Closest airports to San Antonio in Texas and recommended hotels

Downtown San Antonio in Texas has its very own charm and plenty to offer to tourists and business travellers alike. When planning for your trip, you may wonder which airport in San Antonio you should fly to; in such case, your final decision will largely depend on the airline you or your company have booked flights with, but if your schedule and budget are flexible enough you might still be in time to decide at your convenience. Below, we have gathered relevant information about the two closest airports to this city in the United States, namely San Antonio International (12,4 kilometres away from the centre) and Austin-Bergstrom International (117 kilometres away). Continue reading to find out more and make your choice.

The closest airport to San Antonio in Texas, United States: SAT

Only 12,4 kilometres separate the two terminals of San Antonio International airport (SAT) from the city centre. A major hub for domestic operations within the United States and regular connections to other airports in America, it handles flights for Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Aeromexico, Frontier, Interjet, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United and Volaris.

Commuting from San Antonio airport to the downtown should take no longer than 15 or 18 minutes, and many travellers choose the taxi as their preferred means of ground transportation to cover this distance because it is the most comfortable and the cheapest. Taxi ranks in San Antonio airport of Texas are found outside the baggage claim hall of Terminal A. Thrifty travellers who would rather use public transport have City Bus route 5 available, a regular direct link to the city centre from both terminals, while business and executive visitors may rent a car or hire private shuttle vans to get to their hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Travelling from Austin–Bergstrom International airport to San Antonio

Despite being located over one hundred kilometres from San Antonio, travellers often fly to Austin-Bergstrom airport for two reasons: because they are flying from overseas with airlines such as Norwegian and Lufthansa or due to the fact that the one hour and half-long commute by Turimex bus is an affordable and convenient way to reach San Antonio that fits perfectly into any travel plan. While taxi rides can be costly, travellers who prefer a more exclusive service often opt for a shared airport transfer to get to their accommodation.

Are you looking for centrally-located accommodation in San Antonio, Texas? Take a look below and see if our recommendations will suit the estimated budget and style of your visit to the USA.

Central hotel in San Antonio, Texas: El Tropicano

This 3-star hotel is superbly situated on Lexington Avenue, within short walking distance of the River Walk and the shopping district. Guests are given the possibility to enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast every morning for a surcharge and have at their disposal an onsite swimming pool, a bar, free high-speed WiFi internet, in-room amenities like coffee maker, private safe and wardrobe, and en suite bathroom, all surrounded by premises that remind of tropical beach resorts. Massages, fitness centre, laundry and secured parking spaces are just some of the rest of available services available at El Tropicano.

3-star accommodation in San Antonio, Texas: Best Western Alamo Suites Downtown

Featuring spacious suites that are ideal for a family vacation as well as for an executive trip, this centrally-located option offers a wide range of amenities that are already known by those who have stayed in an establishment belonging to the Best Western hospitality chain. Its extra-large comfortable beds, the in-room amenities that include microwave and fridge and facilities like an indoor pool, a gym and a Jacuzzi are some of the reasons why you should choose this hotel in downtown San Antonio, USA.

Hotel by the San Antonio River Walk in Texas: La Quinta Inn & Suites

Staying in this 3-star accommodation not only ensures that you will be within a short stroll of the River Walk in San Antonio and the nearby shopping area, but also will make your business trip more productive as you will be sleeping 5 minutes away on foot from the Convention Center. Free daily breakfast, complimentary WiFi inside the rooms, an onsite business centre and a lounge, along with the possibility to get to the airport in 15 minutes by car, are additional perks of making a reservation with this hotel in San Antonio, Texas.


Which hotel services require the payment of extra fees?

Among the fears and questions that arise in the mind of the not-so-frequent traveller, whether they will be charged unexpected extras and surcharges by the hotel they stay at is one of the most common. Obviously, it is in the hands of the managers and owners of the hostel, guest house, apartment, boutique hotel or hospitality chain to determine which services and amenities are included in the nightly rate and which ones must be paid for separately. In general, the wisest thing to do is asking them directly or consulting the reservation receipt, where a thorough description of everything that is included in the price is mandatory. That being said, we are about to outline the hotel features that are frequently offered for free alongside with those which normally entail additional costs.

