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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 Jan 23 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:40AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h05 08:45AMSan Sebastian
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$1001One-way
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09:15AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h45 03:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$521One-way
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05:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h25 10:40PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$521One-way
07:45AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T46h20 02:05PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$521One-way
01:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T46h30 07:45PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$521One-way

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Sun
Jan 23
$59Renfe MD
$45Alsa
$88Iberia
Mon
Jan 24
$59Renfe MD
$45Alsa
$131Iberia
Tue
Jan 25
$49Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$88Iberia
Wed
Jan 26
$49Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$107Iberia
Thu
Jan 27
$56Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$107Iberia
Fri
Jan 28
$54Renfe Intercity
$45Alsa
$114Iberia
Sat
Jan 29
$49Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Sun
Jan 30
$59Renfe MD
$45Alsa
$43Iberia
Mon
Jan 31
$49Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$88Iberia
Tue
Feb 1
$35Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Wed
Feb 2
$25Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Thu
Feb 3
$42Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$43Iberia
Fri
Feb 4
$42Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$43Iberia
Sat
Feb 5
$42Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Sun
Feb 6
$49Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Mon
Feb 7
$42Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
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Tue
Feb 8
$25Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$43Iberia
Wed
Feb 9
$28Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$84Iberia
Thu
Feb 10
$35Renfe Alvia
$45Alsa
$43Iberia
Fri
Feb 11
$48Renfe Intercity
$45Alsa
$84Iberia

Travel Information to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$24 - $68
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $24 (€20) • 5 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $68 (€57) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesIberia, Alsa or Renfe Alvia

Travel 218 miles (352 km) by flight, bus or train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian. 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 train is the best option with prices starting as low as $24 (€20). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Iberia, Alsa or Renfe Alvia among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight, bus 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

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FAQs

What are the ways to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

There are 3 ways to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian: flight, bus or train.

What is the cheapest way from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

The cheapest way to travel to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid is by taking a train with an average price of $24 (€20).

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

A train is generally $45 (€37) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $68 (€57) from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.

Taking a train is about $22 (€18) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $45 (€38) for this route.

What is the quickest way to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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 25 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 5 h 10 min   on average.

What is the distance between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

How many services a day are there from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • 3 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • Most travelers who buy a plane ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian depart from Madrid Barajas Airport to San Sebastian.
  • Most travelers catch their bus from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.

Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Iberia can get you to Donostia-San Sebastian by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Iberia from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian for $68 (€57) on Omio.
  • Travel with Alsa for buses to Donostia-San Sebastian. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Alsa Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets on Omio for $45 (€38).
  • Renfe Alvia can get you to Donostia-San Sebastian by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Renfe Alvia from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian for $24 (€20) on Omio.

Can I travel directly between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • You'll find 3 direct trains per day with Renfe MD or Renfe Alvia.

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

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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!

How far in advance should I buy tickets to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost $68 (€57) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets are costing on average $45 (€38) one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $24 (€20) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.