There are 6 ways to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon by bus, plane, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus, fly  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian to Aeropuerto Biarritz
  2. Fly from Biarritz (BIQ) to Lyon (LYS) BIQ - LYS

$67 - $283

Cheapest option

Bus ALSA  •  11 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian to Lyon N716 / ...

$29 - $80

4 alternative options

Bus, train  •  10 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire
  2. Take the train from Bayonne to Toulouse-Matabiau Ic
  3. Take the train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

$233 - $290

Train  •  10 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Hendaye to Paris Montparnasse Tgv
  2. Take the train from Versailles-Chantiers to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv

$252 - $289

Bus Isilines  •  12 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux to Lyon

$111 - $148

Drive  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon 491.7 miles

$100 - $160

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon is to bus which costs 25€ - 70€ and takes 11 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon is to bus and fly which costs 55€ - 240€ and takes 3 h 39 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Sebastian and arriving at Lyon. Services depart five times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon. However, there are services departing from Loiola-Donostia and arriving at Lyon Part Dieu via Hendaye, Paris Montparnasse and Versailles-Chantiers. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 29 min.

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The distance between Donostia / San Sebastián and Lyon is 604 km. The road distance is 786.8 km.

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The best way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon without a car is to bus and train which takes 10 h 16 min and costs 190€ - 250€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon, including transfers.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from San Sebastian station.

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Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon train services, operated by TGV, depart from Hendaye station.

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The best way to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon is to train which takes 10 h 29 min and costs 210€ - 250€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 70€ and takes 11 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon.
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  • Distance: 377.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 39 min

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

You can take a train from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon via Hendaia, Hendaye, Paris Montparnasse, and Versailles-Chantiers in around 10 h 29 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Donostia / San Sebastián to Lyon 4 times a day. Tickets cost $50 - $80 and the journey takes 11 h 15 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Biarritz to Lyon via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bayonne to Toulouse-Matabiau
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $70
1st Class
$65 - $110
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $210
Train from Hendaye to Paris Montparnasse
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $170
1st Class
$200 - $290
Train from Versailles-Chantiers to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $100
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$90 - $100
1st Class
$120 - $180
Bus operators
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 San Sebastian to Aeropuerto Biarritz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Website
alsa.com
Bus from San Sebastian to Lyon
Ave. Duration
11 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from San Sebastian to Biarritz Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
pesa.net
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bayonne - Gare SNCF arrêt STAB, place Perreire
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses to Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $95
Website
iberocoach.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia to Lyon, Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
14 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 San Sebastián to Lyon - Perrache Bus station
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
Ouibus
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Bordeaux to Lyon
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
isilines.com

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