Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, one of the autonomous regions in Spain, is of great importance, especially for Catholic Christians.
The final destination of the route, known as El Camino de Santiago or St. James Road, which is still regarded as a pilgrimage route for Catholic Christians from the Middle Age to the present day, is the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in the city. It is one of the most magnificent structures of the original Roman architecture, rising stately in the city, even though it does not attract your interest with regards to religion.
Santiago de Compostela is almost untouched from the middle ages to the day, and the area called 'Old City' is on the Unesco World Heritage list. The area, which people would like to every corner step by step, is a paradise for those curious about photography, takes the person on a historical journey.
Santiago de Compostela University located in the city turns the city to a student city. The density of the young population is helping in organizing many artistic activities and entertainment organizations in the city. In addition, the city has an active night life with university youth. Adrenalin lovers are rafting in Ulla River, which is very close to the city.
Santiago de Compostela also hosts various art and history museums and art galleries. Mirador Park is a nice photo-shooting and resting spot with a wide view of both the cathedral and the city. There is also a cafe in the park which has very pleasant walking paths.
You can find the best examples of traditional Spanish cuisine in Santiago de Compostela. The fish soup and the seafood paella should be tried.
Having a moderate oceanic climate, Santiago de Compostela has a balanced temperature year round. The temperature is not decreasing much below 7-8 degrees Celsius even in winter, but the city receives plenty of rainfall year round.
It is possible to easily travel by bus between Santiago Airport, one of the busiest airports in Spain, and the surrounding areas. If you choose to rent a car or use your own vehicle, you would have the chance to travel to many points from Santiago Airport without difficulty.
The distance of the airport to Santiago de Compostela is about 13 kilometers, and you can take advantage of traveling by taxi on this route. Taxis are a good option especially for those passengers who do not prefer to rent a car from the airport but also looking for a vehicle that is faster, comfortable, and able to conveniently carry luggage compared to buses.
Reaching Santiago de Compostela by a taxi that you can among the ones waiting in front of the terminal of Santiago Airport takes about 20 minutes; however, this duration might go up to 30-35 minutes if you choose buses as a means of transportation from Santiago Airport. You can still reach the popular points of Santiago de Compostela in 20-25 minutes with a car you rent from the airport.
The taxis carrying passengers to the city from Santiago Airport serve with a fixed rate of 21 Euros. After negotiating with the driver about the fare which might vary according the distance you want to travel, the date you are travelling on and even the hour travelling with a taxi from the ones waiting in front of the terminal, you can opt for choosing a vehicle at Santiago Airport. The taximeter prices in Santiago start from 3.70 € during weekdays from 7 am to 10 pm. Every extra kilometers during these day and between these hours costs 0.95 €. If you are planning to take a taxi during weekday between 10 pm and 7 am the minimum you would pay is 5 €. During the weekends and holidays, on the other hand, the minimum opening rate would be 4.25 €. The fares of taxis for waiting vary between 19.30 € and 28.80 €. After exiting the terminal you can get information about the current fares from the taxi drivers and then start your ride to the city center by taking one of the Santiago Airport taxis. If you would like to talk to the companies serving at Santiago Airport you can reach Euro Taxi by calling 981 535 154 and Radiotaxi by calling 981 569 292.
Means of public transportation, waiting for their passengers outside of the terminal of Santiago Airport, offer a fast and comfortable to their passengers that would not be expected from them. It is both practical and affordable to travel directly to the points in the city center including Plaza de Galicia, Rúa da Rosa, bus terminal, train station and Capilla San Lázaro from the airport by buses. You can get detailed information about the buses serving to the passengers willing to reach the city center from Santiago Airport by calling 981 588 111.
It is also possible to get on the Lugo buses from the airport and get off at stops such as Palas de Rei, Ferreiros, Arca and Mélida.
If you get on Sobrado buses, on the other hand, departing from Santiago Airport you will have the chance to directly travel to points including Boimorto, Arzúa and Arca.
Travelling with buses going to A Coruña and Burela routes from Santiago Airport is another option to make benefit while travelling to the centers in close proximity to Santiago Airport. You can get off in front of Hotel Atlántico if you take one of the buses going in the direction of A Coruña.
Burela buses on the other hand are a good option to directly travel to points like Mondoñedo, Ribadeo, Vilalba, Foz, Viverio and Curtis without needing to change to another vehicle.
If the routes of the buses are outside of your desired destination, you can opt for continuing with a taxi after you get off in the city center.
Car rental companies like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, Eurpocar, Sixt and Hertz located in the terminal of Santiago Airport are providing ease to those passengers willing to rent a car from the airport. If you opt for renting a car at the airport, it is possible for you to reach any point you desire in the center of Santiago de Compostela in about 20 minutes with your rental car. If you are planning to rent a car, keep in mind to book a car a couple of weeks or days in advance especially during spring and summer seasons. In this way, when you land at Santiago Airport you can take the car you booked without waiting for long and take the road to reach the center of the city.Last Updated: April 24, 2017