Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train

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Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for 16 Jul

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Renfe ALVIA
17:385h09
Madrid Chamartín
22:47Donostia-San Sebastián
£401One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
Renfe MD
09:067h42
Príncipe Pío
16:48Donostia-San Sebastián
£431One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
Renfe MD
12:257h53
Príncipe Pío
20:18Donostia-San Sebastián
£431One-way
0 changes
Renfe ALVIA
07:155h28
Madrid Chamartín
12:43Donostia-San Sebastián
£611One-way
0 changes

Train timetableMadrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 July
Renfe ALVIA
07:155h28
Madrid Chamartín
12:43Donostia-San Sebastián
0 changes
Renfe MD
09:067h42
Príncipe Pío
16:48Donostia-San Sebastián
0 changes
Renfe MD
12:257h53
Príncipe Pío
20:18Donostia-San Sebastián
0 changes
Renfe ALVIA
17:385h09
Madrid Chamartín
22:47Donostia-San Sebastián
0 changes

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Train times from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Showing times and prices for 16 Jul

Fastest Journey

5 h 9 m

Average

6 h 33 m

Trains per day

4

Distance

352 km

Of the 4 trains that leave Madrid for Donostia-San Sebastian every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Renfe ALVIA
17:385h09
Madrid Chamartín
22:47Donostia-San Sebastián
£401One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
Renfe ALVIA
07:155h28
Madrid Chamartín
12:43Donostia-San Sebastián
£611One-way
0 changes
Renfe MD
09:067h42
Príncipe Pío
16:48Donostia-San Sebastián
£431One-way
0 changes
Renfe MD
12:257h53
Príncipe Pío
20:18Donostia-San Sebastián
£431One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance218 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 47 min
priceAverage train ticket price£52 (€59)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersRenfe (3), Renfe, Renfe Intercity, Renfe ALVIA or Renfe (13)

Trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 218 miles long route taking on average 4 h 47 min with our travel partners like Renfe (3), Renfe, Renfe Intercity, Renfe ALVIA or Renfe (13). There are direct train services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £52, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £20. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Donostia-San Sebastián.

Train providers: Renfe (3), Renfe and Renfe Intercity trains Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

Buy your official Renfe (3), Renfe and Renfe Intercity train tickets to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid from £20 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient trip.

Renfe Intercity is a high-speed train service operated by the Spanish national railway company, Renfe. It operates throughout Spain, connecting major cities and towns with frequent departures throughout the day. The Intercity service offers a variety of train types, including the Alvia and Talgo, all of which offer comfortable seating and modern amenities. Alvia and Talgo offer fast trains but not as fast the high-speed trains like AVE, offering more stops. Passengers can choose from a range of ticket types, including Economy, Business, and First Class. Onboard facilities include Wi-Fi, power outlets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. The most popular routes for Renfe Intercity include Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Seville, and Barcelona to Valencia.

Train information from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe Intercity:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 47 min
  • Cheapest Price: £27


Trains from Madrid to San Sebastian

With between 9 and 12 departures a day, every day of the week, travelling by train from Madrid to San Sebastian is very straightforward. There are several direct routes, while some others require a connection, giving varied journey times from just under 5 hours to around 15 hours. The first train departs in the morning and service continues until early evening. All departures are from Madrid Chamartin with arrivals at San Sebastian Donostia Station.

Which train companies travel from Madrid to San Sebastian?

Trains to San Sebastian from Madrid are operated by Renfe, the national rail carrier of Spain. Onboard services include comfortable seating with spacious legroom, wifi, power sockets and a choice of buffet or trolley catering.

How long is the train from Madrid to San Sebastian?

Direct train journeys to San Sebastian from Madrid vary in time. The fastest direct route is just under 5.5. hours with longer routes taking up to 7 hours. Routes that involve a connection at Tudela De Navarra or Vitoria-Gasteiz can match the direct route, with others taking up 15 hours depending on the waiting time for connecting trains.

How many trains are there from Madrid to San Sebastian?

There are between 9 and 12 daily departures on routes from Madrid to San Sebastian. A similar service operates seven days a week, although the first departure is slightly later at weekends. Departure times are spread throughout the day, ending in the early evening.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Madrid to San Sebastian?

Departure station:All departures are from Madrid Chamartin located approximately 1.5 miles north of the city centre. Local trains, or Cercanias, as well as Metro services, buses and taxis link the station to central Madrid and onwards to Madrid Barajas Airport. Station facilities include parking, taxi ranks, wifi, toilets, ATMs, bars, restaurants and a left luggage office.

Arrival station:Trains from Madrid to San Sebastian arrive at Donostia station which is conveniently near the historic city centre. It is linked to the San Sebastian Metro and a narrow-gauge railway which runs along the Basque coastline to Bilbao. Station facilities include parking, a taxi rank, toilets and restaurants.


Renfe trains from Madrid to San Sebastián

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Renfe is Spain's national train operator and connects the country's main points of interest. In addition, Renfe has the largest high-speed network in Europe with AVE and Alvia trains. Other Renfe train types are Altaria, Euromed and Talgo. All Renfe trains are equipped with an on-board bistro, toilets, air conditioning and many of them with Wi-Fi.

At Omio you can easily check the Renfe timetable for your trip and book cheap Renfe tickets from Madrid to San Sebastián. When booking, you can choose different classes (Tourist, Tourist Plus, Preferred and Club), the seat and the type of ticket you want (Promo, Promo+, Flexible or Round Trip). If you have a Renfe discount card, you can specify it when you buy your ticket at Omio and take advantage of many offers. For information on ticket cancellation, please visit our Help centre.


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FAQs: Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train

FAQs: Travel by train from Madrid 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.
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Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian can start from as little as £20 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is £52; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is on average 4 h 47 min   for the 218 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian leaves at 05: 15. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian leaves at 16: 38.
Take the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train with Renfe (3), Renfe, Renfe Intercity, Renfe ALVIA or Renfe (13). However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Donostia-San Sebastián, located 1.9 miles (3 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 47 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is December.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian including taking a coach, train or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian

Madrid
Donostia-San Sebastian
The major railway station for departures from Madrid is Madrid Chamartín. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Madrid Chamartín for your trip to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid.
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ATMATM
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Madrid Príncipe PíoParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
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