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Car Hire Santander Airport Useful Information

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.

Distance to Nearest Towns/Cities:

  • Bilbao: 108 km
  • Oviedo: 195 km
  • Burgos: 180 km

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 Santander Airport

Smart Forfour

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.23 EUR/day
Smart Forfour

7 Days rental at 155.61 EUR from 11/12/2023

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  Manual |

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.25 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 162.81 EUR from 11/12/2023

  2 |
  Manual |

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.33 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 170.32 EUR from 11/12/2023

  2 |
  Manual |

Useful to know about Santander Airport

  • Santander Airport is one of the busiest in Northern Spain serving 1.1m passengers in 2018
  • The airport is only minutes from the centre of Santander near the village of Maliano
  • It offers a viable alternative to the ferry crossing from the UK to Santander Port
  • The airport is a major destination for Ryanair who account for 90% of the routes to and from the airport
  • Over the last decade the airport has seen meteoric growth, increasing its business five-fold


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Santander Airport car hire information

  • 8.8/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Enterprise EMEA Corporate
  • € 155.61
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 22.23
    Best Price:
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  • 51
    Most Popular Type:
  • 10
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Qashqai
  • 190
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Santander Airport

January€ 44
February€ 41
March€ 38
April€ 51
May€ 47
June€ 58
July€ 77
August€ 70
September€ 53
October€ 48
November€ 36
December€ 50
January€ 38
February€ 36
March€ 35
April€ 45
May€ 43
June€ 51
July€ 66
August€ 60
September€ 46
October€ 43
November€ 35
December€ 46
January€ 99
February€ 98
March€ 145
April€ 152
May€ 135
June€ 145
July€ 148
August€ 173
September€ 109
October€ 102
November€ 106
December€ 107
January€ 57
February€ 54
March€ 52
April€ 76
May€ 63
June€ 84
July€ 87
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€ 32
February€ 30
March€ 29
April€ 37
May€ 35
June€ 39
July€ 56
August€ 52
September€ 38
October€ 34
November€ 28
December€ 38
January€ 67
February€ 62
March€ 86
April€ 100
May€ 94
June€ 105
July€ 107
August€ 128
September€ 82
October€ 72
November€ 68
December€ 74
January€ 45
February€ 42
March€ 39
April€ 41
May€ 45
June€ 57
July€ 95
August€ 74
September€ 57
October€ 51
November€ 37
December€ 47

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