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 Jun 28 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$43 - $211
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $43 (€39) • 5 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $211 (€188) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Iberia or Renfe Intercity

Take a bus, flight or train to travel 218 miles (352 km) to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian. 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 bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $43 (€39). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa, Iberia or Renfe Intercity among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train 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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FAQs

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

The cheapest way to go to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian is by taking a bus, which costs on average $43 (€39).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Madrid:

A bus is $167 (€149) less than a flight for this trip with tickets for a flight from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid costing on average $211 (€188).

Taking a bus is about $13 (€12) less than taking a train, which costs on average $57 (€51) for this journey.

The fastest way to get to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h.

Other travel options to Madrid can usually take longer:

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

In comparison, getting to Madrid by train can take on average 5 h 24 min.

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

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

  • Around 24 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Donostia-San Sebastian and Madrid 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.

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

  • Alsa can get you to Madrid by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Alsa from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid for $43 (€39) on Omio.
  • Travel with Iberia for flights to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Iberia Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid tickets on Omio for $211 (€188).
  • Travel with Renfe Intercity to go to Madrid by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Renfe Intercity Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid tickets on Omio for $57 (€51).

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

  • You can find 24 direct trains per day to take to Madrid with Renfe MD or Renfe Alvia.

Direct services to Madrid 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.

Many of our customers traveling from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid don't make Madrid their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Madrid are Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Madrid to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • A bus ticket for this trip is costing $43 (€39) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $211 (€188) one way for this route.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $57 (€51) one way for this route.

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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