How to travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

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from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

You can get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian on Nov 29 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:15AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h45 03:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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09:15AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h45 03:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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04:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h30 09:45PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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11:00AMMadrid6h00 05:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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09:00AMMadrid6h00 03:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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Travel Information between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$43 - $174
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $43 (€39) • 5 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $174 (€159) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Iberia or Renfe MD

Travel 218 miles (352 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $43 (€39). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa, Iberia or Renfe MD among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.

Travel from Madrid to San Sebastian

If you are traveling in Spain and want to visit the beaches of San Sebastian or sample the unique culture of the Basque Country, there are plenty of buses, trains, and flights from Madrid every day. Buses and trains take around the same amount of time to reach San Sebastian (between 5 and 7 hours). That leaves flying as easily the fastest route, at about 55 minutes; however, it will take approximately 4 hours to fly from Madrid to San Sebastian when travel time to and from Madrid and San Sebastian's airports is taken into consideration.


Trains from Madrid to San Sebastian | Buses from Madrid to San Sebastian | Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian

Madrid to San Sebastian Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€40

5:10 h

1 Week Ahead

trains

€43

5:23 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€241

0:55 h

2 Months Ahead



What is the best way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian?

Cheapest way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian. Buses traveling from Madrid to San Sebastian depart from either Madrid's Estacion Sur De Autobuses, Avenida de América, or Aeropuerto Barajas T4 bus station and take at least 5 hours and 10 minutes to arrive at San Sebastian's Donostia bus station. Approximately 18 buses travel from Madrid to San Sebastian every day. The first Madrid to San Sebastian bus departs at 7:30 a.m. while the last departs at 12:30 a.m. All Madrid to San Sebastian buses are operated by Alsa.


Fastest way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian


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Taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian. Even when travel time to and from Madrid and San Sebastian's airports is taken into consideration, taking a flight is still at least an hour faster than traveling from Madrid to Paris by bus or train. Direct flights depart from Madrid's Barajas airport and arrive at San Sebastian airport after approximately an hour of flight time. Direct flights from Madrid to San Sebastian are operated by Iberia.


Most popular way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Madrid to San Sebastian. While taking a flight is faster, it is also significantly more expensive than taking the train or bus. Most travelers prefer the convenience and comfort of traveling from Madrid to San Sebastian by train. There are usually 4 trains traveling from Madrid to San Sebastian per day, with the first departing Madrid at 9:00 a.m. All trains traveling from Madrid to San Sebastian are direct and operated by Renfe.


How to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, 52,91% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Travel Tips: Travel 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

There are 4 ways that you can travel between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian. You can take a bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid is by taking a bus with an average price of $43 (€39).

This is compared to other travel options to Donostia-San Sebastian:

Taking a bus is about $131 (€120) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $174 (€159) for this journey.

Taking a bus is usually $11 (€10) less than taking a train to Donostia-San Sebastian, which costs on average $54 (€49) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to Donostia-San Sebastian that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 5 h 10 min.

In comparison, getting to Donostia-San Sebastian by train can take on average 4 h 52 min.

You should expect to travel around 218 miles (352 km) between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian.

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is:

  • 1 bus per day.
  • 5 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian:

  • Most travelers board their bus from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.
  • Most travelers take a flight from Madrid Barajas Airport to San Sebastian.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian:

  • You can go to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid by bus with Alsa. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $43 (€39) with Alsa from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian on Omio.
  • You can travel to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid by flight with Iberia. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $174 (€159) with Iberia from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.
  • You can travel by train to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid with Renfe MD, and you can find Renfe MD Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets for $54 (€49) on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find 1 direct bus a day to Donostia-San Sebastian with Alsa or Alsa Supra.
  • You'll find 2 direct trains a day to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe MD or Renfe Alvia.

Direct services to Donostia-San Sebastian tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

Your trip from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian doesn't have to end in Donostia-San Sebastian. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Barcelona, Bilbao or Pamplona. If you’d like to add Barcelona, Bilbao or Pamplona to your Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Donostia-San Sebastian today!

Before traveling from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $43 (€39) one way for this journey.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $174 (€159) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this route is costing $54 (€49) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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