About Santander ferry port

Santander port is in the heart of the city so within easy walking distance of its shops and attractions as well as being the gateway to the Picos de Europa.

Santander port address

Terminal (foot passengers)
Estación Maritima
39002 Santander

Tel: (+34) 942 360 611
GPS co-ordinates: 43.459107,-3.806398

Vehicle Passenger Check-in
Port of Santander Control Point
Calle Antonio López
39009 Santander

GPS co-ordinates: 43.45303,-3.813778

By car/ motorcycle/ bicycle

Arriving from the motorways A-67 or S-10
Follow signs for "Santander" ignoring the yellow "Puerto" signs. On approaching the city and after passing the car dealerships, drive through a small tunnel. After 800m, bear right following the bright yellow sign for Ferry (it will have a car symbol) then continue until you reach a small roundabout. Take the third exit and go through the Port of Santander control point (also signed for "Ferry" in orange). The Brittany Ferries check-in area will be to the left as you enter the restricted area.

Arriving from Santander city centre
From the sea front at Pereda Gardens with the Brittany terminal on your left, follow the orange signs for "Ferry". You will be directed to bear right on "Avenida de Castilla". When you reach the end of the avenue, turn left following the signs for ferry. Continue 700m and bear right, then at the roundabout take the third exit and go through the Port of Santander Control Point (also signed for "Ferry" in orange). The Brittany Ferries check-in area will be to the left as you enter the restricted area.

By train

The station is 5-10 minutes away from the terminal with services to Madrid, Bilbao, Alicante and Oviedo. RENFE is the national railway system and has links to almost every town in Spain.

RENFE offers a Spain Pass which is valid for one month's rail travel and gives access to the whole country. Customers can select between 4-12 train journeys within this one month period for a set price. For more information and to book please visit: 

By coach

If you're travelling by coach, you'll need to check in as a foot passenger at the ferry terminal and the coach will board the ferry.

By foot

Foot passengers must check in at the ferry terminal.

Check-in advice

Due to our new health and safety measures, passengers must check-in at least 90 minutes before departure.


Muzzled dogs on a lead are allowed in all areas of the port
Tourist information

Disabled facilities

Wheelchair-accessible terminal building
Disabled toilets in terminal and vehicle check-in lanes
Brittany Ferries information desk on the ground floor
Wheelchairs available in case of emergencies

Foot passengers access the ship via an escalator or a lift from the first-floor of the terminal building to the ship's gangway. If you require additional assistance, your boarding may take slightly longer than usual.

The layout of the port means there is a distance between the car park and the terminal building. It is around 10-15 minutes walk and can be difficult for wheelchair users and those with reduced mobility.

Travelling with Dogs

Once through check-in, in the vehicle check-in lanes, dogs are not allowed to leave your car.


Parking is only permitted for dropping off and picking up. Passengers wishing to park for longer must use one of the paying car parks nearby. Vehicles are parked at your own risk. Please note that there are parking restrictions throughout Santander for any vehicle over 1.8m in height.

Parking for motor homes, camper vans and caravans

Public area in an industrial zone - Park at your own risk
Address: Calle César Llamazares, 39011 Santander

SOMO Motorhome service point
Address: Calla Mojante 25. Somo-Suesa, Cantabria

66 caravan spaces including 10 electrical hook-ups. Price: 12 € with electrical hook-up and 9 € without (includes VAT). Maximum permitted stay is 96 hours.

Other services: WiFi, grey and blackwater disposal, drinking water, electricity, recreational area, bathrooms and outside showers. Supermarket and petrol station 500m away.

Got a few hours to spare?

If you have a few hours to spare before your sailing, then why not check out some of the great attractions in Santander? 

Centro Botin

Walk: 13 mins (1.1km)

Drive: 5 mins (1km)

Sitting right on the waterfront beside the port, the Centro Botin opened in 2017 as a sparkling new arts centre for Santander. Designed by Renzo Piano, the building is split in two, standing 6ft tall on slender white pillars and covered by shimmering discs that reflect the colours of the sun and the sea.

Inside the exhibitions change regularly showcasing a breadth of contemporary art from drawings, paintings and sculpture to photography and multimedia installations. Works from artists such as Joan Jonas, Tacita Dean and several by Gabriel Orozco are on display.

La Magdalena peninsula

Walk: 58 mins (4.6km)

Drive: 16 mins (5.5km)

This beautiful peninsula is perfect for a family picnic and an afternoon in the sunshine. Go walking under the shade of the pine trees, visit the mini zoo, or go to the beach. There's two beautiful beaches on the peninsula and kids will love playing by the replica galleons that are on the coast.

Or if you enjoy a fine house, head inside the magnificent palace where Spanish royalty used to enjoy their summers in the early 20th century.

El Sardinero Beach

Walk: 48 mins (3.7km)

Drive: 12 mins (4.8km)

El Sardinero is a beautiful long beach of soft golden sand that is bissected by some pretty gardens. They're perfect for when you want a little shade away from the crowds.

Situated in the heart of the city, this urban beach is popular with surfers and has lots of facilities as well as a lovely promenade for a stroll. When you've had enough sun, you could pop into the Gran Casino or see some sports at the stadium.

Find an en route hotel

You can choose any hotel from the selection on this website for accommodation en route to or from your holiday destination and at our ports in France and Spain - all include breakfast and prices shown will be reduced as they include some ferry travel costs.

For a quote or to add one of these to your booking, please call our Reservations centre at the number below.

add an en route hotel to your booking

Make your ferry or holiday reservation online and then call our Reservations Team on 0330 159 7000 quoting the hotel reference.

The hotels closer to our ferry ports are busier in the summer so please try and book early! Remember, prices will be cheaper to those shown as these do include some ferry travel costs.

Hotels in Santander

Routes to Santander


Portsmouth to Santander

Cruise to northern Spain with one night on board and the option of either a cruise ferry or économieEnjoy a cruise experience to Spain with Brittany Ferries' popular Portsmouth - Santander ferry route. There are three return crossings on this route each week. 

Historic Santander is an elegant tourist destination in its own right with three sandy beaches and plenty of restaurants and sights to see. It is also ideally positioned as a gateway into Spain.

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Plymouth to Santander

Take Brittany Ferries' most direct route to Spain on our luxury Plymouth to Santander ferry. Crossings take just 20 hours and there is a return sailing on this route every week aboard our flagship, Pont-Aven.

Santander is a historic city and a tourist destination in its own right. It is also ideally positioned for accessing holiday destinations throughout Spain and southern France.

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Cork to Santander

We also sail from Cork, our port in Ireland, to Santander on our économie service.

Book on our Irish site for a leisurely sailing from Ireland aboard Connemara.

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