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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 Sep 20 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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$471One-way
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09:15AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h45 03:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$471One-way
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04:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h30 09:45PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$471One-way
05:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T45h25 10:40PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$471One-way
07:45AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T46h20 02:05PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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$471One-way

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Sun
Sep 19
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$379Iberia
Mon
Sep 20
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$379Iberia
Tue
Sep 21
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$328Iberia
Wed
Sep 22
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$279Iberia
Thu
Sep 23
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$233Iberia
Fri
Sep 24
$61Renfe
$47Alsa
$328Iberia
Sat
Sep 25
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia
Sun
Sep 26
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$233Iberia
Mon
Sep 27
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Tue
Sep 28
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$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Wed
Sep 29
$42Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Thu
Sep 30
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Fri
Oct 1
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$135Iberia
Sat
Oct 2
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$87Iberia
Sun
Oct 3
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Mon
Oct 4
$56Renfe
$47Alsa
$110Iberia
Tue
Oct 5
$28Renfe
$47Alsa
$87Iberia
Wed
Oct 6
$28Renfe
$47Alsa
$87Iberia
Thu
Oct 7
$42Renfe
$47Alsa
$87Iberia
Fri
Oct 8
$49Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia
Sat
Oct 9
$46Renfe
$47Alsa
$163Iberia

Travel Information from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$47 - $95
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $47 (€38) • 5 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $95 (€76) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesIberia, Alsa or Renfe

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 bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $47 (€38). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Iberia, Alsa or Renfe 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
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
What are the ways to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?

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

How do I get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian the cheapest way?

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $47 (€38) compared to other travel options to Donostia-San Sebastian:

A bus is $48 (€38) less than a flight for this trip with tickets for a flight from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian costing on average $95 (€76).

Taking a bus is about $14 (€11) less than taking a train, which costs on average $61 (€49) for this trip.

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

The quickest way to travel from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 5 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 5 h 25 min   on average.

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

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

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

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

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 trip between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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 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 board their bus from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.
Which travel operators can get me to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid?

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:

  • Travel with Iberia to go to Donostia-San Sebastian by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Iberia Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets on Omio for $95 (€76).
  • Alsa can take you to Donostia-San Sebastian by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Alsa from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian for $47 (€38).
  • Travel with Renfe for trains to Donostia-San Sebastian. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian tickets on Omio for $61 (€49).
Can I travel directly to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid?

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

  • You can find 3 direct trains per day 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 route.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid 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.
When should I book a ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian online to score the best deals?

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 plane ticket for this trip costs on average $95 (€76) one way.
  • A bus ticket costs $47 (€38) one way on average for this route.
  • A train ticket for this trip is costing $61 (€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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
Donostia-San Sebastian
Madrid America
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Madrid Est. Sur
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WC

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
Madrid Chamartín
Amenities
Refreshments