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Renfe trains from San Sebastian to Barcelona

Thanks to direct train services from San Sebastian, your journey to sunny Barcelona can be comfortable and convenient, without the need to wait in long security queues or travel to far-flung airports. Take the train and the trip from San Sebastian-Donostia station to Barcelona will take under six hours on the high-speed Alvia trains by Renfe.

Arrive at the modern Barcelona Sants station and take the bus or the metro to the city centre. Spend your day admiring Gaudi’s striking architecture or head to the beachfront restaurants for some fresh seafood and tapas.

Settle into spacious seats and enjoy complimentary food and drinks by booking Confort (First Class) seats on your Alvia train. Find out more by scrolling down for FAQs and train times.

San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants by train

It takes an average of 8h 41m to travel from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants by train, over a distance of around 249 miles (401 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants and tickets for this journey start from £22.78 when you book in advance.

First train

07:02

Last train

16:52

Departure station

San Sebastián-Donostia

Arrival station

Barcelona Sants

Journey time

From 5h 58m

Distance

249 miles (401 km)

Frequency

5 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £22.78

Train and bus operators

Renfe

San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants train times

Check out the next trains departing from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants for Monday 24th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
14:00 San Sebastián-Donostia21:20 Barcelona Sants18014 Get tickets7h 20m, 2 changes
14:00 San Sebastián-Donostia21:35 Barcelona Sants18014 Get tickets7h 35m, 1 change
16:52 San Sebastián-Donostia09:20 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 4176 Get tickets16h 28m, 3 changes
07:02 San Sebastián-Donostia13:00 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 533 Get tickets5h 58m, 1 change
07:02 San Sebastián-Donostia13:09 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 533 Get tickets6h 7m, direct

Renfe and Alvia trains from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants

You can travel from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants on Renfe and Alvia trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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.

Alvia classes from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants

Compare the different travel classes offered by Alvia when travelling from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants.

Onboard services on Alvia

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

On Alvia trains you can take up to three pieces of luggage on board, provided that they are less than 290cm long and weigh less than 25kg in total. Pushchairs and instruments smaller than 30 x 120 x 38 cm are also classed as hand luggage.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Most Alvia trains have an onboard café-bar, as well as an at-seat trolley service with a wide selection of food and drinks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On board Alvia services, you can connect to PlayRenfe, a platform offering free WiFi and hours of entertainment.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 4 travel free on Alvia services with a free child's ticket. Plus, passengers under 14 get a 40% discount on their chosen tariff.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With Alvia, folded bicycles that are less than 180cm long and are stored in a case count as hand luggage. If your bike is larger than this, it will count as special luggage and must be no larger than 120 x 90 x 40 cm - you must also detach the pedals and rotate the handlebars 90 degrees.

PetPetPets

You can take your pet with you if they weigh less than 10kg, travel in a carrier no larger than 60 x 35 x 35 cm, and have a pet ticket. In Elige Confort a pet ticket is free, while in Básico a pet ticket costs 25% of the price of a ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Alvia has an assistance service for passengers with reduced mobility or a disability. To arrange assistance, you can call (+34) 900 400 555 (international calling charges may apply).

Cheap train tickets from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants

The price of train tickets from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants starts at £22.78 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 San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants 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 San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants? 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 San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants take?

The average journey time by train between San Sebastián-Donostia and Barcelona Sants is 8 hours and 41 minutes, with around 5 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 San Sebastián-Donostia and Barcelona Sants by train?

The fastest journey time by train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants is 5 hours and 58 minutes.

How much does the train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants cost?

Train ticket prices from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants can start from as little as £22.78 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 San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants?

Yes, it is possible to travel from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants leave?

The first train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants leaves at 07:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants leave?

The last train from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants leaves at 16:52. 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 San Sebastián-Donostia and Barcelona Sants by train?

Trains travelling from San Sebastián-Donostia to Barcelona Sants cover a distance of around 249 miles (401 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona Sants to San Sebastián-Donostia.

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