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Donostia-San Sebastián
La Bella Easo

Donostia-San Sebastián is located in the northeast of the Spanish Basque Country: 110 km from Bilbao, 500 km from Madrid, and 800 km from Paris.

It is a charming medium-size city set in a picturesque countryside, on the edge of the Gulf of Biscay and surrounded by mountains. A city of deep-rooted international tourist traditions dating back to the 19th century, San Sebastián offers quite a few attractions, a varied choice of hotels and, above all, what is now one of the most creative gastronomies in the world.


Getting there

There are three main airports that can be used to reach San Sebastián:

Bilbao Airport, Spain (IATA: BIO, 100 km. from the San Sebastián).
Bilbao has an international airport about 1 hour drive from San Sebastián with connections to all major cities in Europe (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Rome,…). It is the most convenient airport for overseas travellers in terms of connections and air fares.

A direct shuttle bus running every hour connects the airport with San Sebastián for about 17 euros. Timetables are available at (enter “LOIU AIREPORTUA” and “DONOSTIA/SAN SEBASTIAN” ).

San Sebastián Airport, Spain (IATA: EAS, 25 km. from the city center).
San Sebastián airport is next to the town of Hondarribia, about 30 minutes drive from the city center. This is a small airport with domestic connections to and from Madrid and Barcelona, mostly with Iberia and Vueling Airlines. This is a ver convenient option if flying via Madrid or Barcelona.

Taxis can get you to the city center in about 20-30 minutes (fares are around 30 euros). The airport is also connected to the city center with lines E20 and E21 operated by Ekialdebus. Bus E21 is significantly faster and you may check the timetables here (info in Spanish and Basque only!). Timetables for bus E20 can be checked here.

Biarritz Airport, France (IATA: BIQ, 50 km. from the city center).
Biarritz airport is about 40 minutes drive from San Sebastián. Air France as well as some low-cost airlines such as Ryanair fly here. This is a convenient option if flying from France or London (with Ryanair).

Best way to get from Biarritz airport to San Sebastián is by bus. There are a number of services run either by PESA or CONDA/ALSA bus companies. Please check the airport website for details on the bus servicies availabale and timetables (scroll down the page to “Getting to and from Spain”).



Donostia/San Sebastian is a very touristic location and has a good and diverse offer of hotels within walking distance of the Miramar Palace or easily accessible by bus or taxi. The organization of the conference will not make special bookings, but prices in this week of October are sensibly lower than during the summer. We suggest checking in or any other website to confirm accommodation.