The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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4 h 52 m
5 h 57 m
Trains per day
Of the 5 trains 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.
|Distance||218 miles (352 km)|
|Average train duration||4 h 54 min|
|Average train ticket price||$57 (€52)|
|Train frequency||5 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 2 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Renfe ALVIA, Renfe Intercity, Renfe MD or Renfe|
Trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 218 miles (352 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 54 min with our travel partners like Renfe ALVIA, Renfe Intercity, Renfe MD or Renfe. Normally, there are 5 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $57 (€52), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $54 (€49).
Renfe and Renfe (13) trains will get you from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian from $54 (€49). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.
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 Madrid 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.
Train information from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe:
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Madrid and San Sebastian are approximately 219 miles apart. Taking a train from Madrid to San Sebastian is an efficient and affordable way to travel. On a regular day, about two trains make the trip from Spain's capital to the coastal Basque Country destination. On average, a train from Madrid to San Sebastian takes around 6.5 hours. The fastest trains take about five hours and 20 minutes, while the slowest trains take just under eight hours.
Two trains travel from Madrid to San Sebastian every day. The trains are consistent, though passengers should always confirm the schedule in case of changes. The trains travel in the afternoon and arrive in San Sebastian at night. The first train from Madrid to San Sebastian leaves the station around 12:30 p.m., while the second leaves at around 4:00 p.m.
On a regular day, the average travel time for trains from Madrid to San Sebastian is approximately 6 hours and 35 minutes. Travelers who prefer short journeys can book the faster trains, which take around 5 hours and 25 minutes. The slowest trains on the route take up to 7 hours and 45 minutes. Fortunately, both journeys are direct.
Departure train station: Trains from Madrid depart from two stations. Madrid Chamartín is approximately 1.24 miles north of the city center. There are buses and taxis from the station to central Madrid. The station has a lounge, information desks, luggage storage, elevators, restaurants, and shops. The second station is Madrid Príncipe Pío. It connects metros, buses, and houses a shopping center. The station has free WiFi, baby changing areas, toilets, restaurants, and information centers.
Arrival train station: The Donostia-San Sebastian train station is approximately 600 meters from the city center. Walking takes around eight minutes. while buses and taxis take about 5 minutes. The station has restrooms, bars, cafés, and luggage lockers.
Renfe Operadora, Spain's national train company, operates long- and medium-distance commuter and high-speed passenger trains. AVE is the fastest high-speed train, and Alivia, EuroMed, and Altaria are long-distance trains. Train travelers can either purchase Promo, Promo+, or Flexible tickets.
Alvia high-speed trains can carry more than 230 passengers. Around two trains travel every day between Madrid and San Sebastian. Both trains are direct, so travelers don't have to make transfers along the way.
On Renfe trains, travelers enjoy comfortable air-conditioned cabins. The trains have a first- and second-class carriages, each with comfortable seats, ample legroom, and lots of light. First-class travelers also have access to parking, free newspapers, and club lounges. Most of the trains come with sliding and reclining seats, footrests, armrests, reading lights, and audio and visual systems. They also have onboard cafés and vending machines for snacks.
Renfe trains allow bike transportation, but only in a bike bag or box not exceeding 120 cm × 90 cm × 40 cm. Travelers can disassemble or fold their bikes for transport as regular luggage. The general luggage limit is three items not exceeding 25 kg together. The trains also ferry special luggage such as sports equipment, strollers, and musical instruments. People with disabilities and reduced mobility have access to specialized support at the stations. Travelers are advised to call in before their trips to receive assistance. To find space for a wheelchair on board, travelers should call the operator before booking tickets. Guide dogs can also travel with their owners for free. Travelers can transport small pets in suitable containers, either free or on a ticket, depending on the train and class.
Travelers can save a few coins by booking the slower train from Madrid to San Sebastian. The train is still direct. Passengers can also plan and book their trains in advance to save, keeping in mind that prices go up as the travel dates draw closer. Many budget travelers book their tickets one month in advance.
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