10 Things to Know about Santander Airport

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Santander Airport or Seve Ballesteros airport is an international airport in Santander, Spain. It is the only airport in the province of Cantabria. This makes it an excellent starting point for people who wish to visit Northern Spain and explore the region’s culture and natural beauty.

1. Transport

You can travel to and from the airport via public transport (buses) or taxis.

Public Transport

You can make use of the ALSA bus service to get to the Seve Ballesteros airport. ALSA buses connect the airport to many locations throughout Northern Spain, such as Bilbao or Laredo. Tickets can be bought online, using the telephone or from an automated ticket machine in the public arrivals lobby.


You can also hire a taxi to travel to and from the airport. Taxis in areas such as Camargo or El Astillero charge 5 euros for going to/ coming from the airport. There are an extra 0.65 euros for every suitcase or other items.


  • Phone: ALSA- (+34) 902 422 242; Radiotaxi- (+34) 942 333 333
  • Address: Radiotaxi- Calle de la Prensa, 39012 Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  • Website: ALSA- https://www.alsa.es/; Radiotaxi- http://www.radiotaxisantander.es/

2. Airlines

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It is essential for you to know which airlines operate in any airport before you decide to visit it. Many popular airlines operate in Seve Ballesteros airport in Santander. Some of them are Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia and Volotea. You can check out the flight schedules of each airline and compare their prices according to your preferences.


  • Air Europa:
    • (+34) 902 401 501
    • https://www.aireuropa.com/en/flights
  • Iberia:
    • (+34) 901 111 500
    • http://www.iberia.com/?language=en
  • Ryanair:
    • (+34) 902 051 292
    • https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/
  • Vueling:
    • (+34) 902 486 648
    • http://www.vueling.com/en
  • Volotea:
    • (+34) 807 403 170
    • http://www.volotea.com/en/

3. Car Rentals

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The Santander Airport also houses several car rentals so that you may hire a car for yourself if you do not want to travel in a taxi or bus. The prices vary from car to car, as well as car rental to car rental. Exotic cars are obviously more expensive to hire. You can hire a number of vehicles, ranging from vans to normal cars and luxury cars. A number of car rentals are present at Santander Airport, including Europcar, Hertz, Avis and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.


  • Europcar:
    • Website: http://www.europcar.es/
    • Phone: (+34) 942 262 546
    • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 AM to 11 PM; Sat: 10:30 AM to 3 PM and 4:30 PM to 10 PM; Sun: 8:30 AM to 3 PM and 3:30 PM to 11 PM.
  • Hertz:
    • Website: http://www.hertz.es/
    • Phone: (+34) 942 254 144
    • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 AM to 10:30 PM; Sat: 9:30 AM to 3 PM and 7:30 PM to 10 PM; Sun: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
  • Avis:
    • Website: http://www.avis.es/
    • Phone: (+34) 942 251 014
    • Opening Hours: Mon-Tue: 8 AM to 3 PM and 4 PM to 10:45 PM; Wed: 8 AM to 3 PM and 4 PM to 11 PM; Thu:  8 AM to 4 PM and 4:30 PM to 11 PM; Fri: 8 AM to 11 PM; Sat: 10 AM to 3 PM and 7:30 PM to 10 PM; Sun: 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car:
    • Website: http://www.enterprise.es/
    • Phone: (+34) 942 251 144
    • Opening Hours:
      • Mon: 8.30 AM – 10:30 PM
      • Tue, Wed: 8 AM -10:30 PM;
      • Thu: 10 AM – 10:30 PM;
      • Fri, Sat: , 10 AM – 10 PM;
      • Sun: 9:30 AM – 10:30 PM.

4. Shopping

Tourism is always incomplete without shopping! Duty-Free shops in airports give you the chance of purchasing awesome stuff at low rates (it is duty-free!). At Santander Airport, you can fulfill your shopping desires at Santander Duty-Free which is part of the World Duty-Free group.


