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Traveling from Bilbao to San Sebastián by train

Looking to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastián by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 5 hours 50 minutes to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastián by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 4 hours 28 minutes though. You'll usually find 3 trains per day running along the 77 km route between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change during the journey to San Sebastián, as there currently aren't any direct services on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián start from $28.26 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.

If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to San Sebastián by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Bilbao to San Sebastián by train

It takes an average of 5h 50m to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastián by train, over a distance of around 48 miles (77 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from Bilbao to San Sebastián and tickets for this journey start from $28.26 when you book in advance.

First train

09:20

Last train

15:20

Departure station

Bilbao

Arrival station

San Sebastián

Journey time

4h 28m

Distance

77 miles (48 km)

Frequency

3 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $28.26

Train and bus operators

ALSA

Cheap train tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián

The price of train tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián starts at $28.26 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Bilbao to San Sebastián by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

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.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Bilbao to San Sebastián

Want to know more about your journey from Bilbao to San Sebastián? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Bilbao to San Sebastián take?

The average journey time by train between Bilbao and San Sebastián is 5 hours and 50 minutes, with around 3 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Bilbao and San Sebastián by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bilbao to San Sebastián is 4 hours and 28 minutes.

How much does the train from Bilbao to San Sebastián cost?

Train tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián can start from as little as $28.26 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.

Is there a direct train from Bilbao to San Sebastián?

No, there are no direct train services from Bilbao to San Sebastián. Travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastián by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Bilbao to San Sebastián leave?

The first train from Bilbao to San Sebastián leaves at 09:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bilbao to San Sebastián leave?

The last train from Bilbao to San Sebastián leaves at 15:20. 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.

What's the distance between Bilbao and San Sebastián by train?

Trains travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastián cover a distance of around 48 miles (77 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from San Sebastián to Bilbao.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Bilbao to San Sebastián for a typical week day using timetable data for . On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/22/2022 for travel on 10/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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