The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Barcelona to Donostia-San Sebastian will cost around £ 53 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 53.
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Of the 1 trains that leave Barcelona for Donostia-San Sebastian every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 401 km distance in an average of 5 h 40 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 5 h 40 m .
The slowest trains will take 5 h 40 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||249 miles (401 km)|
|Average train duration||5 h 40 min|
|Average train ticket price||£48 (€55)|
|Train frequency||1 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there is 1 direct train a day|
Trains from Barcelona to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 249 miles (401 km) long route taking on average 5 h 40 min with our travel partners like Renfe. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £48, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £30.
Renfe trains will get you from Barcelona to Donostia-San Sebastian from £30. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.
Renfe is Spain’s national train operator offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travellers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.
Renfe has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train between Barcelona and Donostia-San Sebastian:
There are three routes that serve trains from Barcelona to San Sebastian with up to 23 departures per day. Direct trains, of which there are two Monday - Saturday, take approximately 5.5 hours to make the journey. Other routes can take up to 15 hours or more depending on waiting times at transfer stations. Departures start early morning and continue until mid-afternoon. There is a slightly reduced service on Sundays with only one direct train.
All trains from Barcelona to San Sebastian are operated by Renfe, Spain's national rail service provider. Renfe trains are modern with spacious comfortable carriages and a choice of buffet car or trolley catering depending on ticket class. Other onboard facilities include power sockets and free wifi.
Depending on the route taken and transfer times, the train journey to San Sebastian from Barcelona takes between 5.5 and 15 hours. Connections are made at Zaragoza-Delicias, Camp Tarragona or Vitoria-Gasteiz stations. The early morning direct departure has the shortest journey time, arriving at San Sebastian in the early afternoon.
From Monday to Saturday there are at least 20 departures a day on routes from Barcelona to San Sebastian, while there are slightly fewer departures on Sundays. There is only one direct service on Sundays, compared to two every other day.
Departure station:All trains travelling to San Sebastian from Barcelona depart from Barcelona Sants Station. This large terminus, located to the west of the city centre, is Barcelona's busiest transport hub. It is served by Blue Metro Line 5 and Green Metro Line 3 as well as local buses and taxis. Other facilities include car parking, luggage storage, ATMs, wifi, shops and restaurants.
Arrival station:All trains to San Sebastian from Barcelona arrive at Donostia Station which is within easy walking distance of the city centre. Donostia Station is linked to the city's Metro service as well as to the narrow-gauge railway which runs along the Basque coastline to Bilbao. Station facilities include parking, a taxi rank, wifi, toilets and restaurants.
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