Hotel services and amenities that are always complimentary

Whenever you book a hotel room, a bed in a hostel dormitory or a bungalow in a holiday resort, there are features that almost invariably come for free. For instance, it is safe to say that everything inside the room can be used at no extra charge: you will never be charged for water supply or energy, so you can enjoy the shower, lighting, ironing facilities, coffee and tea amenities and TV as much as you like. Take into account, however, that pay-per-view movies or channels might appear on your TV set, but you will always be warned with a message before you accept this paid service.

If you ask for a wake-up call, that is, to be woken up in the morning with a telephone call, you won’t have to pay for it. Also, the toiletries provided in the bathroom, even the luxury ones, are available for you to use and take away with you as a souvenir; what is more, they are refilled or replaced should you need more products during your stay. Using the towels and bathrobe if offered has no additional cost, but contrary to what some people think, you cannot take them home; some pairs of hotel slippers, though -particularly those with the name of the hotel chain on them-, have been conceived as a gift for guests to keep. The hair dryer is normally in the bathroom or can be borrowed from the reception at no extra charge.

Furthermore, some hotels make sure their guests are given a warm welcome in the form of free bottled water, chocolates or fruit awaiting them on the hotel bed; others offer this service for a surcharge. Storing your valuables inside the safety deposit box provided should not be charged for either. Activities like reading papers and magazines in the lobby, working out in the gym and accessing public areas of the establishment such as the gym, the pool or the terrace do not commonly entail paying any extra fee, and the arrangement of services by the staff at the front desk such as shuttle transfers, tickets for tours and attractions, directions and advice, meeting rooms and conference spaces should not generate any costs other than those of the service itself exclusively.

Hotel services you will sometimes have to pay for

Breakfast is always included in the nightly rate of B&Bs, guest houses, hostels and many hotels; other establishments will either give you the option to select a “breakfast included” rate during the process of making your reservation or have it available as an extra in their dining facilities or restaurant. Access to spa centres may come in an already planned “holiday package”, be considered as complimentary to your room category (especially in superior and deluxe ones) or be free for all guests.

Parking spaces and conference rooms are usually a complimentary amenity for executive travellers and company delegations; we recommend you address this question to the hotel managers before arriving to make clear whether they can be used for free or not. Another issue you are advised to ask about beforehand is if you will be allowed to add a cradle for your baby or an auxiliary bed for an extra guest without incurring costs. And lastly, regarding eating and drinking inside the premises of the hotel, we recommend reading the fine print of your half-board, full-board or all-inclusive reservation.

Hospitality chains and establishment across the world differ in their policies regarding the WiFi and airport transfers. Wireless internet is being increasingly offered at no cost both inside hotel rooms and in the communal areas, yet do not be surprised if some resorts charge for WiFi by the hour. Airport shuttle services and transfers to convention centres are courtesy in the majority of transit hotels (those located near airport terminals) and business hotels, yet it may be the case that the establishment where you are staying does charge a nominal fee for them.

Hotel services that are not complimentary

What you can be sure of is that every item inside your shiny mini bar by the hotel bed will be charged for; the price list next to it is there for you to tick off each consumption, although maids also check if something is missing every day when they come to clean the room. Likewise, every order to the room service entails the payment of a fee: it may be added to your total invoice or requested upon delivery; note that the price of meals delivered to your room is always listed by them on the menu. And finally, every extra service you order while staying in a hotel –laundry, dry-cleaning, ironing, babysitting, massages and beauty treatments, for example- will imply the addition of charges to your final invoice.

Getting your transit or tourist visa to Dubai

If Dubai is among your next travel destinations, we recommend you start planning for your visa application. Will you have a long layover or stopover that enables you to explore the city of dunes and seemingly never-ending skyscrapers? Perhaps you are thinking of some weeks of luxury and pampering under the sun? Or maybe you are a thrill-seeker looking for safari tours and extreme sports experiences? Regardless of the kind of traveller you are, a specific type of Dubai travel visa has already been devised for you, and it will be selected according to the length of the time period you intend to stay rather than the purpose of your visit.

