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Taking the train from Bilbao to San Sebastián

The average journey time by train between Bilbao and San Sebastián is 5 hours and 50 minutes, with around 3 trains per day. However, you can get there in 4 hours and 28 minutes on the fastest Alvia services – you’ll need to make at least 1 change during your journey as no direct trains are available.

Reaching speeds of up to 250 km/h (155 mph) on this 48-mile (77 km) route, the high-speed Alvia train will take you from one city centre to another. What’s more, you’ll travel in great comfort on this modern air-conditioned train with power sockets, free WiFi, and a food and drinks carriage on board. Upgrade to First Class and you’ll get ultra-wide seats and gourmet food options.

Want to learn more about travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastián by trian? Start your search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times, FAQs and tips on how to find cheap train tickets for this route.

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 travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastián and tickets for this journey start from €11.85 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 28m
PriceFrom €11.85
Distance48 miles (77 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train09:20
Last train15:20
Departure stationBilbao
Arrival stationSan Sebastián
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsALSA

Cheap train tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián

The price of train tickets from Bilbao to San Sebastián starts at €11.85 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.

Journey details

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 ticket prices from Bilbao to San Sebastián can start from as little as €11.85 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

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. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Bilbao to San Sebastián.
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 02/08/2022 for travel on 02/08/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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