How to travel from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid

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from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid

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

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To get from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid on May 22 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:30AMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h10 01:40PMMadrid
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08:30AMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h10 01:40PMMadrid
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10:00AMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h15 03:15PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T4
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10:00AMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h30 03:30PMMadrid
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01:00PMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h45 06:45PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T4
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Travel Information to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$38 - $78
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $38 (€34) • 5 h 24 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $78 (€70) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Iberia or Renfe Intercity

Travel 218 miles (352 km) by bus, flight or train between Donostia-San Sebastian and Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $38 (€34). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Alsa, Iberia or Renfe Intercity among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid.

How to Travel from San Sebastian to Madrid

Getting from San Sebastian in the north to the Spanish capital is easy, with direct daily bus, train and plane routes between the two cities. Flying is easily the quickest way to reach Madrid, at around 1 hour 15 minutes, although buses and trains will complete the journey in approximately 5 hours, so they are excellent budget options.

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

San Sebastian to Madrid Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€36

5:10 h

1 Day Ahead

trains

€49

4:56 h

1 Week Ahead

flight

€273

1:15 h

2 Months Ahead



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

Cheapest way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the buses from San Sebastian to Madrid. Alsa buses take at least 5:10 h to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid and depart 19 times per day with the first leaving San Sebastian at 12:30 a.m. Most Alsa buses depart from San Sebastian Donostia bus station and arrive at Madrid's Intercambiador Avenida de America bus station.


Fastest way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid


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Flying is the fastest way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid. Taking a flight is still at least an hour faster than traveling from San Sebastian to Madrid by train or bus even when travel time to and from Madrid and San Sebastian's airports is taken into consideration. Flights traveling from San Sebastian to Madrid depart from San Sebastian airport and arrive at Madrid's Barajas airport after 1:15 h of flight time. Iberia is the main airline that offers direct flights from San Sebastian to Madrid, with around 5 direct flights departing per day.


Most popular way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid


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Taking the bus is the most popular way to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid. While buses and trains take approximately the same amount of time to travel from San Sebastian to Madrid, buses are €13 cheaper on average. Alternatively, while flights are approximately an hour faster than buses when travel time to and from San Sebastian and Madrid's airports is considered, flights are also €237 more expensive on average.


How to get from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 56,59% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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You can travel from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid 3 different ways: bus, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid is by taking a train with an average price of $38 (€34).

This is compared to other travel options to Madrid:

Taking a train is about $4 (€4) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $42 (€38) for this route.

Taking a train is usually $40 (€36) less than taking a flight to Madrid, which costs on average $78 (€70) for the same trip.

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

In comparison, going by bus can take 5 h 15 min   on average.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 5 h 24 min.

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

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

  • 24 trains a day.

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

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

  • Buses from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid most often leave from San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca and arrive in Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Flights mostly depart from San Sebastian and arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.

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

  • You can go to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian by bus with Alsa. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $42 (€38) with Alsa from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid on Omio.
  • You can travel between Donostia-San Sebastian and Madrid by flight with Iberia. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $78 (€70) with Iberia from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid.
  • You can take a train from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid with Renfe Intercity. Cheap tickets can be found for $38 (€34) with Renfe Intercity from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid.
Your trip from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid doesn't have to end in Madrid. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla. If you’d like to add Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla to your Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Madrid today!

Before traveling from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid, 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 $42 (€38) one way for this route.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $78 (€70) one way for this route.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $38 (€34) one way.

But we recommend booking Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid 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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