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The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian will cost around $ 45 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 45.
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5 h 25 m
5 h 54 m
Buses per day
Of the 5 buses that leave Madrid for Donostia-San Sebastian every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct buses cover the 352 km distance in an average of 5 h 54 m but if you time it right, some buses will get you there in just 5 h 25 m .
The slowest buses will take 6 h 30 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||218 miles (352 km)|
|Average bus duration||5 h 25 min|
|Average bus ticket price||$45 (€38)|
|Bus companies||Alsa, Alsa Premium, Flixbus, Eurolines Switzerland or Infobus|
Buses from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 218 miles (352 km) long route taking on average 5 h 25 min with our travel partners like Alsa, Alsa Premium, Flixbus, Eurolines Switzerland or Infobus. There are direct bus services available. You can get the cheapest bus tickets for this journey for as low as $45 (€38), but the average price of bus tickets is $45 (€38). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.
Alsa and FlixBus buses will get you between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian from $45 (€38). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best bus times and tickets for your trip.
Alsa is the main bus company in Spain, a subsidiary of the UK bus company National Express. Alsa offers a wide variety of national and international routes and transports more than 300 million passengers every year. Apart from the Standard fare, Alsa provides ticket types like Minimum, Reduced and Flexible fares on select routes for those looking to save money on bus journeys. While most travelers don’t mind traveling on normal buses with basic services like bathrooms, free WiFi, footrests and onboard entertainment, some others may want to check out Alsa’s deluxe buses like the Alsa Supra, Alsa Eurobus and Alsa Premium, which provide more luxurious amenities on specific routes.
Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Alsa bus ticket between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian:
Taking the bus is the most budget-friendly way to reach the coastal resort of San Sebastian from Spain's capital, Madrid. The journey by bus is also surprisingly quick, taking not much longer than the train and significantly less time than any available flight. Direct buses depart every 1-2 hours around the clock, including at weekends.
Buses from Madrid to San Sebastian are all provided by Alsa. Most of these journeys will be on regular Alsa buses, which always have a restroom on board, plus free newspapers and headphones for all passengers. A few journeys a day are on Alpha Premium buses. For a higher price, passengers can enjoy a range of additional Premium services, including free Wi-Fi, a dining menu and more.
The fastest regular service along this route takes just 5 hours 10 minutes, departing in the morning at around 8:15 a.m. daily. The longest journey is an overnight service taking 7 hours 10 minutes. The average journey takes approximately 6 hours.
Typically, there will be around 15-18 direct buses available per day. 9-11 buses depart from Madrid's Avenida de América Interchange Station, while 5-6 buses depart from Terminal T4 of Madrid-Barajas Airport. One bus a day departs from Estacion Sur Bus Station. The first bus departs at 12:30 a.m. and the last bus departs at 11:30 p.m.
Departure bus stations: Madrid Avenida de América, Madrid-Barajas Airport T4, and Madrid Estacion Sur. Avenida de América is a large bus station that's about a 23-minute train ride from the center of the old city. Madrid-Barajas is an international airport that's just 6 miles from downtown Madrid. Estacion Sur is the city's biggest bus station, to the south of the center. All three stations offer plenty of bus and train connections.
Arrival bus station: Estacion Donostia Geltkoia, San Sebastian's main bus station is centrally located, within easy walking distance of many of the city's main attractions. A wide variety of bus companies offer short and long-distance routes from here to the rest of Spain.
Some of the Madrid bus stations to Donostia-San Sebastian you can start your journey from include Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83, Madrid, Estación de Moncloa and Madrid, Méndez Álvaro - Terminal. Similarly, some of the arrival bus stations in Donostia-San Sebastian include San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca, Donostia-San Sebastian, Estación de Autobuses and San Sebastian, Estación de Autobuses.
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.
You can find the most popular departure bus station for this journey, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center of Madrid. The most popular arrival bus station in Donostia-San Sebastian, called San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca, is located around 0.2 miles (367 m) away from its city center.
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