​City - Donostia/San Sebastian

The most recognisable city snapshot features the beaches of Ondarreta and the Concha, with San Clara Island nestling in the centre of the bay. The city’s third beach, the Zurriola, lying alongside and beyond the Kursaal Congress Centre, is famous worldwide for its excellent surfing.

San Sebastian is the administrative capital of Gipuzkoa, one of the three provinces making up the Basque Autonomous Community. It lies to the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, 30 kilometres from the border with France. The cross-border region running from San Sebastian to Bayonne represents an important hub of social, economic and tourist development in the south-west of the European Union (EU).

San Sebastián is a medium-sized city with almost 186,000 inhabitants. It is a tertiary, tourist city, eminently commercial, with strong emphasis on services and congresses. In recent years, San Sebastián has moved into the leading position among European cities, largely because of its commitment to science, technology, sustainable development and culture. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 confirms this pledge.

Download the official city of San Sebastian guide

More information on the official tourist office website


Venue - Kursaal Congress Centre

Graphene Week 2018 will take place at the Kursaal Congress Centre:

Av. de Zurriola, 1
20002 Donostia-San Sebastian
Guipúzcoa (Spain)

Designed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo, the congress centre is composed of two cubes made of translucent glass as if they were “two beached rocks”, with the aim of “perpetuating the geography and, as far as it was possible, emphasizing the harmony between the natural and the artificial.”

It is located literally in the beach of the Zurriola, in the lively neighbourhood of Gros. It is also just a few minutes away from the city centre, where the visitors can enjoy a large number of shops, restaurants and cultural activities.


How to get there

San Sebastian has a large bus fleet run by the company Dbus for fast and easy travel from one end of the city to the other.

The bus times change depending on the line. Most services start at 07h30 and end at 22h30. The routes, times and frequency of the different services can be found at the respective bus stops, on the Dbus website or the Dbus apps.

Dbus has a night service known as the “Búho” (Owl). Most of the night bus lines start at 12 o’clock midnight and end at 4 in the morning. The Búho lines only run on Fridays, Saturdays and the nights before public holidays. All leave from the Boulevard.

Payment methods:

In cash: You can simply pay for your ticket in cash on the actual bus. Standard fare is 1.70€ and night fare is 2.10.

San Sebastian Card: the best way to travel and save money at the same time is to buy a visitor’s travel card. The tourist San Sebastian Card can be purchased at the tourist information points in the city. This card not only allows you to travel on Dbus buses, it also offers discounts on museum tickets, for restaurants and guided tours. There are two types of cards, one offering six journeys on Dbus, and another offering twelve journeys on Dbus.

Contactless cards: Dbus allows passengers to pay for journeys with contactless cards (physical and mobile). This facility is only available for daytime journeys, and is charged at the occasional ticket rate.

More information about contactless bank cards

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