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Santander Airport Guide

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.

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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 guideSantander 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.

Sleeping in Santander Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Santander Airport Guide.

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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 7:00AM to 11:00PM, daily.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Santander Airport:

  • Hotel Nueva Plaza – No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel City Express Santander Parayas – No airport shuttle, but the hotel is accessible via public bus 12, which stops directly at the hotel.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Santander, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

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.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


Free unlimited WiFi is available at Santander Airport. Connect to the “AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA” network.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available (Airside. Hours: unknown) as well as a Come & Fly convenience store (Landside. Hours: Depending on flight schedules).

Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour options available. You will find: La Galeria (Location: Airside, Ground Floor. Hours: 7:30AM – 11:30PM) and Coffee and Bakery (Landside, Hours: depends on flight schedules). 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 terminal.

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.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Work Stations – Stop by the airport’s work areas, equipped with desks and charging ports located landside and airside of the departures hall.

Santander airport is served by the following airlines: Air Nostrum • Binter Canarias • 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.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis/Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Ok Rental Car • Sixt. Location: Floor 0.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


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: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.