How to get from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

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from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

You can get from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian on 29 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

19:30Bilbao1h10 20:40San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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18:30Bilbao1h20 19:50San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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04:30Bilbao1h30 06:00San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca
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Travel Information from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

distanceDistance48 miles (77 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach
fastestFastest modeCoach • £6 • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa

Travel 48 miles (77 km) by coach from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian. Alsa is the main travel provider operating this journey. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.

How to Travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian

The journey from Bilbao to San Sebastian is popular with travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Bilbao to San Sebastian are available by train and bus. Located approximately 100 kilometers apart, it is easiest to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian by bus. Coaches take just over an hour to arrive in San Sebastian, while trains take nearly 4 hours and require a transfer in Miranda de Ebro.

What is the best way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian?

Cheapest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the coaches from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Alsa's coaches depart from Bilbao's bus station and take just over an hour to arrive at San Sebastian's Donostia bus station. Coaches from Bilbao to San Sebastian depart 9 times per day with the first bus departing Bilbao at 5:15 a.m.

Fastest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian

Taking the bus is the fastest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Coaches are approximately 2½ faster than traveling from Bilbao to San Sebastian by train. Traveling from Bilabo to San Sebastian by train also requires a transfer in Miranda de Ebro. All coaches take under 2 hours to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Trains remain a popular option for people who prefer to travel in the comfort of a train with 5 Renfe trains making the trip every day.

Most popular way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian

Taking the bus is the most popular way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Not only is the bus direct and significantly faster than taking the train, but traveling by bus is also €20 cheaper on average. ALSA coaches also depart Bilbao more frequently than trains– 9 coaches depart per day compared to 5 trains.

Travel Tips: Travel from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian

Travel 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 Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.
FAQs

Your travel option from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian includes taking a coach.

The fastest way to travel from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian is by coach, which requires on average 1 h 10 min   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 48 miles (77 km) from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.

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

  • Around 17 coaches per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian as scheduled services by coach can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian:

  • Coaches most often depart from Bilbao at Bilbao, Zorroza and arrive in Donostia-San Sebastian at San Sebastián / Donostia, Federico García Lorca.

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao:

  • You can travel from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by coach with Alsa. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £6 with Alsa from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.

Yes, there is a direct service from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian:

  • You'll find direct coach services to Donostia-San Sebastian with Alsa or Alsa Supra with around 17 direct coaches every day.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Donostia-San Sebastian tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy tickets for this route.

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

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £6 one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian 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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