• Search & compare prices from leading car hire companies & save!
  • Flexible Rentals, Worldwide locations, No Hidden Fees
  • Get in touch via Facebook
  • 24/7 Multi Lingual Customer Service

Car Hire at Santander Seve Ballesteros Airport 

Santander has long been a popular entry point to Spain, with many tourists arriving by ferry and then driving around northern Spain or heading south to the Costas with their own cars. However, nowadays, more and more people choose to fly to Santander Airport, avoiding the long journey and uncomfortable Bay of Biscay crossing, and hire a car upon arrival, so feeling fresh and ready to explore. 

With our car rental service at Santander Airport, you can rest assured that you'll get the best value for your money. We've checked all the available hire car prices to ensure we offer the most competitive rates, including a comprehensive insurance package that covers collision damage waiver and roadside assistance. Additionally, we offer optional extras like sat-nav, roof bars, or child booster seats to enhance your rental experience. We strive to provide excellent service, availability, and affordability for all car rental needs, including those who frequently hire cars in Spain. So, make your booking today and get ready to hit the road!

Car Rental Policies: You will find these detailed under `Important Information for the hire car of your choice, including details about excess, insurance coverage and options to upgrade along with deposit and payment card information. Breakdown Assistance is automatically included.

Santander Airport (SDR) is the main airport serving Santander. The primary route from the airport to the city center is the S-10, which takes you directly into the heart of Santander.

Here's a comprehensive guide on using a car in Santander, starting from the Santander Airport:

Driving in Santander:

  • Driving Side: In Spain, including Santander, you drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Speed Limits: In urban areas, the speed limit is typically 50 km/h. On main roads outside towns, it's 90 km/h, and on motorways (autopistas) and dual carriageways (autovías), it's 120 km/h.
  • Seat Belts: Seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle, both in the front and back seats.

Parking in Santander:

  • Blue Zones: These are paid parking zones in the city. You can park for a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Parking Garages: There are several underground parking garages in the city where you can park for longer durations.

Places to Visit and Scenic Routes:

  • Magdalena Palace: A beautiful palace with gardens, offering panoramic views of the city.
  • Santander Cathedral: A historic cathedral located in the heart of the city.
  • Scenic Route: Drive along the Cantabrian coast to explore beautiful beaches like Playa de Somo or head inland to discover the lush landscapes of Cantabria.

Road Conditions:

  • Roads are generally in good condition. However, like most cities, Santander's streets can be busy, especially during the summer tourist season.


  • There are toll roads around Santander, especially if you're heading towards Bilbao or Oviedo. Ensure you have cash or a credit card handy.

Fuel Stations:

  • Santander and its surrounding areas have plenty of fuel stations. Many of them are open 24/7.

Road Signage:

  • Road signs are clear and follow international standards. They are in Spanish, but the pictorial signs are universally recognizable.

Emergency Telephone Number:

  • The general emergency number in Spain, including Santander, is 112.

Additional Tips:

  • Santander is a coastal city with a maritime climate, so be prepared for occasional rain and always check the weather forecast.
  • The region of Cantabria, where Santander is located, offers a mix of coastal beauty and mountainous landscapes, so be prepared for varying driving conditions.
  • Parking can be challenging in the city center, especially during peak tourist season. It's advisable to book accommodation with parking or use public transport when exploring the city.

Driving in Santander offers the freedom to explore the city and its beautiful surroundings. With its coastal charm, cultural attractions, and proximity to the Cantabrian mountains, Santander is a delightful destination to explore by car. Always be cautious and familiarize yourself with local driving regulations and customs.

