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There are 4 ways to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  3h 18m

  1. Take the train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye Tgv / ...

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Bus  •  4h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to San Sebastian / Donostia 783 / ...

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the rideshare from Bordeaux to Saint-Sébastien 236.7 km

Drive  •  2h 11m

  1. Drive from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián 234.1 km

Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián by train

The train journey time between Bordeaux and Donostia / San Sebastián is around 3h 28m and covers a distance of around 252 km. This includes an average layover time of around 22 min. The fastest train normally takes 3h 2m. Operated by TGV inOui, SNCF and Euskotren, the Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián train service departs from Bordeaux St Jean and arrives in Loiola-Donostia. Typically 74 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
3h 6m
Layover time:
22 min
Total time:
3h 28m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
3h 2m
Train distance:
252 km
Trains per week:
74
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:20
Last train departs at:
22:02

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián train schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs €11 - €75 and takes 4h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián is to drive which costs €26 - €40 and takes 2h 11m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bordeaux Saint-Jean and arriving at San Sebastian / Donostia. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián. However, there are services departing from Bordeaux St Jean and arriving at Loiola-Donostia via Hendaia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 18m.

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The distance between Bordeaux and Donostia / San Sebastián is 203 km. The road distance is 234.1 km.

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The best way to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 3h 18m and costs €30 - €60.

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It takes approximately 3h 18m to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián, including transfers.

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Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Bordeaux Saint-Jean station.

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Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Bordeaux St Jean station.

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The best way to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 3h 18m and costs €30 - €60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €11 - €75 and takes 4h 15m.

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Map of how to get from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 203.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 18m

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

TGV inOui operates a train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye 4 times a day. Tickets cost €45 - €55 and the journey takes 2h 27m. SNCF also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to San Sebastian / Donostia 5 times a day. Tickets cost €14 - €17 and the journey takes 4h 15m. Two other operators also service this route.

Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux St Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€28 - €60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€28 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€40 - €60
Bus operators
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Bordeaux Saint-Jean to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €17
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bordeaux City Centre to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
Blablabus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bordeaux to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
iberocoach.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bordeaux to Saint-Sébastien
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at San Sebastian / Donostia station.

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Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Hendaye station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián is 234 km. It takes approximately 2h 11m to drive from Bordeaux to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Bordeaux 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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