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There are 5 ways to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián by train, plane, bus 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.

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Train to Lyon, fly to Biarritz, bus  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Biarritz (BIQ) LYS - BIQ
  3. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

$94 - $321

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Bus ALSA  •  15 h

  1. Take the bus from Ginebra to San Sebastian

$60 - $90

3 alternative options

Fly Geneva to San Sebastian  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to San Sebastian (EAS) GVA - EAS

$82 - $222

Bus FlixBus  •  19 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry N706
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia N716

$69 - $117

Drive  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián 583.5 miles

$120 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs SFr 60 - SFr 90 and takes 15 h.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train and fly and bus which costs SFr 90 - SFr 330 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ginebra and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart three times a day, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 15 h.

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The distance between Geneva and Donostia / San Sebastián is 717 km. The road distance is 933.7 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to bus which takes 15 h and costs SFr 60 - SFr 90.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián, including transfers.

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Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Ginebra station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly which takes 7 h 44 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 60 - SFr 90 and takes 15 h.

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Biarritz Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at San Sebastian station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 447.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

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

Iberia, Vueling Airlines and two other airlines fly from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián every 4 hours. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián twice daily. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 15 h. Eurolines CH also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Geneva to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $280
Flights from Geneva to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $350
Flights from Geneva to San Sebastian via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $480
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Geneva to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Ginebra to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Biarritz Airport to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
pesa.net
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Genève to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $150
Book at
eurolines.ch
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 Geneva to Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Lyon Aéroport Saint Exupéry to San Sebastián, San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $95
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián is 934 km. It takes approximately 8 h 50 min to drive from Geneva to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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easyJet, Air France and Hop! offer flights from Lyon Airport to Biarritz Airport.

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There are 1104+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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