Reaching San Sebastián

By plane

San Sebastián Hondarribia Airport (EAS)

It is very small and there are only a few flights from Iberia and Spanair arriving there but it is closer to the city.

Bus Donostia-San Sebastián - Hondarribia Airport, IPARBUS company - line i2 (approx 30 min.) , line i1 (approx. 1h, :15 and :45) tel: (+34) 943 64 13 02 ; (+34) 943 49 18 01)

  • to Donostia-San Sebastián: bus stop in front of the airport;
  • from Donostia-San Sebastián: departure from Pza. de Gipuzkoa [location at Google Maps].

Bilbao Airport (BIO)

The main airport in the area, also called Loiu. You can find flights from several companies including some low-cost companies (easyJet, TUIfly, Vueling). Reaching San Sebastian from Bilbao Airport takes one hour and fifteen minutes.

There is a direct bus from the airport to San Sebastián, it departs right in front of the airport and leaves at hh:45 (see PESA website). Tickets are sold by the bus driver (15.40€). From San Sebastián the buses depart every our at hh:00. Note the last bus departs at 22.00 and the first leaves at 5:00 (so you are not at the airport before 6:15).

Biarritz Airport (BIQ)

This French airport has some Air France, easyJet and Ryanair flights.

However, the connection to San Sebastián is very bad, and it is not rare to spend more than three hours to reach the latter. There is a PESA bus from Biarritz to San Sebastián twice a day (it leaves Biarritz at 12:15 and 18:45 and arrives to San Sebastián at 14:00 and 20:30. From San Sebastián it leaves at 09:00 and 14:30 and arrives to Biarritz at 10:15 and 15:45. See PESA website, line Bilbao-Bayona for more information).

Santander Airport (SDR)

This small airport has some Iberia and Ryanair flights.

Take this as your last choice as it is quite far from San Sebastian. There is a direct bus from the airport to San Sebastián (see ALSA website, tel: (+34) 902 422242). It leaves from San Sebastián every day at 09:10, 11:25 y 14:10 and arrives to Santander Airport at 12:05, 15:10 y 16:50. From Santander Airport it leaves at 12:10 y 19:10 and arrives to San Sebastián at 16:00 y 21:55. Price is 13.37€. You can also take a bus to Santander and then a bus of the ALSA company that takes 3 hours to San Sebastian.

By train

Connections from France by TGV are quite good. SNCF trains stop in Hendaye. There you have to go out of the station and walk 30 meters on your right to reach the Euskotren station (website available only in Spanish and Euskera). The journey from Hendaye to San Sebastián (1.35€) takes around 30 minutes by the "Topo" train, and there are two trains per hour. Do not buy a round trip ticket as the return trip is supposed be used the same day.

By regional buses

If you arrive by plane or TGV to another city, you will probably need to take a bus to get to San Sebastian (the main bus station is in Plaza Pío XII [location at Google Maps]), and possibly a local bus to get to the University [our location at Google Map].

Local buses

The main local bus company is d.bus. Prices are 1.30€, unless you are an insider, and have a rechargeable bus card. You pay directly to the driver (it is better if you have coins, as the driver can send you to 'Cocheras' to get your change of 20€). There are also ticket cards for tourists which also include discounts for museums and restaurants (see d.bus website for information).

From down town (Parte Vieja at the Boulevard, Buen Pastor, or Hotel Londres stops) the main lines which go directly to the University and Korta building are lines 5 and 25, every 10 minutes or so during the day. To get to/from the central bus station at Pio XII, use lines 24 and 27 (about every half hour, but check time tables carefully).

You can know how long it will take to your bus to arrive to a specific stop from d.bus website: closest stops to Korta building are 277 (from Boulevard, the same side as Korta building) and 44 (to Boulevard, crossing Avenida de Tolosa).