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Train Information to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao

distanceDistance48 miles (77 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesRenfe

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

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Renfe Bilbao – Donostia-San Sebastian

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Renfe

Enjoy a comfortable train from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe, the main provider of train services in Spain and an official travel partner of Omio. Search Renfe train schedules and tickets on Omio for the best deals on trains for the 48 miles (77 km) route from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian. With Renfe ticket types like Promo, Promo+ and Flexible, you’ll be sure to find the most affordable Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian trip to suit your needs. Renfe even offers special discount cards to qualified travelers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can also use on Omio.

As Renfe routes cover around 9, 300 miles (15, 000 km) of domestic and international railway, there is no shortage of fleets with different levels of comfort, amenities and time required to travel. The high-speed AVE trains serve long-distance routes, Alvia serves domestic routes in Spain, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain and Euromed serves routes along the stunning Mediterranean coastline. Avant regional commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains are also included.

Renfe's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian 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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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 Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao by train?
The Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian train distance is approximately 48 miles (77 km).
Which train providers can take me between Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastian?
For the best Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Renfe. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian to compare what amenities they may offer.
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Bilbao
Donostia-San Sebastian
Bilbao-Abando
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