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The journey from Bilbao to San Sebastian is popular with travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Bilbao to San Sebastian are available by train and bus. Located approximately 100 kilometers apart, it is easiest to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian by bus. Coaches take just over an hour to arrive in San Sebastian, while trains take nearly 4 hours and require a transfer in Miranda de Ebro.
Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the coaches from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Alsa's coaches depart from Bilbao's bus station and take just over an hour to arrive at San Sebastian's Donostia bus station. Coaches from Bilbao to San Sebastian depart 9 times per day with the first bus departing Bilbao at 5:15 a.m.
Taking the bus is the fastest way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Coaches are approximately 2½ faster than traveling from Bilbao to San Sebastian by train. Traveling from Bilabo to San Sebastian by train also requires a transfer in Miranda de Ebro. All coaches take under 2 hours to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Trains remain a popular option for people who prefer to travel in the comfort of a train with 5 Renfe trains making the trip every day.
Taking the bus is the most popular way to travel from Bilbao to San Sebastian. Not only is the bus direct and significantly faster than taking the train, but traveling by bus is also €20 cheaper on average. ALSA coaches also depart Bilbao more frequently than trains– 9 coaches depart per day compared to 5 trains.