How to get here
Its strategic location and excellent infrastructures make San Sebastián a place easy to reach from anywhere in the world, no matter what your method of transport. Choose the one that suits you best and get travelling!
San Sebastián has 3 airports (2 international) within just over 100 km of the city.
Only 20 kilometers from the city centre, San Sebastián Airport has connections to the major Spanish cities; Madrid and Barcelona.
Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 100km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 40km.
The train station in the centre of San Sebastián, the “Estación del Norte“, offers connections to numerous Spanish cities including Madrid and Barcelona, and to international destinations such as Paris and Lisbon.
Train journeys to and from San Sebastián will gain enormously in speed with the new Tren de Alta Velocidad (high speed train), due to connect the city with other destinations in the near future.
There is also an underground railway, the Metro Donostialdea, a narrow-gauge train connection with Bilbao and cities along the Basque Coast, such as Zarautz. The service linking it also Hendaye (France) and the SNCF, french rail service, with Lasarte passing through Donostia. The train is popularly known as the “Topo” or “Mole”.
The San Sebastián bus station has lines to cities throughout Spain and part of Europe.
INFORMATION FOR BUS DRIVERS
Private coaches arriving to San Sebastian can find an appropriate place to stop, in order passengers to get off and get on. The bus can only stop for a maximum of 20 minutes at this place located in Avenida Zurriola, 6, in front of Kursaal Congress Hall, just 5 minutes walking from city’s Old Town and city centre. (43° 19′ 26.1366″N 1° 58′ 43.1898″W)
To park the bus, there is a suitable place behind Garbera Commercial Centre, at the east side of the town (43°18’33″N 1°56’42″W). This commercial centre is connected by buses 33, 24 & 27 of the DBus bus company.
Getting to San Sebastián by car is extremely easy. The city is connected to the rest of Spain and France by the N-1 (the national highway connecting Madrid to Irun), the AP-8 (Bilbao-Irun) and A-63 (Paris-Irun) motorways and the A-15 highway (Pamplona-San Sebastián).
Once in San Sebastián, you can leave your car in one of the more than 6,000 parking places found in different parts of the city.
In the city of San Sebastian you can not park your motorbike in the side walk and if you do it you can be fined. The city have specific parking for motorbikes.
San Sebastián has a service area for overnight stays in campervans:
|Address:||Paseo Berio, 12 – Donostia / San Sebastián.|
|Coordinates:||[43º 18′ 28” N 2º 00′ 51,6” W / X= 580042 m Y= 4795677|
|Places:||Approx. 44 parking places. Separating lines between places.|
|Lighting and water point:||yes|
|Services:||Free, including water (2 taps) and electricity. Ecological waste disposal area.|
|Maximum permitted stay:||48 hours.|
|Price:||The campervan park works on the same basis as the OTA parking meter system in the rest of the city. The charge is EUR 6 in the high season and EUR 4 the rest of the year. Payment for this parking service is pending approval at the Municipal Plenary Session and will take effect shortly. Meanwhile, parking is free, and all you have to do is enter your registration number in the machine.|
Other parts of Gipuzkoa also have campervan parking areas: Legazpi, Renteria and Zumaia.