The Plymouth to Santander crossing takes a beautiful route across the Bay of Biscay, with the chance of some dolphin and even whale spotting on the way (if you’re very lucky, of course). The timetable of departures varies, but currently Brittany Ferries offer 1 crossing per week, departing every Sunday.


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Plymouth to SantanderInfrequent19.5 hoursBrittanyBrittany Ferries
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How long is the ferry crossing from Plymouth to Santander?
The crossing takes around 20 hours.

Does the ferry sail overnight?
Yes, at the time of writing, the ferry departs Plymouth at 15.45 (Sunday) and arrives the next day (Monday) at around 12.15.

What is it like on-board a ferry for so long?
Don’t worry – you will find plenty of things to do. Importantly, get some sleep in your cabin. But other than that, there are 2 cinemas, a swimming pool, lounges, shops, plenty of kids’ activities, restaurants, bars and cafes, and later a cabaret and disco.

Do I need to book a cabin?
With a 20 hours crossing ahead of you, yes. Plus, the cabins on-board have plenty to offer. There are 2 or 4 berth, in 2 classes (Commodore and De Luxe). All have en-suite toilet and shower.

Moving on from Santander

The whole of Spain’s northern coastline is yours to explore. Take the coastal road west towards Gijon, or east towards Bilbao. either way, you won’t be disappointed, and will be sure to see some impressive beaches and taste some wonderful seafood on your way. Travelling further into inland Spain, the route from Santander to Madrid is about 280 miles and takes around 5 hours.