Santiago de Compostela - Rail

Travel by rail


Spanish trains are relatively punctual, reasonably priced and usually clean. Seat reservations are required on all inter-city trains.
The main railway station in Santiago de Compostela, Rúa de Hórreo, off Avenida de Lugo, is centrally located, just to the south of the Old Quarter. There’s a day train and a night train to Santiago from Madrid. There’s also a daily train to/from the French border at Irún/Hendaye via Bilbao and San Sebastián.

You can get to Santiago from London by train via Paris in about 26 hours. The first leg is operated by Eurostar (tel: 0843 218 6186, in the UK only; There are also connections to Oporto in Portugal via Vigo and regular local services to A Coruña.


RENFE (tel: 902 240 202; operates the Spanish rail network, which radiates from Madrid to all the major cities.

Journey times

From Madrid – 7 hours; London – 26 hours.