As long as all requirements are met and the applicant does not need to provide additional information, most visas to enter Dubai are issued within 3 or 4 working days after the application is submitted. When the authority responsible for issuing the tourist Visa to Dubai deems it necessary to process it urgently in view of the proximity of the date of entry, an express modality will be processed, implying the payment of an extra fee by the applicant. All applications must be accompanied by a copy of the passport bio page in colour (which is the passport page containing your photo), a copy of the last page of the passport, a clear ID photo and proof of residency in the country from which you are a national.

Below you will find a brief outline of the most frequently issued visas to visit Dubai.

30-day Dubai tourist visa

This modality remains valid 58 days starting from the day it is issued and allows the traveller to stay for a maximum of 30 days from the date of entry recorded. The total amount of fees and charges to be paid for this application is 97USD (120USD in the express modality), which will not be refunded if the visa is denied. Visitors from some countries may be required to also pay a deposit but, in this particular case, the amount corresponding to this extra fee will be refunded once the stay ends and the exit from Dubai is correctly recorded by the immigration authorities.

96-hour transit visa to Dubai

You must apply for this modality when you are having a stopover or layover in Dubai that is between some hours and a period of up to 4 days long, thus being able to get out of DXB International Airport and roam the city, join guided tours or even stay in one of our recommended hotels in Dubai. The cost of applying for this visa is 73USD (96USD in the express modality). Its validity period lasts 30 days from the moment it is issued and gives a 96-hour stay allowance until your return flight. In short stays, it will be of critical importance that you take into account the time you will need to transfer to and from the airport and go through security so that you do not miss your onward flight.

90-day Dubai visit visa (multy entry)

With this travel visa, you will be authorised to enter the emirate on multiple occasions during a time period spanning 90 days from the first entry record, without the need for applying for a new visa every time. Its validity will not expire as long as you use it within 58 days after it is approved. All fees and charges add up to 490USD to be paid by the applicant.

In addition to the explained above, you may check other visa modalities for your trip to Dubai and find further information about the specific requirements for nationals of your country of origin on the official application site. Moreover, know that you can visit Dubai as a tourist as well as to attend exhibitions and trade fairs as a professional, and the procedures may be arranged, for instance, on behalf of the members of your delegation. Both shorter and longer stay periods are available, and you are strongly advised to pay special attention to the criteria for eligibility and the mandatory documentation to be submitted so that your application gets approval without delay.

A stranger is knocking on my hotel room door, what should I do?

If your Internet search for hotel stay safety tips brought you here, you have come to the right place, because we understand that solo travelers, whether they are men or women, must be wondering if it would be a good idea to sleep alone in a hotel room nowadays, abroad and in a place where you don’t know anyone, and nobody knows you. So in case you are that solo female or male traveler looking for advice on how to be safe in the event that a stranger knocks on your door trying to trick you into opening it with any kind of ill intention, continue reading below and, more importantly, always make your reservation on a reliable hotel booking site to prevent unpleasant situations from happening.

How to avoid unexpected events when staying alone in a hotel

First and foremost, as a solo traveler, you need to know how to watch your own back to avoid risky situations, and that is something easy to achieve just by being discreet and cautious. Someone who sleeps in hotels frequently will tell you to follow the advice below so as not to be identified as a candidate to be robbed or assaulted while sleeping alone in your tourist accommodation.

  • Never reveal or say out loud that you are traveling without company. Avoid telling this to anyone you meet along the way, hotel staff included. The personnel at the reception can see the info in your reservation and are already aware that you will be staying there alone, and if they are careful enough, they won’t say it aloud either.
  • Do not hang the “do not disturb” sign or a room service order on your door. Such an innocent act will let strangers know that there is someone inside and, in the case of the order, the number of people staying together.
  • If someone you know will be dropping by, ask them to call you on the phone beforehand and identify themselves when they reach your room.
  • Never take it for granted that any person knocking on your door will be a member of the hotel staff. The front desk rarely sends anyone to your room without calling you first. Only once, the reception sent someone to deliver a welcome gift to my room after I checked in, but they said my full name when they knocked and I opened. Even so, I could have called the reception to check whether it was safe to open the door, because it might have been somebody who overheard my conversation with the staff during check-in.

Somebody is knocking on the door of my accommodation, now what?

