Santander Ferry Routes Ferries Crossings to Spain

Santander Ferry Routes Ferries Crossings to Europe

Ferries to Santander on the northern coast of Spain are currently only provided by Brittany Ferries. Santander is located in the Basque Country around eighty miles west of Bilbao and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Spain.


The ferry terminal in Santander is located close to the centre of the city and deals with around 140,000 passengers a year. The port itself was set up by the Romans in 19 B.C. and since then has remained an important trading post throughout the middle ages and on through the 16th century to the present day.

The city of Santander is surrounded by beautiful mountainous countryside and is popular amongst locals for its beaches and the range of leisure opportunities that it offers.

Sailing routes

The only company currently operating ferries to Santander, are Brittany ferries. They have a service that sails twice a week from Plymouth to Santander that is in service from March to September only. The journey time is around 18 hours sailing aboard the luxury cruise liner Pont Aven. The check in time for this journey is 45 minutes.

Brittany ferries on this route aim to provide a cruise style experience and offer plenty of onboard entertainment including bars, shops, restaurants, a cinema and activities for kids to keep you amused on the journey.

Santander Ferry

Driving directions

To get to Plymouth take the M5 heading to Exeter, and then get on to the A38 this takes you all the way to Plymouth. Once you're in Plymouth take the A374 and follow the signs to the city centre. Close to the centre you will see clearly marked signposts to the ferry terminal.

Why Santander?

Although the town of Santander is known primarily as a major port and is a great point from which to begin to explore the rest of Spain, it is in its own right a town worth investigating offering waterfront promenades and a host of interesting cafes, bars and restaurants, and of course the long golden beaches that are ever popular with the locals. Also worth checking out are the Stone Ages paintings and drawings at The Altamira Caves located to the south west of the town. If art's your thing go and have a look at the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes that has an interesting collection of Spanish, Italian and Flemish painters.