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San Sebastián

Getting there & away

Contents

Land

Bicycle

You can rent bicycles and mountain bikes at Bici Rent (655 72 44 58; Avenida de Zurriola 22; per hr/day €4/16).

Bus

The main bus station, a 20-minute walk south of the Parte Vieja, is between Plaza de Pío XII and the river. Local bus 28 connects the bus station with Alameda del Boulevard (€1, 10 minutes).

Continental Auto (943 46 90 74) operates services for Madrid up to 12 times daily (€25.85, 5¾ hours), with 10 going via Vitoria (€6.35, 1½ hours) and seven via Burgos (€12.60, 3½ hours).

La Roncalesa (943 46 10 64) has up to 10 buses daily to Pamplona (€5.98, one hour).

PESA (902 10 12 10) runs half-hourly services to Bilbao along the A8 autopista (tollway) from 6.30am to 10pm (€8.65, one hour). It also sends a few buses to Durango (€6.90), Elorrio (€6.20) and Oñati (€4.50), plus twice-daily buses to Hendaye (€2.65), St Jean de Luz (€4), Biarritz (€5.90) and Bayonne (€6.85) in France.

Interbus services to Hondarribia (€1.50), Irún and the airport (€1.50) depart from Plaza de Guipúzcoa; buses A1 and G1 travel to Hernani and Astigarraga (€1) from the stop on Calle de Echaide.

Car & motorcycle

The A8 autopista heads to Bilbao in the west and into France (where it becomes the A63) to the east. You can avoid the toll on the virtually parallel N634. The main route south is the A1, which runs to Madrid via Vitoria.

Driving in San Sebastián can be nerve-wracking for visitors, especially midmorning. There are a number of underground car parks. Parking fees are €1.40 per hour, €18.30 per 24 hours.

Train

The main Renfe train station (Paseo de Francia) is just across Río Urumea, on a line linking Paris to Madrid. There are seven services daily to Madrid (€34.50, six hours) and two to Barcelona (from €35.50, eight hours).

There’s only one direct train to Paris, but there are plenty more from the French border town of Hendaye (€1.35, 35 minutes), which is served by the private company Eusko Tren/Ferrocarril Vasco (ET/FV; 902 54 32 10) on a railway line nicknamed ‘El Topo’ (Mole). Trains depart every half-hour from Amara train station, about 1km south of the city centre, and also stop in Pasajes (€1.15, 12 minutes) and Irún (€1.35, 25 minutes). Another ET/FV railway line heads west to Bilbao (€5.70, 2¾ hours, hourly) via Zarautz, Zumaia and Durango.

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Air

The city’s airport (943 64 12 67) is 22km out of town, near Hondarribia. There are regular flights to Madrid and occasional charters to major European cities. At the time of writing there was much talk of either extending the airport or establishing a new airport.

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