How to get to León

Cómo llegar a León

Geographic situation

The cities of León and Ponferrada are located in the center of the northwest quadrant of the Iberian Peninsula, which includes the western region of Castilla y León with the regions of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Northern Portugal, bordering the Atlantic Ocean . Both cities are in the cultural hub of the way of Santiago, in his itinerary connecting the province of León and Sahagún singular kernels, Astorga and Villafranca del Bierzo. The city of León is located in the territory of the Northern Plateau and the Douro River basin, some 830 meters high and part of a continental Mediterranean climate. It is the provincial capital, the entity that matches the university district itself, but in reality its catchment area reaches north of the province of Zamora and Palencia West, which corresponds with the domain of a few hundred sub-functional thousand inhabitants. At a distance of 150 km are the cities of Oviedo (university and regional), Gijón (beach resort of), Palencia, Valladolid (university and regional) and Zamora. The city of Ponferrada is located at a distance of 110 kilometers west of Leon. Located in the center of an intermountain depression, about 540 meters and sub-humid continental climate is Mediterranean. Heads the region of El Bierzo, only administrative demarcation of this scale in the region due to its strong identity, with an influence that extends into the neighboring regions of high and middle valley of the Sil (Leon Cabrera and the Laciana, and the Galician Valdeorras), which together are about a population of two hundred thousand inhabitants. At a distance of no more than 150 kilometers away are the cities of Oviedo, Lugo, Ourense and the Portuguese city of Chaves border.

The cities


Leon's prototype medium-sized city, very suitable for a better quality of urban life, with a municipal population of 134,000 inhabitants, while its urban area (next to the areas adjacent to that part of its basin of employment) close to two hundred thousand inhabitants, with a predominance of tertiary activities, with emphasis on the commercial and administrative. The city has a historic downtown (Old Town, where the Cathedral, San Isidoro, palaces, Boots Gaudí House, the Market Square and Broad Street and the contrast between the Levitical and the popular neighborhood Wet Quarter), together to a modern (widening or street Ordoño environment), in balance and functional complementarity between the two centers. But the city is also the periphery of residential neighborhoods and parks and activities, in some cases of high symbolic value and heritage (San Marcos, Auditorium, MUSAC), the coastal areas and Torío Bernesga and numerous nearby nuclei of the district (sanctuary and airport of the Virgen del Camino). The city is relatively close to nuclei and sites of high heritage value in its vast space in the Plateau province (wineries and restaurant, country Maragatería, meadows and fields), the cathedral city of Astorga (whole cathedral and palace Gaudí) and the Cantabrian Mountain (Picos de Europa, ski resorts) or in the neighboring region of Asturias (Biscay Green Coast).


Ponferrada is a smaller size, 70,000 residents in his large district with a site-core medieval bridge initially placed in the top (variegated village around the Plaza de la Encina historic buildings such as City Hall and the Castle Templar) and in the Lower (the center of La Puebla and new neighborhoods and housing estates). Throughout the last century has been characterized by a remarkable urban growth dynamics based on the balance of industrial activity ("Energy City") and the tertiary activity. Is highly valued their proximity to areas of vineyards and orchards of Bierzo Bass and mountain valleys with a high net worth and unique activities center near coal mining, the exploitation of slate and the old gold mining (The Marrow) and the relative closeness of two hours to the coast of Asturias and Galicia.

The Campus

The University of León local precedent in studies of the Faculty of Veterinary taught since 1943, and studies of Biological Sciences, Education, Mining, Agriculture, Arts, Law, dependent in turn on the University of Oviedo. At the height of the date of creation of the University of León in 1979 also began the development of the campus outside the city and placed between the district of San Mames and Villaobispo core, with the installation of Schools and Colleges more service centers, sports areas and central library. In turn, remain outside the Campus certain educational and research centers in different parts of the city and the Rector (The flag Albeitar), services and residence halls.

Campus of León

Leon Vegazana campus, named for their location in plain once owned by the diocese, grouped in an almost compact Faculty and many of the colleges, with a total of about ten thousand students, from entering the city buses, private vehicle, bicycle lanes and walking tour about 20 minutes from downtown. Also, given the growth of the city in recent years towards the campus, this is almost welded to town so that students not local, not to reside in collective accommodation, living in rented flats in slum nearby. Thus, the relationship between city and campus have been closer, and supplemented by all kinds of services for the university community.

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Campus of Ponferrada

The small campus of Ponferrada connects directly to the development of the upper east of the city and is nearby the historical center of Santo Tomás of Pots. As such urban sector was initiated in 1996 and soon receives significant investments that have enabled her off as a sector specialist centers Engineering and Health Sciences, which is also equipped with sports facilities and new Central Library.

Access and transports

From Madrid to Leon can be reached by road, rail or plane. The trip is quick and secure and daily connections between the two cities are very common. On the road goes straight for the National VI (A-6), to Benavente, where you take the (A-66) to Leon. It takes 3 hours and 10 minutes to travel the 333 km between the two cities. Leon also has a railway station narrow gauge (FEVE) that communicates with Bilbao and passes through the provinces of Vizcaya, Burgos, a small part of Cantabria, Palencia and León himself. It also has a commuter line between Leon and Guardo (Palencia). Leon Airport (LEN code) is located in the Virgen del Camino, a village only 7 km. The journey to the center by taxi is about 10 minutes (cost 12 €). There are currently two daily flights from Madrid and from Barcelona.


Additional information on schedules and prices at the following addresses and telephone numbers:


  • Get to León
    • Distance: 7 km
    • Intercity bus. Between 6 y 10 minutes.
    • Taxi costs approximately 12 euros (at Campus Vegazana).
  • Get to Ponferrada
    • Distance: 103 km
    • Intercity bus. Time: About 1 hour and 30 minutes.




  • RENFE. Ponferrada rail station



  • León bus station
    • Avda. Sáenz de Miera, s/n
    • Tel.: 87 21 10 00
  • ALSA Group


  • Ponferrada bus station
    • Avda. de la Libertad, 15
    • Tel.: 987 40 10 65