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Santander, Cantabria, Spain

How much does it cost to travel to Santander?

You should plan to spend around $118 (€108) per day on your vacation in Santander. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $44 (€41) on meals
  • $26 (€24) on local transportation
  • $111 (€102) on hotels

A one week trip to Santander for two people costs, on average, $1,648 (€1,513). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Santander cost?

A one week trip to Santander usually costs around $824 (€756) for one person and $1,648 (€1,513) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Santander on average costs around $1,648 (€1,513) for one person and $3,295 (€3,026) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Santander will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Santander on average costs around $3,531 (€3,242) for one person and $7,061 (€6,484) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Santander has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Santander expensive to visit?

Prices in Santander are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Santander is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Split or Figueira da Foz.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Santander Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Santander?

The average Santander trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Santander travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 102 ($111)
Local Transportation 1 24 ($26)
Food 2 41 ($44)
Entertainment 1 18 ($20)
Alcohol 2 7 - 21 ($8 - 23)
Accommodation Budget in Santander
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Santander is $56 (€51). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Santander is $111 (€102). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Santander

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Santander based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $75. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Santander
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Santander is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 (€24) per person, per day, on local transportation in Santander.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Santander
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Santander can vary, the average cost of food in Santander is $44 (€41) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Santander should cost around $18 (€16) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Santander is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Santander
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  • Entertainment and activities in Santander typically cost an average of $20 (€18) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Santander
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  • The average person spends about $16 (€14) on alcoholic beverages in Santander per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Santander on a Budget
Santander Santander Coastline, Spain
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.
The most emblematic sight of Santander is the Magdalena Palace which was once a summer residence for the Spanish king. Located on a peninsula of the same name, the palace stands in beautiful stone masonry overlooking the sea. Other architectural sights include a handful of churches and public buildings, historic streets and squares, and a number of peaceful parks. One of the more notable churches is the Catedral de Santa Maria de la AsunciĆ³n, or simply the Cathedral of Santander. Its impressive structure is mainly Gothic, though it has been extended and renovated over time.

In addition to the park surrounding the Magdalena Palace (which also has a zoo), another of Santander's more distinguished parks is the Parque de Cabo Mayor. Overlooking cliffs, the waves put on a spectacular show on windy days. The park is also home to the Faro de Cabo Mayor, the oldest lighthouse in Cantabria built in 1839. It is about 30m high, and is also the site of a museum at its base.

Other museums worth mention include the Prehistoric and Archaeological Museum of Cantabria, the Maritime Museum of Cantabria, the Bullfighting Museum, and the Municipal Museum of Arts.
Santander is the city hub for the Cantabria region of Spain. Like any city it has plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment. One of the main stretches in the city center is the Paseo de Pereda y Calle Castelar, a 1550-meter stretch of road lined with cathedrals and historic buildings from the 18th to 20th centuries. It runs from the city center right down to the water where you can find great views of the harbor. Another nearby center is the Plaza de Jose Antonio or Plaza Pombo, which is a charming square featuring a musical bandstand and many colorful flowerbeds. Santander is a modern city, so if you seek something on the quainter side, take a day trip to the village of Santillana del Mar just 30 kilometers west of Santander. One of Spain's prettiest towns, 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.

If it is outdoor adventure you seek, the area surrounding Santander has a full range of activities from hiking or skiing in the mountains to swimming and watersports along the beaches of the coastline. The Primera de El Sardinero is the most famous beach of Santander, while Somo Beach just outside of Santander is more secluded and less crowded than beaches in Santander. Some others include Playa de El Puntal, Playa de Bikinis, Playa de Covachos, and many more. Other activities along the water include sailing, yacht charter, picnics, and climbing the lighthouse at Cabo Mayor for breathtaking views of the bay.

There are also the sights of the city to explore, offering some great opportunities to admire old world architecture and become immersed in the culture that thrives today. If you prefer to get lost in the history of the region, spend your days wandering city streets and villages, exploring museums, or hopping on a tour for a more guided experience.
Food and Dining
The northwest of Spain is an area bordered by coastline, making seafood and fish a common staple for dishes throughout the region. The Spanish word for seafood is "marisco," and fresh catches include things like clams, mussels, pod razors, cockles, crabs, barnacles, crayfish, snails, lobster, squid, sea bass, hake, scorpion fish, anchovies, sardines, and tuna. Pulpo a feira is a common seafood dish of octopus prepared with oil, salt, and hot paprika. Then there are empanadas-pies made with a traditional dough, filled with onion, pepper, and some meat, usually tuna, veal, or seafood. Some popular beverages include cider, wine, and orujo which is a type of pomace brandy. A great selection of dining options can be found in the city of Santander, especially in the district by the fishing harbor, Barrio Pesquero, if you're looking for seafood.

By plane, Santander Airport is the main point of entry, located 5 kilometers east of the city. It operates domestic flights, primarily from Madrid, and international flights with Ryanair from London, Dublin, Brussels, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, plus other international flights to Bilbao.

By train, RENFE operates daily from Madrid and Alicante to Santander with stops in the main cities of Palencia, Valladolid, and Avila along the way. (5-6 hours from Madrid to Santander)

There is also a ferry terminal in Santander if you wish to arrive by ferry from the UK.

By car from Bilbao, travel the A8 Freeway.

Navigating within the region is best done by rental car if you wish to see some of the smaller villages. Public buses are also available to the larger towns as well as between Santander and Bilbao.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.