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    Car hire at Santiago Airport, Spain with Auto Europe

    Santiago airport was established in 1937 and is located in the parish of Lavacolla, Galicia in northern Spain - approximately 8 miles (13kms) from the city of Santiago de Compostela. In 2016 the airport handled 2.5 million passengers and after Bilbao, it is considered the second busiest airport in northern Spain. The current airport terminal opened in 2011 which increased passenger capacity to 4 million per year.

    A total of five car hire companies operate out of Santiago Airport. This makes it a great location as your car hire pick-up and drop-off point. Auto Europe has been helping customers organise their car rental from this location for numerous years and as such is well positioned to help you seek out the most competitive car hire at Santiago Airport quote. With a large car selection, contact us today! Please visit our Santiago car hire reviews page if you'd like to see what other Auto Europe customers thought of their recent car rental in the city.

    Airport Information

    Santiago Airport (SCQ)
    Official Name: Santiago de Compostela Airport
    Address: 15820 Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña) Spain
    Location: Santiago Airport is located approximately 8miles (13kms) from the city of Santiago de Compostela in the Autonomous Region of Galicia, Spain.
    Airlines operating at Santiago Airport: Air Lingus, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, EasyJet, Evelop, Gestair, Iberia Express, Iberia, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Swiss International Airlines and Vueling Airlines


    The terminal is set over two floors. The ground floor is dedicated to arrivals, whilst the first floor is used for departures. The airport terminals have been designed with ease in mind. The layout is logical and very functional. All of which leads to an enjoyable passenger experience.

    On the first floor you will find everything required for a departing passenger. Within the departure lobby you will see the check-in desks, immediately followed by passport control, security clearance, a variety of shops, a departure lounge, play area, restaurant and then your departure gates. The departure lobby also contains all airport information desks, play area, ticket sales, a restaurant, ATM machine, tour operators, first aid centre, news agent and lost luggage desks.

    On the ground floor you will find everything required for an arriving passenger. The baggage reclaims area, passport control, customs, lost luggage and then onto the arrivals lobby.

    Car hire Pick up and Drop off

    Car hire from Santiago Airport is available and service desks can be found within the passenger terminal on the ground floor. It is necessary to have all the required documentation before collecting your car hire - a valid driving licence, voucher and credit card. Please also make sure your credit card has enough limit in order to accept a deposit, otherwise you may find yourself not being able to pick-up your car hire at Santiago Airport.

    Once at your car, it is highly recommended to inspect inside and out, for any damage. Mark anything you find on the pick-up report. Before heading off, also make sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions and your liabilities, such as, excesses, insurances, etc.

    Upon your return, please get a member of the car hire company to inspect your car for any new damage.

    Company Opening Hours
    Avis Sunday-Saturday 7am-11pm
    Enterprise Sunday-Saturday 7am-11pm
    Europcar Sunday-Saturday 7am-11pm
    Hertz Sunday-Saturday 8am-11pm
    Sixt Sunday-Saturday 8am-10pm

    Airport Facilities

    Santiago de Compostela airport has all the facilities you would expect from an international airport. Within its terminal, passengers can find ATM machines, a baggage wrapping machine, a children's play area, left luggage office, lost and found office, medical services, police service, information and meeting points, PRM office (assistance request for reduced mobility), VAT refund office and a tourist information point.

    Throughout the airport you will find cafes, restaurants, shops, duty-free shops, departure and arrival facilities, such as check-ins and baggage reclaim. The airport also provides unlimited free wireless internet access throughout its terminal.

    Outside the terminal you will find short stay and long stay car parks, together with a service station.

    Transportation / How to get to the airport

    By Car
    Getting to the airport by car from Santiago de Compostela takes approximately 21 minutes via the A54. From Santiago, simply take the A54 heading towards Lugo/Airport. Exit at junction 711 and head towards Lavacolla/Airport (SC-21). Once you reach the first roundabout, take the second exit and then upon reaching the next roundabout, take the 1st exit.

    An alternative route would be to travel along the N-634 until you pass Lavacolla and come to a roundabout where you take the first exit towards the airport. Total journey time is also approximately 21 minutes from Santiago de Compostela.

    By Taxi
    The taxi rank is located in front of the passenger terminal on the ground floor. A standard flat rate of 21€ exists for all airport journeys, together with a 0.50€ charge for each piece of luggage carried. For bicycles or bookings and additional 3.20€ also applies. These rates are not applicable once night-time rates commence.

    By Bus
    A bus network operates from Santiago Airport, outside the passenger terminal on the ground floor, to Plaza de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela. Buses allow passengers to alight at numerous stops, including; the railway station, Pazo de Congresos, Rúa da Rosa and so forth.

    Parking Tips

    Car parks are available at the airport. A secure general car park is available on basement level S3 & S4 directly in front of the passenger terminal and allows for several days stay. Pre-booking is required in order to enter.

    A secure low cost alternative car park exists, which is located 800 metres away from the passenger terminal. Pre-booking is required and allows you to keep your vehicle there for several days.

    Useful links

    Santiago Airport Website

    Additional Information About Santiago Airport

    Santiago Airport
    Santiago de Compostela Airport,
    Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña), Spain, 15820

    Código IATA: SCQ
    Código IACO: LEST
    Wikipedia Page
    Latitude: 42.895253
    Longitude: -8.422114

    General Information: Santiago Airport is located approximately 13km from the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.