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Juliadel
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Posted 1 year ago

I am considering traveling from Sevilla to San Sebastian by train. Can you recommend the most efficient way to do this? Also, is there a night train/sleeper train that you can recommend for this trip?

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Flo
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replied 1 year ago

Hi!

There is no night train on this route.

You will have to go via Madrid, there are frequent direct trains Seville - Madrid and several direct trains Madrid - Seville.

In Madrid a change of stations will be necessary, from Atocha to Chamartin station.
Timings and tickets on renfe.com or omio.com

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MisterSteve
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replied 1 year ago

renfe.com is an annoying website, it's not fast and the enquiry on the homepage takes you to a queue for a 20 minute slot to buy a ticket. If you just want to find train times go direct to https://www.renfe.com/es/en/viajar/informacion-util/horarios

As Flo said, expect to change STATIONS and not just train in Madrid. San Sebastian usually appears in bilingual form as San Sebastian/Donastia - that is one station.

If you have an Interrail/Eurail Pass this may get complicated!

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Arend7
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replied 1 year ago

You can't see directly at that horarias site how many changes you have to make, but can figure it out at the duration. There are 2 trains from Madrid on most days (8:43 and 14:50) just within 5 hours duration that are directly (chequed it at bahn.de).

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Juliadel
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replied 1 year ago

Thanks so much for the useful information:-)

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nltrainer
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replied 1 year ago

Svl-Mad is ev hour on ESpanan oldest hi-speed normal gauge line in 2hr 45 mins.
Between AT, a quite beautiful estacion and Ch are ultra-frequent and very basic cercanias=local trenes, your ticket for either ride is valid on them just after/before.
Mad-Don is a few times/day, partly via new hi-speed, then gauge change and onward. Will take 4-5 hrs.
As said, on bahn.com you can also check times far more easy.
IF using a pass, canNOT RES online, must do while in ES at some counter. AND you then have to show an activated passday.
IF wanting overnite ride perse, then use a bus, EShas a very extensive, not ultra-cheap but very reliable network.
From Don/SSEb toward FR border=frontera are local trenes/trams by EuskoTren from Basque country, pass not valid, fare quite low. But Don has several different estaciones, quite close to one another.

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Juliadel
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replied 1 year ago

Thanks!!

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MisterSteve
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replied 1 year ago

Arend: the ....horarios page shows the entire intinery for any of the journey options it finds. In the list click on the train number/type codes in the first column and it should open a new window with the full schedules of all the trains in the journey. bahn.de can only give info that it has received from Spain and that often comes late.

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Juliadel
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replied 1 year ago

Thanks so much!