You may use different strategies to dissuade the stranger from bothering you:

  • remain quiet until they get tired of knocking without getting any sort of response, although this entails the risk of their assuming there is no one in the room and so trying to break in. In a hotel, bursting into your room would be virtually impossible, but beware if you are staying in a guest house or hostel;
  • pretend that you are not alone by speaking out loud with an invisible room mate, playing a conversation recorded on your phone or turning up the volume of the TV or music player;
  • call the reception to confirm that the person outside is not hotel staff and inform them of what is going on. They will probably send security or look after you if they know you have felt unsafe;
  • do not go out until you hear other guests on the corridor.

Bottom line

Under no circumstance should you ask “who is it?” or open (not even left slightly ajar) the door of your hotel room to a stranger. This will probably lead to engaging in unnecessary (and risky) conversation, or to giving them an opportunity to push you and assault you in your own space.

If you have any concerns about your safety in a hotel because somebody knocks on your door, or you have noticed someone following you or prowling around your room, don’t hesitate to ask the staff to move you to a different floor until your time to check out comes.

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What are eGates, who can use them and which airports have already implemented them?

The global increase in air travel has led to the implementation of improved immigration control systems in airports all across the world. The intended effects, that is, higher security levels and greater efficiency when it comes to handling passengers, are achieved by means of the combination of fingerprint scanning, facial recognition technology and human work. This way, queues and waiting times at the security checkpoints are meant to be considerably reduced, while safety remains a crucial target. However, it must be noted that, although eGates can be found in many airports already, they are still being trialed in some of them, there is still room for improvement and not everyone know the requirements to be eligible to go through an eGate either upon arrival or before departure, which in turn are frequently specific to each country.

Who can go through the eGates at the airport?

As a general rule, you must be 18 or older to have your face or fingerprint scanned at the eGate of an airport security checkpoint, or else be a minor (aged 10/12 to 18) accompanied by an adult. Notwithstanding that, there is an even more important requirement: to be in possession of an electronic or biometric passport, which integrates a chip with your photo that will be checked against your scanned facial features; this part of the process will make it virtually impossible for anyone to impersonate you or cheat the system.

Citizens and permanent residents of each country are the first ones to be registered and allowed to use eGates as long as they are eligible, but many airports are gradually making the service available to other nationalities. Before you travel, visit the website of your destination airport and check whether you will be admitted through the automated border control since, oftentimes, even if you have a biometric passport, you won’t be allowed to use it if the two countries do not have an agreement.

How do eGates work?

First and foremost, if you will be using the eGates upon arrival on an overseas destination, make sure you carry with you any required visa or permit that you may be asked for as a foreign visitor; either the system itself or an airport agent will check that you have them and otherwise you can be denied entry. The whole process should take you just between twenty seconds and a couple of minutes at most.

Have your electronic ID document or biometric passport ready, as you will need to hold it up to the reader or scanner so that the first gate opens for you. Once inside, the gate will close and you won’t be able to proceed until your face or fingerprint is scanned and checked against the information the system has about you. Also, know that this information will be saved and updated each time you go through security at an airport using this method. When you are identified and everything is ok, the second gate opens and you can proceed to the boarding concourse.

While trials are carried out, this process might vary from one airport to another and, even more likely, from one country to another. In some cases facial recognition will suffice, while other times fingerprints or questions from an agent will be part of it too.

Have you already got everything sorted out for your trip? If you need to find a place to stay when you arrive to your next destination, you can still find and book accommodation according to your travel budget, needs and interests.

Which airports across the world have eGates?

The denomination of automated border control systems across the world varies, yet the process does not change. Thus, be aware that eGates in Germany, for instance, may be referred to as EasyPass, and airport agents in Prague might guide you to go through the EasyGo checkpoints before boarding your plane. In France, they are called the PARAFE gates, and SmartGates in the United Arab Emirates. The renowned Global Entry program in the USA incorporates the eGates in their Global Entry kiosks, present in more than fifty four US airports, while the Smart Entry Service is the equivalent in Korean airports.

Some of the main international aviation hubs that have already implemented eGates are Rome Fiumicino International and Milano Malpensa airport in Italy; Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark; Prague airport in the Czech Republic; Brussels airport in Belgium; Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airport in Australia; Munich and Frankfurt in Germany; Paris Orly, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon airport in France; Budapest in Hungary, Dublin airport (in both terminals) in Ireland; Lisboa and Faro airport in Portugal; Oslo Gardermoen in Norway; Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza airport in Spain; Hong Kong International airport; Narita airport in Japan; Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand, plus thirteen airports in the UK (including Heathrow) and over fifty in the United States.

