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You can get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian by train, bus or flight.
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.
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|Distance||218 miles (352 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight, bus or train|
|Ticket price range||$24 - $68|
|Cheapest mode||Train • $24 (€20) • 5 h 10 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $68 (€57) • 1 h 5 min|
|Popular travel companies||Iberia, 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
There are 3 ways to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian: flight, bus or train.
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.
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.
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:
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.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling 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:
Yes, there are direct services available from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with the following travel companies:
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.
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:
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.
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