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There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to San Sebastian N1158

€23 - €50

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Train via Chamartin  •  6h 33m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to San Sebastian/Donostia Alv / ...

€35 - €52

Train  •  7h 27m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to San Sebastian/Donostia 18061 / ...

€40 - €50

Rideshare  •  5h 26m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Saint-Sébastien 451.4 km

€25

Drive  •  4h 25m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián 451.4 km

€40 - €65

Fly to San Sebastian  •  3h 40m

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

€54 - €192

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  4h 49m

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

€45 - €156

Fly to Pamplona, bus  •  5h 53m

  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

€56 - €224

Fly to Santander, bus  •  6h 24m

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

€54 - €142

Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián by bus

The bus journey time between Madrid and Donostia / San Sebastián is around 7h 40m and covers a distance of around 457 km. The fastest bus normally takes 7h 40m. Operated by ALSA and FlixBus, the Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián bus service departs from Madrid and arrives in San Sebastian. Typically three buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
7h 40m
Fastest bus time:
7h 40m
Buses per week:
3
Cheapest price:
€23
Carbon emissions:
57 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
15:30
Last bus departs at:
15:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián bus schedules

Madrid → Donostia / San Sebastián
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Donostia / San Sebastián is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Donostia / San Sebastián is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Donostia / San Sebastián is 1.5 metres.

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable 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 €50 - €200 and takes 3h 40m.

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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-Principe Pio and arriving at San Sebastian/Donostia. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 27m.

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The distance between Madrid and Donostia / San Sebastián is 352 km. The road distance is 451.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to bus which takes 5h 25m and costs €23 - €50.

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The bus from Madrid to San Sebastian takes 5h 25m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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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-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which takes 5h 25m and costs €23 - €50. Alternatively, you can train via Chamartin, which costs €35 - €55 and takes 6h 33m, you could also fly, which costs €50 - €200 and takes 3h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 352.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 25m

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

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to San Sebastian 4 times a day. Tickets cost €35 - €50 and the journey takes 5h 25m. FlixBus also services this route 6 times a week. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Chamartin to San Sebastian/Donostia once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €45 and the journey takes 5h 23m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €200
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €160
Flights from Madrid to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €140
Flights from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €130
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-Chamartin to San Sebastian/Donostia
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Principe Pio to San Sebastian/Donostia
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
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
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 Madrid to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€23 - €28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 4 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €17
Schedules at
pesa.net
Conda S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902 422 242
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.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
€6 - €10
Schedules at
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 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €13
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
€7 - €11
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 - €12
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 San Sebastian Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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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 451 km. It takes approximately 4h 25m to drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Iberia offers flights from Madrid Airport to San Sebastian Airport.

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

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There are 362+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at €75 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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