The cheapest trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Cheapest

$69

Average

$69

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 $ 69 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 69.

Cheapest
09:07AMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h27 04:34PMDonostia
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$691One-way
Cheapest
12:26PMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h22 07:48PMDonostia
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$691One-way
2nd Cheapest
04:05PMMadrid Chamartín5h23 09:28PMDonostia
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$701One-way
2nd Cheapest
08:00AMMadrid Chamartín5h24 01:24PMDonostia
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$701One-way

Timetable Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

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08:00AMMadrid Chamartín5h24 01:24PMDonostia
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09:07AMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h27 04:34PMDonostia
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12:26PMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h22 07:48PMDonostia
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04:05PMMadrid Chamartín5h23 09:28PMDonostia
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Sep 27
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$199Iberia
Tue
Sep 28
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia
Wed
Sep 29
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Thu
Sep 30
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Fri
Oct 1
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$199Iberia
Sat
Oct 2
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Sun
Oct 3
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Mon
Oct 4
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Tue
Oct 5
$35Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Wed
Oct 6
$35Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Thu
Oct 7
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Fri
Oct 8
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$233Iberia
Sat
Oct 9
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia
Sun
Oct 10
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Mon
Oct 11
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$74Iberia
Tue
Oct 12
$46Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia
Wed
Oct 13
$42Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Thu
Oct 14
$42Renfe
$47Alsa
$74Iberia
Fri
Oct 15
$35Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Sat
Oct 16
$28Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia

The fastest trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for Sep 27

Fastest Journey

5 h 23 m

Average

6 h 24 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

352 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Madrid for Donostia-San Sebastian every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 352 km distance in an average of 6 h 24 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 23 m .

The slowest trains will take 7 h 27 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.

Fastest
04:05PMMadrid Chamartín5h23 09:28PMDonostia
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$701One-way
2nd Fastest
08:00AMMadrid Chamartín5h24 01:24PMDonostia
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$701One-way
12:26PMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h22 07:48PMDonostia
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$691One-way
09:07AMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h27 04:34PMDonostia
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$691One-way

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Train Information to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 24 min
priceAverage train ticket price$56 (€45)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe

Trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 218 miles (352 km) long trip taking on average 5 h 24 min with our travel partners like Renfe. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $56 (€45), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $49 (€39).

Train companies

Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe

Find the best trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Omio's travel partners Renfe from $49 (€39). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

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 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.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by Renfe when booking your train tickets from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian due to the coronavirus:

    • 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 Madrid to San Sebastian

    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.

    Madrid to San Sebastian train times: Daily departures

    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.

    How long is the journey by train from Madrid to San Sebastian?

    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.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Madrid to San Sebastian?

    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.

    Which train companies travel from Madrid to San Sebastian?

    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.

    Renfe Madrid to San Sebastian

    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.

    Madrid to San Sebastian trains: Services on board

    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.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to San Sebastian

    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.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Madrid 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 Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.
    FAQs
    How much do cheap train tickets between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian cost?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian trains for as little as $49 (€39)  in the next 7 days.
    What is the price of a train ticket to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid?
    The train price between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian is on average $56 (€45)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next 7 days.
    How far is Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid by train?
    The Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train distance is approximately 218 miles (352 km).
    How many hours is the train time to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid?
    The train time between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian is on average 5 h 24 min  for the 218 miles (352 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
    Which train companies should I travel with from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    Take the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train with Renfe. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the route to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    How many trains are there to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid a day?
    The average number of trains departing Madrid for Donostia-San Sebastian is 3 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    When can I take the first train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian? When can I take the last train for the day?
    You can take the earliest train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian at 6: 00 AM   or take the last train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian leaving at 3: 40 PM. Look for the latest Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this trip.
    When should I purchase the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train for the best deals on tickets?
    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this journey and save money. If you purchase train tickets between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $56 (€45) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian a few months in advance.
    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Donostia-San Sebastian
    Madrid Chamartín
    Amenities
    Refreshments
    Madrid Puerta De Atocha
    Amenities
    Refreshments
    WC

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines 1<br>Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C