How to get to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao by train, bus, flight or ferry.
The best way to travel from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian is by taking a coach because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Available travel modes||Coach|
|Fastest mode||Coach • £7 • 1 h 25 min|
|Popular travel companies||Alsa|
Travel 48 miles by coach to Donostia-San Sebastian from Bilbao. Alsa is the main travel provider operating this route. Travellers can even take a direct coach from Bilbao to Donostia-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.
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.
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.
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.
You can travel by train or coach for as low as £7 (€8). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.
Alsa is the main travel operator in Spain, a subsidiary of the UK travel operator National Express. Alsa offers a wide variety of national and international routes and transports more than 300 million passengers every year. Apart from the Standard fare, Alsa provides ticket types like Minimum, Reduced and Flexible fares on select routes for those looking to save money on travel journeys. While most travellers don’t mind travelling on normal travel with basic services like toilets, free WiFi, footrests and onboard entertainment, some others may want to check out Alsa’s deluxe travel like the Alsa Supra, Alsa Eurobus and Alsa Premium, which provide more luxurious amenities on specific routes.
You can get from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian by coach.
Going by coach is the quickest way from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian with an average travel time of 1 h 25 min.
Donostia-San Sebastian is approximately 48 miles away from Bilbao.
The average frequency per day from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Bilbao and 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 when travelling from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian:
The following travel company offer services from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian:
Yes, there is a direct route available from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian:
Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Donostia-San Sebastian as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Bilbao to Donostia-San Sebastian.
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