San Sebastian old town seen from Hotel de Londres

Take the train to San Sebastian!

Several times a day, high-speed TGV trains link Paris Gare Montparnasse with Hendaye on the Spanish border in just 4h45 since the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line opened in July 2017, with fares from just €25.  Euskotren metro trains then link Hendaye to San Sebastian every 30 minutes, journey 37 minutes, fare €2.35.  The whole trip takes little more time than flying - yet it's far more comfortable, far better for the environment and a lot less hassle.  The only catch?  If you try to buy tickets from Paris to San Sebastian it won't work - you need to book from Paris to Hendaye, then buy a metro ticket to San Sebastian.  This page will explain!

  Times & tickets, Paris to San Sebastian

  Times & tickets, San Sebastian to Paris

  What's the journey like?

  Travel tips

  Hotels in San Sebastian

  San Sebastian to Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon & other destinations by train.

Paris ► San Sebastian

San Sebastian ► Paris

What's the journey like?

1.  Paris to Hendaye by TGV...

Paris Gare Montparnasse, for the train to San Sebastian

The main concourse at Paris Gare Montparnasse...

TGVs to the Spanish border at Paris Montparnasse   1st class on a TGV Atlantique showing semi-compartments

The TGV from Paris to Hendaye waits to leave Paris Montparnasse...


1st class with semi-compartments.

TGV interior by Christian Lacroix, second class   TGV bar car

2nd class on the TGV.  See panorama photo.


The café-bar car. See a typical menu here...

TGV from Paris arrived at Hendaye

After a dash across France at up to 186mph, the TGV arrives at Hendaye...

Hendaye SNCF station   Hendaye station showing location of Euskotren to San Sebastian

Walking out of the station...


Walk out of the main exit and turn right.

2.  Hendaye to San Sebastian Amara by Euskotren...

Hendaia Euskoten station, for trains to San Sebastian   Inside Euskotren station at Hendaye

The Euskotren station, in the corner of the SNCF car park.


Inside Hendaye Euskotren station...

Euskotren train to San Sebastian at Hendaye   Inside Euskotren to San Sebastian

These air-conditioned metro trains run every 30 minutes, a turn-up-and-go metro service called Metro Donostialdea.  There's plenty of space for luggage and they even have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.  These trains also call at Irun, but Irun's Euskotren station is 5-10 minutes walk from Irun Renfe mainline station so it's better to change at Hendaye even if your TGV goes through to Irun.

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Travel tips...

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Enjoying San Sebastian...

Euskotren train to san Sebastian at Hendaye   Inside Euskotren to San Sebastian

San Sebastian...  The sea front is 10 min walk from San Sebastian-Donostia Amara station, where Euskotren arrives.

View of San Sebastian

Hotels in San Sebastian...

Hotel de Londres, San Sebastian   Room at the Hotel de Londres

If your budget will stretch, the Hotel de Londres y Inglaterra is a classic.  The place has character, and is perfectly located right on the sea front, a few minutes walk from the old town and 10 minutes walk from Amara station.  Ask for a room with balcony overlooking the bay...  For something rather cheaper but still with great reviews right in the old town, try the Pension Garibai or Pension Alameda.

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