Paris to San Sebastian

Aug 9th, 2005, 11:02 AM
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Paris to San Sebastian

my apologies if this has been answered (i've been searching ...) but what is the easiest and/or cheapest (and i know they're not always the same) way to get from paris to san sebastian? there does not seem to be a direct train - what is the most convenient connection? any ideas on doing it by air?

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Aug 9th, 2005, 11:10 AM
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No no direct train because it's physically impossible for most trains to go thru the border because tracks in Spain are wider than those in France. thus always change at border - one exception the Elipsos 'Talgo' night trains that have wheel bases that can move in and out and thus run on both tracks. But you can take a direct train from Paris to Hendaye, French border town and from that station take a commuter train to nearby San Sebastian (often called by its Basque name Donostia) - alternatively you can change at the border to infrequent Hendaye/Irun (Spanish border town) - San Sebastian trains. (5.5 hours Paris-Hendaye via TGV.
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Aug 9th, 2005, 11:16 AM
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Don't know your plans when you arrive, but I would fly to Biarritz and rent a car....
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Aug 9th, 2005, 11:29 AM
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PalQ - do you think my best alternative is to go to Hendaye? how often do the commuter trains run? what's the best way to get to Madrid from San Sebastian?
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Aug 9th, 2005, 11:45 AM
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the commuter trains run all the time - they take an intersting route thru Basque towns and deposit you near downtown San Sebastian. It's a dependably good way - otherwise go to Irun in Spain and if there is a convenient Spanish mainline train running to San Sebastian it would be good but there are only a few a day and they may require reservations before boarding. Best way to madrid is to take mainline Spanish trains from San Sebastian's RENFE - mainline station - there is also an overnight train. If doing this type of travel investigate the France-Spain railpass - details from BETS (800-441-2387) who i've bought passes from for years and highly recommend for their expertise.
Lv San Sebastian about 8:30 get to Madrid about 3pm for example but there are huge gaps between trains - not like in France where TGVs run about hourly. About the commuter trains - they are one class commuter trains but as they start in Hendaye you'll surely get seats but not as comfy as mainline trains - though far more interesting glimpsing the Basque towns they halt in and seeing Basques on the train. San Sebastian is a most interesting town!
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Aug 9th, 2005, 12:48 PM
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Don't remember the one we used..here are 2:

http://www.pariserve.com/cityrama
go to France tours and click on the Loire Valley Castle

http://www.paris-france-tours.com
you will find it with hotel pick up and deliver..it said 8 maximum..

You might find this an easier way to do it

Enjoy............
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