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Trains to Santiago de Compostela

Though the traditional route to this pilgrim city is on foot, it’s much easier to take a train to Santiago de Compostela. The 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 really 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, including the Rioja wine region, 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 the starting point for the 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.

Travel to Santiago de Compostela by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

Madrid to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $19.54

Avg 0 changes 5hr

Irun to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $40.98

Avg 0 changes 10hr 44m

Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $32.15

Avg 1 change 8hr 59m

Ourense to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $9.46

Avg 0 changes 38m

A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $7.56

Avg 0 changes 27m

Pontevedra to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $7.56

Avg 0 changes 35m

León to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $21.43

Avg 0 changes 4hr 32m

Vitoria-Gasteiz to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $42.24

Avg 0 changes 7hr 48m

Burgos to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $22.06

Avg 0 changes 6hr 33m

Padrón to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $3.78

Avg 0 changes 18m

Valladolid to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $46.02

Avg 1 change 6hr 3m

San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $45.39

Avg 0 changes 10hr 26m

Vigo to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $10.72

Avg 0 changes 50m

Palencia to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $25.22

Avg 0 changes 5hr 45m

Paris to Santiago de Compostela by train

from $255.32

Avg 2 changes 16hr 44m

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.