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London to San Sebastián by train

  • First train
    05:40
  • Last train
    20:31
  • Avg changes
    2
  • Fastest journey
    9hr 37m
  • Distance
    923 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    13
  • Avg. journey time
    28hr 22m
  • Train operators

Travelling from London to San Sebastián by train

Fast trains from London to San Sebastián take around 9 hours and 37 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 923 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and San Sebastián.

1. Are there direct trains from London to San Sebastián?

Journeys between London and San Sebastián usually involve 2 changes of train.

We usually find around 14 departures on the route from London to San Sebastián every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 10 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from London to San Sebastián?

The London to San Sebastián train travel time is normally about 9 hours and 37 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the London to San Sebastián train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to San Sebastián is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 20:31. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 20:31.

When to book London to San Sebastián train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to San Sebastián by train.

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Which train companies operate between London and San Sebastián?

More than one train company operates on the route from London to San Sebastián, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AVE
  • Alvia
  • Eurostar
  • Intercity
  • Intercités de Nuit
  • Media Distancia
  • Regional Express
  • TGV
  • Trenhotel

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Other journeys to San Sebastián/Donostia View all journeys to San Sebastián/Donostia

Night train via Irun

The overnight train, known as La Palombe Bleue, from Paris to Hendaye and Irun (on the French-Spanish border) was withdrawn in early July 2017. The cancellation of this train coincided with the introduction of very much faster day trains on the line from Paris to the Spanish border, thanks to the opening of a new high-speed line to Bordeaux.

We therefore recommend that passengers travelling from London to Irun use daytime options. If you cannot find a through service to Irun, just book to Hendaye, from where it is just a few minutes on the regular tram link to Irun. Onward connections from Irun are available to San Sebastian and destinations across Spain.

London to Paris

The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz

When you get off the train at Paris Gare du Nord, look for the Métro on the lower level, which can be accessed via stairs or lift. Follow signs to Metro line 5 and take a train in the direction of Place d'Italie. There are 9 stops between Gare du Nord and Gare d'Austerlitz, which usually takes around 30 minutes so we recommend you leave at least an hour for your transfer.

If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

Paris to Irun (night train)

*** TAKE NOTE ***

The overnight train, known as La Palombe Bleue, from Paris to Hendaye and Irun (on the French-Spanish border) was withdrawn in early July 2017. The cancellation of this train coincided with the introduction of very much faster day trains on the line from Paris to the Spanish border, thanks to the opening of a new high-speed line to Bordeaux.

We therefore recommend that passengers travelling from London to Irun use daytime options. If you cannot find a through service to Irun, just book to Hendaye, from where it is just a few minutes on the regular tram link to Irun. Onward connections from Irun are available to San Sebastian and destinations across Spain.

Irun to San Sebastián/Donostia

To reach San Sebastián from Irun, take a frequent local Cercanías train on route C-1 for the 22-min journey. Both local trains and mainline trains use the same station at Irun. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket, which will cost just a couple of euros, before boarding the Cercanías train.

Alternatively, you can take the tram to San Sebastián, which leaves from near Irun station and is operated by Metro Donostialdea. It takes 33 mins to San Sebastián. There are also fast mainline trains which operate between Irun and San Sebastián. They are, however, not very frequent so it's worth taking the Cercanías train.

Eurostar & TGV

Travelling by train from London to San Sebastián is very simple and can be done in a day. The journey starts by taking a Eurostar to Paris, where you’ll need to change stations. You’ll arrive at the Gare du Nord and leave from Paris Montparnasse. It’s a very hassle-free journey between the two Paris stations.

The journey from Paris to Irun is on a high-speed French TGV train. Upon arrival in Irun, take a local train (called Cercanías) for the short onward journey to San Sebastián. The fare is paid locally, so book your ticket on Loco2 just as far as Irun.

Additional options for travellers bound for San Sebastián from London and Paris are available by booking just to Hendaye. That’s the last station in France, just on the opposite bank of the river from Irun. From Hendaye, you can take the Metro Donostialdea tram to San Sebastián.

London to Paris

The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz

When you get off the train at Paris Gare du Nord, look for the Métro on the lower level, which can be accessed via stairs or lift. Follow signs to Metro line 5 and take a train in the direction of Place d'Italie. There are 9 stops between Gare du Nord and Gare d'Austerlitz, which usually takes around 30 minutes so we recommend you leave at least an hour for your transfer.

If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

Paris to Irun

The TGV high-speed train from Paris to Irun departs from Paris Montparnasse station. The journey starts with a very fast non-stop run from Paris to Bordeaux. Thereafter the pace slows. Beyond Bordeaux the train traverses the forested landscapes of Landes, eventually reaching the Atlantic coast at Biarritz. There are occasional glimpses of the sea (to the right) in the final 20 minutes of the journey to Hendaye.

After the last stop in France at Hendaye, the train crosses the border into Spain to terminate in Irun, the first station in Spain. Additional train services run from Paris to Hendaye, from where a frequent light-rail service (part of the Basque Metro Donostialdea network) makes the four-minute journey across the bridge to Irun.

Irun to San Sebastián/Donostia

To reach San Sebastián from Irun, take a frequent local Cercanías train on route C-1 for the 22-min journey. Both local trains and mainline trains use the same station at Irun. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket, which will cost just a couple of euros, before boarding the Cercanías train.

Alternatively, you can take the tram to San Sebastián, which leaves from near Irun station and is operated by Metro Donostialdea. It takes 33 mins to San Sebastián. There are also fast mainline trains which operate between Irun and San Sebastián. They are, however, not very frequent so it's worth taking the Cercanías train.

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