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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 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 do I go from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

There are 3 ways that you can travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian. You can take a bus, flight or train.

How far is it from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

The distance from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is approximately 218 miles (352 km).

When traveling from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, where do I depart from Madrid and where do I arrive in Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • Flights mostly leave from Madrid Barajas Airport and tend to arrive in San Sebastian.
  • Buses mostly leave from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and tend to arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.
Which travel companies can get me from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • You can take a flight from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Iberia. Cheap tickets can be found for $123 (€96) with Iberia from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.
  • You can travel by bus from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Alsa, and you can find Alsa Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets for $49 (€38) on Omio.
  • You can take a train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe. Cheap tickets can be found for $58 (€45) with Renfe from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.
Can I travel directly from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

  • You can check for a direct flight to Donostia-San Sebastian with Iberia.
  • You can check for a direct bus to Donostia-San Sebastian with Alsa.
  • You can find direct trains to take to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe.

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.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian ends?
Omio customers who travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian often also extend their vacation to go to Barcelona, Bilbao or Pamplona. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Donostia-San Sebastian and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I purchase Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • A plane ticket is costing on average () one way for this route.
  • A bus ticket costs () one way on average for this journey.
  • A train ticket costs () one way on average for this journey.

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.

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

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $49 (€38) compared to other travel options to Donostia-San Sebastian:

Taking a bus is about $74 (€58) less than taking a flight, which costs on average () for this journey.

A bus is generally $9 (€7) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average () from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian.

What is the fastest 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, taking a bus requires on average 6 h 20 min  of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Donostia-San Sebastian by train can take on average 5 h 10 min.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus 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 6<br>Bus lines 8, 102, 113, 148, 152, 156, N11<br>Suburban train lines C1, C5, C7, C10
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