municipality in Castile and Leon, Spain

Burgos[dead link] is a city of about 176,000 people (2018) in the heart of the Burgos (province) Province, in Castile and Leon, Spain. 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. It is most commonly associated with the medieval hero El Cid, who was born near Burgos and buried in the cathedral. Also it has an interesting old quarter, some ancient religious buildings, a lot of green parks, and Museum of Human Evolution.

Burgos, Cathedral

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It is on the Castile Plateau and its average altitude is 856 m.

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Burgos is 240 km north of Madrid and 160 km south of Bilbao and Santander.

By plane edit

  • 1 Burgos-Villafria Airport (RGS  IATA). 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 edit

Burgos has high speed connections 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.

  • 2 Burgos-Rosa de Lima railway station (Estación de Burgos Rosa de Lima), Avenida Príncipe de Asturias (5 km northeast of city centre, taxis and buses available), +34 902-240202. Open 24 hr. Large and modern station with ticket offices and travel amenities.    

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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 centre 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[dead link]. 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 2 hr 45 min. The company that travels to Madrid is Alsa.

By car edit

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.

  • From Santander take Rte N623 and 627 or Hwy A231 and A67.
  • From Madrid take Hwy A1.
  • From Zaragoza and Cataluña take Hwy AP68. At Miranda de Ebro take Hwy AP1.
  • From Portugal and Valladolid take Hwy A62.
  • From France and the Basque Country take Hwy AP1.
  • From Galicia and Leon take Hwy A231.

There are car rental facilities in the city.

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

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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.

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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[dead link]. The terrain is relatively flat, and riding along the rivers or in Fuentes Blancas is an easy way to see the sights.

By bus edit

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

By taxi edit

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 [1][dead link], also you can call in advance +34 947 277777 or +34 947 481010.

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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.

See edit

  • 1 Cathedral. The main attraction of Burgos is 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 Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, aka El Cid. €10 (€5 for pilgrims/discounts).     There is a 2 statue of El Cid as well.
  • You can also see the Saint Mary's arch near it - free entry. Not very far away you will find lots of churches, like 3 San Nicolás, 4 San Gil or 5 San Lesmes. You can also visit 6 La casa del Cordón, which was the residence of the Catholic Kings in Castille. The 7 Monasterio de las Huelgas Reales is also a good place to visit in Burgos.
Front of the Museum of Human Evolution
  • Visit the 8 Castillo de Burgos a short walk above the town with extensive views. The castle ruins are free to visit. It was destroyed by the French military during Spanish war of Independence.
  • 9 Museum of Burgos.  
  • 10 Museum of Human Evolution. On the archaeological site of Atapuerca (UNESCO listed)    

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Walk around the 1 Palacio de la Isla and garden. It was used as a summer house by Spanish dictator Franco.

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Tourist souvenirs repeating to the Camino de Santiago area available to buy. Vacuum packed ham, Morcilla de Burgos (blood sausage), and local cheese.

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  • 1 Hotel Cordón, La Puebla, 6, +34 947 265 000. In the centre of Burgos, a couple of minutes away from the Cathedral and the Museum of Evolution and right next door to the historical House of the Cordon.
  • 2 Hotel Rice, Avda Reyes Católicos 30, +34 947 222 300, fax: +34 947 223 550. Four star hotel.
  • 3 NH Palacio de la Merced, Calle de la Merced, 13, +34 94 7479900. The hotel is in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Arlanzón, overlooking the cathedral, the Arco de Santa María and the Paseo del Espolón.

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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.

Routes through Burgos
merges with    SW   NE  Vitoria-GasteizBilbao  
  MadridAranda de Duero  S   N  merges with  
León ← Tardajos ←  w   E  → San Juan de Ortega → Logroño

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