Ferry from Plymouth to Santander

 

Overview

Route: Ferry from Plymouth (Southwest England) to Santander (Northern Spain)
Journey time: From 20 hours
Journey highlights:

If you want to experience the wonderful coastline of northern Spain, but you don't want to fly or endure a long drive through France, this is the trip for you. Brittany Ferries' luxurious ferry is like going on a mini-cruise, and you may see whales and dolphin on the crossing - the Bay of Biscay is one of the best places in Europe to spot these magnificent marine animals.

Gateway to the rugged north coast of Spain, Santander is a bustling port city offering a flavour of traditional Cantabrian life. Within easy reach of the city by bus, train, or bike, are the region’s spectacular coastline, lush interior, and the Picos de Europa mountains.

The city of Santander has a charming centre with numerous churches and historic buildings, as well as a lengthy seafront promenade perfect for watching the bustle and activity of the port. One of the delights of the city is to enjoy the freshly caught fish in its many restaurants, before moving on to the lively Plaza de Canadio to enjoy the busy Spanish nightlife. You can also hit the beach without leaving town – numerous stretches of sand line the coast of Santander, including the glorious Playa del Sardinero.

Head out of town, and you’re in the heart of Cantabria and Green Spain: the lush, less-visited north of the country is home to some of Europe’s most dramatic scenery. Travel – by rail or road – offers incredible views over the hills, mountains, forests and beyond to the Bay of Biscay. The coastline around Santander is littered with wide, sandy bays separated by rugged cliffs. Inland, the mountains climb steadily higher and higher towards the Picos de Europa National Park, land of the dramatic peaks that were for centuries the first sight of Europe for those arriving by boat.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: The 1630 Sunday ferry from Plymouth arrives in Santander 20 hours later, the following day at around 1330 Spanish time.
Price: From £67 one way
 
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How to travel to the port:

The easiest way for foot passengers to reach the port is to take the train to Plymouth, which is about a 20-minute walk to the ferry terminal, or five minutes in a taxi. 

There is a good rail service from major centres in the UK to Plymouth train station.

Plymouth Port facilities: Baby changing, bureau de change, café, disabled access.

Transfer time: Allow 45 minutes
 
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The Ferry Crossing:

Plymouth to Santander

There is one return sailing a week, on Sunday, normally at 1630 (arriving the following day in Santander at 1330 Spanish time); when the mv Bretagne ferry is used on the route, it departs at 1200 (arriving the following day at 1300), see the Brittany ferries website for more details.

Frequency of service: 1 per week
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

Journey time: 20-24 hours (approx.)
Onward travel from the port:

Bienvenido a Santander

The ferry terminal lies just one block down Avenida Castilla from Santander's main train station - if you have too much to carry, it's just a minute in a taxi. Santander is well connected to the Spanish rail network, with trains running to major centres in the region and the rest of the country.

 
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Your route to Santander (Northern Spain)

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the ferry.

 

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