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There are 5 ways to get from Bilbao to Santander by bus, train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Bus  •  1 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander Ouibus

$18 - $28

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Bilbao to Santander 63.1 miles

$6

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao to Santander

$9 - $12

Taxi  •  1 h 11 min

  1. Take a taxi from Bilbao to Santander 63.9 miles

$100 - $120

Drive  •  1 h 11 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Santander 63.9 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Bilbao to Santander is to rideshare which costs 5€ and takes 1 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Bilbao to Santander is to taxi which costs 85€ - 110€ and takes 1 h 11 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Bilbao and arriving at Santander. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Bilbao and arriving at Santander. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Santander is 75 km. The road distance is 102.3 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Santander without a car is to bus which takes 1 h 20 min and costs 16€ - 24€.

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The bus from Bilbao to Santander takes 1 h 20 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Bilbao to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Bilbao station.

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Bilbao to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Feve, depart from Bilbao station.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Santander is to bus which takes 1 h 20 min and costs 16€ - 24€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 8€ - 11€ and takes 3 h 1 min.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Santander.
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  • Distance: 46.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 20 min

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

ALSA operates a bus from Bilbao to Santander hourly. Tickets cost $18 - $28 and the journey takes 1 h 20 min. Alternatively, Renfe Feve operates a train from Bilbao to Santander 3 times a day. Tickets cost $9 - $12 and the journey takes 3 h 1 min.

Train operators
Renfe Feve
Phone
+34 912320320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
renfe.com
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 Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
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blablacar.es
Taxi from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Radio Taxi Bilbao
Phone
+34 944 44 88 88
Website
taxibilbao.com
Wifi Taxi
Phone
+34 693 77 77 74
Website
wifi-taxi.com

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

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Bilbao to Santander train services, operated by Renfe Feve, arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Santander is 102 km. It takes approximately 1 h 11 min to drive from Bilbao to Santander.

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There are 530+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at $50 USD per night.

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

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