There are 8 ways to get from Barcelona to Basque Country by plane, bus, train, rideshare or car

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Fly to Bilbao  •  3 h 1 min

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

$26 - $119

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Fly to San Sebastian  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to San Sebastian (EAS) BCN - EAS

$43 - $248

Fly to Santander, bus  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Santander (SDR) BCN - SDR
  2. Take the bus from Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo

$44 - $219

Train  •  6 h 34 min

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

$75 - $95

Bus ALSA  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Bilbao

$40 - $65

Bus MonBus  •  9 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Pamplona
  2. Take the bus from PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Vuelta - Estación to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki L2

$47 - $64

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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No, there is no direct bus from Barcelona to Basque Country. However, there are services departing from Barcelona and arriving at Gran Vía 7 via Luis Briñas 27. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 2 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 Basque Country is 428 km. The road distance is 606.6 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Basque Country without a car is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 1 min to get from Barcelona to Basque Country, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Basque Country bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Basque Country is to fly which takes 3 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 6 h 34 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 9 h 2 min.

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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 Basque Country bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Bilbao station.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Basque Country.
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  • Distance: 267.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 1 min

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Basque Country, Spain?

Vueling Airlines, Iberia and Air Europa fly from Barcelona to Bilbao every 2 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 Valencia
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $200
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $330
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $360
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.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 Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $160
Flights from Barcelona to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $280
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Flights from Barcelona to Santander via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$28 - $300
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Flights from Barcelona to Bilbao via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$21 - $170
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
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 Aeropuerto Santander-S.Ballest to Baracaldo/Barakaldo
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Barcelona to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 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 Pamplona
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
monbus.es
Autobuses La Union
Phone
94 476. 50. 07
Website
autobuseslaunion.com
Bus from PAMPLONA/IRUÑA Vuelta - Estación to Bilbao/Bilbo-Termibus/Geltoki
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Schedules at
La Union
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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Barcelona to Basque Country train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Bilbao-Abando station.

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

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

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There are 144+ hotels available in Basque Country. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Basque Country. 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 .

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