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Bus Information from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance48 miles (77 km)
durationAverage bus duration1 h 20 min
priceAverage bus ticket price$8 (€7)
frequencyBus frequency16 a day
changesDirect busYes, there are 16 direct buses a day
carriersBus companiesAlsa, Alsa Premium, Eurolines Switzerland or Alsa Supra

Buses from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 48 miles (77 km) long trip taking on average 1 h 20 min with our travel partners like Alsa, Alsa Premium, Eurolines Switzerland or Alsa Supra. Normally, there are 16 buses operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest bus tickets for this route for as low as $8 (€7), but the average price of bus tickets is $8 (€7). Travelers depart most frequently from Bilbao-Abando and arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.

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Alsa

Alsa is the main provider of bus travel in Spain. As a subsidiary of the UK bus company National Express, Alsa offers a plethora of regional, national and international routes and transports more than 300 million passengers per year. Alsa has an impressive fleet of buses with different levels of comfort and amenities on offer. Aside from the Alsa Normal bus with free WiFi, bathrooms, footrests and entertainment on board, the Alsa Supra, Alsa Eurobus and Alsa Premium buses provide more luxurious services when traveling by road, depending on the specific route. Apart from the Standard ticket, Alsa offers other bus tickets like Minimum, Reduced and Flexible fares on select routes.

    Alsa has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Alsa tickets from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian and when traveling by bus:

    • Normal conditions apply
    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended

    Buses from Bilbao to San Sebastian

    In general, there are between three to five daily buses from Bilbao to San Sebastian, with an approximately total of 25 buses per week. This trip is usually direct and does not require travelers to change buses or have any transfers. Depending on how many stops there are before reaching your final destination and the traffic conditions at the time, you can expect for the duration of the journey to be approximately 1h 20min. Once you have reached San Sebastian, you can begin exploring some of the city’s most famous sights, including the San Telmo Museum and Playa de la Concha.

    How long is the journey by bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    You can expect for the journey from Bilbao to San Sebastian to take you approximately 1h 20min if there is no additional traffic. This trip is generally direct, which means that you do not have to worry about changing buses or having a transfer during your travels.

    How many buses are there from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    There are normally between three to five daily buses that depart Bilbao for San Sebastian, with the approximate total being 25 buses traveling between the two cities each week. While these journeys may have stops in additional cities, they are direct in the sense that they do not require travelers to transfer buses in order to reach their final destination. Most of the daily journeys that are offered are in the afternoon. This route is particularly popular during the summer, so make sure to book your ticket well in advance if you will be traveling then. The first daily bus is usually around 7:30 a.m., while the last departs around 6:30 p.m.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for buses from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    Departure bus station: Your bus will normally depart from the Bilbao bus station. To ensure that you have enough time to board and properly store your personal items, try to arrive at the bus station a minimum of 30min before your voyage is scheduled to depart. This station is in the northwest part of the city and can be reached from the city center by local bus or metro in approximately 20 to 25min. The station has a waiting area, luggage storage, shops, and restaurants.

    Arrival bus station: Buses for this route generally arrive at the San Sebastian / Donostia bus station. This station is placed in the southern region of the city, and you can travel to the city center from here by public bus in approximately 25min. This bus station provides passengers with standard facilities, such as access to free Wi-Fi, public restrooms, and sitting areas.

    Which bus companies travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    The main company that services trips between these two cities is Alsa. This company, which is a Spanish subsidiary of the UK company National Transport Group, is a large transport provider in Europe that offers trips to many different countries, including Austria, Germany, and Portugal.

