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 Apr 01 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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03:17PMDonostia-San Sebastián4h53 08:10PMMadrid Chamartín
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10:00AMSan Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca5h30 03:30PMMadrid
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Travel Information between Donostia-San Sebastian and Madrid

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or flight
priceTicket price range$44 - $199
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $44 (€39) • 6 h 55 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa or Vueling

Travel 218 miles (352 km) by bus or flight to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian. A bus is best for those looking to save money on this trip, with tickets costing about $44 (€39). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa or Vueling among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight 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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Travel Tips: Travel from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid

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FAQs

There are 2 ways to get from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid: bus or flight.

The cheapest way to get from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $44 (€39) compared to other travel options to Madrid:

Taking a bus is about $155 (€135) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $199 (€174) for this route.

The fastest way to get to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian is by train with an average travel time of 4 h 52 min.

Other travel options to Madrid can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 6 h 55 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Madrid by flight can take on average 9 h 45 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:

  • Around 1 bus per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian as scheduled services by bus or flight 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 most often depart from Donostia-San Sebastian at Donostia-San Sebastian, Estación de Autobuses and arrive in Madrid at Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Flights mostly leave from San Sebastian and tend to 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 travel to Madrid from Donostia-San Sebastian by bus with Alsa. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $44 (€39) with Alsa from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid.
  • You can travel by plane between Donostia-San Sebastian and Madrid with Vueling, and you can find Vueling Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid tickets for $199 (€174) on Omio.

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Alsa or Alsa Supra with 1 direct bus per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Madrid as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid.

Looking to extend your trip from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid? Many Omio customers who go from Donostia-San Sebastian to Madrid usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla. If you're looking to explore Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla from Madrid, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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

  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $44 (€39) one way.
  • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $199 (€174) one way on average.

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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