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Train Information from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance218 miles (352 km)
durationAverage train duration5 h 10 min
priceAverage train ticket price£39 (€44)
frequencyTrain frequency3 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 3 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe

Trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian cover the 218 miles (352 km) long route taking on average 5 h 10 min with our travel partners like Renfe. Normally, there are 3 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £39, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £35.

Train companies

Renfe between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian

Buy your official Renfe train tickets between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian from £35 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.

Renfe

Renfe is Spain’s national train provider operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travellers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.

    Renfe 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian are the following:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
    • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
    • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

    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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    Travel Tips

    Trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian
    Travel by train 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.
    FAQs
    How much do cheap trains between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian cost?
    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid to cost as little as £35  in the next 7 days.
    What is the average cost of a train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian is £39  one way.
    What is the distance between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian via train?
    The Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian train distance is approximately 218 miles (352 km).
    How long is the train between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian?
    On average the train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian duration is 5 h 10 min  for the 218 miles (352 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
    Which train providers can take me from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    If you're looking for trains from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian, you can rely on Renfe to get you to Donostia-San Sebastian. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Can I book a direct train from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    Yes, there are 3 direct trains per day from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian with Renfe, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you book your train ticket.
    How many trains are there between Madrid and Donostia-San Sebastian a day?
    On average, there are 3 trains a day from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    What are the first and last departure train times from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian?
    The earliest train for this trip departs from Madrid at 06: 00. The last train leaves from Madrid at 15: 40. Check Omio for the latest train timetable from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I purchase train tickets to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid for the best deals?
    If you buy a train ticket to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £39 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Madrid to Donostia-San Sebastian are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Donostia-San Sebastian
    The major railway station for departures from Madrid is Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha for your trip to Donostia-San Sebastian from Madrid.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxiTaxi
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket office hours
    Mon - Sun: 10: 00 - 20: 00
    Connections to/from station
    Train lines: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10
    Metro lines: 1
    Bus lines: 10, 14, 24, 26, 32, 37, 54, 57, 59, 85, 86, 102, 121, 203