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 is centrally located on Rúa de Hórreo, off Avenida de Lugo, just to the south of the Old Quarter. There are day trains 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 22 hours. There are also connections to Oporto in Portugal via Vigo and regular local services to A Coruña.


RENFE (+34 902 320 320; operates the Spanish rail network, which radiates from Madrid to all the major cities.

Journey times

From Madrid - 6 hours; Irún - 11 hours.

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