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There are 10 ways to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to San Sebastian

$30 - $55

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Saint-Sébastien 284.3 miles

$29

8 alternative options

Train via Zaragoza Delicias  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to San Sebastian A / ...

$81 - $112

Train  •  6 h 42 min

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

$62 - $82

Drive  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián 284.4 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to San Sebastian  •  3 h 49 min

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

$79 - $287

Fly to Bilbao, bus  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Bilbao (BIO) MAD - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bizkaia Pasealekua 12

$54 - $223

Fly to Pamplona, bus  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Pamplona (PNA) MAD - PNA
  2. Take the bus from Pamplona to San Sebastián / Donostia

$91 - $456

Fly to Santander, bus  •  6 h 7 min

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

$64 - $388

Fly to Logrono, bus  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Logrono (RJL) MAD - RJL
  2. Take the bus from Logroño to San Sebastián

$98 - $197

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly which costs 65€ - 250€ and takes 3 h 49 min.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at San Sebastian via Zaragoza Delicias. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Donostia / San Sebastián is 352 km. The road distance is 455.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 25 min and costs 29€ - 45€.

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The bus from Madrid to San Sebastian takes 5 h 25 min including transfers and departs three 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 Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which takes 5 h 25 min and costs 29€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 70€ - 100€ and takes 5 h 50 min, you could also fly, which costs 65€ - 250€ and takes 3 h 49 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 220.2 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 25 min

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

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián 3 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián via Zaragoza Delicias in around 5 h 50 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Madrid to Logrono
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $230
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza Delicias to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
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 Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from Bilbao to Bizkaia Pasealekua 12
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
Lurraldebus
HIFE S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902119814
Email
hife@hife.es
Website
hife.es
Bus from Pamplona to San Sebastián / Donostia
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
hife.es
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movelia.es
La Estellesa
Phone
+34 (0) 948 326 509
Email
info@laestellesa.com
Website
laestellesa.com
Bus from Logroño to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Schedules at
laestellesa.com
Book at
laestellesa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar.es
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Saint-Sébastien
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$29
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to San Sebastian Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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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 Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at San Sebastian station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián is 455 km. It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to drive from Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to San Sebastian Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián train tickets online with Loco2 and Loco2.

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Book your Madrid to Donostia / San Sebastián bus tickets online with ALSA.

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There are 1104+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at $63 USD 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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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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