map:


  • Cost of living

The following estimates have been made taking as a point of reference. Hence, the following information should only be used as a guideline:

Monthly estimated Budget:

Accommodation + utilities: 320 €
Maintenance costs: 230 €
Transport: 30 €
School equipment: 40 €
Extra expenses: 90 €

Total (monthly average): 710 €

Other examples:

1 loaf of bread: 0.75 €
1 litre of milk: 0.95 €
1.5 litre of mineral water: 0.50 €
1 coffee at the university: 0.85 €
1 haircut women/men: 30.00 €/12€
1 newspaper: 1.10 €
1 book: 20.00 €
1 cinema ticket: 6.50 €
1 photocopy: 0.05 €
1 city bus ticket: 1.30 € (0.66 € with bus card)
1 book (novel): 20€

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