Hotels with gym and how to behave in a hotel fitness center

Do you also wonder how some people manage to stay fit while traveling? Let me tell you, I once tried to carry a set of dumbbells in my hand luggage, which obviously was not a good idea, and trying to find a safe place to run or work out in a new city was by no means an easy endeavor. Luckily, more and more hotels are offering fitness centers and gym facilities on site for guests to use during their stay at a home away from home. Continue reading below to discover how to access a hotel gym, how to behave properly so as not to incur penalties or disturb other guests and everything else you should know when lifting weights at a resort or accommodation.

Hotel gym rules and etiquette

How to know if you can use the hotel gym for free during your stay

Whenever you make a hotel reservation online, it will be easy to go through the complimentary amenities offered by the accommodation and check whether its premises have a gym or not, and if you can use it at no extra cost. Also, upon receiving the confirmation of your booking via e-mail, you may consult which services are included in the nightly rate to be paid, since access to fitness facilities and breakfast, for instance, are typically among them.

If you are particularly interested in not skipping your daily workout while abroad, consider only hotels with a gym, but bear in mind that the search results page will probably display accommodations where access to the fitness center is free as well as others where you need to pay a small surcharge or additional fee to enter. When the hotel gym remains open 24 hours, paying the hourly rate will be worth it, especially when it will help you fight jet lag after a long-haul journey.

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In order to access the exercise room, you are normally required to bring your untransferable key card with you -the one that opens the door to your room, turns on the lights, etc.-, or else to identify yourself with an exclusive password. Pay attention to how many people are already working out inside, because limited capacity regulations may apply. If you plan to stay in a hotel rated with 4 or 5 stars, you may be given the possibility to hire a personal fitness trainer to coach you.

What to wear and take with you for your gym session at the hotel

As important as bringing your towel to wipe up the sweat from the gym equipment when you are done is wearing the appropriate clothing and shoes. But you already know that if you are a gym rat. If it is travel that has awakened the desire of sculpting your body and taking care of yourself, know that doing otherwise and showing up at the hotel gym with heels or uncomfortable clothes may result in slipping from a climber machine or treadmill, or twisting your knee, and in such cases you will be solely responsible for your safety. Bringing a bottle of water or isotonic drink is O.K. generally, but make sure you check the hotel policies regarding drinks and food, which is normally not allowed.

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Exercising at the hotel gym

Not being a nuisance in the hotel gym is not that hard. Simply take care of every piece of equipment you use as though it was yours. Note that theft or damage of barbells, benches or any other accessories will make you incur fines, and don’t think you are smart enough to get away with it, because there are probably surveillance cameras in the most unexpected spots.

Respect other people’s time, focus and workout and mute your phone, wear headphones, don’t interfere with their progress (no flirting, no random attempts to socialize), don’t take selfies in which strangers unwantedly appear (or even better, don’t take any pictures at all), and use only one machine or piece of equipment at a time, leaving it exactly where and as you found it.

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Airport lounges in Gatwick (London, UK)

Are you taking a connecting flight in LGW? Already planning your trip to London? If you are passing through one of the two terminals of Gatwick airport and have some hours to spare before boarding the plane, it would be a very good idea to get access to an airport lounge. There is a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service for travellers to commute between the North Terminal and the South Terminal running every day of the year; however, bear in mind that you will only be given access to lounges in the same terminal from which you are flying out.

If your flight departing from Gatwick is operated by Air Canada, Easyjet, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic or Aeroflot, you must go to the North Terminal. If you have purchased a plane ticket with Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Swiss, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Vueling, Wizz, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, Flybe, Iberia, Norwegian, British Airways, Air Europa or Austrian, you need to stay in the South Terminal.

How to get into the airport lounges of Gatwick airport in London

Any passenger with a boarding pass may be granted access to the VIP lounges regardless of the category of their plane ticket or the airline they are flying with, as long as the date printed on the boarding pass coincides with the current date.

