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Most of the campus is set in the low-lying area of Las Llamas in Santander, an open space that separates the northern side of the city from the rural areas along the coast. This part of the city is at present being cleared and redesigned under the auspices of the City Council and the Government of Cantabria. Green spaces and sports areas are planned for this area. The rest of the campus is located in other parts of the city and in Torrelavega, an urban centre 20 kilometres away by motorway.

Getting to Santander

Getting to Santander

There are several ways of getting to the city:


The airport, located 5 kilometres to the east of the city centre, has flights connecting Santander with Barcelona, Madrid, Gran Canaria, Seville, Valencia, Málaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, London (Standsted) Rome (Ciampino), Frankfurt (Hahn) and Liverpool. There is a permanent bus service which connects Santander airport with the city centre bus station every 30 minutes. The bus ticket costs approximately 1.5 Euros.

Additionally, Bilbao Airport, situated about 120 kms from Santander, operates international flights to and from the main European capitals. There are buses and trains to and from Bilbao Airport to the city centre, where there is a coach service to

Orange bulletSantander Airport
Telephone +34 942 20 21 00
Web: (aeropuerto de Santander)
Orange bulletBilbao Airport
Telephone +34 944 86 96 64
Web: (aeropuerto de Bilbao)
Orange bulletInformation Iberia (Spanish Airlines)
Telephone +34 902 40 05 00


A ferry links Santander with Plymouth (United Kingdom) once a week in March and then twice a week from April onwards. It is recommended that you check the timetables and dates.

Orange bulletBrittany Ferries
Zona Marítima, s/n
Telephone +34 942 36 06 11


Santander has two railway stations that correspond to two different railway companies (RENFE and FEVE) and they are situated at opposite ends of the same building.

RENFE connects Santander with Madrid and other places in
Spain. This railway company has a radial track network, the centre of which is the capital of Spain.

Orange bulletRENFE Railway Station:
Information and reservations: Telephone +34 902 24 02 02
International information: Telephone +34 902 24 34 02

FEVE, the narrow gauge railway, joins all the self-governed regions in the North of Spain

Orange bulletFEVE Railway Station:
Telephone +34 942 21 16 87 / +34 942 20 95 22


There are coaches from the French border linking Irún with Santander several times a day. This is the easiest route for those who reach Hendaya by train. There are also coaches that operate the routes to Paris, Brussels, London, Zurich and Geneva. The City Bus Service links The University of Cantabria with the rest of the city

Orange bulletSantander Bus Station
Telephone +34 942 21 19 95


Those who prefer to drive here can cross the border at Irún-Hendaya, taking the National Road 634, or the toll motorway A-8 to Bilbao, and then following directions for Santander.

Once here, the visitor will realise that the city’s lay-out is along three main roads: Avenida de Los Castros (with the University campus in its northern part), Paseo de General Dávila, and the road which joins Cuatro Caminos with the city-centre and Sardinero (see Santander street plan).



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