How to get from Bilbao to San Sebastian: A complete guide for a comfortable and economical trip

Travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastian is easy and comfortable with Zonetransfers. We offer private taxi, transfer, minibus and bus options to suit your needs. You also have the option of public buses, which leave regularly from the Bilbao intermodal station, and in approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes you will be at the Donostia bus station, close to the city centre. If you prefer the train, the E1 Euskotren line will take you from Bilbao's Matiko station to San Sebastian's Amara Donostia station in approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. Find out how to travel easily with Zonetransfers!

Travel options from Bilbao to San Sebastian

If you are planning a trip from Bilbao to San Sebastian, you have several transport options to choose from to make the journey as efficient as possible:

Travel by transfer or private taxi with Zonetransfers

If you prefer to travel as quickly as possible, the best option is to opt for our private transport services. Our professional drivers will take you directly from Bilbao to your destination in San Sebastian in an estimated time of one hour.

Furthermore, if you have any additional luggage or need extra space, Zonetransfers offers you the option of transferring your belongings in our vehicles of greater capacity, thus ensuring comfort throughout the journey.

Remember that at Zonetransfers we strive to provide you with a quality service, so our staff will be available to help you at all times and resolve any queries or concerns you may have.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable and safe journey from San Sebastian to Bilbao with Zonetransfers. Book your transport now and make sure you get to your destination quickly and worry-free. Even if you need to be picked up from Bilbao airport to San Sebastian, we will pick you up at the door of the terminal with a sign with your name on it.

Private bus travel with Zonetransfers

Are you looking for a comfortable, safe and personalised way to travel between Bilbao and San Sebastian? Zonetransfers is your ideal solution to forget the stress of public transport and enjoy a tailor-made trip. With our private bus service, we offer you the most pleasant travel experience through the Basque Country, from 9 to 54 passengers, our minibuses and auotbuses are the perfect option for families and large groups.

Train travel options

If you prefer to travel by train from Bilbao to San Sebastian, you have the E1 line of Euskotren at your disposal. This is one of the cheapest options to reach your destination. However, you should bear in mind that the train journey is slower due to the many stops along the way.

The starting point is Matiko station in Bilbao, from where you can board the train. The journey to San Sebastian will stop in Zumaia, where you will have to change trains to continue to Amara Donostia station in San Sebastian.

Although the train journey takes longer, approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, it is a comfortable and economical option for those who are not in a hurry and want to enjoy the scenery along the way.

It is important to take into account the train timetables and plan your journey in advance. Check the available timetables and choose the one that best suits your needs. Remember that Zonetransfers has an excellent train service that will take you safely and comfortably from Bilbao to San Sebastian.

Public bus travel

You have an alternative travel option with the bus service from Bilbao to San Sebastian with regular departures from Bilbao intermodal station. The bus journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, and will drop you off at Donostia bus station, close to the city centre. With a low price, it is a practical and economical option for your transfer, but you will be travelling with other people and will have to reckon with the waiting time.

Timetables and frequency of public buses to San Sebastian

If you are planning your trip from Bilbao to San Sebastian by public bus, here you will find all the information you need about the timetables and frequencies of the buses that will take you to Donostia.

Buses offer regular departures from the Bilbao intermodal station, located near the San Mamés train station. This strategic location allows you to easily access the bus service and start your journey to San Sebastian.

Bus timetables vary throughout the day, ensuring flexible travel options to suit your needs. The first buses usually leave early in the morning, around 6:00 a.m., and the last departure is usually around 11:00 p.m.

Bus frequency is generally hourly, giving you different departure options throughout the day. This allows you to plan your journey according to your schedule and ensure you arrive in San Sebastian at the time that suits you best.

It is advisable to check the updated timetables and frequencies before your journey, as they may vary depending on demand and the time of year. 

Remember to arrive at Bilbao bus station well in advance to ensure you have a seat on the bus, especially during periods of high demand such as weekends and public holidays.

Once on the bus, you will enjoy a comfortable journey of approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to Donosti bus station.

Tips for safe and comfortable travel

Before embarking on your journey from Bilbao to San Sebastian, it is important that you take into account some tips that will help you to enjoy a comfortable and safe trip. Here are some recommendations for travelling and some recommended routes and destinations to take into account:

Recommendations for travelling from Bilbao to San Sebastian

  • Prioritise early booking: To secure your place on the bus or train, it is advisable to book in advance with ZoneTransfers. This way you will avoid setbacks and guarantee your trip.

  • Check the timetables: Before going to the station, check the timetables and frequencies of the buses to Donostia. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to board without any problems.

  • Label your luggage: Don't forget to put labels with your personal details on your luggage to avoid losing it. Also, keep your valuables with you at all times.

  • Enjoy the journey: Take advantage of the trip to relax, read a book, listen to music or enjoy the scenery. Zonetransfers offers a quality service to make your experience a pleasant one.

Recommended routes and destinations

If you want to make the most of your trip from Bilbao to San Sebastian with the private transport service of Zonetransfers, we recommend you to explore some routes and nearby destinations. Some interesting options are:

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: Visit this impressive enclave located on the Basque coast, famous for its hermitage and its beautiful views of the sea.

Bermeo: Discover this charming fishing village, stroll around its port and savour its delicious gastronomy.

Lekeitio: Immerse yourself in Basque culture in this picturesque village, with its impressive church and charming narrow streets.

Zumaia: Enjoy its impressive cliffs and beaches, as well as the natural landscapes that surround this coastal town.

Getaria: Don't miss the opportunity to visit this picturesque village with its beautiful old town and historical legacy.

Source: Team

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(06/19/2024) Yassin Mahmood
This was already my third time travelling with this company, I never had any problem, once I could not find my driver but they have a number to call anytime so was no problem. Always good and relaxing to travel with them
(06/18/2024) Leonardo La Grutta
I had a good experience with them. They came to the airport with a sign with my name, very elegant. They helped us with the trolleys. Good and beautful car.
(06/14/2024) Scarlett Dónnor
I had a service with them. My flight got delayed and I was very nervous about loosing my transfer, but they were checking the flight, so I did not have any problem to can travel to my hotel.
(06/11/2024) Susan Patel
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I booked a minibus to travel around Maiorca, was cheap so I had no expectations... but everything went perfect, driver was there on time, speaks very good english and was nice to travel with him. I recommend it.
(05/14/2024) Lukas L Wass
I ordered a service to pick us up at the Amsterdam airport and take us to the hotel. As soon as we got off the plane, the driver sent us a message that he was already waiting for us outside.
The bags took a long time to come out and he waited a long time without any problems, he was very kind and polite. I highly recommend it
(04/23/2024) Henry H L
My taxi ride from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to the coastal town of LLoret de Mar was exceptional. The driver was courteous and knowledgeable about the area, providing valuable insights during the journey. The vehicle was spacious and well-maintained, ensuring a comfortable ride. The scenic drive along the Mediterranean coastline was truly breathtaking. I arrived in LLoret feeling rejuvenated and eager to enjoy its beautiful beaches and vibrant atmosphere. I would definitely use this service again in the future!
(04/16/2024) Alexander Petrov
I recently booked a transfer from Bilbao Airport to the Rioja wineries and it was a wonderful experience. The vehicle was comfortable and spacious. I highly recommend this service for anyone visiting the wineries.
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