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How to get to San Sebastian

San Sebastian is located 21km (31mi) from Irun (on the Spanish-French border), 100km (62mi) east of Bilbao and 483km (300mi) north of Madrid.

Within Europe, the most convenient route to San Sebastian is by air to either Bilbao Airport (BIO) or (the smaller) Biarritz Airport (BIQ), followed by bus or taxi to San Sebastian.

Bilbao Airport (BIO) is located 104km (64mi) west of San Sebastián, about 1 hour 20 minutes by bus, or less by taxi.

Biarritz Airport (BIQ) is located 47km (29mi) northeast of San Sebastian, about 45 min by bus and 30 minutes by taxi.

From some international destinations the most convenient route to San Sebastian is by air to Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), followed by a connecting flight to San Sebastian Airport (AGP).

San Sebastian Airport receives daily flights from Madrid and Barcelona, and is located in the nearby harbour town of Hondarribia. Taxis are available at the airport terminal, and a frequent bus service operates to and from the center of San Sebastian.

By train, San Sebastian/Donostia is 5 hours 23 minutes from Madrid-Chamartin, and 5 hours 40 minutes from Barcelona-Sants, with connections to and from Bilbao and Irun.

By bus, San Sebastian is 6 hours from Madrid and 7 hours from Barcelona.


Flight time to San Sebastian

The following are the most convenient and quickest flight routes to San Sebastian.

Within Spain: Iberia offers several daily flights to San Sebastian Airport (AGP) from Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), while Vueling Airlines offers twice-daily flights from Barcelona.

Madrid to San Sebastian is 1 hr, direct flight
Barcelona to San Sebastian is 1 hr 15 min, direct flight.


From United Kingdom: British Airways offers the most convenient flights from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and easyJet from Manchester Airport to Bilbao Airport (BIO), followed by bus or taxi to San Sebastian.

London to San Sebastian is 1 hr 55 min, direct flight
Mnchester to San Sebastian is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus offers convenient direct flights to Bilbao Airport (BIO), followed by bus or taxi to San Sebastian.

Dublin to San Sebastian is 2 hr 15 min, direct flight


From France: Air France and easyJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Biarritz Airport (BIQ), followed by bus or taxi to San Sebastian.

Paris to San Sebastian is 1 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From Germany: Vueling Airlines, Eurowings and Lufthansa offer the most convenient flights to Bilbao Airport (BIO), followed by bus or taxi to San Sebastian.

Berlin to San Sebastian is 2 hrs 40 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to San Sebastian is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Frankfurt to San Sebastian is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Munich to San Sebastian is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight

Hamburg to San Sebastian is 4 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: Iberia, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to San Sebastian Airport (AGP) via Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD).

Atlanta to San Sebastian is 11 hrs 19 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to San Sebastian is 10 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to San Sebastian is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to San Sebastian is 11 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
New York to San Sebastian is 10 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to San Sebastian is 14 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to San Sebastian is 14 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Iberia, Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, Air Transit and Air France offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Biarritz (BIQ) via Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) followed by a bus or taxi ride to San Sebastian.

Toronto to Biarritz is 9 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Biarritz is 9 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Biarritz is 12 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Vueling Airlines, Qatar Airways and easyJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to San Sebastian Airport (AGP).

Adelaide to San Sebastian is 28 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to San Sebastian is 26 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to San Sebastian is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to San Sebastian is 24 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to San Sebastian is 22 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qatar Airways offer the most convenient two-stop scheduled flights to San Sebastian Airport (AGP).

Auckland to San Sebastian is 27 hrs 40 min, connecting flightsˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Air France and EasyJet offer the most convenient scheduled flights to San Sebastian Airport (AGP).

Singapore to San Sebastian is 16 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

San Sebastian Airport (EAS) is located in the nearby harbour town of Hondarribia. A frequent bus service runs to San Sebastian. Taxis are also available.

Bilbao Airport (BIO) is located 9km (5.6mi) north of Bilbao. A frequent bus service (BizkaiBus) connects the airport with the city centre. There's also an hourly bus service to Donostia-San Sebastián.

Journey time between Bilbao and San Sebastion is 1 hour 20 minutes. Taxis are also available.

Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ), also known as Biarritz Airport or Biarritz-Parme Airport, is an airport serving Biarritz, France.

It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) southeast of Biarritz, near Bayonne and Anglet, and is 45 minutes by bus or taxi from San Sebastian.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) (commonly known as Madrid–Barajas Airport) is located 9km (6mi) from the city's financial district and 13km (8mi) northeast of Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor de Madrid, Madrid's historic centre.

The Madrid Metro Line connects the airport with city centre station Nuevos Ministerios in Madrid's financial district. The Barajas Line 8 offers a fast route from the underground stations at Terminal 2 (access to T1 and T3) and Terminal 4 into central Madrid.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

The best way to explore San Sebastian is on foot. Hire cars, taxis, buses and trains are all available to explore the surrounding countryside and nearby towns.


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Latest update: How to get to San Sebastian : 9 December, 2019


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