Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation

A limited number of rooms will be reserved at Gran Hotel Santiago. Special rates are: 65€ per day (breakfast included) if used individually; and 40€ per day (breakfast included) if occupied by two people. The hotel is situated very close to the Workshop venue in Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, and ten minutes away from the historical city center. To make a booking at this special rate, please mention the reservation made by Professor Guitián.

Other suggested hotel is the Hisperia Pelegrino, also very close to the symposium venue. Closer to the city center, attendees may wish to consider the AC Palacio del Carmen or the Hotel Compostela.

Travel

By air

The closest airports are Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) and A Coruña (LCG). They are not big airports, but offer the services that are needed for most travelers. There are shops, restaurants, a bank, and rental car services (Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Atesa). You can find useful information about all Spanish airports at the Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea website.

Iberia, Ryanair, Vueling Airlines, Easyjet, Lufthansa and Air Europa all fly to/from Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña.

How to get from the airport to Santiago

Taxi –  A ride to from the Santiago Airport will cost about €25 and from A Coruña around €90; if your hotel is in Old Town, the taxi will probably drive you to the door (remember that Old Town has no regular car traffic, but taxis have access).

Bus – Empresa Freire connects Santiago airport to different parts of the city of Santiago (Dr. Texeiro, Avenida de Lugo, Bus station and San Lázaro). Users may consult departure and arrival times by logging on to Vitrasa’s website. The buses arrive from Lugo and ending up at the Santiago bus station, which is a 15-minute walk from Old Town.

Rental Car – If you decide to rent a car, expect about 15 minutes to drive into town from Santiago Airport and 60 minutes from A Coruna airport.  Because parking in Santiago de Compostela can be difficult, ask the car-rental office about parking by your hotel.

NOTE: Hertz and Europcar also have offices at the train station, a 10-minute walk from Old Town; if you want to minimize the parking hassle, try to pick up your car from the train station when you need it.

By road

The entire Atlantic Corridor is linked by motorway or dual carriageway. From the north of Galicia (Ferrol and A Coruña), Santiago is accessed by the Atlantic Motorway (A-9).

From the south of the Autonomous Community (Vigo, Pontevedra, Rías Baixas), you can also take the A-9 Motorway which extends southwards, by means of the Porriño dual carriageway, to the Portuguese border (Tui), thereafter crossing the neighboring country (via Porto and Lisbon).

From the Castilian plateau, there are two possible routes: (1) Via the north, by means of the Northwest Dual Carriageway (formerly the N-6), which links with the aforementioned A-9 Motorway, 20 km from A Coruña; or (2) via the south, by means of the Rías Baixas Dual Carriageway, which crosses the province of Ourense, and links, just before Vigo, with the A-9 again. You can also exit the dual carriageway at Ourense and travel to Compostela along the N-525 road.

From the Bay of Biscay corridor, you can enter Galicia via Ribadeo, the first locality after Asturias. A road in excellent condition (N-634) later links with the Northwest Dual Carriageway and, a few kilometers further on, with the A-9.

By rail

Two daily trains link with Madrid (Alvia service). On a daily basis, only a single transfer is needed to reach Barcelona, Hendaya, and Paris, and almost all national destinations of importance.