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Feb 25th, 2015, 05:28 PM
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Easiest way to get from San Sebastian to Toulouse or Brive in France

I need to travel from San Sebastian area to either Toulouse or Brive in late May. I looked at keeping my rental car and driving, but the rental car drop charge for Toulouse or Brive (where I will take the train to Paris after my stay) is huge. Any ideas for the easiest way to travel? Thanks!
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Feb 25th, 2015, 05:56 PM
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Whether you choose Toulouse or Brive as your destination, a train voyage will route you through Bordeaux, will require two changes (Bordeaux and Irun) and will take about 6 hours.

I see no feasible air routings.
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Feb 25th, 2015, 07:02 PM
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There is a direct train from Hendaye to Toulouse, 4hr 37min, if you want to leave at 06h56. Otherwise there are connections you'll have to make, unless you want to leave on the 2:45 pm train that will take you through Bayonne and then to Toulouse, 4hr 45min.
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Feb 25th, 2015, 07:57 PM
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Take the local train from San Sebastian to Hendaye and rent the car there. Hendaye is listed as a pickup location by Autoeurope.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 02:39 AM
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Have a look at the timetables Irun/Hendaye - Bayonne and Bayonne - Toulouse
http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/a...tcm50-9052.pdf
http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/a...tcm50-9056.pdf
The local trains between San Sebastian and Irun - Hendye are very frequent.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 02:51 AM
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Thanks everyone!

Michael-how did you find that Hendaye is a pick up point for Autoeurop? That is good info to know.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 06:49 AM
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Do you want to RENT a car at the F/E border or to DROP OFF?
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Feb 26th, 2015, 08:26 AM
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I went to the Autoeurope site and opened its rental window. The first thing it asks is pick-up location and by scrolling don the list, one finds that Hendaye is an option.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 01:16 PM
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So I found that if I rent the car for my visit in San Sebastian area and then drive to France to drop it off, there is a huge drop fee. So I will rent in San Sebastian for while I am there and then take the train to Bordeaux and drop it off in Brive, so I can then take the train back to Paris which is where I fly out of.

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Feb 27th, 2015, 01:21 PM
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I am having trouble finding the train schedules from San Sebastian to Bordeaux. Help ;-(
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Feb 27th, 2015, 01:24 PM
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From San Sebatian it is probably best to take the commuter line to Hendaye and then a regular train from Hendaye to Bordeaux. The commuter line has its own station across from the SNCF station.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 01:41 PM
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Ok, now I see why @Michael suggested Hendaye as my car pick up point...it looks like there is a change of trains there and a wait time in order to get to Bordeaux.

But, Auto Europe does not seem to be able to let me pick up in Hendaye (when I called they said there no location for them there). they do, however have a location in Bordeaux.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 02:22 PM
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Thanks @Michael! Where do I find the schedules for the trains similar to the ones you posted above (and for the commuter trains, also)?
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Feb 27th, 2015, 03:47 PM
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Someone else mentioned that the local train is frequent, so I would not worry about it until you are in San Sebastian. As for the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux, try http://www.voyages-sncf.com/billet-t...sultat?hid=2LE. Between 6:45 a.m. and 4:25 p.m. there are at least six trains. I picked a date out of the blue.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 04:28 PM
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You can book the San Sebastian to Bordeaux train on the SNCF web site, or under international trains on Renfe.com
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Feb 27th, 2015, 05:22 PM
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Thank you @Michael and @Robert2533. Your help is so appreciated.
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Feb 28th, 2015, 10:29 AM
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"Where do I find the schedules for the trains"
In the timetable links I sent you 2 days ago (see above).
The train between San Sebastian and Hendaye runs every 30 min as you have already been told too.
http://www.euskotren.es/sites/www2.e...FICADO%202.pdf
http://cdn.ter.sncf.com/medias/PDF/a...tcm50-9052.pdf
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Feb 28th, 2015, 06:13 PM
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Thanks so much for following up @neckervd!
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