San Sebastian and the port city of Bilbao are two essential stops in Spain's Basque Region. A trip from San Sebastian to Bilbao is a short, one-hour drive across 62 miles (100 km).
The Basque Region is a world all of its own, an autonomous community with its language and distinct cuisine. Consider this 5-day itinerary, which includes Bilbao, San Sebastian, the Coast of Biscay, and the fishing town of Getaria.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 1 hour, more with stops
The car journey between San Sebastian and Bilbao is only an hourlong drive on AP8. The city of Durango is at the mid-way point, a great place to stop for some pintxos at a bistro or to enjoy the nature of nearby Urkiola Nature Park where you can take a walk or even enjoy a horseback trail ride. While in Durango, you can also check out the Arch of Santa Ana, the Basilica of Santa María de Uribarri, and the Kurutziaga Cross.
Hiring a private driver is a great way to experience the thrill of a road trip without dealing with navigation and parking. If you prefer to rent a car, there are many rental companies in San Sebastian. Small rental cars are popular choices, since streets are often very narrow, and parking can be hard to find when you plan to stop.
Duration: 2.5 hours
The Renfe train runs every hour, with the last train departing in the later evening. You can purchase tickets online (and print them out), via the Renfe app, or at the train station. You may have the option to select a "flexible" fare, which allows you to modify your trip if needed. Make sure to be seated on the train at least 5-10 minutes before departure.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
By bus, this journey will take a little over an hour and departs every half-hour. Multiple companies operate this route: Alsa, Lurraldebus, Transportes Pesa, and Eurolines FR.