The right to use an airport lounge in Gatwick is granted automatically to passengers flying business and first class with certain airlines (you are advised to confirm this privilege with them in advance) as well as to those who are members of frequent flyer programs like Priority Pass or enjoy the advantages of using American Express or Mastercard credit cards and have adhered to their travel promotions.

Nevertheless, all lounges in LGW are open for economy travellers flying with any airline, and day-passes can be purchased either at the door (in case you make up your mind at the last minute) or online. You may secure your access by visiting the website of the travel services provider after booking your hotel in London or by paying for admission online on Gatwick airport’s official website.

Gatwick airport lounges for passengers sorted by terminal

Lounges in the North Terminal

No1Lounge, the largest in the entire facilities, offers catering, runway views, unlimited WiFi and papers and magazines that you can take with you to the airplane. You can stay inside this exclusive space in Gatwick up to 3 hours before your scheduled departure, even though if your flight gets delayed you are given the option to purchase extra time. Find it near gates 101-113.

The Clubrooms, adjacent to the no1lounge, are a more sophisticated area where you may celebrate a special occasion, enjoy fine dining or have a moment of luxury before flying.

*Will your stay be longer than just a few hours? We advise you to book a room in one of the transit hotels in London Gatwick.

My Lounge is a nice spot for early morning flights, as a varied breakfast buffet is served daily, as well as a wide range of choices for light meals during the day. There are also hot drinks and cold beverages available, and travellers may use free WiFi, iMacs, a PlayStation and charge the batteries of their portable electronic devices. In order to arrive, clear the security control and go to your left.

Aspire Lounge in Gatwick airport. In line with their highly-regarded guest service, this lounge provides free wireless internet access, good food and daily press. For a nominal extra fee, guests may have a glass of champagne and use phones and fax machines. It is found after security by following the signage to the lounge pavilion.

Airport lounges in the South Terminal of Gatwick

No1Lounge. This lounge features the same amenities as the no1lounge in the NorthTerminal, and it is located in the upper level of the departures hall. It must be noted that, provided that you book your pass through their website, you also get complimentary access to the fast lane to security.

Clubrooms. As was the case with the North Terminal, these are situated right by the no1lounge and cater to the needs of first class travellers (only adults) with cocktails, fine wine, spirits, champagne and artisan beers.

The Regus Express Business Lounge. As an exception, this business lounge in Gatwick airport is located in the public area. It accommodates fully equipped meeting rooms and working spaces along with showers for travellers to use upon arrival or before departure. It is an ideal place to compliment deals or meet with potential clients while on the go.

Remember that Gatwick airport stands 47 kilometres away from London city, yet it offers excellent connections to the downtown and other nearby regions thanks to transport services like Gatwick Express, Thameslink trains, the Oxford Bus Company and the EasyBus.

Travelling from Lisbon airport to Lisboa city centre

If you are planning your trip to Portugal, it is very likely that you are already trying to find the best way to commute between Portela airport and central Lisbon in terms of comfort, duration of the journey and fees to be paid. Lisbon International airport (also known as Humberto Delgado or simply Aeroporto de Lisboa) is only 15 minutes away from the city centre, and we are about to give you some advice on how to travel smoothly whether you arrive on your own, carrying lots of luggage or with the whole family.

Underground trains from LIS airport to downtown Lisboa

The capital city of Portugal has a simple and outstandingly effective subway railway network. Metro trains in Lisbon operate Monday through Sunday between 6:00 and 1:00, even though some secondary lines may have reduced schedules during the weekends. This is not the case with the red line (linha vermelha), whose services run from Terminal 1 of Lisbon International airport every 8 minutes, connecting it to the main areas and landmarks in town.

After collecting your baggage and once in the arrivals public zone, head towards the exit to your right but, instead of leaving the terminal building, go downstairs; the underground is clearly signposted and visible from this upper level. You must take the “linha vermelha” heading to S. Sebastião. If your hotel in Lisbon is near Praça do Comercio or other points of downtown Lisboa, we recommend you hop off in Alameda station and the change to the “linha verde” (green line), which has many stops around it.

The underground trains in Lisboa run frequently and effectively, and fares are quite inexpensive: 1,45€ per single journey, with the possibility of purchasing a 24-hour travel card for unlimited use for as low as 6,65€. “Baixa-Chiado” is one of the most popular stations for tourists who stay in central Lisbon.

