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There are 6 ways to get from Barcelona to Bilbao by plane, train, bus, rideshare or car

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Fly  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO) BCN - BIO

$26 - $119

5 alternative options

Train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando A

$75 - $95

Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao

$40 - $65

Bus, train  •  11 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián
  2. Take the train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao Fcc

$42 - $61

Rideshare  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Bilbao 378.6 miles

$37

Drive  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Bilbao 379.1 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to rideshare which costs 32€ and takes 7 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to fly which costs 22€ - 110€ and takes 3 h 2 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona/Sants and arriving at Bilbao. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona Sants and arriving at Bilbao-Abando. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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The distance between Barcelona and Bilbao is 468 km. The road distance is 606.6 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao without a car is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs 65€ - 85€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 2 min to get from Barcelona to Bilbao, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona/Sants station.

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Barcelona to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Barcelona Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Bilbao is to fly which takes 3 h 2 min and costs 22€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 65€ - 85€ and takes 6 h 34 min, you could also bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Bilbao.
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  • Distance: 292.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 2 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Bilbao, Spain?

Vueling Airlines, Iberia and Air Europa fly from Barcelona to Bilbao every 3 hours. Alternatively, Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Barcelona to Bilbao 3 times a day. Tickets cost $75 - $95 and the journey takes 6 h 34 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Bilbao-Abando
Ave. Duration
6 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Website
renfe.com
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Amara-Donostia to Zazpikaleak-Bilbao
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
euskotren.eus
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
alsa.com
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Barcelona to San Sebastián
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
monbus.es
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$37
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Barcelona to Bilbao bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Barcelona to Bilbao train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Bilbao is 607 km. It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to drive from Barcelona to Bilbao.

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Air Europa, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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There are 477+ hotels available in Bilbao. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Bilbao. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 1€ - 7€.

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