Europe - San Sebastian, Ground Transport
Mar 27, 07, 6:12 am
I'm planning an itinerary for late August that will include a few days stop in San Sebastian. I will be arriving by train from Bordeaux. I'd like to maximize my time in Bordeaux, so I'm trying to decide whether or not it is reasonable to take a train in the late evening. Is the train station in San Sebastian safe late at night? Are there ample taxis available? Or does one need to call for a taxi?
Also, would three days in San Sebastian be sufficient time?
Finally, is train the right choice for ground transport from Bordeaux to San Sebastian? Or is there a bus I should be looking at?
Thanks in advance.
Mar 29, 07, 6:09 am
I took a car service from San Sebastian to Biarritz a few year ago, arranged by my hotel, Maria Cristina. It took about 30 minutes at 60 euros or so (can't remember that clearly, not cheap but not unreasonable.)
San Sebastian is absolutely elegant. The beaches aren't great. The restaurants and the surrounding areas are. Three days is about right. Also plan on fitting in a side-trip to Bilbao (one afternoon should be fine), one hour away.
Mar 31, 07, 9:45 am
For what it's worth, train service in that corner of Spain is incredibly spotty. Service is infrequent and often involves connections.
Plus, the trains appear to be relics from Franco's childhood. Interesting if you've got the time, but not the best if you're trying to maximize your visit.
Jul 10, 07, 5:53 pm
This will be my 10th year attending the San Sebastian Jazz Festival (July 24-29) also known as Jazzaldia. Wonderful city, 3 beaches, great restaurants including the world famous 3 star Michelin Arzak http://www.arzak.info/ing/home.asp and Oquendo which is across the street from the Maria Christina. If you stop into Oquendo, tell owner Ramon or his daughter Lorena that Dr. Jazz sent you!