Travelling to and from Lisbon airport: Aerobus

If you would rather travel by coach and do not mind if your large bags are stored away in the luggage compartment, the Aerobus is a both comfortable and affordable option (a single ticket costs 4€) for your commute from Portela airport to Lisboa. Moreover, it has undeniable perks such as travelling with complimentary WiFi and USB charging stations, or the fact that it stops near many of the best hotels in Lisbon city.

Taxis and private shuttles from and to Lisbon airport in Portugal

In case you feel uncomfortable commuting in the metro with all your bags, money and documentation, you can always rely on taxi cabs or private chauffeurs to get to your final destination. As mentioned before, the distance between the airport and Lisbon city centre can be covered quickly and access to the tourist and financial area is easy.

While you will only need to step out the non-restricted zone in order to take a taxi cab, private shuttles like shuttle direct have to be booked online in advance or at their airport office upon arrival. This kind of service may be customised according to your specific needs and has extra advantages: the chauffeur will wait for you when your flight is delayed, agree to stop at different points or drive to the very entrance of your accommodation.

Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Spain)

There are two main reasons compelling adventurers from across the world to visit the capital of Galicia in the north-west of Spain: the declaration of its beautiful Old Town as UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1985, and the wish to fulfil what is considered by many a life goal, that is, the completion of the Way of St. James (El Camino).

That being said, arriving to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela or obtaining your pilgrim certificate comes with additional perks. If you have some time to spare in the city and can even stay for a few days in a guest house or hostel for pilgrims in Galicia, we not only advise you to enjoy the fine Galician gastronomy but also to take the time to get around and admire its baroque architecture, its parks, and the convents and churches built centuries ago that still stand, bearing silent testimony to innumerable stories.

How to get to Santiago de Compostela

Perhaps the most usual way to get to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia for hiking lovers and backpackers is by completing the last or all stages of El Camino (St. James Way), but many other travellers choose to travel by train or airplane from Spanish or European cities. AVE trains connect Madrid and Santiago in only five hours, while domestic air routes as well as international ones are handled to and from its airport, located twelve kilometres from the old town.

Whether you will be taking a city break after your pilgrimage to Santiago in Spain or you are travelling there for the sole purpose of exploring and discovering new places, know that there is a wide array of budget-friendly lodging options for solo travellers and backpackers in Galicia. Below, you will find some of the best valued cheap accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.

Rua Nova hostel in Santiago de Compostela

This budget accommodation in Galicia is strategically situated in the heart of Santiago just metres away from the Cathedral, the University and the popular Obradoiro Square. Pilgrims, hikers, backpackers and tourists appreciate the chance to sleep in a historical building that has been remodelled to accommodate guest rooms featuring complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV, private bathroom and amenities. The front desk of the Rua Nova hostel in Santiago de Compostela is available around the clock, and there is a tourist information point within short walking distance of the establishment.

 As Margaritas hostel near Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The As Margaritas hostel is often chosen by travellers who want to stay close to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in a central location of the old town, while also enjoying access to amenities like a communal terrace where they can relax and have a drink at the bar. Guest rooms include free WiFi internet and TV, and are fitted to accommodate groups, families, couples or solo travellers, with the option of having a bathroom inside or sharing one outside. The different room categories in this hostel in Santiago de Compostela –Spain– are individual, twin, double, triple and quadruple. Also, the reception staff can assist you with extras like parking spaces (for a fee), left luggage, local tours, book and DVD for loan and airport transfers.

Sleeping in an old monastery in Galicia, Spain

The known as Hospedería San Martín Pinario is a unique sort of accommodation in Santiago, Galicia, as it has been built inside what used to be a monastery, today turned into one of the most popular places to stay among pilgrims of the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago). Even better, it is located right across the street from the Cathedral and within a short stroll of some of the most beautiful sights and landmarks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain. Former guests highlighted the excellent customer service provided by the reception staff, available 24 hours a day, as well as the basic yet comfortable rooms with private bathroom, featuring occupancy for one, two or three guests in the same unit. To top it all off, this cheap accommodation in Santiago de Compostela serves a hearty buffet breakfast every morning and Galician delicacies in the preserved dining hall of the former monastery, which makes for quite an unforgettable gastronomic and architectural experience.

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