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Arles to San Sebastian

We want to travel from Arles, FR to San Sebastian, ESP. Ideally we would take a train through the Pyrenees. Is it best to go by train through Barcelona? Will that take us through the Pyrenees? Or, is there a better route?

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The ride on the Yellow Train is very nice; I recommend it if you can put together a routing that isn't too long to fit into your itinerary. This year I traveled from Latour de Carol through Foix, Tarbes and Pau to Bayonne. I did, indeed, end up having to go through Toulouse--and I would have been willing to take buses to avoid the extra train mileage if that made sense, schedule-wise. It did not.

I assume you wouldn't have to go quite all the way to Bayonne before turning south for San Sebastian.

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It is a difficult one. I worry that a trip involving the train Jaune would exceed 12 hours, making it impossible in a day.
The fastest route is by train from Arles to Bordeaux, then Bordeaux to Hendaye, then the Euskotren commuter train to S Sebastián. That's already 9 hours.
Going through Spain takes 12 hours and costs much more.

Any chance you can rearrange your route to overnight somewhere? Carcassonne would be interesting, or Toulouse.

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Thank you all for the great advice! We’ve decided to fly from Barcelona. If you have any hotel recommendations for San Sebastian let me know.