Ins and outs
The traditional and now increasingly popular way to get to Santiago is a five-week walk from the French Pyrenees, but there are ways to cheat. If flying, for example, Ryanair runs a daily service from London Stansted to Santiago’s airport (SCQ), situated 11 km east of town in Lavacolla. Ryanair also serve the city from Liverpool, Rome, and Frankfurt Hahn. There are daily flights from London run by BA/Iberia, as well as frequent internal connections (including a Ryanair flight to Madrid), and flights to other European destinations including Brussels and Amsterdam. Buses run from the airport to the the bus station via the centre. Another bus runs from Praza de Galicia to coincide with Ryanair flights. Santiago is well served by interurban buses. The bus station is a 20-minute walk northeast of the centre. Bus Nos 5 and C5 run there from Praza de Galicia via Rúa da Virxe da Cerca. If arriving by bus, head up the hill directly opposite the bus station café and turn left at the big intersection. The train station is south of the centre, about a 15-minute walk down Rúa de Hórreo (off Praza Galicia). There are trains to the rest of Galicia and Spain.
Santiago de Compostela
Buy a copy of the newspaper El Correo Gallego for a complete list of transport times.
There’s a daily Ryanair flight to London Stansted, as well as services to Liverpool, Frankfurt Hahn, and Roma Ciampino. Aer Lingus fly to Dublin, and Vueling to Paris CDG, while Air Berlin link Santiago with many Austrian and German cities via Mallorca. Ryanair also service Madrid. There are regular flights on full-service airlines to London, Brussels, and Amsterdam, as well as internal ones to Madrid and Barcelona and, less frequently, Bilbao and Sevilla. Buses connect the airport with the city centre and bus station, stopping at the corner of Av Xeneral Pardiñas and Rúa da República de El Salvador; they run approximately hourly. A Ryanair bus runs from Plaza Galicia to coincide with their flights.
Within Galicia, buses run hourly to A Coruña (via motorway 45 mins, via road 1 hr 20 mins), 3 a day to Fisterra and Camariñas. 8 buses to Lugo, hourly ones to Pontevedra (45 mins) and Vigo, and 7 to Ourense. Buses run hourly to Ribeira, and 6 times a day to Vilagarcía, Cambados and O Grove.
Services connect with Bilbao (3 daily, 12 hrs, €50.39), Ponferrada (5 daily, 3½-4 hrs, €15.82), Madrid (5-6 daily, 8-9 hrs, €41.44), Oviedo (5 a day, 5 hrs 30 mins, €25.95) and Gijón, and Salamanca (2 daily, 6 hrs 15 mins, €24.25) via Zamora, among other destinations.
Autos Brea, C Gómez Ulla 10, T981 562 670, http://www.autosbrea.com is reasonably central. There are several multinationals at the airport.
Trains run regularly to A Coruña (45 mins, €5.50), Vigo (1 hr 20 mins, from €8.40), and Ourense (4 a day, 1 hr 30 mins, from €10-19); there’s also a sleeper and a day train to Madrid (7-9 hrs, €46.20).