A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Santillana vs. Madrid for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Santillana or Madrid?

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

Should I visit Santillana or Madrid? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Santillana or Madrid?


A quaint town outside of Santander in northern Spain, Santillana de Mar is renowned for its medieval architecture. One of Spain's prettiest villages, Santillana del Mar and its cobbled streets are lined with palaces, churches, and balconies full of flowers. There are plenty of traditional shops selling local specialties, and it is nearby the UNESCO world heritage site of the Altamira Caves for something a little different.


Madrid, the capital of Spain, overs visitors countless opportunities to experience Spain's culture, art, cuisine, and nightlife. It is the largest city in Spain, and as such has much to explore. The city is situated on the Iberian Peninsula on the Spanish central Castillian plateau. If you're flying into Spain, you'll likely fly into the Madrid airport as it's one of the largest airports in Europe. Madrid is well connected to the rest of Spain with planes, trains and buses, making it a popular place to visit for many travelers doing a European tour.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Spain, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Spain, The Best Luxury Tours to Spain, and The Best Budget Tours to Spain.

Which place is cheaper, Madrid or Santillana?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Santillana is €105, while the average daily cost in Madrid is €136. 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 Santillana and Madrid in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Santillana 60
    Madrid 77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Santillana 120
    Madrid 154
Compare Hotels in Santillana and Madrid

Looking for a hotel in Santillana or Madrid? 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 Santillana

Hotels in Madrid

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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: Santillana Hotel Prices and Madrid Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Santillana 17
    Madrid 19

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Madrid are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Madrid

Also for Madrid, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Madrid Airport MAD Round-Trip Transfer in Private Van: $176
  • Alcobendas Private Transfer To Madrid Barajas Airport: $27
  • Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car from MAD Airport to Madrid: $54
  • Arrival Transfer Madrid Airport MAD to Avila City by Sedan: $233
  • Arrival Transfer from Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Private Car: $82
  • Arrival Transfer from Madrid MAD Airport to Madrid by Luxury Car: $82
  • Arrival Transfer: Madrid Airport MAD to Madrid in Business Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer from Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Private Van: $89
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Business Car: $82
  • Departure Transfer: Madrid to Madrid Airport MAD in Luxury Van: $89
  • From Madrid Airport: 1-Way Private Hotel Transfer: $82

Is it cheaper to fly into Santillana or Madrid?

Prices for flights to both Madrid and Santillana 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 Meals for one day
    Santillana 30
    Madrid 34
Typical Food Prices in Santillana

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santillana:

  • Breakfast

Typical Food Prices in Madrid

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Madrid:

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream
  • Kebabs (for 2)
  • Croissant
  • Lunch at Airport (for 2)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Madrid

For Madrid, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Madrid Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show and Dinner: $27
  • Paella and Sangria Workshop with Dinner and Drinks: $43
  • Madrid Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $48
  • Tapas Crawl Food Tour with 6 Tapas and 4 Drinks: $48
  • Tapas Dinner Party Food Tour with Guide: $48
  • Drunken Tapas Food Tour with Dinner in Madrid: $48
  • Tipsy Tapas Food Tour with Drinks and Food: $51
  • Madrid Tapas Dinner Party with Guide: $54
  • The Authentic Morning Madrid's Food Tour: $60
  • Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid: $61
  • Opera and Zarzuela Show and Dinner: $62
  • Tapas Crawl in Madrid Historical Quarter for Lunch or Dinner: $64

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Santillana 23
    Madrid 34

Tours and Activities in Santillana

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

  • Memorable Family Walking Tour in Ancient Santillana del Mar: $435

Tours and Activities in Madrid

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Madrid.

  • Madrid Essential: Free Walking City Tour: $1.09
  • Tour Retiro Park - Madrid self-guided tour app: $2.17
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.26
  • Self Guided Tours Madrid With 100 Captivating Audio Stories: $3.32
  • Guided tour of the Madrid of spies: $3.33
  • Madrid Mountains Free Walking Tour: $3.33
  • Escape Game and Tour: $4.35
  • App self-guided: Tour Madrid Spain: $4.35
  • Wonders of Madrid Walking Tour: $5.44
  • Marvels of Madrid Walking Tour: $5.44
  • Wonders of Madrid City Walking Tour: $5.44

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Santillana 4.29
    Madrid 20

Sample the Local Flavors in Santillana

Also in Santillana, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Santillana Uncorked: A Wine Tasting Adventure: $1,039

Typical Alcohol Prices in Madrid

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Madrid are as follows:

  • Beer
  • Drinks and Tapas (for 2)

Sample the Local Flavors in Madrid

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Madrid:

  • Pub Crawl with Tapas and VIP Club Entry: $9.78
  • Madrid Pub Crawl with VIP Club Entrance: $11
  • Visit to the Winery with Wine Tasting and Appetizers in Navarra: $12
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Drinks and Nightclub Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid Running since 2005 Bar Exploration: $16
  • Guided Pub Crawl Madrid Experience and Club Entry: $16
  • Pub Crawl Madrid & Party: $17
  • Pub Crawl Madrid-The Original since 2005-Shots-Fun-Clubs-Dance: $17
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $19
  • Pub Crawl Madrid: $22
  • Wine Tasting Experience with 4 Spanish Wines: $26
  • Wine Tour with tasting in the Natural Park of La Mata: $38

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santillana and Madrid, we can see that Madrid is more expensive. And not only is Santillana much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santillana would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santillana 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 Madrid would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Madrid than you might in Santillana.

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

Which is Bigger, Santillana or Madrid?

Madrid has a larger population, and is about 770 times larger than the population of Santillana. When comparing the sizes of Santillana and Madrid, 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.