The City: Donostia -San  Sebastián

Travel: How To Get Here


DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN

 

 

Donostia/San Sebastian, the capital of Gipuzkoa, is a city with around 180,000 inhabitants in the coast of the Bay of Biscay, located only a few kilometres from the French border.

 

Donostia-San Sebastian is the cultural and tourism capital of the Basque Country. The International Film Festival, The ‘Jazzaldia’ Jazz Festival and Music Fortnight are the highlights of its year-round programme, which also includes themed film festivals such as the ‘Surfilm’ Surfing Film Festival and the Film, Human Rights Festival or the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

 

San Sebastian is world famous as a food tourism destination, visitors can find restuarants run by prestigious international chefs, as well as many small establishments with their specialities completing a great gastronomic offer, particularly with its famous “pintxos”, as tapas are locally known.

 

The city centre is small enough, so you can walk or ride a bike to travel around. It also has a municipal comprehensive public transport network called Dbus.

 

Phones of interest:

 

Dbus (Bus Service) : 943 000 200 

 

Taxis Vallina (Taxi Service): 943 40 40 40

 

Radio Taxi Donostia (Taxi Service): 943 46 46 46

 

Tourist Information Office: 943 48 11 66

HOW TO GET HERE

 

-BY PLANE

 

Donostia has 3 airports in a radius of barely 100 kilometres. 20 kilometres away from the centre of the city we have the Airport of San Sebastian. This airport, located on the town of Hondarribia, is connected with the principal cities of Spain, Madrid and Barcelona.

 

Few kilometres away we can also find the Airport of Bilbao, connected with everywhere in Europe, and the Airport of Biarritz, where French and low-cost airlines operate.

 

 

 

Probably the best option for those of you travelling from abroad.

Located in Loiu, airport of Bilbao offers you flights to the many spanish and european destinations: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Munich or Paris.

 

Bus service from Bilbao Airport to Downtown Donostia - San Sebastián

 

 

San Sebastian Airport(EAS) – 20 Km

 

The airport of San Sebastian works mainly with two cities, Barcelona and Madrid.

Here is have a list of the operating airlines:

 

Air Nostrum (Madrid)

Iberia (Madrid)

Vueling Airlines (Barcelona)

 

 

Bus service from Airport to Downtown Donostia - San Sebastián

 

Biarritz Airport (BIQ) – 40 Km

 

40 Km away from San Sebastian, Biarritz Airport (France)offers fly connection with the main french cities and some european destinations through EasyJet, Ryanair or SAS. 

Please check schedules as destinations and frequencies change according to the season pf the year

 

Air France main operator at Biarritz airport.

 

Bus service from Biarritz Airport to Downtown Donostia - San Sebastian 

 

Another bus option

 

Bilbao Airport (BIO) – 105 Km

 

 

Probably the best option for those of you travelling from abroad.

 

Located in Loiu, airport of Bilbao offers you flights to the many spanish and european destinations: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Munich or Paris.

 

Bus service from Bilbao Airport to Downtown Donostia - San Sebastián

 

 

-BY TRAIN

 

The main train station, called “Estación del Norte” offers services to most of the Spanish cities and some European capitals such as Paris and Lisbon. Renfe

 

The city also has another railway network , that connects San Sebastian with France (Hendaye), Bilbao and many localities of the Basque shore. You can find this station in Easo Square. Eusko Tren

 

If you are travelling through France, you can also get to Hendaye Station (20 Km) SNCF French rail service.

 

-BY COACH

 

In the area of Amara, located in Sancho el Sabio Street, you can find the San Sebastian Bus Station, which is connected with everywhere in Spain and part of Europe.

 

Main Bus companies:

 

Eurolines International destinations

Alsa Most domestic destinations

Vibasa Mainly Catalunya and Galicia

Pesa Bilbao

Conda Iruña - Pamplona and Zaragoza

Lurraldebus Travel within Gipuzkoa

 

 

 

-BY CAR 

Getting to Donostia/ San Sebastian by car is very easy. The city is connected to the rest of Spain and to France by National Road N1/AP1 (Madrid-Irun), the A-8 (Bilbao-Irun) and A-63 (Paris-Irun) motorways, and the A-15 trunk road (Pamplona-San Sebastian).

 

Donostia has a subterranean parking network and a regulated public parking system, altogether, more than 6000 parking places available.

 

You can check the state of the parkings at real time and know more about the on street on the next link:

 

http://www.donostia.org/taxo.nsf/fwNweb?ReadForm&idioma=cas&id=A434305&doc=Areade

 

 

SALA GAZTESZENA

Address: Calle del Baztán 21

For taxi rides, tell your driver to take you to Gazteszena by the Jai Alai Street Door. 

 

This cultural facility, located in a former factory is a modern stage space which was inaugurated in 1998, offers a regular music, dance and theatre programming, as well as rehearsal rooms and workshops in these areas. Located in the Egia Cultural Centre, It has a 700-capacity. 

As well as the main room where the live concerts will be held followed by dj sessions, both evenings there will be another smaller room with live dj's after the live shows are finished, so everybody can enjoy ample space to dance and socialize. Between both rooms there is a foyer space that serves as meeting and relaxing area with full bar service. 

 

The venue can be reached from the downtown area on foot, an about 20 to 25-minute distance. It is placed in the Egia neighborhood. Once in th   is area, it is an straight uphill path through Egia street and then Virgen del Carmen street.

 

By bus, the main service is the 9 Route. Get off at 36 Ametzagaina Street, and the is a 5-minute walk from there. If you are travelling from the Boulevard (Old Town) stop, it will be a 10-minute bus ride (six stops). 

 

 

 

 

ALOJAMIENTO

 

Donostia - San Sebastián has a wide range of accomodation alternatives, from 5-star hotels to guest houses and bed-and-breakfasts.

As prices and availabilities change on daily basis our best advice is to check of the following links.

 

Trivago is probably the best accomodation information aggregator available. Search for Donostia once there. 

 

Another intersting links:

 

San Sebastian Reservas

 

San Sebastian Turismo