There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 51m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to San Sebastian/Donostia Alv

35€ - 45€

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Rideshare  •  5h 26m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Saint-Sébastien 455.1 km

25€

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Bus  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to San Sebastian

35€ - 50€

Drive  •  4h 34m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián 455 km

45€ - 70€

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  3h 59m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Bilbao (BIO) MAD - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Airport Loiu Bilbao to Donostia / San Sebastián

44€ - 316€

Fly to San Sebastian  •  3h 50m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to San Sebastian (EAS) MAD - EAS

48€ - 183€

Fly to Pamplona, bus  •  6h 14m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Pamplona (PNA) MAD - PNA
  2. Take the bus from Pamplona/Iruña. Estación Bus. Yanguas y Miranda 2 to Donostia/San Sebastián. Federico G. Lorca ps. 1

46€ - 205€

Fly to Santander, bus  •  6h 19m

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

62€ - 282€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to rideshare which costs 25€ and takes 5h 26m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly which costs 45€ - 190€ and takes 3h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at San Sebastian/Donostia. Services depart once a week, and operate Thursday. The journey takes approximately 4h 51m.

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The distance between Madrid and Donostia / San Sebastián is 352 km. The road distance is 455 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 4h 51m and costs 35€ - 45€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to San Sebastian/Donostia takes 4h 51m including transfers and departs once a week.

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

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Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 4h 51m and costs 35€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 5h 25m, you could also fly, which costs 45€ - 190€ and takes 3h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 352.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 51m

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

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to San Sebastian/Donostia once a week. Tickets cost 35€ - 45€ and the journey takes 4h 51m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to San Sebastian 4 times a day. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 5h 25m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 290€
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 240€
Flights from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 220€
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
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to San Sebastian/Donostia
Ave. Duration
4h 51m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. 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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Airport Loiu Bilbao to Donostia / San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
10€ - 17€
Schedules at
pesa.net
Conda S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902 422 242
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
conda.es
Bus from Pamplona/Iruña. Estación Bus. Yanguas y Miranda 2 to Donostia/San Sebastián. Federico G. Lorca ps. 1
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
Conda S.A.
HIFE S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902119814
Email
hife@hife.es
Website
hife.es
Bus from Pamplona to San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Schedules at
hife.es
La Baztanesa S.A.
Phone
948 58 01 29
Email
autobuses@labaztanesa.com
Website
labaztanesa.com
Bus from Pamplona/Iruña. Estación Bus. Yanguas y Miranda 2 to Donostia/San Sebastián. Federico G. Lorca ps. 1
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
La Baztanesa S.A.
La Estellesa S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 948 326 509
Email
info@laestellesa.com
Website
laestellesa.com
Bus from Pamplona/Iruña. Estación Bus. Yanguas y Miranda 2 to Donostia/San Sebastián. Federico G. Lorca ps. 1
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
7€ - 13€
Website
La Estellesa S.A.
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Saint-Sébastien
Ave. Duration
5h 26m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
25€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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

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Madrid 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 Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is 455 km. It takes approximately 4h 34m to drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 1215+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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