A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Cadiz vs. Santander for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cadiz or Santander?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cadiz and Santander can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cadiz or Santander?

Cadiz

Cadiz is a port city in the southwestern area of Spain. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain, and one of the oldest in western Europe, which means it has a lot of historic charm and many historic landmarks. Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay which is a small slice of land, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. The landscape has a lot of natural beauty, and there is plenty to see and do. Because of its long history, some areas of the city are very old and these sections differ drastically from the newer more modern areas; where the older neighborhoods have narrow, winding streets, the newer areas have wide avenues with modern buildings. Unlike most other ports of its size it seems immediately relaxed and easy going, not at all threatening, even at night. The city has a great tradition of liberalism and tolerance making it a very welcoming destination.

Santander

Santander is the capital of the Cantabria Region which runs along the northern coast of Spain. Located right on the bay, it is a place of many historic churches and a handful of interesting museums that range from archaeological discoveries of the region, to maritime history, and cultural features like bullfighting. There is also a large selection of beaches for those looking for a more relaxing getaway in the sun and sand.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Spain, The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain, The Best 3-Day Tours from Madrid, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid.


Which place is cheaper, Santander or Cadiz?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cadiz is €152, while the average daily cost in Santander is €108. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cadiz and Santander in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cadiz 77
    Santander 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cadiz 154
    Santander 102
Compare Hotels in Cadiz and Santander

Looking for a hotel in Cadiz or Santander? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Cadiz


Hotels in Santander


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cadiz Hotel Prices and Santander Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cadiz 30
    Santander 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cadiz

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cadiz:

  • Private Transfer from Cadiz Cruise Port to Cadiz City Hotels: $29
  • Private Transfer from Cadiz city hotels to Cadiz Cruise Port: $29
  • Private Transfer from/to Cadiz Airport to/from Hotel: $88

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santander

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santander:

  • Santander Private Departure Transfer: $36
  • Santander Private Arrival Transfer: $36
  • One-way Private Transfer From/To Santander Airport: $41
  • Santander Private Transfer from the city centre to Santander Airport: $44
  • Santander Private Transfer from Santander Airport to City centre: $44
  • Private Transfer from Santander Port to Bilbao Airport: $254
  • Private Transfer from Santander city to Bilbao Airport: $254
  • Private Transfer from Santander city to Bilbao: $254

Is it cheaper to fly into Cadiz or Santander?

Prices for flights to both Santander and Cadiz change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cadiz 45
    Santander 41
Typical Food Prices in Cadiz

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cadiz are as follows:


  • Dinner and Tapas
    15
  • Lunch for 1
    10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cadiz

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cadiz.

  • Tapas Food Tour in Jerez de la Frontera: $42
  • Food Tour Cadiz: $94

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cadiz 27
    Santander 18
Typical Entertainment Prices in Cadiz

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cadiz are as follows:


  • Cadiz Sightseeing Tour
    15

Tours and Activities in Cadiz

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cadiz are as follows:

  • Story Adventure Quest Experience in Cadiz: $5.71
  • Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App: $7.33
  • Cádiz Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $9.16
  • Self Guided Walking Tour of Charming Cadiz: $15
  • Ticket for Visit to the Domecq Palace in Jerez de la Frontera: $17
  • Discover Cádiz walking tour: $17
  • 2 Hours Tour around Cádiz: History, anecdotes and curiosities: $17
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Cádiz: $17
  • Jerez de la Frontera History and Art Walking Tour: $22
  • Tour in Vejer: Arab, Jewish and Christian History of Vejer, Cádiz: $22
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25

Tours and Activities in Santander

Here are a few actual costs in Santander for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Hour City Cruise Around the Bay: $14
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $22
  • City Sightseeing Santander Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $23
  • Obregón: Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno Entry Ticket: $26
  • From Potes, Santillana and Altamira Day Tour: $42
  • Full Day Tour Lakes of Covadonga and Santillana from Santander: $46
  • Guided Tour by Electric Bike: $54
  • Full Day Self Guided Tour in Santillana del Mar and Comillas: $55
  • From Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour: $65
  • Santoña: Anchovy Factory Tour and Boat Trip: $70
  • Tour to the Towns of the Western Coast of Cantabria: $79
  • Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour: $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cadiz 28
    Santander 14


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cadiz and Santander, we can see that Cadiz is more expensive. And not only is Santander much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santander would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santander and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Cadiz would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cadiz than you might in Santander.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cadiz Expensive? and Is Santander Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cadiz or Santander?

Santander has a larger population, and is about 39% larger than the population of Cadiz. When comparing the sizes of Cadiz and Santander, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Cadiz or Santander?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Cadiz or Santander in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Cadiz and Santander. Many visitors come to Cadiz in the summer for the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Cadiz is generally a little warmer than Santander. Daily temperatures in Cadiz average around 25°C (77°F), and Santander fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Santander this time of the year. In Cadiz, it's very sunny this time of the year. Cadiz usually receives more sunshine than Santander during summer. Cadiz gets 356 hours of sunny skies, while Santander receives 213 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Cadiz usually receives less rain than Santander. Cadiz gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Santander receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cadiz 25°C (77°F) 
    Santander 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Santander in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Cadiz as well as Santander. Most visitors come to Cadiz for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

Cadiz is a little warmer than Santander in the autumn. The daily temperature in Cadiz averages around 20°C (68°F) in October, and Santander fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cadiz this time of the year. In the autumn, Cadiz often gets more sunshine than Santander. Cadiz gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santander receives 133 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Santander. Cadiz usually gets less rain in October than Santander. Cadiz gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Santander receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cadiz 20°C (68°F) 
    Santander 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Santander in the Winter?

Both Santander and Cadiz are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The winter months attract visitors to Cadiz because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In the winter, Cadiz is a little warmer than Santander. Typically, the winter temperatures in Cadiz in January average around 13°C (55°F), and Santander averages at about 9°C (49°F).

Cadiz usually receives more sunshine than Santander during winter. Cadiz gets 174 hours of sunny skies, while Santander receives 91 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Santander. In January, Cadiz usually receives less rain than Santander. Cadiz gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Santander receives 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cadiz 13°C (55°F) 
    Santander 9°C (49°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Santander in the Spring?

Both Santander and Cadiz during the spring are popular places to visit. The beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Cadiz this time of year.

In April, Cadiz is generally a little warmer than Santander. Daily temperatures in Cadiz average around 17°C (63°F), and Santander fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

It's quite sunny in Cadiz. In the spring, Cadiz often gets more sunshine than Santander. Cadiz gets 253 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santander receives 148 hours of full sun.

Santander gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Cadiz usually gets less rain in April than Santander. Cadiz gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Santander receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cadiz 17°C (63°F) 
    Santander 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Santander and Cadiz

Cadiz Santander
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 9°C (49°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 10°C (51°F) 119 mm (4.7 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 12°C (53°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 14°C (58°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 17°C (62°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 19°C (67°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Nov 17°C (63°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 12°C (53°F) 181 mm (7.1 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 10°C (50°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)