Burgos (city)

Burgos is a city of about 175,000 people in the heart of the Burgos Province, in Castilla y León, Spain.

Burgos, Cathedral

Burgos is 240 km north of Madrid and 160 km south of Bilbao and Santander. It is on the Castile Plateau and its average altitude is 856 m. Burgos is best known for its cathedral, that forms part of its UNESCO World Heritage designation, and for being a town on the French Route in the Way of St. James. Also it has an interesting old quarter, some ancient religious buildings, a lot of green parks, and Museum of Human Evolution.

Get in

By plane

Burgos-Villafria Airport has daily flights to Barcelona. Air Nostrum, an Iberia-affiliated airline, has flights from Burgos to Albacete, Ibiza, Bolonia, Nice, and London (all via Barcelona). There you can take a taxi or a bus (L25) that costs €0.85.

Major airports near Burgos are Madrid (240 km), Bilbao (160 km), Santander (160 km) and Valladolid (125 km). There are several connections by train or bus between these cities and Burgos. If you are arriving from Madrid you can take a bus in the Intercambiador of Avenida de America or a train in Chamartin railway station. The trip takes less than 3 hr.

By train

Burgos Rosa de Lima is the name of the railway station of the city. It is at Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, Tel. 902-240202. Open 24 hr, you can buy tickets there from 07:15-22:30 or online at Renfe. It's 5 km from away from the city centre but there are buses and taxis you can take. Burgos Rosa de Lima railway station offers high speed connections (Alvia) with Barcelona, Bilbao, Hendaya, Gijón, Madrid, and Vigo. Also, it has connections with other cities like Salamanca, León, Vitoria, San Sebastián and international cities such as Lisbon, Coimbra, and Paris.

By bus

Burgos is well-connected by bus to many other cities in northern Spain, and taking the bus is often faster than taking the train. The bus station is in the center of the city, next to Plaza Vega in Calle Miranda No. 4-6, Tel. +34 947 265565. You can download schedules of national and international services. Taking a bus is the best option if you want to travel to Madrid. There are several coaches during the day and the trip takes only 2hr 45 min. The company that travels to Madrid is Alsa.

By car

Burgos is between the centre and the north of Spain. Several roads cross the city and it's easy to arrive in Burgos by car.

There are car rental facilities in the city.

Distances to/from Burgos: Madrid 240 km, Bilbao 156 km, Santander 154 km, Valladolid 125 km

Get around

Walking is the best option to visit the main attractions of the city, but there are some places of interest you can take public transportation or rent a bike to get there.

By bicycle

Bicycle is a good option for visiting all attractions of the city. Burgos has a very good bicycle lane that connects several points of the town. Also there is a bicibur public rental service for bikes. The terrain is relatively flat, and riding along the rivers or in Fuentes Blancas is an easy way to see the sights.

By bus

Burgos has an extensive system of city buses, which you can ride for just 85 cents. You can buy the ticket on board.

By taxi

Official taxis are white, and have a reddish stripe on the front door. The tariff is displayed on top of the car (a 1 during daytime, a 2 at night, which become 2 and 3 on holidays such as Christmas Eve). You can take taxis from the taxi ranks all around the city , also you can call in advance +34 947 277777 or +34 947 481010.

By car

Transportation by private car in Burgos is not difficult. Although looking for a place to park in the city centre can be very time consuming unless you park in private car parks.


Though not known as a tourist destination, Burgos is most well known for its gothic cathedral, a stop along the Camino de Santiago and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the cathedral is the tomb of the Spanish hero El Cid. You can also see the Saint Mary's arch near it. Not very far away you will find lots of churches, like San Nicolás, San Gil or San Lesmes. You can also visit La casa del Cordón, which was the residence of the Catholic Kings in Castille. The Monaterio de las Huelgas Reales is also a good place to visit in Burgos.

Front of the Museum of Human Evolution


Go next

Spain's extensive bus system makes it easy to take day trips from Burgos to other northern Spanish cities. Fun trips include Bilbao, Santander, Soria, Logrono, Madrid, Valladolid, and San Sebastian.

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