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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

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Bus  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastian

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Bus via Tarragona  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Tarragona Barcelona
  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

Drive  •  5h 24m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián 570.7 km

Fly to San Sebastian  •  3h 55m

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

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  4h 19m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Bilbao to Donostiako Autobus Geltokia

Fly to Santander, bus  •  6h 32m

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

Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián by train

The train journey time between Barcelona and Donostia / San Sebastián is around 5h 40m and covers a distance of around 635 km. Operated by Renfe Viajeros, the Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián train service departs from Barcelona-Sants and arrives in San Sebastian/Donostia. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

14 Weekly Trains
5h 40m Average Duration
€35 Cheapest Price
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Barcelona → Donostia / San Sebastián
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Donostia / San Sebastián is 112.

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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 €40 - €180 and takes 3h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. 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 570.7 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 Sants 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 €28 - €40 and takes 6h 50m, you could also fly, which costs €40 - €180 and takes 3h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 403.3 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 Sants to San Sebastian 4 times a week. Tickets cost €28 - €40 and the journey takes 6h 50m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €250
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €200
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €220
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€65 - €230
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €250
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€70 - €200
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €220
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €230
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€29 - €300
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
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
Email
info@monbus.es
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €40
Schedules at
monbus.es
Empresa Plana
Phone
+34 (0) 977 553 680
Website
empresaplana.cat
Bus from Barcelona to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
HIFE S.A.
Lurraldebus Transportes Pesa S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Aeropuerto Bilbao to Donostiako Autobus Geltokia
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €17
Website
Lurraldebus Transportes Pesa S.A.
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
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
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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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 Sebastian 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 offers 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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There are 194+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at €100 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 bus which takes 20 min and costs €6.

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