This page explains how to buy train tickets from San Sebastian - Donostia to other European cities at the cheapest prices, buying online direct from the operators, usually with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets.  Click here to for journeys starting in another city.  Train information current for 2017.

I want to go from San Sebastian to:

     

Paris

 

Brussels

 

Amsterdam

 

London

 

Barcelona

 

Madrid

 

Lisbon

 

Bilbao

 

Bordeaux

 

St Jean de Luz

 

Biarritz

 

Lourdes

 

All other destinations

       

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

European train travel FAQ...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


San Sebastian to Barcelona from €25...
San Sebastian to Barcelona train about to leave   1st class seats

The morning Alvia to Barcelona at San Sebastian...

 

Preferente (1st class)...

2nd class seats   The cafe bar

Turista (2nd class)...

 

The cafe-bar does an excellent cafe con leche...

Scenery between San Sebastian & Barcelona

The train descends from the foothills of the Pyrenees onto the plain below...

San Sebastian to Bilbao for less than €6...
San Sebastian to Madrid from €25...
San Sebastian to other destinations in Spain...

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San Sebastian to Paris from €29...

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San Sebastian to St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Lourdes...
Euskotren train to San Sebastian at Hendaye   Inside Euskotren to San Sebastian

Step 1.  These air-conditioned metro trains run from San Sebastian Amara station to Irun & Hendaye (Hendaia in Spanish) every 30 minutes, a turn-up-and-go metro service called Metro Donostialdea.  There's plenty of space for luggage and they even have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

Hendaia Euskoten station, for trains to San Sebastian   Inside Euskotren station at Hendaye

The Euskotren station at Hendaye, in the corner of the car park.

 

Inside Hendaye Euskotren station...

Hendaye station showing location of Euskotren to San Sebastian   Hendaye SNCF station

The main SNCF station is just across the car park from the little one-platform Euskotren station...

 

Inside the main hall of the mainline SNCF station at Hendaye.

TGV from Paris arrived at Hendaye

Step 2, take a TER or TGV from Hendaye to St Jean de Luz, Biarritz or Bordeaux, change at Dax for Lourdes.  This is a TGV at Hendaye station...

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San Sebastian to Brussels & Amsterdam from €57...
Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

A Thalys at Brussels...

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San Sebastian to London...

A Eurostar at St Pancras International...

A Eurostar at St Pancras...

 

Eurostar first class

Eurostar 1st class...

 

Eurostar second class

Eurostar 2nd class...

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San Sebastian to Lisbon...
En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet   Trainhotel to Lisbon at San Sebastian

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

...return from dinner to find the attendant has made up the beds...

 

Gran Clase sleepers have a private toilet & shower...

 

The trainhotel to Lisbon, about to leave San Sebastian...

Sud Express trainhotel cafe-bar...    

The trainhotel's café-bar serves drinks & food.  Grab a barstool early, it gets crowded later on!

   

4-berth sleepers (Turista Cama) are cosy & inexpensive, they convert from beds to seats.

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San Sebastian to all other destinations & countries...

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Hotels in San Sebastian

    

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Recommended hotel...

In San Sebastian, the Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra is right on the seafront a short stroll from the old town, and just 10-15 minutes walk from both the Renfe station and the Amara Euskotren station.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


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