Details of how to get from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by various forms of transport.
Santiago de Compostela is a long way from Madrid and it isn't easy to get there from Madrid. I'd suggest going via a different city, such as Leon, or taking a guided tour.
Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by Guided TourGetting around Galicia is difficult by public transport. So unless you're taking a car, I would suggest visiting Santiago and the surrounding region by guided tour.
Check out these Guided Tours of Northern Spain from Madrid for some suggestions.
Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by TrainThe train from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid takes about seven hours and costs under 50 euros, with beds from about 80 euros.
You can only buy these tickets from Renfe.es, Spain's official rail website. Renfe's site is a mess and has been described as "like Alice in Wonderland, where nothing seems to be what it really is" by Trip Advisor. You're probably best buying your tickets in person.
Trains from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela depart from Chamartin train station. Read more about Bus and Train Stations in Madrid.
For most other train tickets in Spain, residents of Canada and USA should instead use Rail Europe and get their tickets delivered to their home address. Citizens of other countries should also use the link below to check timetables but buy tickets in person.
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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by BusThere are regular buses throughout the day between Madrid and Santiago de Compostela. The journey takes eight hours and costs about 60 euros, which is more than the train! There are cheaper buses, but these take even longer.
You can book most bus tickets in Spain online at no extra charge. Just pay with a credit card and print out the e-ticket.
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Buses from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela depart from Mendez Alvaro bus station. Read more about Bus and Train Stations in Madrid.
Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by CarThis 600km journey takes about six hours, traveling mainly on the AP-6, A-6, AG-53 and AP-53 highways. Note that AP roads in Spain are toll roads.
Consider a stop in Salamanca or Leon to break up the long journey.
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Flights from Madrid to Santiago de CompostelaThere are some flights from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela and they can be very cheap if booked in advance.
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