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There are 5 ways to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean Ic / ...
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye Bordeaux-St-Jean - Hendaye / ...

$69 - $108

Cheapest option

Bus ALSA  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle to San Sebastian

$30 - $50

3 alternative options

Bus Iberocoach  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from La Rochelle to Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean
  2. Take the bus from Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés to San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses

$88 - $112

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián 262.2 miles

$55 - $85

Fly, bus  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Fly from La Rochelle (LRH) to Biarritz (BIQ) LRH - BIQ
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

$91 - $446

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 6 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián is to drive which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 3 h 57 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from La Rochelle and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián. However, there are services departing from La Rochelle Ville and arriving at Loiola-Donostia via Bordeaux-St-Jean and Hendaia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 22 min.

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The distance between La Rochelle and Donostia / San Sebastián is 324 km. The road distance is 419.5 km.

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The best way to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 6 h 22 min and costs 60€ - 95€.

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It takes approximately 6 h 22 min to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián, including transfers.

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La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from La Rochelle station.

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La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by SNCF, depart from La Rochelle Ville station.

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The best way to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 6 h 22 min and costs 60€ - 95€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 6 h 30 min.

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Map of how to get from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 202.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 22 min

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

You can take a train from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián via Bordeaux-St-Jean, Hendaye, and Hendaia in around 6 h 22 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 6 h 30 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 17 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via Birmingham
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from La Rochelle to Biarritz via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
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 La Rochelle Ville to Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$45 - $70
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Sncf Ter
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de La Rochelle-Ville to Gare de Bordeaux-St-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Bordeaux-St-Jean to Gare de Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
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 La Rochelle to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
alsa.com
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from La Rochelle to Gare de Bordeaux-Saint-Jean
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
isilines.com
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bordeaux - Rue terre de Bordés to San Sebastian - Estacion de Autobuses
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
iberocoach.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

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There is no direct flight from La Rochelle Airport to Biarritz Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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

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La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Hendaye station.

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Yes, the driving distance between La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián is 420 km. It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to drive from La Rochelle to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Flybe, Ryanair and Air France offer flights from La Rochelle 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 La Rochelle to La Rochelle Airport is to bus which takes 18 min and costs 2€.

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