Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Santander Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
I went to the airport with the knowledge of having to sleep outside. I was kinda well prepared, had a sleeping bag, warm clothes, straw beach mat, the only thing I did not anticipate was the dew – crazybob
SDR Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport.
What to Expect
Santander Airport (code: SDR) has a small, modern terminal that handles domestic and low-cost routes. Amenities include an airside cafe, a landside eatery, a couple shops, and free WiFi.
Where to Sleep
It seems that this airport closes nightly, so overnight stays may not be possible. Have a backup plan if you’re staying overnight. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Santander Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Hotel Nueva Plaza – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hotel City Express Santander Parayas – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle, but easy accessible via public bus 12 from the airport, which stops directly at the hotel. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Santander Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
At the time of this update, pay-per-use lounges were not available. If this information is not correct, click here to update this airport guide.
Free unlimited WiFi is available at Santander Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA” network.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Santander and Euronet, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Floor 0, Check-In Area • Floor 0, Arrivals Area.
Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available.
Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Location: Ground Floor, airside.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available (Airside. Hours: unknown) as well as a Come & Fly convenience store (Landside. Hours: 6:30AM – 9:30PM Mon – Fri and 8:30AM – 9:30PM Weekends).
Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour options available. At the airport you will find: La Galeria (Location: Airside, Ground Floor. Hours: 7:00AM – 11:30PM) and Delice Maison (Landside, Ground Floor. 6:00AM – 11:30PM). Vending machines are also available on both floors.
Information Desk – If you have any questions, the airport has an information desk which can provide assistance! Location: Ground Floor, Landside.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Services – There are two Automated External Defibrillators (AED), one in the main hall, landside, and one in the airside.
Mobile Charging – Mobile charging stations are available throughout the airport.
Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Location: Ground Floor, in the Main Hall, Landside.
Police Station – Available on the ground floor, landside and airside.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
Work Stations – Stop by the airport’s work areas, equipped with desks and charging ports located landside and airside of the departures hall.
The airport is open 5:30 – 9:00PM during the summer season (April – October) and 6:30AM – 10:00PM during the winter season (November – March).
Santander airport is served by the following airlines: Air Nostrum • Iberia • Ryanair • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Bus service is available between SDR airport and Santander, with departures available every 30 minutes from 7:00AM – 11:00PM. Alsa offers scheduled service between the airport and major cities in northern Spain, such as Bilbao, Gijón, Oviedo and Laredo. Tickets are sold online or via automated ticket machines in the Arrivals hall.
The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis/Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Ok Rental Car • Sixt. Location: Floor 0.
Metered taxis are available at the taxi rank located outside of the terminal. For fare information including per KM rates and average fares, visit the Santander Airport website.
Last updated: 2021-10-20
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.