Want to find out more about taking the train from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia? Look no further.
You'll usually find 4 trains per day running between Barcelona Sants and San Sebastián-Donostia, which usually take 9 hours 32 minutes to complete the 401 km journey. It can take as little as 5 hours 46 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. You can travel on this route with Renfe, which is the main train operator in Spain and has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe. During your trip you may travel on one of their high-speed or regional services, all of which offer comfort and air-conditioning as standard.
You can save money on train tickets from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $19.33. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.
It takes an average of 9h 32m to travel from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia by train, over a distance of around 249 miles (401 km). There are normally 4 trains per day traveling from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia and tickets for this journey start from $19.33 when you book in advance.
From 5h 46m
249 miles (401 km)
4 trains per day
Direct trains available
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Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.
Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Barcelona Sants and San Sebastián-Donostia is 9 hours and 32 minutes, with around 4 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia is 5 hours and 46 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia can start from as little as $19.33 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia leaves at 09:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia leaves at 21:00. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia cover a distance of around 249 miles (401 km) during the journey.