    Alsa Bilbao to San Sebastian

    Alsa generally offers between three to five daily buses from Bilbao to San Sebastian, with an approximate total of 25 buses being serviced per week. This journey is almost always direct, which means that you will not have to have a transfer or change buses during your trip. However, there may be additional stops before you reach your final destination of San Sebastian. The trip will take you approximately 1h 20min, but may vary slightly if there is additional traffic at the time. The bus type that Alsa generally uses for its voyages is either standard or express. For this route, you can expect your trip to leave from the Bilbao bus station and ultimately arrive at the San Sebastian / Donostia bus station. With Alsa’s ticket policy, it is possible to either change or cancel your reservation. If you choose to do this up to 48h before your scheduled departure, you will be required to pay a 20% fee. If you would like to change or cancel your ticket up to 24h before your expected departure, you will then be required to pay a 30% fee. Keep in mind that it is not possible to amend your reservation if you are within a 2h timeframe of your planned departure. The company’s schedule generally remains the same on weekdays and weekends, but may vary slightly during public holidays, with fewer buses usually being serviced.

    Bilbao to San Sebastian Bus: Services on board

    A large majority of the buses in Alsa’s fleet are equipped with unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi for its passengers. To take advantage of this free service, simply connect your portable device to the company’s network, go to their official website, and accept the terms and conditions. Once this is completed, you will be able to browse the Internet on most of your devices, included tablets and laptops. Additionally, Alsa has its own radio station for travelers to listen to, which plays a variety of genres for you to enjoy during your trip. There is also an entertainment channel that you can access on your electronic devices, and it is filled with recent television show episodes, movies, and news programs. Some buses even feature screens that will play this content throughout the duration of your trip. Each passenger has the right to bring one piece of luggage with them for free, and you can pay a small fee in order to bring additional pieces. Each passenger is also allowed to bring one pet, as long as they remain in a proper pet carrier for the entirety of the journey. There is room on every bus for up to four bicycles, so if you would like to bring one with you, make sure to contact the company ahead of time to ensure that there will be space. Almost all of Alsa’s buses are wheelchair accessible, including their toilets. Special seats are designated in each bus for travelers that have disabilities. If you contact Alsa ahead of your departure, you can ensure that an employee will be there to help you with boarding, stowing all of your luggage, and disembarking the bus once you have reached your final destination.

    Travel Tips

    Buses from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian
    Take the bus to Donostia-San Sebastian easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.
    FAQs
    How much are cheap buses to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian buses for as little as $8 (€7)  in the next 7 days.
    How much is the bus between Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastian on average?
    If you’re looking to purchase your bus tickets in the next week, you can expect the Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian bus price to come in at an average of $8 (€7)  one way.
    What is the distance from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by bus?
    You should expect to travel around 48 miles (77 km)  to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao by bus.
    How long is the bus ride from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    While the time it takes to travel 48 miles (77 km) to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian bus journey time is on average 1 h 20 min.
    What is the departure bus station in Bilbao and arrival bus station in Donostia-San Sebastian?

    When departing from Bilbao, you have various bus station options to start your journey from including Bilbao, Zorroza, Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses and Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses. When arriving in Donostia-San Sebastian, you can end your journey in bus stations like San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca, Donostia-San Sebastian, Estación de Autobuses and San Sebastian, Estación de Autobuses.

    Omio customers book a bus from Bilbao-Abando   to San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca   most frequently for this route.

    Where is the departure bus station in Bilbao located? Where is the arrival bus station in Donostia-San Sebastian located?

    Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their buses from Bilbao-Abando and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city center to get to this bus station.

    Passengers arriving in Donostia-San Sebastian most often arrive at San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this bus station to the city center.

    Which bus companies can get me from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    For the route from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian you can take a bus with Alsa, Alsa Premium, Eurolines Switzerland or Alsa Supra. Be sure to check out all possible bus companies that offer services between Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastian on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
    How many bus services are there from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian a day?
    On average, there are 16 buses a day from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian. The bus times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    When does the first bus depart from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian? When does the last bus depart from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    The first Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian bus departs at 5: 30 AM   and the last bus from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian leaves at 5: 55 PM. Check out the most up-to-date bus schedule from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
    How early should I book bus tickets to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao to score the best deals?
    You can find buses from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian to cost on average $8 (€7) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying bus tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian bus generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.