Trains to Santiago de Compostela Find train times and tickets

Though the traditional route to this pilgrim city is on foot, it’s much easier to take a train to Santiago de Compostela. A daily direct train from Irun on the French-Spanish border broadly follows the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago. This train is appropriately called El Camino de Santiago. The opening of a new stretch of high-speed line in 2016 has improved connections between Santiago and Madrid. Alvia trains now link the two cities in just over five hours. The daytime Alvia service to Barcelona wins no prizes for speed, but takes in a great sweep of fine landscapes on its slow journey across northern Spain. Regional train services run frequently to the nearby ports of A Coruna and Vigo. Both deserve a day trip, and Vigo is also useful as the starting point for the newish and very useful Celta fast train service to Porto in Portugal.

As the main tourist hub in Spain’s north-west region of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a good spot to relax for a few days and enjoy the local Galego cuisine. In a city so intimately associated with piety and pilgrimage traditions, it's no surprise that the cathedral is the principal goal for most visitors. It is stunning, a spot where one might really linger for hours. Take time, too, to explore the striking squares in the vicinity of the cathedral. As you plan your trip to Santiago de Compostela, bear in mind that the city can be crowded on or around the great Catholic feasts such as Easter.

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Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £16.00

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Irun to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £41.00

Avg 0 changes 10hr 44m

Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £19.50

Avg 1 change 8hr 59m

Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £16.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr

San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £42.50

Avg 0 changes 10hr 26m

Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £26.00

Avg 1 change 6hr 3m

Paris to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £137.50

Avg 1 change 16hr 44m

A Coruna to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £6.00

Avg 0 changes 27m

Palencia to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £24.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 45m

Ourense to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £9.50

Avg 0 changes 38m

Vigo to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £9.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 30m

Pontevedra to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £6.00

Avg 0 changes 35m

Burgos to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £26.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 25m

León to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £30.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 24m

Padrón to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £3.00

Avg 0 changes 18m

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Vitoria-Gasteiz to Santiago de Compostela by train

from £35.50

Avg 0 changes 7hr 40m

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