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There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 40m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to San Sebastian/Donostia Alv

35€ - 50€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián K793

27€ - 40€

6 alternative options

Bus via Tarragona  •  9h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Tarragona
  2. Take the bus from Tarragona to San Sebastián / Donostia

Rideshare  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Saint-Sébastien 566.4 km

30€ - 32€

Drive  •  5h 24m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián 570.9 km

55€ - 80€

Fly to San Sebastian  •  3h 45m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to San Sebastian (EAS) BCN - EAS

47€ - 146€

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  5h

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Airport Loiu Bilbao to Donostia / San Sebastián

40€ - 97€

Fly to Santander, bus  •  6h 30m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Santander (SDR) BCN - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to San Sebastian

53€ - 133€

Barcelona → Donostia / San Sebastián
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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián is to rideshare which costs 30€ - 32€ and takes 6h 41m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly which costs 45€ - 150€ and takes 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at San Sebastián. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at San Sebastian/Donostia. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 40m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Donostia / San Sebastián is 403 km. The road distance is 570.9 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 5h 40m and costs 35€ - 50€.

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The train from Barcelona-Sants to San Sebastian/Donostia takes 5h 40m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by MonBus, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 5h 40m and costs 35€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 27€ - 40€ and takes 6h 50m, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 150€ and takes 3h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 402.6 km
  • Duration: 5h 40m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain?

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to San Sebastian/Donostia twice daily. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 5h 40m. Alternatively, MonBus operates a bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián once daily. Tickets cost 28€ - 40€ and the journey takes 6h 50m. FlixBus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27€ - 230€
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27€ - 230€
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 180€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 170€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 130€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to San Sebastian/Donostia
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Schedules at
monbus.es
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
6h 48m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
27€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Empresa Plana
Phone
+34 (0) 977 553 680
Website
empresaplana.cat
Bus from Barcelona to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
empresaplana.cat
HIFE S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902119814
Email
hife@hife.es
Website
hife.es
Bus from Tarragona to San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Schedules at
hife.es
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Airport Loiu Bilbao to Donostia / San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 17€
Schedules at
pesa.net
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar.es
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Saint-Sébastien
Ave. Duration
6h 41m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 32€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to San Sebastian Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by MonBus, arrive at San Sebastián station.

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Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at San Sebastian/Donostia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián is 571 km. It takes approximately 5h 24m to drive from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Barcelona Airport to San Sebastian Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 945+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Donostia / San Sebastián. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs .

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