Ferry from Santander to Plymouth

 

Overview

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

If you want to travel from northern Spain to the UK, but you don't want to fly or endure a long drive through France, this is the trip for you. P&O's 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.

Plymouth is a great seafaring city, looking firmly out to the Atlantic: the whole place has a maritime air and it has a rich trade and naval history. Today this is evident not only the fresh fish and seafood on offer in the city’s restaurants and markets, but the waterside Barbican district and the grand citadel that stands proudly over the city. The regenerated Royal William Yard offers shops and cafés in grand buildings, complementing the city centre - one of the south-west’s busiest shopping districts. With a range of independent galleries and retailers, as well as one the UK’s largest aquarium, there’s plenty to keep you entertained – and tear your eyes off the view of the wide waters of the Plymouth Sound.

In addition to the sights and flavours of the city, Plymouth acts as a gateway to the surrounding area, including the beautiful South Devon coast, with its glorious beaches and verdant scenery. Dartmoor National Park’s wide open spaces are easily accessible by bus or train, and the Eden Project, one of the UK’s leading attractions, is also within easy reach – as is much of wonderful Cornwall.

 

Itinerary

Sample itinerary: The Thursday 1500 service from Santander arrives 20 hours later in Plymouth, the following day at 1000 UK 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 Santander's main train station, which is one block down Avenida Castilla to the ferry terminal - or if you have too much luggage to carry, it's just a minute in a taxi.

Trains run from major centres in the region and from the rest of Spain to Santander.

Santander Port facilities: café, shop, tourist information, toilets, payphones.

Transfer time: Allow 40 minutes
 
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The Ferry Crossing :

Santander to Plymouth

There is one return sailing a week, on Thursday at 1500, arriving in Plymouth the following day at 1000 UK time.

Frequency of service: 1 per week
Operator:

Brittany Ferries

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

Welcome to Plymouth

From the ferry terminal it is about 20 minutes walk to Plymouth railway station, or 5 minutes in a taxi. Plymouth station is well connected to major centres in the UK, including London Paddington, by regular rail services. The centre of Plymouth is compact and walkable, and for longer journeys around town there is a good bus network. The port is linked to the city centre by the 34 bus route, but this does not call at the railway station. The city’s bus network is called Plymouth Citybus and their website offers timetables and a downloadable Plymouth bus map.

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Your route back from Santander (Northern Spain)

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