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Overview: Train from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance48 miles (77 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersRenfe

Trains from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 48 miles (77 km) long trip with our travel partners like Renfe. There are direct train services available.

Train providers: Renfe from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian trains

You can travel by train to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao with Renfe. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Renfe

Renfe is Spain’s national train company operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travelers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.

    Renfe's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao are the following:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
    • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
    • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

    Trains from Bilbao to San Sebastian

    This 77-kilometre journey is covered daily by the Renfe fleet. Its latest generation trains operate the Bilbao-San Sebastián route through 1 stopover. The approximate duration of this trip is 4 hours.

    What trains go from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    The trains that link both cities daily are Alvia and Regional Express. The journey by train Bilbao San Sebastián is made on board the convoys of this category that run at speeds ranging from 120 km/h to 250 km/h, depending on the section of track.

    How long does the train from Bilbao to San Sebastian take?

    The Bilbao San Sebastián train route includes a transfer in Miranda de Ebro and has a total duration of between 3 hours and 49 minutes and 4 hours and 28 minutes. The waiting time at Miranda de Ebro station varies between 22 and 51 minutes.

    How many trains are there from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

    The Renfe fleet operates 4 daily links between Bilbao and San Sebastián, except on Saturdays, when there are only 3 connections.

    Where do trains from Bilbao to San Sebastian depart from and arrive at?

    Bilbao-Abando station: is located in the heart of Bilbao, in the Abando neighbourhood, 15 kilometres from the port of Santurtzi. This grand, classicist-style station has numerous public transportation options. Among them, lines 1 and 2 of the metro that connect the railway complex with the main centres of the city and several towns and regions of Biscay: Plentzia, Basauri, Santurtzi, Etxebarri, Uribe Kosta, etc. 50 metres from the station there is a Bilbao tram stop that runs through various areas and neighbourhoods in the capital of Vizcaya.

    San Sebastián-Donostia Station: is located in the heart of the city, 7 minutes walk from the old town, 10 minutes from the beaches of La Concha and La Zurriola and 5 minutes from the shopping area. 400 metres from San Sebastián-Donostia is the intercity bus station that runs through several towns in the region. At the same time, lines E2 and E5 of the metro link the railway enclosure with different neighbourhoods of the city and neighbouring towns such as Irún, Rentería, Pasajes, Hendaya, Lasarte-Oria and Oyarzun.

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    Travel Tips: Trains from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

    Travel by train 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 far is it from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by train?

    You should expect to travel around 48 miles (77 km)  from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by train.

    Which train providers should I travel with from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian?

    For the trip from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian you can take a train with Renfe. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Bilbao
    Donostia-San Sebastian
    The major railway station for departures from Bilbao is Bilbao-Abando. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Bilbao-Abando for your journey between Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastian.