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

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Fly Zurich to Bilbao, bus  •  6 h 27 min

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

$83 - $249

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Bus  •  19 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to San Sebastian

$70 - $110

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Fly Zurich to Biarritz, bus  •  7 h 33 min

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

$126 - $344

Train to Mulhouse, fly to Biarritz, bus  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Mulhouse (MLH) to Biarritz (BIQ) MLH - BIQ
  3. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian

$126 - $319

Fly Zurich to San Sebastian  •  7 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to San Sebastian (EAS) ZRH - EAS

$103 - $303

Fly Zurich to Bordeaux, train  •  9 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Bordeaux (BOD) ZRH - BOD
  2. Take the train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye

$178 - $432

Train  •  11 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon Tgv
  2. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye Tgv

$263 - $305

Drive  •  11 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián 756.9 miles

$150 - $230

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián is to bus which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 19 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly and bus which costs SFr 80 - SFr 250 and takes 6 h 27 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at San Sebastian. Services depart once daily, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 19 h 30 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Donostia / San Sebastián is 937 km. The road distance is 1211 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián without a car is to train which takes 11 h 26 min and costs SFr 260 - SFr 310.

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It takes approximately 6 h 27 min to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián is to fly which takes 7 h 45 min and costs SFr 100 - SFr 310. Alternatively, you can train, which costs SFr 260 - SFr 310 and takes 11 h 26 min, you could also bus, which costs SFr 70 - SFr 110 and takes 19 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián.
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  • Distance: 585.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 27 min

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

Iberia, Swiss and two other airlines fly from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián via Paris Gare de Lyon, Gare De Lyon - Diderot, Gare Montparnasse, Paris Montparnasse, Hendaye, and Hendaia in around 11 h 26 min.

Airlines
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $650
Flights from Mulhouse to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Mulhouse to Biarritz via Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Zurich to Bordeaux via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Zurich to San Sebastian via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Zurich to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $3,400
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Geneva
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Bordeaux via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Mulhouse to Biarritz via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Flights from Mulhouse to Biarritz via Paris Orly, Lyon
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $460
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Biarritz via Nice
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $420
Flights from Zurich to Bordeaux via Venice
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $500
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Bilbao via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Zurich to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Train operators
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
Train from Zürich HB to Paris Gare de Lyon
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $230
Train from Paris Montparnasse to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$140 - $170
1st Class
$190 - $280
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Bordeaux-St-Jean to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $55
1st Class
$50 - $80
Bus operators
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
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 Bilbao to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Biarritz to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $25
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zurich to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
alsa.com
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Biarritz Airport to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Schedules at
pesa.net
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$95 - $170
Book at
eurolines.ch

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián is 1211 km. It takes approximately 11 h 35 min to drive from Zürich to Donostia / San Sebastián.

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Brussels Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings and five other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 1104+ hotels available in Donostia / San Sebastián. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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