San Sebastian old town seen from Hotel de Londres

Take the train to San Sebastian!

Several times through the day, high-speed TGV Duplex trains link Paris Gare Montparnasse with Hendaye on the Spanish border in just 4h36 with fares from €25.  They have a cafe-bar & free WiFi.  Euskotren metro trains then link Hendaye to San Sebastian every 30 minutes, journey 37 minutes, fare €2.75.  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 explains it!

small bullet point  Train times Paris to San Sebastian

small bullet point  Train times San Sebastian to Paris

small bullet point  How much does it cost?

small bullet point  How to buy tickets

small bullet point  What's the journey like?

small bullet point  Travel tips

small bullet point  Route map

small bullet point  Hotels in San Sebastian

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

Paris ► San Sebastian

San Sebastian ► Paris

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

What's the journey like?

1.  Paris to Hendaye by TGV

Most Paris-Hendaye trains are double-deck TGV Duplex, usually with the Océane interior shown below, with power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

TGV from Paris Gare Montparnasse to Hendaye, for the train to San Sebastian

A TGV Duplex at Paris Gare Montparnasse.

TGV Duplex Oceane at Paris Montparnasse

Boarding at Paris Montparnasse.  Note the automatic ticket gates at the entrance to the platforms, just scan the QR code on your ticket.

TGV Océane cafe-bar   TGV Océane 2nd class seats

TGV Océane cafe-bar (above left) and 2nd class seats (above right).

TGV Océane 1st class seats   TGV Océane 1st class drop-down table

TGV Océane 1st class seats.  All 1st class seats (except the end ones) rotate to face direction of travel.  There are USB & 2-pin outlets above each drop-down table.

Scenery between Paris and San Sebastian

Scenery under cloudy skies as the train crosses France at up to 320 km/h (199 mph).

TGV from Paris arrived at Hendaye

After a dash across France at up to 300 km/h, the TGV arrives at Hendaye.  Incidentally, Hendaye station is where Hitler met Franco on 23 October 1940.  You'll be treading the same platforms!   Photo courtesy of Alan Uxbridge.

2.  Hendaye to San Sebastian Amara by Euskotren

Hendaye SNCF station   Hendaye station Euskotren ticket machine

At Hendaye, get off the TGV, walk off the platform through the SNCF station ticket hall.


There's an Euskotren ticket machine to the right of the exit doors. That's the Café Olé across the road.

Hendaye SNCF & Euskotren stations

Walk out of Hendaye station & turn right.  The Euskotren station is 50m across the forecourt.  Courtesy of Geoff Phillips.

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

The new Hendaye Euskotren station, for trains to San Sebastian.  Photo courtesy of Geoff Phillips.


Hendaye Euskotren station, looking back towards the station building.  Courtesy of Nicholas Brooke.

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

There are now two platforms.  It's where the trains start, so no worries, you can't get on the wrong train, they all go to San Sebastian-Donostia Amara!  These air-conditioned metro trains leave every 30 minutes, a turn-up-and-go metro service.  There's plenty of space for luggage and they even have a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

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Travel tips

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Route map

Paris to San Sebastian train route map


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Highlighted = Paris-Hendaye-San Sebastian route.

Green = scenic sections of line

European Rail Timetable and mapReproduced from the excellent European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, with shipping worldwide.

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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.

San Sebastian   San Sebastian, main square
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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