Santiago de Compostela travel guide

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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.

When to visit Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Santiago de Compostela in January
Estimated hotel price
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


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 Boston and takes around 9h 15m.


Renfe is the only carrier operating train routes to Santiago de Compostela. The train journey from Santiago de Compostela to A Coruña takes 0h 40m and costs around $7 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Vigo, expect to pay about $13 for a 0h 50m trip. The train station in Santiago de Compostela is called Santiago de Compostela, and is located 0.7 miles from the city center.


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 Alamo and Hertz, among others, in Vigo.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santiago de Compostela, including ALSA, FlixBus and rede expressos. From A Coruña, the bus ride to Santiago de Compostela takes 60 miles and will cost you around $15. From Vigo, the ticket costs about $11 for a journey of 85 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


Airlines serving Santiago de Compostela

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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

From 5-star hotels such as the Parador de Santiago - Hostal Reis Catolicos 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 $74 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 Pousadas De Compostela Hotel San Clemente and Hotel A Tafona do Peregrino.

Where to stay in popular areas of Santiago de Compostela

Most booked hotels in Santiago de Compostela

Eurostars San Lazaro
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NH Collection Santiago de Compostela
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Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago
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Pension 23-Vinte E Tres
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Hotel Payro
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Asador de Roxos Casa Albardonedo
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Renting a car in Santiago de Compostela

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 48% more expensive than at Santiago de Compostela.

Expect to pay $6.81 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 $81.76 and $109.02. The most frequently booked car type in Santiago de Compostela is Supplier choice (Class Special Convertible or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Hyundai Ioniq or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.