Santiago de Compostela travel guide

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You're Going to Love Santiago de Compostela

With a population of 95,092, Santiago de Compostela is a must-see destination in Galicia, Spain. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Santiago de Compostela deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

When to visit Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela in February
Estimated hotel price
$68
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santiago de Compostela in February
Estimated hotel price
$68
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Santiago de Compostela in July, when the average temperature is 66.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 75.2 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 39.2 °F, with an average temperature of 44.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 11.1″. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Santiago de Compostela, with an average rainfall of 1.5″.

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How to Get to Santiago de Compostela

Plane

When flying to Santiago de Compostela, you’ll arrive at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), which is located 7 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Santiago de Compostela from the United States departs from New York and takes around 11h 50m.

Train

Renfe is the most popular train carrier serving Santiago de Compostela, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol takes 1h 43m and costs around $27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Madrid, expect to pay about $105 for a 3h 01m trip. The train station in Santiago de Compostela is called Santiago de Compostela, and is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Santiago de Compostela is to pick up a car rental from Vigo, which is about 45 miles from Santiago de Compostela. You’ll find branches of Europcar and Hertz, among others, in Vigo.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santiago de Compostela, including ALSA, BlaBlaBus and Bus. From Porto, the bus ride to Santiago de Compostela takes 210 miles and will cost you around $51. From Oviedo, the ticket costs about $78 for a journey of 390 miles. The most popular bus station is Santiago de Compostela Bus Station, located 0.8 miles from downtown Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela Rúa da Senra is also a commonly used station, and is 0.3 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Santiago de Compostela, you’ll arrive at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), which is located 7 miles from the city center. The shortest flight to Santiago de Compostela from the United States departs from New York and takes around 11h 50m.

Train

Renfe is the most popular train carrier serving Santiago de Compostela, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol takes 1h 43m and costs around $27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Madrid, expect to pay about $105 for a 3h 01m trip. The train station in Santiago de Compostela is called Santiago de Compostela, and is located 0.7 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Santiago de Compostela is to pick up a car rental from Vigo, which is about 45 miles from Santiago de Compostela. You’ll find branches of Europcar and Hertz, among others, in Vigo.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santiago de Compostela, including ALSA, BlaBlaBus and Bus. From Porto, the bus ride to Santiago de Compostela takes 210 miles and will cost you around $51. From Oviedo, the ticket costs about $78 for a journey of 390 miles. The most popular bus station is Santiago de Compostela Bus Station, located 0.8 miles from downtown Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela Rúa da Senra is also a commonly used station, and is 0.3 miles from the city center.

Airports near Santiago de Compostela

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Airlines serving Santiago de Compostela

Lufthansa
Good (4,677 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (941 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,749 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,174 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,598 reviews)
Air France
Good (976 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,352 reviews)
Finnair
Good (765 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (776 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (561 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (677 reviews)
Air Europa
Good (341 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,391 reviews)
Avianca
Good (1,334 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (952 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (917 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (771 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,329 reviews)
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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

From 5-star hotels such as the Parador de Santiago de Compostela to great affordable options like the Pazo Xan Xordo, Santiago de Compostela offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $94 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $145 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hostal San Clemente by Pousadas de Compostela and A Tafona do Peregrino.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santiago de Compostela

Most booked hotels in Santiago de Compostela

Albergue Camiño Real
1 star
Excellent (8.9, 1061 reviews)
$21+
NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
5 stars
Excellent (8.6, 5083 reviews)
$136+
Eurostars San Lazaro
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, 2753 reviews)
$104+
Pension 23-Vinte E Tres
1 star
Excellent (8.1, 1347 reviews)
$49+
Hotel Spa Congreso
4 stars
Good (7.4, 1823 reviews)
$64+
Hotel Faranda Los Tilos
4 stars
Good (7.3, 386 reviews)
$56+

Renting a car in Santiago de Compostela

Renting a car in Santiago de Compostela costs $35 per day, on average, or $71 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 5% more expensive than at Santiago de Compostela.

Expect to pay $6.62 per gallon in Santiago de Compostela (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $79.49 and $105.99. The most frequently booked car type in Santiago de Compostela is Intermediate (Volkswagen T-Cross or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Fiat Tipo or similar) are, on average, 85% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Santiago de Compostela costs $35 per day, on average, or $71 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 5% more expensive than at Santiago de Compostela.

Expect to pay $6.62 per gallon in Santiago de Compostela (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $79.49 and $105.99. The most frequently booked car type in Santiago de Compostela is Intermediate (Volkswagen T-Cross or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Fiat Tipo or similar) are, on average, 85% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.