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The cheapest trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for Jun 15

Cheapest

$60

Average

$62

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 $ 62 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 60.

Cheapest
04:05PMMadrid Chamartín5h23 09:28PMDonostia
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$601One-way
2nd Cheapest
09:07AMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h27 04:34PMDonostia
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$631One-way
2nd Cheapest
12:26PMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h22 07:48PMDonostia
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$631One-way

Timetable Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

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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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Mon
Jun 14
$72Renfe
$49Alsa
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Tue
Jun 15
$60Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Wed
Jun 16
$58Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Thu
Jun 17
$63Renfe
$49Alsa
$210Iberia
Fri
Jun 18
$58Renfe
$49Alsa
$210Iberia
Sat
Jun 19
$42Renfe
$49Alsa
$210Iberia
Sun
Jun 20
$63Renfe
$49Alsa
$307Iberia
Mon
Jun 21
$60Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Tue
Jun 22
$48Renfe
$49Alsa
$140Iberia
Wed
Jun 23
$54Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Thu
Jun 24
$60Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Fri
Jun 25
$52Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Sat
Jun 26
$48Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Sun
Jun 27
$63Renfe
$49Alsa
$253Iberia
Mon
Jun 28
$54Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Tue
Jun 29
$48Renfe
$49Alsa
$77Iberia
Wed
Jun 30
$54Renfe
$49Alsa
$140Iberia
Thu
Jul 1
$60Renfe
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Fri
Jul 2
$47Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Sat
Jul 3
$42Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia
Sun
Jul 4
$63Renfe
$49Alsa
$168Iberia

The fastest trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for Jun 15

Fastest Journey

5 h 23 m

Average

6 h 44 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

352 km

Of the 3 trains that leave Madrid for Donostia-San Sebastian every day 3 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 44 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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$601One-way
2nd Fastest
12:26PMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h22 07:48PMDonostia
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$631One-way
09:07AMMadrid Príncipe Pío7h27 04:34PMDonostia
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$631One-way

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Journey Summary

Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
6 hours 35 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $47
Trains depart from:Madrid
Trains arrive in:Donostia-San Sebastian
Distance:352 km
Train Companies:Renfe
Train companies

Renfe from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Find the best trains between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian with Omio's travel partners Renfe from $42 (€33). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Renfe

Renfe offers excellent train services within Spain and neighboring France and Portugal, including a journey from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian. As an official travel partner of Renfe, Omio quickly and easily shows you Renfe train schedules and ticket types so you can find the cheapest, fastest or earliest Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train. The distance between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe is around 218 miles (352 km) and prices for this journey are as low as $42 (€33).

Renfe is known for its wide range of ticket types with special offers like Promo, Promo+ and Flexible tickets and discount cards like Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which can be used to purchase Renfe tickets on Omio.

When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination: high-speed AVE for long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for domestic routes along the Spanish Mediterranean coast, regional Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Renfe when booking your train tickets between Madrid and 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 trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cost?
Train tickets to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $42 (€33)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is the train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian on average?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $60 (€46)  for a train ticket between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian.
How many miles is it from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian by train?
You should expect to travel around 218 miles (352 km)  from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian by train.
What is the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train travel time?
On average the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train time is 5 h 10 min  covering the 218 miles (352 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Which train companies can get me from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
For the best Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Renfe. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian to compare what amenities they may offer.
Are there any nonstop train services from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
Yes, there are direct trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Renfe  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
What are the first and last departure train times from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Madrid at 7: 07 AM. The last train leaves from Madrid at 3: 40 PM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
When should I purchase the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train for the best deals on tickets?
If you buy the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $60 (€46). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
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