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From San Sebastian to Rioja Wine Region

You can reach Rioja wineries from San Sebastian by car, bus, train, or on a wine tour. Rioja is a perfect one-day trip from San Sebastian.

The Rioja wine region, located in the north of Spain, is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts visiting San Sebastian/Donostia. Known for its world-class red wines made from Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano grapes, the region offers a range of wine-tasting experiences, from traditional bodegas to modern wineries. In addition to the delicious wines, the region is also home to stunning landscapes, rich history, architectural masterpieces and delicious local cuisine, making it a perfect day-trip destination.

Another great option for wine lovers visiting San Sebastian/Donostia is the Txakoli wine region known for its crisp, refreshing white wines made from the Hondarribi Zuri grape variety, which are often served as an aperitif or paired with seafood. 

From San-Sebastian to Rioja by Car

Bodegas Ysios Rioja

It takes approximately 1.45 minutes to reach Rioja wine country from San Sebastian.  Logroño is 167 km (104 miles) away while Haro is 143 km (89 miles).  The road from San Sebastian and Rioja vineyards lies through mountains and planes with breathtaking views. I found the drive on AP-15 to be particularly scenic.

You can head directly to the wineries or select a destination such as Haro, Logroño, or Laguardia and explore the areas nearby.  

Logroño is the capital of La Rioja province and the largest city.  My personal favorite towns in the Rioja wine region are Laguardia and San Vicente de Soncierra.

There will be tolls to pay on the highways in the Basque country.  Tolls are automatic and accept cards and cash.

 

From San-Sebastian to Rioja by Bus

The bus from San Sebastian to Logroño takes AP-15 and the trip takes 2 hours and 15 mins.

Private company La Estellesa runs buses at 12:45 pm and 7:30 pm with 3 stops. One-way tickets are 17.95 euros per person.

Phone:  +34 948 326 509
atencionalcliente@laestellesa.com

If you are calling a phone number in Spain from the United States, you would dial 011 + 34 + 948 326 509.

Once in Logroño, take a quick taxi ride to wineries nearby.  I have listed some options of wineries near Longroño in this article:

Rioja Wineries to Visit Near Logroño

 

From San-Sebastian to Rioja by Train

Trains operate regularly between San Sebastian and Logroño, with a stopover at Miranda del Ebro.

The train ride will take at least 3 hours depending on the connection. 

Buy separate tickets for each leg of your trip on the official renfe.es website.

 

Rioja Wine Tours from San Sebastian

Bodegas Vina Real Rioja

Private wine tours would pick you up at your hotel and arrange two or three winery visits and lunch in Rioja wine country.

This is the easiest way to visit Rioja wineries.

For more tips on visiting wineries in the Rioja region, see my Blog.

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Polina

Polina

I am a sommelier and a wine tour guide.

I travel for wine in Europe, collecting the best wineries to visit, best places to stay and eat.

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