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Last Updated: 25th April, 2024

Santander Airport officially know as Aeropuerto Seve Ballesteros named after the world famous golf player Seve Ballesteros who was born in nearby Pedrena, is situated in the North of Spain in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria. We will compare car hire at Santander Airport from leading rent a car companies Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Enterprise which are all located within the terminal building.

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Santander Car Rental FAQ

Which is the best car hire company at Santander Airport SDR in Spain?

Based on feedback from our customers who hired a car at at Santander Airport, budget Car Rental have the best customer satisfaction rating with a score of 8.2 out of a maximum of 10 points.

Can I rent a car at Santander Airport Spain if I am over 70?

Yes, you can hire a car in Santander from some car rental companies up to 99 years of age, with no extra charges or medical certificates required . Contact us we will be glad to assist you by comparing the leading car hire companies to get you the best deal.

Car Rental Company Age Limit Debit Card In Terminal
Alamo 21 to 80 No Yes
Avis 21 to 80 Yes Yes
Budget 21 to 99 Yes Yes
Enterprise 21 to 99 No Yes
Europcar 26 to 70 No Yes
Flizr 18 to 99 No Yes
Goldcar 21 to 69 Yes No
Hertz 25 to 79 Yes Yes
Interrent 21 to 69 No No
Keddy 21 to 70 No Yes
Sixt 18 to 99 Yes Yes
Thrifty 23 to 79 Yes Yes

*Please note you will need to check for the driver's age under important information for the car you choose, as age group may vary according to the size of the car.

Can I rent a car at Santander Airport if I am under 25?

You can hire a car at Santander Airport at 18 years of age, with no additional fees. OK Car Hire young driver's age: 19 to 25 years. Charge 10 EUR per day. Sixt young driver's age: 18 to 22 years Charge 19.49 EUR per day. Maximum 215.88 EUR. Goldcar young driver's age: 22 to 24 years. Charge 7.95 EUR per day. Maximum 96 EUR. Please contact and we will be glad to explain how to get the best deal for your age group.

Where are the car hire desks situated at Santander Airport SDR?

The car rental desks are located immediately outside the baggage reclaim hall. Go through passport control and out into the arrivals hall opposite the Tourism Information desk.

Can I take a rental car from Spain to visit a different country?

Yes some car hire companies will allow you to take a rental car cross border, but you will need to get let them know beforehand. When driving into Portugal please purchase a temporary electronic toll tag at the border in order to drive on Portuguese toll roads. With Avis you may drive a vehicles can only be driven into following countries: Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Vatican City, France, Finland, Netherlands, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland and Gibraltar. There will be additional fees to cross an International border. Budget cars cannot be taken out of Spain

Can I take a rental car from Santander and drop it off in a different city?

Yes some car hire companies will allow one way rentals, however you will need to let them know before hand. There will be an additional one way rental fee if you leave the car in a different location to the pick location

How long do I need to hold a licence in order to rent a car at Santander Airport?

This will depend on which car hire supplier you choose. With Avis and Hertz a full licence held for minimum of 1 year with no major endorsements. Goldcar A full licence held for minimum of 4 years. Europcar a full licence held for minimum of 2 years with no major endorsements. UK licence holders need to present the photo card. Please contact us and we will get the right car for you at the best price or click on the Important Information Button beside the car hire logo when you get a quote on out website.

What documents do I need to hire a car at Santander Airport?

The principle driver will need to have the following documents in his or her name. A full licence, a credit card, the voucher we will send you when you complete your booking, and a passport. A printed version of your voucher must be produced upon arrival at the rental desk. Failure to present the voucher means the car rental agent may charge you at the local rates. With Budget rentals you will also need one original form of proof of address.

What is the fuel policy for a hire car at Santander Airport?

This will depend on the car hire supplier you select. The vast majority of cars have a full to full fuel policy, which means your vehicle will be supplied with a full tank of fuel. To avoid incurring fuel charges, you will need to return it with the same amount of fuel as it had when you collected it. You can also choose pick up full return empty. This maybe more convenient if you wish to drop the car back without delays, but it will be more expensive.

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Car Rental Companies in Santander

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Which is the best car hire company at Santander Airport?

This rating is taken from feedback we received from our customers that booked car hire at Santander Airport based on overall value for money, cleanliness of the car, service at the rental desk, car hire pick-up process, car hire drop-off process. Budget have the best customer satisfaction rating with a score of 8. out of a maximum of 10 points

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Alamo 7.9

Avis 7.3

Budget 8.2

Enterprise 7.4

Europcar 7.3

Flizzr 7.7

Goldcar 5.7

Hertz 6.3

Interrent 6.1

Keddy 6.9

Sixt 8.0

Thrifty 8.3

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Santander Car Rental Locations

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Airport Parayas Airport,Santander, Santander, 39600 Santander SDR

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Train station PLAZA DE LAS ESTACIONES S/N,ESTACION DE RENFE,Santander, Santander, 39002 Santander

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Train station. Pza Stations, 39002 Santander, Spain

monday: 08:00 - 17:00
tuesday: 08:00 - 17:00
wednesday: 08:00 - 17:00
thursday: 08:00 - 17:00
friday: 08:00 - 17:00
saturday: 08:00 - 12:00
sunday: 08:00 - 12:00

Santander Airport Information

Airport Name: Santander Airport
Airport Code: SDR
Address: Carretera del Aeropuerto, s/n, 39600 Maliaño, Cantabria Spain
City: Santander
Country: Spain
Telephone: +34 913 21 10 00
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Driving Directions to Santander Airport
Car Parking: Long and Short Term Parking Facilities available
Taxi service: Available in front of terminal building
Bus service: Bus departs every 30 minutes to city centre. Alsa links Santander Airport to different locations in the north of Spain:
Car Hire: The car rental desks are located immediately outside the baggage reclaim hall. Go through passport control and out into the arrivals hall opposite the Tourism Information desk.
Information Desk: Located in the arrivals hall immediately outside the baggage reclaim hall.
Facilities:Atm's, Cafes and takeaway food, Tourism information, car hire.

Hotels Near Santander Airport

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GRAN HOTEL VICTORIA This fully renovated hotel is located between the Gran Casino and the Magdalena Palace, facing the Sardinero beaches. It offers fully equipped rooms with balconies, most of which overlook the sea. The hotel restaurant offers a fresh market cuisine featuring the best seafood in the Cantabrian sea. Weather permitting, you will have the chance to enjoy your meal in the lovely garden terrace.


HOTEL HOYUELA In this “Avenue of Hotels”, reminiscent of Santander in its golden era of regal summers, the Hoyuela is one of the new arrivals. Perhaps that's why even more trouble has been taken to create a hotel, which although new, possesses an unquestionable classic style.


HOTEL SANTEMAR This 9-storey hotel comprises a total of 350 rooms including 6 suites. Facilities include an elegant foyer with a 24-hour reception desk, a currency exchange desk and lifts in addition to a shopping arcade with a small supermarket, boutiques and a hairdresser's salon as well as an in-house nightclub, a café, a bar and a stylish à la carte restaurant in which a selection of dishes and drinks are available


Hotel Bahia Offering wonderful views across Santander Bay, the Hotel Bahía is just 200 metres from the ferry terminal and the train and bus stations. It has free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. The large rooms in the Hotel Bahía all have plasma-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. All rooms offer views of either the sea or the cathedral. Children under 12 stay for free when using existing bedding. The Hotel Bahía has 2 cafeterias and a restaurant offering à la carte and fixed-priced meals. The hotel bar offers views of the harbour. Santander’s convention centre is just 10 minutes away.

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