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

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Train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Ponferrada to San Sebastian Ic

$65 - $85

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Bus Ouibus  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Ponferrada to San Sebastián Ouibus

$20 - $28

3 alternative options

Bus ALSA  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Ponferrada to Vitoria-Gasteiz
  2. Take the bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastián Largo Recorrido

$46 - $72

Drive  •  4 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián 308.6 miles

$55 - $85

Train, fly  •  15 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Ponferrada to Leon
  2. Fly from Leon (LEN) to San Sebastian (EAS) LEN - EAS

$167 - $669

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The cheapest way to get from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs 17€ - 24€ and takes 7 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián is to drive which costs 45€ - 75€ and takes 4 h 49 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ponferrada and arriving at San Sebastián. Services depart three times a week, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 7 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Ponferrada and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 5 min.

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The distance between Ponferrada and Donostia / San Sebastián is 386 km. The road distance is 493.7 km.

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The best way to get from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 7 h 5 min and costs 55€ - 75€.

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The train from Ponferrada to San Sebastian takes 7 h 5 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by Ouibus, depart from Ponferrada station.

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Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Ponferrada station.

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The best way to get from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián is to train which takes 7 h 5 min and costs 55€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 17€ - 24€ and takes 7 h 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 241.1 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 5 min

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

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $85 and the journey takes 7 h 5 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián 3 times a week. Tickets cost $20 - $28 and the journey takes 7 h 45 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Leon to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
11 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Leon to San Sebastian via Barcelona, Madrid
Ave. Duration
14 h 35 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Train operators
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.

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Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Ponferrada to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
Train from Ponferrada to Leon
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Ponferrada to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $28
Website
Ouibus
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 Ponferrada to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Lurraldebus
Phone
943 000 117
Email
info@mugi.eus
Website
lurraldebus.eus
Bus from Vitoria-Gasteiz to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
Lurraldebus

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There is no direct flight from Leon Airport to San Sebastian Airport. The quickest flight takes 11 h 50 min and has one stopover.

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Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at San Sebastián station.

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Ponferrada 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 Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián is 494 km. It takes approximately 4 h 49 min to drive from Ponferrada to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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

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There are 1165+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at $81 USD per night.

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