Vigo is a modern city located in the North West of Spain. The city is situated on the ria of the same name on the Atlantic Ocean in the South of Galicia, 30Km from the border with Portugal. With population around 300,000, Vigo is one of the largest cities of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (14th largest city in Spain).
The rugged orography of Vigo's estuary encompasses landmarks like the beautiful Cíes Islands, the inlet of San Simón, and plenty of coastal towns with a rich gastronomy, famous for their excellent seafood, together with attractive beaches and modern facilities for nautical sports and routes through the Ría.
Distances to other cities:
- Pontevedra 24km
- Santiago de Compostela 93km
- Ourense 105 km
- A Coruña 155 km
- Madrid 626 km
- Barcelona 1.132km
- Porto (Portugal) 150 km
- Lisbon (Portugal) 500 km
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How to ArriveVigo is well served by a complete network infrastructure connecting the city with the main cities of Galicia, Spain and international.
Vigo has three major roads:
- The Northwest Expressway (A-52) connects the city with Madrid and the center of Spain, through 667 km of road.
- The Rias Baixas motorway (AP-9 in Spain, A-3 in Portugal) running from Vigo to the highway in northern Portugal, to Tui, Braga and Oporto to link to Lisbon also connects with Highway Vigo-Baiona.
- The Atlantic Highway (AP-9) connects the city with northern Galicia through Pontevedra, Santiago and A Coruña.
Vigo has bus connections with many of the main Cities in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias, Bilbao, Irun, San Sebastian, Zaragoza, Extremadura, Andalusia). It also has international routes to Portugal (Oporto, Lisbon and Algarve), France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Germany.
- Vigo Bus: station, schedules and routes (in Spanish, but Google Translate works quite ok).
The venue and the center of town are 25 minutes from the Bus station walking. Optionally one can take a bus (Line 12A, see the local bus company website for the schedule), or a Taxi (6-10 € aprox.). If there are no taxis around (unlikely) you can call any of these numbers:
- Central radio taxi: +34 986 470 000 / +34 986 470 033
- Radio taxi servicios: +34 986 272 829
- Radio taxi Vigo: +34 986 252 700 / +34 986 272 999 / +34 986 266 377
There are daily trains between Vigo and the surrounding cities: Ourense, Pontevedra, Santiago, A Coruña and Porto. In addition, there are daily express and Talgo trains to Madrid and Barcelona, and direct trains to Leon, Ponferrada, Bilbao and Alicante.
The train station is 15 min walking to the venue and hotel's area. There are also buses but a taxi may be easier and not much more expensive.
Vigo Airport, Peinador, is located 10 kilometers from downtown. It has a wide range of scheduled flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Canary Islands, Alicante, Seville, Balearic Islands, Valencia and Malaga, and international flights to Paris, Brussels and London.bus (line 9A), or one can take a Taxi.
- Porto: Porto's airport, Francisco Sá Carneiro, is situated 160Km from Vigo. It has direct flights to many main European, as well as overseas, destinations. To reach Vigo from this airport one may rent a car or use the public bus service that links Sá Carneiro with Vigo Bus station (bus schedule, Vigo-Oporto). Alternatively one can rent a car (route).
- Santiago de Compostela: Santiago's airport, Lavacolla, is situated 100 KM away from Vigo. As Porto, Santiago is linked to many European cities. To reach Vigo from the airport one has to go to Santiago bus station, and then take a train or bus to Vigo. It is also possible to rent a car (route).