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on to Gijon

Hi all, we will be spending a couple of nights in San Sebastian the middle of June and would like then to go west to Gijon. Does there happen to be a way to travel (train preferably) that would let us see the coast as we make that trip?



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1. Re: on to Gijon

By bus


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Thank you. Looks to be a long trip and as we'll have a one year old along, any great stopping point you'd recommend?

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You can go from San Sebastian to Bilbao by bus (1h10m) 10,10€. Every 30min.


From Bilbao to Santander by train (3h). 8,25€. At 1pm and 7'30pm


Enjoy the day in Santander.

From Santander to Gijon by train (5h). 15,70€. At 4'10pm (10min. transfer at El Berrón). The views from this train are great.




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Yeah, the FEVE is probably the best way to go if you want space and views. It's NOT fast by any means, but goes along the coast, especially after San Vicente de la Barquera, and to some pretty places inland. As for stopping points on the FEVE, I'd recommend Lierganes, a pretty town before Santander, which has a Sunday market, spa and lovely river and old town. From there there are many trains to Santander, as this is a local branchline too. In Santander you'll have to change trains anyway (there's no straight through train to Gijon from Bilbao), so worth a wander round the centre and promenade of Santander if you've got time (the FEVE station is right in the centre), and then carry on towards Gijon. There are only a couple of trains a day onwards, so check your timetables carefully. The nicest places to stop along this stretch are probably Llanes and Ribadesella, both with fairly central stations, although they are not served by branchline trains, so you'd probably have to either spend a night there, or do a stretch by bus. As stated above, you'd then have to change at El Berrón to get to Gijon.

To give you more of an idea of how the branchlines work, check out this link: feve.es/recursos/…lineas-feve.pdf

Basically, the "long distance" trains stop some stations which are not served by branchline trains too, making them a more difficult option to stop off at, as there are usually only 1 or 2 long distance trains a day. Much better to stop off at stations served by the branchlines too, that way you have a more flexible timetable.

Another way to do this, if you want to go a little faster, would be to combine the train and bus, easily done, and do some stretches by the quicker buses.

Take into account too that you can't (for branchline) or don't need to buy train tickets for the FEVE in advance, for this reason they rarely appear on international train websites.

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