  • Name: Santander Duty Free
  • Address: Floor 0, departures, Santander Airport (passenger only area)
  • Phone: (+34) 900 252 423

5. Food and Drink

Who does not want to scintillate his taste buds with some delicious food? While you are at Santander Airport, you can visit the La Barrila restaurant to satisfy your demand for Spanish cuisine. Yes, you can get your hands on the most traditional dishes, like tapas, as well as beers of every kind.


  • Name: La Barrila
  • Address: Floor 0, departures, Santander Airport (public zone)
  • Phone: (+34) 942 202 124

6. Cash and ATMs

Santander Airport also contains ATMs to allow the passengers to have quick and easy access to their finances. Imagine what would happen if you need some cash urgently and there is no way you can get your hands on it. There are three ATMs in the Santander Airport, namely: Euro 6000, Banco Santander Virtual Office and 4B.


  • Euro 6000: Floor 0, check-in hall.
  • 4B: Floor 0, check-in hall and arrival hall.
  • Banco Santander: Floor 0, departures hall.

7. Departures

Departure at Santander Airport is composed of a series of checkpoints. These include the check-in desks, security checks, passport controlling and lastly the boarding gates. You can also check-in online or via mobile online check-in. These services depend on your airline. If you have completed the check-in, you can arrive at the security check directly.


  • Checking-In: You can check in via check-in desks, online check-in or mobile check-in. Check-in desks are present at Floor 0.
  • Security Check: You must get checked before entering any boarding areas. Metal detectors and x-ray checking (for luggage only) are used.
  • Passport Control: Depending on which country you are visiting, you may have to undergo a passport check.
  • Boarding Gates: You can check your boarding gate number on the airport screens. Some boarding gates are present on Floor 0 and some are present on Floor 1.

8. Arrivals

When you arrive at Santander Airport and get off the plane, you can follow a series of signs which can lead you to the Baggage Reclaim hall and Passport control. You will find out which baggage reclaiming carousel has been allocated to your flight on the screens. You can get your baggage from there. Depending on which country you have come from, you may have to pass through a passport check.


  • Arrivals Hall: Floor 0
  • Customs: You should visit customs to declare some of the luggage you are carrying if you are from a country outside the European Union. For instance, if you are carrying food or cash of higher value than 10,000 euros, you have to declare them.
  • Lost Baggage: You can recover lost baggage from different spots, depending on your airline.
    • Iberia: Floor 0, check-in hall; phone: (+34) 901 111 342
    • Lesma Handling: Floor 0, check-in hall; for luggage lost during a flight controlled by Ryanair.

9. Services for Disabled Passengers

At Santander Airport, it is believed that disabled people have an equal right of enjoying their traveling experience as compared with normal people. Therefore, people with disabilities, such as blindness, deafness or some sort of mobility problems are assisted by relevant staff. They are helped during the checking-in, security check and boarding process.


  • WCHC: These passengers are completely immobile and not self sufficient. They need assistance throughout the journey.
  • WCHR: These passengers need help in getting from the plane to the terminal only.
  • WCHS: These passengers are self sufficient in the plane, they require help for boarding and getting to the terminal.
  • DEAF: Passengers who are deaf.
  • BLND: Passengers who have visual disabilities.

10. Terravision Tours

You may want to visit a travel agency while visiting another country so that they might organize tours for you. Santander Airport houses Terravision, a travel agency which organizes a sightseeing tour of the city. The route of this tour is provided above. You can visit the Terravision office at Santander Airport if you wish to go and see the spectacular sights Santander contains!


  • Name: Terravision
  • Location: Floor 0, departures hall, Santander Airport.

Santander Airport acts as a gateway to many beautiful areas of Northern Spain. If you intend o visit any such areas, you would most probably have to visit Santander Airport. It is a nice airport, and contains restaurants, duty-free shops, travel agencies and ATMs to make your travel experience as convenient as possible.

Have a good trip and travel!

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Cantabria Province, Europe, Santander, Spain