Current Rental Rates in Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 31.16 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 218.12 EUR from 21/07/2024

  1 |
  Manual |

Iveco Daily Cargo Van (7m3)

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.49 EUR/day
Iveco Daily Cargo Van (7m3)

7 Days rental at 220.48 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.00 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 231.00 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Picos de Europa National Park: Explore the breathtaking mountain landscapes, picturesque villages, and scenic drives in one of Spain's most stunning national parks.
  • Comillas: Visit this charming coastal town known for its beautiful beaches, historic architecture including Gaudí's El Capricho, and scenic views of the Cantabrian coast.
  • Santillana del Mar: Step back in time as you wander through this perfectly preserved medieval town, featuring cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, and the UNESCO-listed Altamira Cave, famous for its prehistoric cave art.
  • Cabárceno Natural Park: Embark on a safari-style adventure in this expansive wildlife park, home to over 100 species of animals from five continents, set within a former iron mine.
  • Bilbao: Head south to explore the vibrant city of Bilbao, home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, historic Casco Viejo (Old Town), delicious Basque cuisine, and lively cultural scene.


Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport - Popular Destinations

  • Santander city center: Approx 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.
  • Bilbao: Approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast.
  • Gijón: Approximately 180 kilometers (112 miles) east.
  • Oviedo: Approximately 210 kilometers (130 miles) east.
  • San Sebastián: Approximately 220 kilometers (137 miles) southwest.
  • Burgos: Approximately 220 kilometers (137 miles) southeast.

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport

No.1: SIXT,
based on 4885 reviews
14 min (average wait time)
No.3: HERTZ,
based on 1778 reviews
20 min (average wait time)
based on 2286 reviews
15 min (average wait time)

Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport car hire information

  • 9.2/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Sixt EMEA Corporate
  • € 218.12
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 31.16
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 42
    Most Popular Type:
  • 8
    Most popular model:
    Peugeot 208
  • 131
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport

January€ 40
February€ 37
March€ 35
April€ 48
May€ 47
June€ 55
July€ 74
August€ 70
September€ 53
October€ 48
November€ 36
December€ 50
January€ 35
February€ 33
March€ 34
April€ 44
May€ 43
June€ 50
July€ 65
August€ 60
September€ 46
October€ 43
November€ 35
December€ 46
January€ 94
February€ 94
March€ 133
April€ 136
May€ 126
June€ 135
July€ 160
August€ 173
September€ 109
October€ 102
November€ 106
December€ 107
January€ 53
February€ 49
March€ 51
April€ 71
May€ 62
June€ 79
July€ 80
August€ 97
September€ 64
October€ 61
November€ 52
December€ 63
January€ 81
February€ 85
March€ 134
April€ 137
May€ 144
June€ 144
July€ 239
August€ 346
September€ 114
October€ 119
November€ 95
December€ 100
January€ 30
February€ 28
March€ 28
April€ 36
May€ 35
June€ 38
July€ 56
August€ 52
September€ 38
October€ 34
November€ 28
December€ 38
January€ 69
February€ 59
March€ 81
April€ 89
May€ 88
June€ 96
July€ 92
August€ 128
September€ 82
October€ 72
November€ 68
December€ 74
January€ 41
February€ 36
March€ 35
April€ 40
May€ 48
June€ 53
July€ 79
August€ 74
September€ 57
October€ 51
November€ 37
December€ 47

Select category to see average car hire prices in Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices
FAQs - How can we help?

There are always some points on which you are not sure when hiring a car, so we have done our best to answer the frequently asked questions. Just click this link and you will find the questions are sorted by category for easy navigation.

Other Rhino Car Hire Locations

We specialise in car rentals throughout Spain fo find you the best price and that's a promise...

per day
Jan€ 22
Feb€ 23
Mar€ 23
Apr€ 16
May€ 20
Jun€ 19
Jul€ 29
Aug€ 30
Sep€ 18
Oct€ 21
Nov€ 24
Dec€ 20
per day
Feb€ 44
per day
Jan€ 17
Feb€ 13
Mar€ 16
Apr€ 15
May€ 38
Jun€ 22
Jul€ 45
Aug€ 27
Sep€ 21
Oct€ 21
Nov€ 17
Dec€ 16
per day
Jan€ 22
Feb€ 16
Mar€ 19
Apr€ 24
May€ 24
Jun€ 39
Jul€ 47
Aug€ 37
Sep€ 25
Oct€ 34
Nov€ 23
Dec€ 25