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Rail system in the Basque Region

Hello. A group of 8 of us will be traveling through Spain and Portugal from late August through mid September 2013. We will be using the rail system for most travels between cities/region that we visit. We begin our trip by flying into Barcelona. From Barcelona we will travel to San Sebastian. From San Sebastian we move onto Madrid before flying over to Lisbon. I am responsible for the San Sebastian leg. My question is this...Is there a map that shows the rail system in the Basque region so that I can plan day trip out from San Sebastian to visit some of the other places in the Basque region??? Thanks for your help in advance.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 21, 2013 15:12
    Hi Ken,

    You can view a map of the rail lines in Europe by clicking on 'Europe Map & Guide' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. There you can zoom in to country or region where you are interested in traveling.

    The rail network of Spain, covered with any rail pass that includes Spain, will get you to the main hubs of the Basque region, including San Sebastián and Bilbao. Once in the Basque region; however, there happens to be private rail lines that would take you along the northern coast of Spain. If you plan on exploring the Basque region beyond these hubs, especially along the coast, then you would likely end up taking these private rail lines. You can begin in San Sebastián and take one of these private lines west towards Bilbao. These private lines make stops in more remote locales in between San Sebastián and Bilbao and continue on beyond Bilbao to Oviedo and towns on the Asturian coast. The private lines would be your most convenient travel option, even if you just intend on going straight from San Sebastián to Bilbao, as the ride only takes about 2.5 hours. These private lines would not be covered by any rail pass, so you would purchase tickets to board locally.

    There is also a useful bus network in this region, particularly out of San Sebastián. For instance, I would recommend taking a bus from San Sebastián to the nearby town of Hondarribia, a fishing village on the bay. The bus between San Sebastián and Hondarribia only takes about 30 minutes.
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