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

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Train  •  8h 24m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Toulouse Matabiau Intercités / ...
  2. Take the train from Toulouse Matabiau to Hendaye Intercités

€72 - €147

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Bus  •  8h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to San Sebastian / Donostia N1155

€28 - €85

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Bus via Irun  •  8h 51m

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to Irun

€64 - €84

Drive  •  5h 16m

  1. Drive from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián 577.4 km

€60 - €95

Fly Montpellier to Biarritz, bus  •  6h 55m

  1. Fly from Montpellier (MPL) to Biarritz (BIQ) MPL - BIQ
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

€77 - €280

Bus to Marseille, fly to Biarritz, bus  •  6h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Biarritz (BIQ) MRS - BIQ
  3. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

€54 - €199

Train to Lyon, fly to Biarritz, bus  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Biarritz (BIQ) LYS - BIQ
  3. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

€144 - €355

Train to Barcelona, fly to San Sebastian  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to San Sebastian (EAS) BCN - EAS

€77 - €191

Bus to Marseille, fly to Bordeaux, train  •  9h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
  2. Fly from Marseille (MRS) to Bordeaux (BOD) MRS - BOD
  3. Take the train from Pessac to Hendaye

€52 - €203

Train to Barcelona, fly to Bilbao, bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO
  3. Take the bus from Airport Loiu Bilbao to Donostia / San Sebastián

€87 - €165

Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián by train

The train journey time between Montpellier and Donostia / San Sebastián is around 7h 52m and covers a distance of around 622 km. The fastest train normally takes 7h 51m. Operated by SNCF, TGV inOui and Euskotren, the Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián train service departs from Montpellier Saint-Roch and arrives in Loiola-Donostia. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
7h 52m
Fastest train time:
7h 51m
Train distance:
622 km
Trains per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€72
Carbon emissions:
32 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
14:13
Last train departs at:
15:07

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Spain from France

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from France
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 7 in quarantine
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  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
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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.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Spain.

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Last updated: 20 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs €28 - €85 and takes 8h 45m.

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The fastest way to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián is to drive which takes 5h 16m and costs €60 - €95.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Montpellier and arriving at San Sebastian / Donostia. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián. However, there are services departing from Montpellier Saint-Roch and arriving at Loiola-Donostia via Toulouse Matabiau and Hendaia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 24m.

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The distance between Montpellier and Donostia / San Sebastián is 473 km. The road distance is 577.4 km.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 8h 24m and costs €70 - €150.

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It takes approximately 8h 24m to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián, including transfers.

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Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Montpellier station.

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Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Montpellier Saint-Roch station.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 8h 24m and costs €70 - €150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €28 - €85 and takes 8h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 473.3 km
  • Duration: 8h 24m

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

You can take a train from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián via Toulouse Matabiau, Hendaye, and Hendaia in around 8h 24m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Montpellier to San Sebastian / Donostia 6 times a week. Tickets cost €28 - €35 and the journey takes 8h 45m. Iberocoach also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€55 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€29 - €140
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€55 - €160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€29 - €140
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Montpellier to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€70 - €270
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €280
Flights from Marseille to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €140
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Montpellier to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €370
Flights from Marseille to Biarritz via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €280
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €330
Flights from Marseille to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €230
Flights from Marseille to Bordeaux via Lyon
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€90 - €230
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Montpellier to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €400
Flights from Montpellier to Biarritz via Lille Lesquin
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €430
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Marseille to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€26 - €130
Flights from Lyon to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€27 - €170
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Montpellier to Biarritz via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€170 - €550
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Marseille to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€11 - €110
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €270
Train operators
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€29 - €60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€29 - €45
Rail 1st Class
€40 - €60
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €85
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€40 - €60
Rail 1st Class
€55 - €85
Train from Pessac to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €60
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€50 - €60
1st Class
€50 - €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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€80 - €150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Bus operators
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Montpellier to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€28 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Montpellier to San sebastian
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Montpellier to Irun
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€60 - €85
Website
iberocoach.com
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 Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €8
Website
alsa.com
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Montpellier to Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
Blablabus
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

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There is no direct flight from Montpellier Airport to Biarritz Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 45m and has one stopover.

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Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at San Sebastian / Donostia station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián is 577 km. It takes approximately 5h 16m to drive from Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Volotea, easyJet, Luxair and two other airlines offer flights from Montpellier Airport to Biarritz Airport.

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Book your Montpellier to Donostia / San Sebastián bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 360+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Montpellier to Montpellier Airport is to line 620 bus which takes 25 min and costs €2.

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