Car Hire at Santander Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Discover the fantastic landscapes of Cantabria, from soaring mountains to pristine beaches, when you hire a car at Santander Airport. There’s so much to see and do in and around Santander, and with a rented car you can enjoy it all at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Santander Airport
Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Enterprise Atesa all offer car hire from Santander Airport. The car rental reception desks are on the ground floor of the airport, in the arrivals concourse after customs.
Petrol stations near Santander Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a Cepsa service station in Santander, just off the A-67 motorway which leads to the airport. This is just a few minute’s drive from the airport and the nearest place to top up your tank.
Driving around Santander Airport
Santander Airport links onto the Autovía A-8 motorway, also known as the Autovia del Cantabrico. This is a major road linking the cities of northern Spain, starting in Galicia and ending in Bilbao. The roads around the airport are large and fast moving, so it’s important to know exactly where you’re going. Either plan your route in advance or choose a car rental package which includes a sat-nav system.
Getting to your destination
The lively capital of Cantabria, Santander has plenty in the way of nightlife, shops, and excellent restaurants.
It takes about ten minutes to drive to Santander from the airport. Many hotels in Santander have car parking facilities, and there are lots of underground car parks dotted around the city too. Parking is free near the beaches of Sardinero. Be mindful of parking regulations if you find an on-street space: the local police will be happy to tow away your rental car if you have left it in the wrong place.
Santillana del Mar
Jean-Paul Sartre called Santillana del Mar the “prettiest town in Spain” and it’s easy to see why. The compact medieval town with cobbled streets, narrow lanes, and lively eateries is one of Northern Spain’s true gems.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Santillana del Mar from Santander Airport. The town boasts two car parks: one is beside the tourist office, and the other is on the CA133 road. Charges often apply during the summer and on weekends, so do check local signs and regulations before leaving your car.
Home to the Guggenheim museum and blessed with the Basque love of gastronomy, the city of Bilbao is a vibrant city sure to impress culture vultures.
If there are no flights to Bilbao available when you want to travel you can fly to Santander and drive. It only takes an hour. It’s best to look for hotels in Bilbao with car parking if you’re going to rent a vehicle, as car parking in the city centre is scarce. If you can find a space in the city centre blue zone you will only be able to leave your car for two hours, at a rate of €1.25 (about 90p) for the first hour and €3.10 (about £2.20) for the full two hours. You can park for up to five hours in the green zone, with a maximum charge of €12.80 (about £9.15). The car parks in the city are a better option, as there are no time limits. These charge anywhere between €2-2.75 (about £1.45-£1.95) per hour.
Prices subject to change