There are 8 ways to get from Bilbao to Tarragona by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  6 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Bilbao-Abando to Camp de Tarragona A

$69 - $87

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Fly Bilbao to Barcelona, train  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Barcelona (BCN) BIO - BCN
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Tarragona

$36 - $141

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Bus  •  7 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Zaragoza
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Tarragona

$48 - $82

Train, bus  •  10 h 28 min

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

$38 - $57

Drive  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Bilbao to Tarragona 334.4 miles

$60 - $95

Bus to Santander, fly to Barcelona, train  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander
  2. Fly from Santander (SDR) to Barcelona (BCN) SDR - BCN
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Tarragona

$50 - $259

Bus to San Sebastian, fly to Barcelona, train  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Bilbao to Irun
  2. Fly from San Sebastian (EAS) to Barcelona (BCN) EAS - BCN
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Tarragona

$60 - $360

Fly Bilbao to Valencia, train  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Valencia (VLC) BIO - VLC
  2. Take the train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Tarragona

$78 - $241

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No, there is no direct bus from Bilbao to Tarragona. However, there are services departing from Bilbao and arriving at Tarragona via Zaragoza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 40 min.

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The distance between Bilbao and Tarragona is 419 km. The road distance is 535.1 km.

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Tarragona without a car is to train which takes 6 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 36 min to get from Bilbao to Tarragona, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Tarragona is to train which takes 6 h 36 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Bilbao to Tarragona bus services, operated by HIFE S.A., arrive at Tarragona station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Bilbao to Tarragona is 535 km. It takes approximately 5 h 3 min to drive from Bilbao to Tarragona.

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Vueling Airlines offers flights from Bilbao Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bilbao to Tarragona.
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  • Distance: 261.6 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 36 min

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

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Bilbao to Tarragona 3 times a day. Tickets cost $65 - $85 and the journey takes 6 h 6 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Bilbao to Tarragona via Zaragoza in around 7 h 40 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from Santander to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Flights from San Sebastian to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Flights from Bilbao to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $440
Flights from Bilbao to Valencia via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Flights from Bilbao to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $420
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Bilbao to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from San Sebastian to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Flights from Bilbao to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$60 - $480
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Santander to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $170
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Valencia via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Bilbao-Abando to Camp de Tarragona
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
renfe.com
Train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
renfe.com
Euskotren
Website
euskotren.eus
Train from Zazpikaleak-Bilbao to Amara-Donostia
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 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 Bilbao to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zaragoza to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Irun
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Website
alsa.com
HIFE S.A.
Phone
+34 (0) 902119814
Email
hife@hife.es
Website
hife.es
Bus from Zaragoza to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Schedules at
hife.es
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MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from San Sebastian to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
monbus.es
Bus from Bilbao to Irún
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
monbus.es
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Ouibus
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Bilbao - Estación de Autobuses de Bilbao to Irun - Estación Autobús
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
iberocoach.com

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The best way to get from Bilbao to Bilbao Airport is to bus which takes 15 min and costs .

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